Monday, January 27, 2020


I have some earlier posts on here about Marina and Harbor fires, https://www.mvsofea.com/2019/01/29-january2019-mv-sofea-deck-log-big.html when you need emergency services in a harbor, are they there ? are they even up to the task ?  watching the videos below will put your mind at ease ... or not.

This mornings marina fire in Alabama https://www.blackhillsfox.com/content/news/Deadly-fire-at-Jackson-County-Ala-boat-dock-several-people-still-unaccounted-for--567321501.html

Then the Everett Washington marina fire, showcasing Port incompetence  and fireboat expertise.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbjpiB6_m64

or the Portman South Carolina Marina fire,

or, the Gig Harbor Washington marina fire,

Patchogue Shores Marina, New York

Sunday, January 26, 2020


I recently sent a family member my recollections as a 7-year-old, learning about radio... and the big wooden trans-oceanic Blaupunkt that stood in my grandfather’s living room in 1950 (with its white ivory buttons and huge round dial that had every country in the world available).

The first attempt at a radio broadcast was in New York City in January of 1910, the very few... who actually had access to it, had to listen on headsets, later, the first "actual" broadcast (with an audience of one thousand listeners) was an election night broadcast made by KDKA in East Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1920. relaying the news that Warren Harding had beaten James Cox in the Presidential election.

Radio did not become popular (or affordable) until in the mid to late 1920s, but, even as late as in 1925, a radio still cost $150.00 dollars, back then, a new car cost around $300 dollars, the average new home price was around $8,000 dollars, and the average Joe's annual income was around $2,200.00 a year.

Back then, a Gallon of Gasoline was 11 ¢ents,, a Loaf of Bread 9 ¢ents, a first-class stamp was 2 cents, and a new Radio or Victrola cost $150.

The number of radio broadcast stations surged from five in 1921 to 500 by 1924, and by 1930, more than 40 percent of all American households owned a radio, by 1940 that number had more than doubled, to 83 percent.
After WW2 there were other media forms rising and radio fell on hard times.
In 1950 Television came into play, plain paper copiers arrived in 1960, color TV arrived in 1970, 1975 had newspapers and magazines at their publishing peak, then... in 1995, the Internet came along, we here learned to code and went up with three websites in 1992...  tactserv.com whazammo.com and haikubyanya.com
During the late '90s, smart technology, and Personal Digital Assistants began merging with cellular phones, and by  2007 the iPhone debuted. 
By 2015, here is how the media world looked. 

For 2020 this graph has every category dropping lower EXCEPT the television digital...TV is down to about 33%,  Radio is around 10%, and Print has continued to drop to 3%, while the digital has surged to around 55%.

