From Atlantic To Pacific In One Day - Crossing the Panama Canal Ep. 39 Thula Sailing
Yeah what are you doing in the bush, we're looking for some bamboo. And we. Gonna. Do a second spinnaker, pole. Um, for. For the trade winds. Um so looking for big nice bamboos. It's going to be a super nice spinnaker, pole. Yeah. Okay you know, let's get this piece out of from the ant. Hi. Look at all these ants here. No they're escalating, ready. Ready. Okay let's go. I go first. You go first. This is a long pole. Right. And i see the crocodile. Okay, that's really, kind of scary. So. Cool. So. The crocodile, fled into a drainage, system, and we wondered how he would ever get out of it again, not sure whether those animals, could move backwards. Scary, enough the whole show. Holy, moly, there's. I'm just up in the cruiser's, lounge, editing a little bit and i really hope that ilia has, washing the way and the weather a little bit because. This. Doesn't look too good, the wind gusts are starting to get heavy, and as you can see, um. This is gonna be really nasty the boys. Are still quite confident, everything is. Good. And it has been raining, raining, raining, thundering. All. Morning. Rain is over. And bug party in the cockpit. Right this is so bad. This is the worst day in my life. After the rain all the termites, come and we have one boat and we are the only boat. There onto. Look at this. So what i'm gonna do now, i heard. Vinegar is useful. And. If you put a, piece of cupboard. On the wood and then they're gonna eat this. Vinegar. Die. Look how they don't like it huh. Good. Smells like. Fish and chips in great britain, yeah yeah yeah. So it's saturday. Um the weekend, before, uh transiting. To the panama, canal, uh ilia is just outside. Um, with the panama canal, pilots. And we were just being measured. And. Hopefully, everything, is fine. Um, yeah he's just. Outside. Here. With the. Pilots. So we just got measured, by the, canal. Panama canal authority. Um well i must say it was a joke so because the, the guy here wants to do a quick job so he just came on board. He, he didn't come on board actually, actually he didn't come on board so we're just only on the pier and he we're not, not even measuring, the length of the boat he's asked like oh you're both overall, 33, foot, who said yeah no it's all right.
And He just gave us the two. Two papers here so this is actually a list of uh. Um, like if your vessels have any deficiencies. Like not. Engine or powerful enough, or. No lies no horn whatever, so we are clear of that, and the other one, is, um, like a handle luggage request. We're going nested. There's a cross. And uh. We. Have a meal available. And, sanitary, facilities, on board. And, be able to anchor and everything like that and, the. Name of the, agent. So actually, the agent, will take care of everything that's why we pay him we only, just have to sign and. Of course to pay. Yeah and you have, we got a pilot, on board. And uh this pilot has to be, uh the spider gets the proper food. And, the bottled water, and there's our requirements, by the panama canal. I must say this is such a pain. I mean the kiel canal for example. That's where we live it's the most frequently, used motorway, in the world. Um. By, numbers of ships passing by, and, you go there, call the lock master, if. The lock is on green you go inside, by your own, and you transit, and you pay 16. Euros. And here in panama. You have to apply, you get measured, you gotta pilot. And this is such a pain i don't know why they do that, just only to get money, i mean i can go there the lock opens i go through the locks. Through the legs, and i'm on the other side huh. I mean they treat us like, a. Like a big container, vessel or something, and once we're in the pacific, we're bankrupt. Yeah how much do we pay and we pay. Yeah, two thousand. Dollars, for transit. I can go. Like 100, times, through the keel canal. For that amount of money. But this is. How the cookie crumbles, huh. On the way to get some fresh. Veggies. From the veggie truck. Some, what can you, huh. This is orange. It is all fresh fruits and vegetables. The, from, uh the field so it hasn't been refrigerated. And we will put all of this in our refrigerator. And it's just so fresh and nice. Fresh. Anonas. Pineapple. From. The, from the jungle here. Fresh sweet potatoes. Everything, really nice, and. Yeah and. Finally. Fresh mangoes. So it's getting serious, now. We just received. Lines, and fenders for the panama canal, from our agent rodrigo. We washed every single fruit and vegetable, as we didn't wish for any surprise, guests on board in form of spiders, bugs or whatever, the jungle had to offer. It was raining so quickly we didn't even manage to get the mosquito, nets off so now it's, raining inside the boat. Well it's raining here it's proper, rain it's not like, fizzling, a little bit so it's, if you go outside, it's like, having a shower. And you you can't do nothing you can't. Open. Open the hatches, open the storage, outside. To provision the boat ride and. Just. It's too late in a year. So today we checked out of uh, panama, waters, and, it was a real big problem, so, because normally, you when you enter the panemian, waters, and stay there longer than, 48. Hours you need a cruising pyramid. So last week it was. That that, as long as here is a curfew, in panama. Um, you don't need a cruising pyramid, to, go through the panama canal. And to be here in the marina, because you're not really cruising around. So that was the status in the last week, this week from yesterday, on then changed, it um, so you do need a cruising permit. But so, we've, been, yesterday, to the pod captain. And. After. Several, calls. He said all right, um we don't need a cruising permit, we just get us up here and uh this is it. And today he said yeah well you can't get a zapper without a cruising pyramid. So we had to redo, everything. And uh. Got, this bunch of papers. And do, really. A lot of. Calling, and chatting and whatever, just to get a zarpa, and the cruising pyramid. So in the end we got none of them, um, because. They, i don't know, what happens but they didn't manage to do that. But we got the passport, stamped. So. We go through the panama canal, already checked out of panama. And then on the other side we will get our cruising permits. And our. Um, zape. Zape, is um. This is only, the the paper what you get to clear, out, of the. Of the pan panameon, waters or, in, every, country.
