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Old 28-11-2017, 08:56   #16
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Re: Skipping the Panama Canal and shipping boat overland

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Hi, the canal is neither difficult nor terribly expensive compared to the alternatives.

So, you can get through for under 2k if you're willing to wait for an advisor.

Trucking? You won't come close to the cost. You would incur close to this much expense just getting hauled and launched and having the rig taken down and restepped. They you would have to pay for the truck. I am not aware of such a service in Panama anyway.
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Couple years ago (2015?) got a ballpark phone quote from a recommended boat transport company in San Diego for a 34' mono from San Diego to Brownsville "34 footer? Oh, that'll run about $11 - 12,000".
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Old 28-11-2017, 09:05   #17
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The future might hold the enforcement of the 8kts minimum speed. Although I think it is unlikely, but this might be prohibitive for the boat class you are mentioning (<30', where even hull speed goes below 7kts). Also, for small boats land-transfer is usually cheaper, Colón to Panama city is just 50 miles on road...

Even now, all kind of delay fees might apply if someone has a small/slow boat...
8 knots is on the books now, but not enforced.
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8 knots is on the books now, but not enforced.
I know, to my last info they let you write anything in that bracket. But if it ever comes to enforcement, the tug is not cheap.
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Now if you are in Texas and are trying to get to California as fast and cheaply as possible...trucking makes a lot of sense as the boat can be there in a day or two and it will likely be much cheaper.
Agreed. Trucking makes a whole lot of sense for going a significant distance overland. Just across the Isthmus of Panama, though, I'm not seeing the real value.

Good luck to the OP, whatever you do.
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Re: Skipping the Panama Canal and shipping boat overland

Reviving this to see if there is any new information on this front.

We are in San Blas now and are considering our crossing options more seriously. I've always been a bit nervous about whether my 27-foot boat, with 6 people onboard, can make even 5kts across the lake. But there are all other kinds of issues to consider as well, like fitting 22mm-diameter lines around the cleats, and whether those cleats can hold the load if rafted up against a big heavy 50+ foot boat. I've also never run the engine at high RPM for a distance as long as 30nm.

Someone I follow closely has an interesting blog post about his transit experience on his 28-foot boat:
Panama Canal Archives - fathom

He was rafted with a 55' cat, so they just used the catamarans lines for the Atlantic locks. However, because the other boats in his group were much faster, he ended up having to cross the Pacific locks alone, and needed all 4 of his line handlers.

Anyway, I'm in a position where I might be willing to pay some % more for an overland transfer, but not if it's 2 or 3 times as much.

Plus, everyone documents the canal transit -- it might be interesting to document the alternative .
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Reviving this to see if there is any new information on this front.

We are in San Blas now and are considering our crossing options more seriously. I've always been a bit nervous about whether my 27-foot boat, with 6 people onboard, can make even 5kts across the lake. But there are all other kinds of issues to consider as well, like fitting 22mm-diameter lines around the cleats, and whether those cleats can hold the load if rafted up against a big heavy 50+ foot boat. I've also never run the engine at high RPM for a distance as long as 30nm.

Someone I follow closely has an interesting blog post about his transit experience on his 28-foot boat:
Panama Canal Archives - fathom

He was rafted with a 55' cat, so they just used the catamarans lines for the Atlantic locks. However, because the other boats in his group were much faster, he ended up having to cross the Pacific locks alone, and needed all 4 of his line handlers.

Anyway, I'm in a position where I might be willing to pay some % more for an overland transfer, but not if it's 2 or 3 times as much.

Plus, everyone documents the canal transit -- it might be interesting to document the alternative .
So the Canal transit fee for your boat is usd$800. You want to ship it overland and think 2x is too much. I can't imagine you getting your boat moved overland for less than $1,600 or anywhere near that.
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$800 is the transit fee, but that number doesn't reflect the security charge, the inspection charge, line and fender rental, and agent fee (if needed).

In any case I think a figure like $1,200-1,300 is more realistic. But, we could also get fined if we don't make the required minimum speed for whatever reason, which could mean a total cost closer to $2,000.

Thus, if there was an overland service in the $2,000 ballpark, it would be seriously considered.
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Can't you borrow an outboard and fit it as an temporary additional engine?
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$800 is the transit fee, but that number doesn't reflect the security charge, the inspection charge, line and fender rental, and agent fee (if needed).

In any case I think a figure like $1,200-1,300 is more realistic. But, we could also get fined if we don't make the required minimum speed for whatever reason, which could mean a total cost closer to $2,000.

Thus, if there was an overland service in the $2,000 ballpark, it would be seriously considered.
Ive never known the minimum speed rule to actually be enforced.
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He's still gonna be restricted by hull speed.. that's the problem with sailboats.. cant get em to plane..
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Ive never known the minimum speed rule to actually be enforced.
IIRC its 8 knots now...most sailboats that transit wont do 8 knots under power.
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$800 is the transit fee, but that number doesn't reflect the security charge, the inspection charge, line and fender rental, and agent fee (if needed).

In any case I think a figure like $1,200-1,300 is more realistic. But, we could also get fined if we don't make the required minimum speed for whatever reason, which could mean a total cost closer to $2,000.

Thus, if there was an overland service in the $2,000 ballpark, it would be seriously considered.
80p for transit, 100 to rent lines and tires. That's it. You get your securify back, so that doesn't count.
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