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    Cruising the Panama canal

    Did a cruise from Panama City to Colon, south to north, pacific to carribean. Yeah, it sounds weird, Carribean is east of the Pacific, but that part of the isthmus runs west-east.
    Anyway, started at about 0700hrs in Panama City. For a city that is on the water, the marina is extremely small. The city is built upon money laundering, so only the extremely wealthy own boats...billionaires from foreign countries. The locals simply do not boat. Click image for larger version

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    Esteban
    Huntington Beach, California
    Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
    Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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    The dinghies on the boats cost more than most peoples primary boats. The city can be seen once underway and the first bridge is the bridge of the Americas. Follow it south(to the right) for about 5 hours and you get to the end of the road. You cannot drive to South America. The road ends in Panama. Drive to the left, north, and you can go all the way to Vancouver Canada, if you survive Mexico.



    Esteban
    Huntington Beach, California
    Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
    Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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      Esteban
      Huntington Beach, California
      Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
      Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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        #4
        In the marina you can see the tax deductions for many of the tech companies...





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        Esteban
        Huntington Beach, California
        Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
        Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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          #5
          Another newer bridge to alleviate traffic, some islands on lake Gatun, than the locks on the other side of the country.





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          Esteban
          Huntington Beach, California
          Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
          Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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ID:	540193 Once on the other side, 3 more locks to go thru to get back down to sea level. 3 up, 3 down. I think the lake is about 85 feet above sea level, so the 3 locks up and 3 locks down are probably about 25+ feet each. Pretty amazing for 1900s era technology. Yup, we were able to finish what the French surrendered Click image for larger version

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            Esteban
            Huntington Beach, California
            Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
            Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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              #7
              And once you drive around thru Colon, really less than an hour from Panama City, its like another country. If you have been overseas, it reminds me of mogadishu. I am not sure what happened here, but all the buildings look like they have been blown up and there is nowhere a tourist would want to go.
              Esteban
              Huntington Beach, California
              Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
              Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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                #8
                WOW!!! Thanks for posting that!

                Very informative!

                KEVIN SANDERS
                4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
                where are we right now​​​​​​???​

                https://share.findmespot.com/shared/...j23OquWOj2N3Xe

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                  #9
                  Thanks for posting the pics ... very interesting
                  It's all a dream
                  '03 245 5.7/BIII & '07 Sedona pontoon

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                    #10
                    Thanks for posting! All the cruisers forums agree that Colon is no where you’d want to be, especially at night!
                    Jim Gandee
                    1989 3888
                    Hino 175's
                    Fire Escape
                    [email protected]

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Jim_Gandee View Post
                      Thanks for posting! All the cruisers forums agree that Colon is no where you’d want to be, especially at night!
                      They are very correct. Also not safe to boat alone in those parts. Lots of nefarious people in the area.

                      https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...-pirate-attack
                      Esteban
                      Huntington Beach, California
                      Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
                      Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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                        #12
                        I've been thru a number of times, both on commercial container ships and private yachts. Spent one New Years Eve at Balboa Yacht Club. If your still in the neighborhood, not far from the Carib side is the San Blas Islands, we were there a week or so waiting for our paper work to clear.
                        Colon is the only place in the world I've ever traveled where I've had to pull my knife for protection, taxi driver was giving me run around, and few seconds after my lockback went "click" we magically arrived in civilization again, LOL.

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                          #13
                          David McCullough is a great writer. This one was right up there and worth the read:
                          The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

                          Tally and Vicki
                          "Wickus" Meridian 341
                          MMSI 338014939

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                            #14
                            I did the Panama cruise last winter. It is a great cruise, lasted two weeks on Princess. They say Panama is the Switzerland of Central/ south America and the wealthiest. We started in LA and ended up near Miami.

                            Great pics, thanks for sharing.
                            1998 3587 Bayliner, Port Orchard, WA

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by BerettaRacer View Post
                              I've been thru a number of times, both on commercial container ships and private yachts. Spent one New Years Eve at Balboa Yacht Club. If your still in the neighborhood, not far from the Carib side is the San Blas Islands, we were there a week or so waiting for our paper work to clear.
                              Colon is the only place in the world I've ever traveled where I've had to pull my knife for protection, taxi driver was giving me run around, and few seconds after my lockback went "click" we magically arrived in civilization again, LOL.
                              I've been to the San Blas Islands quite a few times. The first time was with a mixed group where it was $120 to go to 3 different islands including a lobster lunch. The other times we chartered our own panga.

                              https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...n-blas-islands
                              Esteban
                              Huntington Beach, California
                              Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
                              Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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