Impressions of the Panamá Canal transit On April 23, 2023 By syaltimateIn Atlantic, Caribbean, Media Blog, Panamá our meet up with the crew of Plan B, Monica and Joaquin, El capitano and Steve our host for the transit we were strolling around the marina and the close by Fort Sherman U.S. military reserve, a national parc with virgin forest here some remaining ruins of the base Kim (she was a good friend of Helen and the fourth line handler, she flew in from NZ just a day before) taking pics and El Capitano trying to see wildlife? the amazing nests of the Oropendula bird, unfortunately I didn’t catch the birds flip flop collection Shelter Bay marina instead of wall painting , here some stone painting last repairs on Cerulean Steve deep diving into the bilge his friend the tiger watching him waiting for thr pilot to come aboard The pilot finally arrived and the transit began heading to the first lock Puente Atlantico waiting for the big boat to approach this big army ship was heading in front of us to be first in the lock rafting up with the french boat before entering the lock getting ready for the first lock at Gatun, the pilot told us to be soon ready to catch the monkey fists Steve just caught the monkey fist, made a knot around our lines and the man ashore pulled in the line Helen relived inside the first lock all went smooth Line handler Kim in action, almost completely lifted up the next lock up the wall the “monkey fists thrower” the french boat nested up with us and in front the big army boat, all of us waiting to get lifted the gates just closing in the morning at the buoy at Gatun lake waiting for the next pilot come “speeding” through the lake and Gaillard cut to reach the other locks Puente Atlantico Kim taking her job serius being in charge for taking good pics our waiting buoy for the big ship to enter the lock a crocodile sunbathing Lake Gatun the pilot crew leaving the army ship after the first three locks somewhere in the Gaillard Cut the pulling locomotive waiting time big ones passing us the new pilot Puente Centenario this big boat needed some assistence the happy crew almost through, here inside the Miraflores lock the big ship following us an official pic taken from the camera at the Miraflores lock, we were still alone in the lock here it came, the big monster the grand opening to the Pacific and leaving the lock Helen and Kim and finally slowly going down and…we made it!!! Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...
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wow. what a great post. can’t believe you got to go through on a sailboat. my wife & went through a few years back on a 40 person motor boat. on new year’s eve! it was a once in a lifetime experience. thanks for posting