Originally Posted by MarkJ
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
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