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Old 22-07-2013, 08:02   #16
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Thanks VV. We are following you through next year. Appreciate your writeup. Care to comment more on your experience DYI (not using an agent)?
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Well done Vic!

And no seeums in their unders... you must have really been POed!

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Late season transits can be very difficult to get free line handelers.

I rang and emailed a few Backpackers hostels in Panama city and it was easy to grab a tribe of kids who were totally stoaked with getting a free canal trip!
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Hey, Vic & Sandy,

Excellent! Well done!

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I rang and emailed a few Backpackers hostels in Panama city and it was easy to grab a tribe of kids who were totally stoaked with getting a free canal trip!
Great idea!!
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Late season transits can be very difficult to get free line handelers.

I rang and emailed a few Backpackers hostels in Panama city and it was easy to grab a tribe of kids who were totally stoaked with getting a free canal trip!
True, but we could have got line handlers from the cruisers at Shelter Bay, I'm sure for a few $s. As soon as we hung the tyres we had people come up and ask if we needed linehandlers.

But we had Leo the unguided missile
If ever you come across a funny little 25 yo French guy with dreadlocks and no shirt, grab him. He's worth his weight in rum.
Not only did he find more line handlers at short notice, and they were free apart from a taxi fare, but he is hyperactive and very professional, and a funny guy too.
He speaks French, English and Spanish, and took it on himself to brief, more like train all the line handlers, set up all the lines, tyres etc. He also washed dishes if you didn't get right onto it after a meal, loves cooking and is good at it.
Maybe don't let him mind the bar....

And we got him purely by chance.
Via a mutual friend we knew he was delivery crew on a boat that arrived at Shelter Bay on the Thursday having just come through the canal at the end of a 2 week delivery. We'd taken him on via emails subject to meeting him as 1 of 3 line handlers we'd need and the delivery skipper gave him a big
When we met him on the Thursday during Happy Hour we knew he'd fit right in. No arrogance, just solid and reliable.
During our less than elegant departure he knew where to be and picked up instructions instantly.
Here I've just written him a glowing CV and he doesn't even know

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Thanks VV. We are following you through next year. Appreciate your writeup. Care to comment more on your experience DYI (not using an agent)?
I will give more detail, but maybe once we've cleared out and we know the final figure on what we had to spend. Some things aren't what they seem around here

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Hey Vic,
I just found this thread! Wow, I can't believe you guys are through the canal and actually in the Pacific. I hope the boat has been good to you and Sandy, because you deserve it. You have been very good to her. Take the cautious road, the Pacific is cold, ....I'm told!
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tropical pacific is over 86 f at present--some areas almost 90 f .... north of turtle bay is cold.
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Hey... Good one Vic... you'll be hanging out for the weekly Cruiser Pizza Night then...
Oh and the restaurant last on the left heading into town and before the causeway, near the Marina entrance is excellent... great staff and good food at decent prices... and you can watch your boat while you eat... lay out extra cable if you can and watch those afternoon squalls
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I just found this thread! Wow, I can't believe you guys are through the canal and actually in the Pacific. I hope the boat has been good to you and Sandy, because you deserve it. You have been very good to her. Take the cautious road, the Pacific is cold, ....I'm told!
Hi Scott,
It sure isn't cold here, and given our planned proximity to the equator I don't see cold as a problem.
Enjoyed your pics of Nirvanah under sail
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Hey... Good one Vic... you'll be hanging out for the weekly Cruiser Pizza Night then...
Oh and the restaurant last on the left heading into town and before the causeway, near the Marina entrance is excellent... great staff and good food at decent prices... and you can watch your boat while you eat... lay out extra cable if you can and watch those afternoon squalls
Thanks Phil,

We'll check out that restaurant. Had a good night out in old Panama City last night. Interesting place.
Big hook and 5:1 is holding nicely.
But we're tempted to go around to La Playita because this dinghy dock is so treacherous. Where did you anchor?

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Thanks Phil,

We'll check out that restaurant. Had a good night out in old Panama City last night. Interesting place.
Big hook and 5:1 is holding nicely.
But we're tempted to go around to La Playita because this dinghy dock is so treacherous. Where did you anchor?

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Spent my time at Las Brisas.... and yup... that dock is a PITA....
You can anchor in the bay the other side no worries but they'll charge you a daily/weekly landing fee at the Marina... think it was around $35/week...
The marina same side as Las Brisas charged $5/day so I used them for the shopping expeditions...
Hows the charts and programs holding out...?
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Fair winds ,best wishes,have a safe journey...
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Spent my time at Las Brisas.... and yup... that dock is a PITA....
You can anchor in the bay the other side no worries but they'll charge you a daily/weekly landing fee at the Marina... think it was around $35/week...
The marina same side as Las Brisas charged $5/day so I used them for the shopping expeditions...
Hows the charts and programs holding out...?
That would be Flamenco Marina? might be worth a try.

I use the charts with Open CPN and they are great.
So far I use it with the AIS on the laptop and haven't used them as a primary nav tool. The old chart plotter is fine for that.
Did you stop at Las Perlas on the way out or did you head straight for Marquesas?
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