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Old 07-09-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever been thru the canal? I am thinking (softly so the admiral won't hear me) of buying a 50' Marine Trader and bringing to the PNW via the canal.

Words of wisdom or opposition? Details?
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:03 PM   #2
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Last year I went through the canal 4 times; line handler on 3 different boats and in October when we brought Hobo through. No problems on any of the transits. I have a post in the archives on 2 of the transits. I would suggest that you be a line handler on someone else's boat first just for the experience. It's not necessary but it helps reduce the pre-transit "jitters".

Good luck on the boat purchase.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Larry. Yep that's the canal. Spent a lot of time there when I was in the military...
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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Has anyone ever been thru the canal? I am thinking (softly so the admiral won't hear me) of buying a 50' Marine Trader and bringing to the PNW via the canal.

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Might want to think about a more stable capable boat for going up the West Coast. The West coast with itís long fetch of the open Pacific Ocean and ports a hundred a miles apart. Moat boats that due the right side Inside passage are not the recommended boat for cruising up the West Pacific coast.

there is usually a wait going thorugh the canal so most will be a line handler for other boats to get the idea. You are required to have a person authorized on your boat as you go thorugh the canal, which take a lot of time and funds. I have not been through the canal but know commrcial captains that move boats around.

However, donít be surprised if your SO buys a lot of live insurance on you and says I will meet you in Portland.
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However, donít be surprised if your SO buys a lot of live insurance on you and says I will meet you in Portland.



My SO already has a significant policy on me,so please don't tell her to send me north with hopes of collecting.
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