Myself having been in one area or another of "media" since High School, I have endured these changes and rolled with the times (I should say EVOLVED) with the times, but 2020 presents some all-new problematics.
In 2020, I am still web mastering four large websites, and "trying" to move into podcasting, I have spent all of 2019 waffling and researching .. as to what to do.  Smartphones and Tablets have upended the entire media circus top to bottom,...here is what I learned.
(Source: eMarketer)and (https://www.websitehostingrating.com/internet-statistics-facts/)
In 2018 nearly 1.56 billion Smartphones were sold (and only 94.4 million desktops), during 2019 we spent more time on the internet than on TV for the first time in history.
In 2019 the daily average usage of the internet among US adults was 3 hours 35 minutes a day, on the average  2 hours and 15 minutes per day of that was spent on social media networks of some type, with videos/images/movies/TV accounting for 80% of all traffic on the Internet.
In 2020, 91% of people in the United Arab Emirates access the internet on their phone, followed by Singapore at 88% and Saudi Arabia at 86%, the United States is only at 57%.
About 53% of all emails are opened on mobile devices, but the average reader attention span in 2000 was 12 seconds, this year (2019) the average attention span is just 8 seconds, the use of mobile devices, multiple tasking distractions, short-form Twitter and texting, and trending to non-personal interface are considered as causes.
As of January 2020, there are over 1.74 billion websites on the Internet. but, 75% of people never scroll past the first page in search results 40% of consumers will leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load
And 79% of shoppers who are dissatisfied with site performance say they’re less likely to ever purchase from the same site again, 47% of all online orders include free shipping.28% of online shoppers will abandon their cart if the shipping costs are too high, or if they do not qualify for free shipping, or shipping costs shown too late in the purchase process, online grocery shopping will reach $100 billion by 2025, grabbing 20% of the total US grocery market.
But, back to radio and podcasts,  Audio content allows the listener to multitask. A recent study showed that while 49% of podcast listening happens at home, 22% happens while driving, 11% at work, and 8% while exercising.
Moving ahead... after a very long time, it is apparent that we as a society have morphed into a speedo, read-and-run, unscheduled, short attention span lifestyle, resplendent with tweeting, texting, fast foods, selfies, and poor reading comprehension.
Trying to select a format to move forward with is fraught with hurdles at every turn, although I am a writer first… storyteller second, I know from webpage analysis that “reading” does not work in 2020, and, video or images require full attention to details (like reading), which makes   "on-demand" audio look better and better, so, I am back to rethinking PortholeRadio and podcasting.
Why is this so difficult?

Friday, January 24, 2020


I m pretty sure everyone saw the news from Indonesia about the Needlefish jumping out of the Indonesian sea and skewing a kid in the neck... the "tropics" (between the line of Cancer (23.5 NL) and Capricorn (23.5 SL)) are filled with Marine life and Marine "things" a fisherman or sailor North of the 37th parallel North (the paranormal highway line) will never see or experience.

NOTE: The Mediterranean Sea being protected and closed-off, is an exception here.

                                              --The poor misunderstood Fangtooth fish--

Although the areas to the North and South of the 23.5 (Tropics) line is a high human population area, the fishermen and sailors stuck in "only"  these latitudes are exposed to a very-` "very" tiny example of what is in our oceans.  Within my lifetime the oxygen level of the oceans keeps dropping, while the acid and temperature levels keep rising, this has caused "some" migration of species, and recently the news is alive with "new species" Marine fish stories in Florida, the Gulf and Southern California/Mexico.

Fangtooth, Dragonfish, Jawfish, Pufferfish, Flyingfish, Frogfish, Parrotfish, Blobfish, and Mola Mola are well known to Tropic Tuna Clipper fishermen as by-catch, our boats returning from Samoa would bring back frozen examples (Google them for enlightenment).

The billed fish are best looked at as a group  (NEEDLEFISH, SAWFISH, HOUNDFISH, SWORDFISH, MARLIN, SPEARFISH, SAILFISH) and can be found in the Caribe, Gulf and Florida Keys (just outside of the tropics),

a Needlefish

All of these fish are deep water swimmers and very fast... clocked at as high as 65 MPH !!

                                As in the story of a Needlefish impaling this kid in Indonesia,
Yes... he survived

these all are "jumper fish" as well,  and, like Flying fish and Manta are something to behold from the marvels of the Southern Tropic ocean. 

A school of Needlefish 

Being offshore in a low freeboard boat sets you up for a flyover of sea life, see my earlier post from 15 June 2019 on Rays... 

As supposed "experienced" Northern Commercial Fisherman head South, many surprises await them.


Thursday, January 23, 2020


Have you ever been exposed to an emergency ?
           A first-hand, in-your-face emergency ?

I have, from auto wrecks, airliner crashes, shipyard accidents, bar fights, flight deck mishaps, medical emergencies, on board fires, and refinery disasters, and boat explosions/sinkings.  In every case, an “emergency” requires quick thinking, fast response time, and equipment on site, stat !

Ever been moored out in Hong Kong ? or Los Angeles/Long Beach ? how about on the Hudson or at New Orleans ?

