Yes as Mark said it is really very easy, we just transited the canal
on our boat
last week. We had a wonderful transit, our advisors were just wonderful and so helpful, we had some lovely crusiers and a backpacker as our line handlers, it was great fun!!!!
The gentleman and his assistants at the Yacht Club who helped us with our paperwork (Tito who is not an agent, but sort of like an agent who does everything for you) were very helpful and promt. The paperwork fee was $35.00 USD including the taxi fares.
I highly recommend going through on another boat
as a line handler first if you have time before you take your own boat through. It is a good experience to see how it all works before you are behind the wheel
Also remember to have a budget
to provide meals
etc for your advisors and line handlers. You need to provide dinner for the first advisor and snacks etc and then breakfast, lunch & snacks etc for the second advisor. You will also need accomdation for the line handlers to sleep overnight on your boat at the mooring
in the lake.
We would be more than happy to assist you with any other questions you may have about the canal
transit as we know that it can be a little tricky to figure it all out, especially before you arrive in Colon.
But it is a wonderful experience and Colon is a fancinating place. It is amazing to see all of the beautiful big ships up so close, and Panama
City is just wonderful too!
You will have a great time and it will all become clearer once you arrive in either Colon or Panama
as you will be able to meet lots of other friendly crusiers who will be more than happy to help with information etc.
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