been 5 years since i was there, balboa
yacht club building was burnt out, but a new mini spot was oened for yachtsmen, on the same real estate. where ever yachties are hanging out at happy hour, go there. chat em up, every one is doing the same thing, orchestrating the transit.
pilots tell yachts to be ready quite early, so the yacht wants to have its handlers ready . then , the pilot may not show up until 10 or noon, depending on the openings of the locks.
the trip pacific to caribbean
is more often an overnighter in the lake. Carib to pacific is usually one long day. so, the yacht has a bunch of line handlers sleeping aboard for a night,,,,so,,,, a traveling sailor/ american is usually more desirable aboard than one of the locals.