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Old 06-08-2015, 18:29   #1
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Panama Canal

Someone give me info on going from Ca to the BVI
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Old 06-08-2015, 19:11   #2
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How do you want to do it, fast or slow? When do you want to do it? etc, etc.etc. More data needed for any good advice.
Bottom line be below 10-12 degrees during hurricane season
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R u going via P and I oceans?
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Re: Panama Canal

In general

- from Panama going east it's uphill all the way.

- Winter the NE trades can be brutal to beat against it.

- Summer you risk hurricanes.

- East up the coast of South America is usually the hardest route.

- If you're in a hurry I would head as close to NE to ENE as comfortable from Panama, then work east under the wind shadow of Hispaniola and PR. Play teh land/sea breeze effects and/or motor sail in the calms.
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Re: Panama Canal

Have not done any extensive sailing in my Gulf32. Would like to go thru canal to. BVI. Not in any hurry. Just looking for info & cost & safety of the trip. Thanks. Kim
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Re: Panama Canal

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In general

- from Panama going east it's uphill all the way.

- Winter the NE trades can be brutal to beat against it.

- Summer you risk hurricanes.

- East up the coast of South America is usually the hardest route.

- If you're in a hurry I would head as close to NE to ENE as comfortable from Panama, then work east under the wind shadow of Hispaniola and PR. Play teh land/sea breeze effects and/or motor sail in the calms.
funny how folks seem to think there are no canes in pacific ocean.. rodlmffao--we have more canes than does the caribbean. try sailing west coast mexico in summer, and learn.
canes in caribbean may have more punch than southwest coastal mexico, on occasion, but canes are canes, and the more experience one gains with em the better they are understood.
from the downhill run from cali to panama, is only lee shore and rocks to watch for. current and winds are generally from nw to se until canal. south of the ictz, it is opposite, with currents coming from south to north.
ok.
there are many stopping point/anchorages once one leaves cali on this route to panama.
you may wish to purchase a copy or two of s/vsaranas guides to central american coast. they are excellent, as are charlies charts.
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funny how folks seem to think there are no canes in pacific ocean.. rodlmffao--we have more canes than does the caribbean. try sailing west coast mexico in summer, and learn.
canes in caribbean may have more punch than southwest coastal mexico, on occasion, but canes are canes, and the more experience one gains with em the better they are understood.
from the downhill run from cali to panama, is only lee shore and rocks to watch for. current and winds are generally from nw to se until canal. south of the ictz, it is opposite, with currents coming from south to north.
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there are many stopping point/anchorages once one leaves cali on this route to panama.
you may wish to purchase a copy or two of s/vsaranas guides to central american coast. they are excellent, as are charlies charts.
If you are referring to my post, which you quoted, look and see I didn't say hurricanes in the Caribbean, I said hurricanes in the summer. Promise you I'm quite aware that hurricanes happen in the Pacific as well as the Atlantic.

I'm pretty sure most members are, even if they don't specifically refer to Pacific hurricanes. Just an occasional bit on the network news will educate one on that issue.
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