Places like Ft. Meyers, Roanoak, Morro Bay or Coos Bay… and even Port Angeles are not much different ... once the sun goes down, even if you are in smaller harbors than that, the overnight activity and pulse beat are all about the same, quiet. 

The crane operators, Longshoremen, shipyard workers, forklift drivers of the world “may” be out there making beeping noises and do a random container drop, or lose a plate in the drydock, but, after dark, it is over.

I preach from atop my anchor winch alot, and always rant the same laments and observations, here is a continuance: The reason Ports and Harbors are so different at night is simple… everyone went home !  That’s right, home to their dryland stick and mortar home.

The change by exodus has to be experienced, the commotion and din of noise...quits, the visual motion of people, machinery and watercraft… stops, the dock and deck lights come on, and the quiet stillness sets in.  The Wharf rats and palm squirrels join with the otters and night birds, as their time has come.

I don’t know what the day to night population percentage difference would average out to, but, possibly 95% of the daytime personnel have left the overnight watch of this entire Harbor to automatic switches, alarms, pumps and a small crew of live-boards and “duty watches”.

The Port Authority, vessel owners, and dock workers all sit at home secure knowing with a phone call 911 will bring an ambulance, the police, or a fire truck, should they have a household emergency or weird event, if their electric, water, wifi, or sewer fail, a simple phone call brings out the emergency crew.  Ashore, the population density is such that unknown passers-by can call up these services in your stead, should you be away or asleep.

Down on the waterfront, it is now a deserted, dark, unseen world of skeleton crews, or, rent-a-cop patrols, and emergency telephone numbers posted on each boat, gate, or piece of equipment… this fast-moving day time place has now gone into slow motion.

Those “emergency” phone numbers ?  if they are “no longer in service”, ringing endlessly, going to an answering machine, disconnecting, or giving “sorry this mailbox is full”, are not much different than actually making contact with a boozed-up, drugged or confused as to “why you are calling me ?” person…plus, you just wasted valuable emergency response time on the phone.  My favorite is the “Here I come !...followed by a phone slam”, after you wait 10 minutes with your finger in the dike, this one person helper arrives, becomes a basket case of confusion and unfamiliarity, but pledges to “go get help” and leaves.

Ambulance crews or fire crews locked out by a gate, not having portable pumps, an air compressor, or flotation bags, trying to bring a house call gurney down a dock instead of a stretcher (which they do not have on the truck), no pollution flotation barrier aboard, on and on.

Sadly, in most Harbor emergencies you are on your own, and sadder yet is the fact the unpreparedness and lack of response time with competent personnel and the right equipment usually ends in a total loss of life, vessel or other (disappointing-needless-actually criminal).

Preparedness requires exposure and training, repeated drills intended to uncover all of the variable and accidental screw-ups, the nuances, to what “should” be routine, but, never are when a “real” emergency arises.  Without that seasoning, and constant redundant run-through, … you “are not” prepared ! Watch the US Coast Guard crews training repeatability, over and over, let’s do it one more time, again, repeat please !

Those who work in "Emergency Services, Medical Services, and other “Services Industries” are all accustomed to working for a 24 hour Corporation that must supply around the clock service coverage, by having either three shifts, or, having an "on duty" around-the-clock person available every night, every minute of the year. There are legal liabilities and criminality fears for negligence.

In general the "Service" industry lifestyle is very demanding, when a refinery blows up, or a ship catches fire, a tornado hits, or an airplane crashes the service industry jumps to the fore, people are rattled out of their racks to begin the communications, and movement of parts equipment and people immediately.

In the Service Industries, going home at night (5PM) is nice, but you are "on call"--ALWAYS.  A blizzard in Montana wakes up and calls out the engine-transmission-truck chassis-shipping company crews thousands of miles away to lend support and hold hands for the vehicles and owners in peril.

