Or­gan­ise tran­sit lo­gis­tics

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Four line han­dlers are com­pul­sory aboard, and four lines meet­ing canal tran­sit spec­i­fi­ca­tions are re­quired. You’ll also want ro­bust fend­ers.

An agent will or­gan­ise all of th­ese, or you can source them lo­cally your­self. The morn­ing VHF net, ma­rina bul­letin board, re­gional Face­book groups, and the cruiser’s Co­conut Tele­graph will con­nect you with lo­cal sup­pli­ers.

Line han­dlers are com­monly re­cruited from other cruis­ing boats. Join­ing a boat to tran­sit is ex­cel­lent prepa­ra­tion for tak­ing your boat through, and a way to pay it for­ward when it’s time to find your own han­dlers.

If you don’t find vol­un­teers, ex­pe­ri­enced Pana­ma­ni­ans can be hired for around $100. Who­ever comes aboard, make sure they know how to tie a proper knot and have ba­sic boat sense, and will be ready to work in­stead of take pic­tures.

Lock lines must be must be a min­i­mum

Heavy duty fend­er­ing is an ab­solute ne­ces­sity to ward off dam­age from raft­ing up and the un­for­giv­ing walls of the locks

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