Originally Posted by beebopbogo
Any recommendations on where I could live aboard my Cal 39 near Panama City?
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Likely a necessary stop going through the canal, but limit your stay, 2013-06-09
: Akgriffy, Juneau, AK (258)
We spent a week here after clearing through the canal. Old encrusted tires serve as mooring
balls (there is no marina, per se). Transportation to and from you boat to the fuel
dock office pier is provided by panga launch (call on VHF
or honk your horn).
Extreemly busy, noisy and subject to constant wake activity from the speeding crew/support launches racing
by at full speed to deliver their cargo to the ships anchored awaiting canal transit. Oddly, the ships going up and down the channel do not cause wakes. If you do stay here ask for a ball on the north side as far away from the channel and the party boats moored to the south as possible. The resturaunt was good and prices very reasonable. It is frequented by many cruisers and e-pat residents so if you need any technical help with your boat ask around in the bar, you'll easily find it.
Provisions need to be dropped near the bar and, for a few $$, you can get one of the many locals hanging in the area to haul it down to the end of the long pier to the fuel/launch dock for you using their dollies.
This is a busy place, and subject to weekend parties on other moored boats as well as loud music
from the bar and nearby outdoor fairgrounds, so don't plan on a lot of sleep. Consider it a place to reprovision and prepare for a canal transit or your next voyage. Fuel
is sometimes available at the fuel dock, but most go to the large Flamingo Marina on the east side of the causeway (call ahead for an appointment, as it is crowded). If you need or want a canal agent going to the Caribbean
side, this would be the place to find one easily.