The refinery missile attack in Syria calls out compressor-pipe-valve-controls-and construction crews immediately all over the planet... the shipping of parts, sending representatives, digging out blueprints, analyzing time-down, loss of product costs, insurance people and engineers all are awake and back at work

Living... on a boat is like being on call 24/7, the difference lies in the fact that all of your belongings and family are "here"... not safely miles away "at home" like with daytime workers, but, we too rely on the safety net of having a "Harbor911" to call.... or, are "supposed to".

Home is where you hang your hat, eat, sleep, and live... when the hot water heater ruptures in the middle of the night and floods, you are up and addressing it (whether on a boat or in your city house), when an electrical short sets fire to the kitchen, you battle it and call for help, when 8 thugs ax into your living room at 2AM, you call for help.

We rely on that help, that safety net, that service industry mentality as backup to our own skills. To ensure we have backup, we position ourselves in cities, harbors, and places where it is available.

Many of us have positioned ourselves in backup reliant conditions because of having learned our lesson on trying to be independent (and failed), or, being too old or unskilled. But, to count on a backup… 911 or otherwise that simply “is not there” is dangerous.

Unawareness, zero response, not-my-fault’s, dead phones & I’m sorries equal complacency, not emergency response.

Sunday, January 19, 2020


Lotus Seafood Palace

1150 Bay St, Florence, OR 97493

--------  This property is no longer available to rent or to buy.
$2,650,000      9,583   Sq ft  Downtown Riverfront property includes approximately 1.8 acres of submersible land lease and approximately 60 slip marina. Zoned Old Town District Area A, this property is an excellent mixed-use development site. Take advantage of sweeping views of the Siuslaw River, dunes and historic Siuslaw bridge while planning your development. Recent lot line adjustment survey on file.

1150 Bay St, Florence, OR 97439

When you travel, live and move around within many cities and regions of North America, after a few months of acclimatization, you start the process of becoming a local.
    Even with such a hallowed title as “local”, or “resident”, unless you are naive…  having not been born here from parents who were also born here, all of which never-ever left town (you will never be a “local”).

You will never be privy to the town’s secrets, its mistakes, its curses, who ran off with who’s wife, the suicides and illegitimate children, or its embezzlements, poisonings, wife beatings, whole-house slaughterings, the mass rapes, paternity findings or the burning alive of Sara and her five children… the dark side of town history…

And especially…. "You" ... will “never” be told the people’s names who created all of these sinister events.   These are town secrets, and everyone is related to each other, and they were all somehow complicit in the events that happened, so its hush-hush.

But, being new to town, certain things and places stand out as peculiarities, that beautiful house with the all-glass tower rising above it,  the lighthouse built back in the woods entirely of abalone shells, the curious WW2 submarine sitting on a hillside lot, or the beer bottle built structure over by the graveyard, and, whats with that airplane sitting in the middle of the graveyard anyway?

So, you ask.

After many months and having asked 30 “true locals” about these things, you have learned nothing, everyone is silent… they stare away from your gaze, or say “boy ! I really don’t know”, or, they change the subject and move the conversation on and away.

For myself, the obvious avoidance of answer is as Hollywood as the places themselves, you ask a policeman, surely that fireman next door will know, how about the C of C or the Mayors office… nope, nada.  Like the old Brer rabbit tale “they ain’t sayin’ nothin’”.

This magnificent edifice above called the “Lotus” is one of those… hanging out over the water, and with a coliseum entryway and paved parking lot, one can see the old valet park-your-car set up, that dirt lot was gravel and a part of this and Marina parking as well, it is now divided off and sold-’rezoned”-  I would assume it all is part of the city's “imminent domain” take-over.

Now into our fourth year of inquiry, it is a mystery to everyone, it goes so far as the majority pretending to not even know of where I am talking about… I go through the "across from the bed and breakfast and Humane society and sandwiched in between the condominiums and the veterans memorial on bay street".. a simple “I dunno where you are speaking of"... is all I can get, the disavowment is almost laughable, standing in the Lotus parking lot and being told "you know I never noticed that building before !"

