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Old 03-05-2017, 01:43 PM   #1
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Dauntless through the Panama Canal

Richard is at the staging area waiting to pick up his advisor to start his Canal transit south. You maybe able to see him go through the Gatun Locks on the Canal's live cameras this afternoon.

https://share.delorme.com/dauntless

https://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/c...html?cam=Gatun
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Old 03-05-2017, 04:25 PM   #2
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Larry, how long has Dauntless been on this trip? I followed the Delorme plot across the Atlantic and back to Panama.
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I get a fuzzy picture on the canal link. Am I missing something?
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Is he really crossing the Pacific or just visiting the Galapagos out and back?
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Through the first set of locks into Lake Gatun. Looks like he is on the hook for the night. Elevation 149 feet!!! Bet that is the highest Dauntless has been. Unless in Great Lakes, I guess.
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I hope he gets some good pics! What an experience!!
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:58 AM   #8
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Richard sent two photos to me that I am trying to upload but I am not having success. They are in my shared photo albums if anyone would like to view them. Hopefully you have access to that.
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I think he is planning to head to Alaska and then Japan and Korea.
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Awesome! What a great adventure.
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I am into reading the history of the building of the Panama Canal. Have read over 500 pages of the 700 page tome. It is excruciatingly detailed, but fascinating. To think what was done with steam power is mind boggling. It was the largest civil engineering project undertaken until that time. If Ferdinand De Lessups had not stuck with trying to build a sea level canal the French could have completed it. Such are the quirks of history.

It was a multifaceted undertaking with first having to conquer disease that killed roughly 1/3 of the early workers. Even Panama declaring its independence from Colombia was an interesting story. When Teddy Roosevelt decided he would do something he would let little stand in his way. He would go through you or work around you.
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Too bad he wasn't a few days earlier. I just left Panama City and could have taken some pictures from shore for him.
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I have never understood why he did this with a power boat. He has more rigging on that boat for his stabilizing fins than we ever had on a sailboat. So if he has to play with all that rigging why not do it in a sailboat, save the money for diesel and enjoy the lack of 24/7 engine noise.
Just my $0.02.
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I have never understood why he did this with a power boat. He has more rigging on that boat for his stabilizing fins than we ever had on a sailboat. So if he has to play with all that rigging why not do it in a sailboat, save the money for diesel and enjoy the lack of 24/7 engine noise.
Just my $0.02.
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I have never understood why he did this with a power boat. He has more rigging on that boat for his stabilizing fins than we ever had on a sailboat. So if he has to play with all that rigging why not do it in a sailboat, save the money for diesel and enjoy the lack of 24/7 engine noise.
Just my $0.02.

Really???

Clearly you do not have a clue,

This is a powerboat forum... if he wanted to sail he would of bought a sailboat...then he would post on a sail forum.

To those of us that have done long distance voyaging depending on where you want to go power can be a better option.

Now I find myself questioning why I posted this as it was such a wacky question in the first place...


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Does anyone know what the "toll" is for Dauntless to transit the canal? Is an "adviser" a requirement? Is he/she paid? Not that I will ever make this trip but who knows, I never thought I would live on a boat in the first place.
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I am into reading the history of the building of the Panama Canal. Have read over 500 pages of the 700 page tome. It is excruciatingly detailed, but fascinating. To think what was done with steam power is mind boggling. It was the largest civil engineering project undertaken until that time. If Ferdinand De Lessups had not stuck with trying to build a sea level canal the French could have completed it. Such are the quirks of history.

It was a multifaceted undertaking with first having to conquer disease that killed roughly 1/3 of the early workers. Even Panama declaring its independence from Colombia was an interesting story. When Teddy Roosevelt decided he would do something he would let little stand in his way. He would go through you or work around you.
I think the most significant limitation to steam IMO is halving to deal w all those cables plus fuel consumption and handling. Maintenance was probably a pita too.
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I think a large percentage of the earthmoving was done manually with shovels, wheelbarrows, donkey carts and some help from dynamite. It is amazing what can get done with strong backs and lots of them. E.G., the canals in the NE USA, all done prior to steam.

And digging the ICW!!!

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Really???

Clearly you do not have a clue,

This is a powerboat forum... if he wanted to sail he would of bought a sailboat...then he would post on a sail forum.

To those of us that have done long distance voyaging depending on where you want to go power can be a better option.

Now I find myself questioning why I posted this as it was such a wacky question in the first place...

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I have been wondering for some time now why there has never been any mention of sailboats on this forum. Thank you for setting me straight. My point wasn't that his trip should not be done with a power boat but that having to rig, deploy, tweak and retrieve the fish seemed like a lot of work, no different from raising and trimming sails with the addition of fuel costs and noise. I'm not talking the Queen Mary or 100+ ft yachts, I'm talking about his 42' boat.
Having never done "long distance voyaging", our longest stretches were maybe 300-500 nm, can you give an example where power would be a better option?
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I have been wondering for some time now why there has never been any mention of sailboats on this forum. Thank you for setting me straight. My point wasn't that his trip should not be done with a power boat but that having to rig, deploy, tweak and retrieve the fish seemed like a lot of work, no different from raising and trimming sails with the addition of fuel costs and noise. I'm not talking the Queen Mary or 100+ ft yachts, I'm talking about his 42' boat.
Having never done "long distance voyaging", our longest stretches were maybe 300-500 nm, can you give an example where power would be a better option?
Can you give some examples where a helicopter or private plane wouldn't be better than both? That's not the point.
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