Posted by: Sailing Camelot | November 13, 2012

Panama Canal Crossing – Preparations

For the last week or so we’ve been scurrying around like lab mice on steroids getting provisions, spare parts, maps and guides and flags for the new cruising grounds.

Camelot has been formally measured by the official in charge of this essential step. From the tip of the anchor to bottom of the davits, we total 51.5 feet. Dammit, we’re over 50 feet, which means we get to pay the next –higher- fee level. What can you do, it’s not like you can have Camelot temporarily suck in her length, right? Just smile and pay and say thank you.

Measuring Camelot’s Waist Line


Double-measuring the length, trying to shave off an inch here and there…

Tony, the friendly and very professional admeasurer.

We decided long ago to secure the services of an experienced and reliable agent familiar with the procedure and are happy we did despite the criticism from a few fellow cruisers. It is true that you can do everything yourself and save a bundle, I don’t dispute that. We just wanted total peace of mind and that’s exactly what we got.

Pete Stevens, the Agent in Charge as I like to call him, has been an absolute delight to deal with and we’re thrilled that a business interaction developed into a deep and long lasting friendship.

Pete organized everything, from the paperwork to the team of line handlers and everything in between, leaving us free to roam and take care of everything else.

So Camelot is now filled to the brim with food and fuel, everything is freshly laundered, the appropriate paperwork is completed, we have our official Crossing Number.

Pete Stevens with our Canal Number. He’s a wonderful, goofy, smart and competent guy.

Tomorrow we leave, I can barely believe it.

Not your average Christmas ornaments! Mandatory gear for Canal Crossing.

Caribbean, here we come!!!


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