Step across the property line on one side and you are standing in the Veterans Memorial, step the other way and you are in the Condominium complex, ask anyone at either place and they look at this monstrous building and see nothing…”I dunno, I work for the Condo” says the maintenance man mowing the lawn.   Even the people at the Bread and Breakfast and Humane Society across the street say nothing.

What a magnificent building, built with top of the mark materials, and in a simply gorgeous setting, empty and unattended or maintained (obviously waiting on condemnation or eyesore removal to mature).

With a larger harbor capacity and more scenic location closer to services than the Port of Siuslaw, one can assume who had something to do with this vacancy, and you wonder why it is not on google images or youtube anywhere... but, This one gets my “I dunno, I just live here” award for 2019.

Friday, January 17, 2020



The dredge crew did a proper tie-down of their gear and out pipe last night.... it took three days, but it was done right last night with a double tie on the pipe.

job well done.                                       


High Tide at 0515... and finally silence ! the pipe is now 3 feet off our bow.

I sleep for 1/2 an hour, when the sun gives us light (at 0700) I can finally go out to "see" the situation.

No one around anywhere... so I am able to inspect the dredge pipe, tie downs, cleats and figure out what happened.

Always critical of people and the unqualified, In the process of looking around, I have two deja vu-like recalls... 

One is remembering the day earlier as I sat in the galley watching the dredge crew shut down and secure for the night, I watched a no cross-tie of the dredge occur, and a stand up "puppeteer" of the dock line holding the pipe,  around the cleat.  (which had reminded me of a cowboy swirling a lariat just above the earth as a show of mastery)...AND ...

Two, in remembering what happened when the St. Lawrence Seaway (River) Dredge crew, got behind schedule and called in the Lake Ontario (Lake) dredge crew and equipment for support, these were "big" Ellicotts- one was a bucket dredge, their very first day on station the Lake crew's problems began.

Unaccustomed to dealing with tidal rise-fall or river "flow", the stationary wharf we all tied equipment to became an overnight (unattended) disaster, the Lake crews half-witted tie-downs were undone by morning, and (just like here) their outpipes broke loose as did their skiffs, and 1/4 mile of float pipe all went downriver.

In the night, a freighter took their slurry line, floats and all, 30 miles upstream before cutting it free.

We had a knot tying and tie-down school that next day, and we simply had to be sure a final check was made of all their tie-downs before ever leaving the docks at night.

-------------- Observing the process in place here, it would not have passed muster for our crew back then...  'nuff said. what happened was the cowboy knot slipped 20 foot allowing the outpipe to follow the tide flow,the harder it pulled-the more the knot slipped.

Obviously, some sort of damage control ass-chewing occurred, because last night they did a satisfactory job on securing, and we slept well.  We will see about future nights.

Never trust a crew working any boat (tender to full size) that does not have night-work lights fitted...  No one ever took the courtesy time to stop by and say ...  OOps, we messed up.  it tells you a lot about the company, crew experience levels, safety and work ethic.

Brien Mill our Port Diver will go under So...fea for a conditional inspection, just to be sure, and we hope that finally (possibly ?) the port will take action to establish a serious 24-hour overview of their harbor and emergency response. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020


We just finished our first day of active dredging here in the West Basin (100 foot in full view from So...fea), so, I know (without looking at the Calender) that it must be 15 November (that's the schedule to begin).

What happens next is a Keystone cops event (for you youngsters, a Chinese Firedrill, a SNAFU, or a cluster f**k)

Suddenly, there is a loud extended growl and a vibration that drowns out the TV show, its one of those jump to your feet fear things... WTF is "that"?

It lasts perhaps a second or two, there is a 15-second pause (while you try to figure out what it is) then it happens again, and again, it will not stop!

It's that kind of vibration that unexplainably chases (vibrates) silverware across a counter - like a dryer out of balance in another room. the noise is like a helicopter that is sitting very low just overhead.... after a fashion, you realize this all is coming up from below you, and the deck is what's vibrating. Something is "under" the boat ! a 18 foot 750 pound Dungeness crab is under my boat.

