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Old 01-11-2015, 04:41 PM   #21
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Here are some raw videos from when I took a 24' RIB through the canal at night:

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There's no room for you with a Panamax ship in the lock...
Mark: You're right! Though when the new locks open up next year (?), there might be room for us. It looks like the new locks will accommodate ships 54' wider and 235' longer than the Panamax ships.
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"Do you mean a transit advisor? "

Yeah, that's what I was trying to say. The guy on the boat with you. I don't know terminology.

I find these canal transits by pleasure boats fascinating. I'll probably never do one but enjoy reading about it.
Transit advisor and agent are two different things. Agent helps arranging things and with paperwork. Advisor is provided by the canal and is mandatory. You also feed and take good care of the advisor while they are with you. If you fail to feed them properly they send for food and you not only pay for the food but also the delivery by boat. Meal turns out to be several hundred dollars in total.
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Here are some raw videos from when I took a 24' RIB through the canal at night:
Inquiring minds have to know...why were you taking a tender through? Although honestly that looks like fun. Don't think we'll take ours through separately though. lol
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Inquiring minds have to know...
Yes, what's the story please. 6 people, side tied to the wall, 24' tender, what did you feed the advisor?
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Inquiring minds have to know...why were you taking a tender through? Although honestly that looks like fun. Don't think we'll take ours through separately though. lol
It was the boat we towed along with us from Fort Lauderdale. And since you can't tow anything with you through the canal, nor could I seem to find a way to get it trailered across Panama that didn't involve massive paper work and risk, I had to get it admeasured and run it through with myself, a line handler and an advisor.

It was a bit of an adventure that first time through with the RIB. The canal agent had to buy a port a potty for us because you have to have a head on board for the advisor to use if needed. We started the trip at about 3:30 in the afternoon waiting in the anchorage for the canal advisor to meet us (you should have seen the look on his face when the pilot boat got close enough to us for him to get a good look at just what he was about to take through the canal :-) ) and we finished up at 3:30 in the morning after a cab ride back to Shelter Bay, where the mothership was docked at the time, from Panama City.
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Anchoring in Lake Gatun looks hazardous with many snags from century-old trees. Cutting the trees at waterline rather than their complete removal was a disservice to boaters.






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West to East is generally easier and can be done during one day, from early morning until late afternoon or evening.
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West to East is generally easier and can be done during one day, from early morning until late afternoon or evening.
Always prefer east-toward-west travel. I'd rather have 25-hour days rather than 23-hour days. ... By the way, the Atlantic entrance to the Panama canal is west of the Pacific Ocean end.
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I had the opportunity to meet and work with Roy Bravo last year.. he was highly recommended by friends that skipper a 80' northern Marine.

Roy is a jovial very hard working fellow that gets results. He was able to get me checked out of Panama after hours on a Sunday with little trouble.

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Anchoring in Lake Gatun looks hazardous with many snags from century-old trees. Cutting the trees at waterline rather than their complete removal was a disservice to boaters.






It's not particularly hazardous when you anchor in the designated anchoring areas.
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It's not particularly hazardous when you anchor in the designated anchoring areas.
Whoosh! My impression is that would be small proportion of the lake.
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Yes, what's the story please. 6 people, side tied to the wall, 24' tender, what did you feed the advisor?
There were only three of us aboard. The port captain granted us an exemption due to our size.

We made sandwiches, had snacks and home made brownies as I recall.

Our agent had to get us a port-a-potty for the RIB because the port captain insisted there be a head on board for the advisor.

It was a grin running the lake and canal system at 20+ knots in an open boat in the rain at night to pass some large vessels and jump up in line. :-)
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Always prefer east-toward-west travel. I'd rather have 25-hour days rather than 23-hour days. ... By the way, the Atlantic entrance to the Panama canal is west of the Pacific Ocean end.
Sorry....South to North is easier than the North to South.
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There were only three of us aboard. The port captain granted us an exemption due to our size.

We made sandwiches, had snacks and home made brownies as I recall.

Our agent had to get us a port-a-potty for the RIB because the port captain insisted there be a head on board for the advisor.

It was a grin running the lake and canal system at 20+ knots in an open boat in the rain at night to pass some large vessels and jump up in line. :-)
I would think you guys needed a head too. It sounds like a blast though. I can only imagine the looks you got from some of the ships.
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[QUOTE=markpierce;298008]Anchoring in Lake Gatun looks hazardous with many snags from century-old trees. Cutting the trees at waterline rather than their complete removal was a disservice to boaters. /QUOTE]

You can't just anchor in the lake. You need special permission to be in the lake other than for a transit. There are a couple of eco lodges and good fishing for peacock bass but for large boats you have to make arrangements.

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It's not particularly hazardous when you anchor in the designated anchoring areas.
Yup or you take a mooring which is what the ACP advisors prefer if you can't do the transit in one day.
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We will be using Associated Yacht Services, agents through AYSS. Their agents are Alesandro Risi, Josimar Diaz, and Charles Langman. We have heard good things about Tina McBride, Panama Canal Transits, and also Roy Bravo, Emmanuel Agencies. We chose AYSS/Associated based on recommendations but also their office is in Balboa, so on the Pacific side. Roy's is in Colon, on the Atlantic side. I don't know where Tina's is. While the agents do service both directions, we still felt everything else being equal choose one on the side you're coming from. It's especially convenient if you're getting additional services.
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"Do you mean a transit advisor? "

Yeah, that's what I was trying to say. The guy on the boat with you. I don't know terminology.

I find these canal transits by pleasure boats fascinating. I'll probably never do one but enjoy reading about it.
You can do it with me :-)
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