The Panama Canal
has a minimum USD 500 fee I believe.
There is a Marina website with all their rates that people in thread might find interesting. It is based in Margarita Island off the coast of Venezuela
(I know, we all think lowly of Chavez, but the Venezuelian people are nice people). The point is Venezuela
is supposed to be an affordable country, their rates for boats less then 40ft are USD 450/m and USD 676/m if a Catamaran
. Over 40ft they charge USD 11.30/ft/m and USD 16,9/ft/m respectively, meaning that a 45footer will pay USD 507/m and USD 760/m if multihull
And remember that anything that has the word MARINE
in it is at least 50% more expensive. Marine
air-conditioning, Marine refrigeration
, Marine Wind Charger
and so on.
BTW, I am not trying to discourage anybody but we have to be realistic. If someone buys an RV to go cross country the costs will be very different if he buys a small Camper and sleeps in gas stations next to small towns around the country compared to someone that buys a USD 1 million RV and stays at the best RV camps and visits the best parks and jet sets in the largest cities.
It all depends on your lifestyle and means, I cheer both kinds of cruisers. Only one thing is certain, the larger the boat and the more systems you have in it the more expensive it will be to maintain. Get a West Marine Catalog and check out Anchor
prices for a 35ft boat compared to a 40ft boat, yes it doubles!!!! So does the chain, sheets
, etc. And as seen above so does the Marina space, and in that case the Catamaran
gets another 50% penalty!!!!
The RV example is a very realistic one because cruising on a boat is exactly the same as camping on an RV, where you do it is what changes, water
vs. land. If you RV in France
you will be bound to France's cost of living, the only thing you will not be paying is rent (if you are lucky to moore or park outside and RV park).
Good luck to all!!