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Old 25-04-2019, 11:48   #1
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Newbie about season for a pacific crossing east to west

Hi all, I'm a boat hitchhiker from France. I've been sailing across the atlantic in Feb/March, now travelling in south america. I'd like to know if I'll still be on time if I jump soon (like May 1st) to Panama to find a boat with captain there willing to take me for a passage to french Polynesia. According to what I can read on the internet, a departure in May/June from Panama is still possible, but I wanted to ask you all.
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Keep in mind you'll need in hand a return ticket to enter French Poly.
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Not if the poster is a french national
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Many boats leave only in May, should be possible to find a berth.
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Many boats leave only in May, should be possible to find a berth.
Thank you for the reply. What about in June? Less boats leaving then?
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Yes, as most heading to Polynesia intend to be somewhere out of the cyclone zone by November...for many this means another 4000 miles to New Zealand...leaving in June is making a rushed trip in that case.
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Hi all, I'm a boat hitchhiker from France. I've been sailing across the atlantic in Feb/March, now travelling in south america. I'd like to know if I'll still be on time if I jump soon (like May 1st) to Panama to find a boat with captain there willing to take me for a passage to french Polynesia. According to what I can read on the internet, a departure in May/June from Panama is still possible, but I wanted to ask you all.

Thanks in advance for your help,

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June may find a few boats still departing. In fact when we spent a year in the Marquesas boats trickled in all thru the SP winter from Panama. But the majority of boats would leave March-April with some boats still leaving in May. If you go to Panama now you may be able to catch some of the late departures. June starts the wet season and many of the boats would want to be on the way due to the risk of electrical storms.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Anthony.
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Not if the poster is a french national
Not if the poster is an EU national.
I sailed for the Marquesas from Panama in June.. nice trip but lottsa motoring till near the Galapagos..
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Re: Newbie about season for a pacific crossing east to west

most folks doing the pacific puddle jump leave between feb and may. may is pushing it. hurricane season starts may 15 in east pacific. first formations generally go to open pacific towards hawaii.
best of luck finding a late departure for so pac. panama, banderas bay , mx, and sw coast mexico are best places to catch a ride.
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most folks doing the pacific puddle jump leave between feb and may. may is pushing it. hurricane season starts may 15 in east pacific. first formations generally go to open pacific towards hawaii.
best of luck finding a late departure for so pac. panama, banderas bay , mx, and sw coast mexico are best places to catch a ride.
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These comments don't pertain to departures from Panama as hurricanes are a nonevent. The question was departure from Panama.
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These comments don't pertain to departures from Panama as hurricanes are a nonevent. The question was departure from Panama.
departures from panama still have effects of oceanic summer storms we watch form. try crossing pacific without that influence, even departing from panama.
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Maybe not, he is French and maybe not if he has a crew letter which says he will be leaving by boat.
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most folks doing the pacific puddle jump leave between feb and may. may is pushing it. hurricane season starts may 15 in east pacific. first formations generally go to open pacific towards hawaii.
best of luck finding a late departure for so pac. panama, banderas bay , mx, and sw coast mexico are best places to catch a ride.
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Thank you.
Indeed I was just wondering where are the best spots to hitchhike in Panama, in Panama city? Is Colon a better spot?
Pac. Panama means pacific coast of Panama?
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