And Um. So, the customs and immigrations, they're not really here so they have they base, in cologne. So for each paper, they you have to pay for taxi, to go to cologne. Get a stamp. Come back. Figure out this was not the right stamp. Go back again to colon. Get another stamp. And pay all the time for the taxi and how much is it in total now, so it was in total. 185. For the cruising pyramid and nazarpay. And. Like. 50 bucks for, four copyrights. Yo. So it's uh. 3 30, uh in the morning, wednesday. I don't even know what date but i know what. We're gonna do today we're transiting, the panama canal. And, uh just making a coffee, india's already outside, it's really exciting we're just waiting for. The advisor, to come on board yeah how excited are you. Um, on a scale of from, one. To ten. That's maybe a, proper, six, i would say, well six that's quite low. Uh getting to a seven maybe, now so. Now i'm really excited it's the only canal. I'm missing so i went to the suez canal. Canal. Now the panama canal, yeah well i'm really looking forward to it. It's uh. 10 to 4. And. Pilot is coming at four. Daniels, on board. Really nice. So the most frequent, motorway, in the world is of course the north austin canal. It's called kill canal. Twenty nine thousand, two hundred and two, ships. Panama, canal. Only. Less than a half, with thirteen, thousand, one hundred and fourteen ships last year. So. Everyone, should know q canal, so clearly, kyo canal is the superior canal. Yeah. The solar. Panel. Good. Morning. So the guys over there preparing. The blue lines. The long ones for the lock. And, uh it's still like. Half an hour to the lux. And. I don't know if you can see it's. All really busy here in anchorage. All the big ships are waiting. To go. Through. Hi there. Good to meet you guys here. Thank you. So getting closer, to the. Locks. Prepared, everything on board, and uh, we. Gonna go on an east lock with this, big. Behind the big fellow down there. So. Hopefully. Just put it back, there. So we just drafted, up to. Area. The vessel next to us. And, um. The engine is on neutral.
And. So. Tim is doing all the job and there will come another boat on the. Other side so it will be a raft of three people. And. It's a little bit scary of losing control, about your own boat but. We have a good crew. Able seaman. Oh yeah danny benjamin. Janajas. Circumnavigator. Not yet. So, we. We are a good. Team. And yet tied the. Title. So we've almost made it through the first lock. Um. Pretty exciting, if you have a look at how. How high we went. And. There was a little bit of tension because a lot of water from the lake was coming. Up front. And i, always had to. Shortened, the line over here. Actually i had some trouble over on the other side a little bit, we were drifting, over, i was. There was a short moment of panic, but everything's. Good. In the second cartoon, lock tim had to help out with the engine and boat thruster, a little bit as the wash off the huge giant in front of us twisted around our heels and gave us a little. Swing. Okay. When we reached cartoon, lake we split up our nested constellation. To cross the man-made, lake. 27, meters above mean sea level, which would not exist, if there were no lock systems, on the atlantic, and pacific, side. In perfect weather we took in the beautiful, jungle in freight ship scenery, and i prepared, some. Lunch. In the middle of the lake we passed by an area with dead trees maybe still relaxed, from when the lake was not existing, the size it is today. Just behind we trespass, the so-called, corte equilibra. The narrowest, part of the channel. This part was dug out and julio, our pilot, said that one could have built, 63, pyramids, in egypt with the. Dippers. Uh. And even the kill canal, i must say. It's not that pretty more beautiful, than the kyoku, now it is yeah. Wow. Smallest, boat. Anymore. Locks now going to the pacific. And uh, we're at a pretty high level right now i know we're gonna go let, that down meaning uh we'll have to get. All at least off the line. Um. Not. Not to tighten them up as i had to do. Before. Disgusting. One more lock, and then we're in the. Pacific. Here we go pacific. Ocean. Thanks for joining our crossing, from atlantic, to pacific. We hope you enjoyed the transit, and would also like to join us on our upcoming, sailing, adventures, in the grand pacific. Don't hesitate, to leave us a happy thumb if you enjoyed watching, and sign up on our sailing channel. Your support, is greatly appreciated. Especially, on our patreon, platform. At this point a huge shout out goes to danny and escher who supported, us as our line handlers, through the famous canal. Thank you for everything, team. See you all in panama. City.