On with the boots, coat, deck and fishing lights...

The empty, air-filled and floating 16-inch discharge piping from the dredge has broken its dock moorings and the tidal flow has it dead center underneath So...fea on a 20-degree angle, it is playing the keel and boat bottom like a fiddle. As the wind comes up and it starts to rain, the chop now also had it bobbing up and down to "pound" the hull-vibrate across it in a non-stop and increasing intensity -pound-vibrate-pound-vibrate-pound-vibrate... In a 45 degree rainstorm at 2015 at night ... THIS IS BAD.

Immediately I begin the calls for help ... and to notify the harbor of the problem, I have six Port phone numbers at my disposal, including the emergency entry gate number for visitors locked "in", or when the access pads are not working for access with code, all go to voice mail, but four are "mailbox full....thank you, call back later". I will run those same telephone traps three times in the next hour and a half... always with the same results and no call-backs.

To avert the problem at hand, in the rain,
cold and wet the wife and I manually untie and move So...fea down the dock 20 feet to free her from the pipe, ... but now, with dry clothes on, the move proves to be short-lived, and the pipe reasserts its position under sofea, we again go out and do the drill, moving another 10 foot back to freedom, we rerun the telephone calls... with still no answer, So... we do as the Port always tells us to do for "anything" ... CALL THE POLICE.

That worked ! the Port Manager arrived in 15 minutes, but, like us, he could assemble no help by phone (from the Dredge Company or the port employees), so, we were on our own.

And, now, at 2245 (the low tide mark), we needed yet a third move to avoid the pipe (again) putting us 40 (feet back from where we started), the pipe was now 1 foot off our port bow and only "side" bumping us on rare intervals and this was all we could do... after low tide ended, the pipe slowly moved further and further away from So...fea as the infow developed high tide (which came in at 0515) PART TWO TOMORROW

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Our last post received many comments on "Captain Yuggie", but, almost everyone missed that the picture of me was a click-on video. Always look for embedded/underlined hot links on these pages.

Of all the comments, and questions we field from landlubbers, I believe the #1 subject is about seeing a cat and dog aboard So...fea, for some reason this really shocks people.

In my self assumed role as the So...fea docent, I go on to explain away the “why”, then follow up with the “how” we acquired the animals we have, and I tell a tall sea-tale about being lost at sea and saved by our dog “Bonnie”, the story will not be told here, but the explanation goes like this.

Early Sailors used solar compasses on sunny days and sunstones when it was overcast, the development of the magnetic compass followed, in my post of 2 January I talked about “Time and Navigation”, and today we have GPS.

Dogs and Wolves are very sensitive to the Earth's magnetic field, dogs (like many earth creatures) can define the polarity of this magnetic field. 
The ritual we see when a dog circles round and round before settling down to lay a pile, is attributed to a dog's need to align its body along the earths’ magnetic axis and into a true north-south magnetic orientation, just like the needle of a magnetic compass.

Dogs on leashes, however, are not “free” to align themselves into North/South, and can only do so when they are free to choose.

But how do animals and possibly humans sense magnetic fields? Is there some sort of biologic-compass? Other animals (humans too) have been found to exhibit this skill, it is called “magnetoreception”, and it is used by many creatures for orientation and navigation.

Common carp (fish), cows and deer graze and rest aligning themselves with magnetic north, although other factors (wind and sun) also can affect the directions faced by cows.

Lobsters, mole rats, and fruit flies pigeons, bats and monarch butterflies all navigate using the earth’s magnetic fields.

Researchers have verified is that most magnetic field lines in the ocean run the same direction as the coastline, but in some places, these lines change direction abruptly and turn in a direction perpendicular to the coast, and magnetic abnormalities from solar flares and storms may also impact magnetism.

In these magnetically confused places, it is very common to find beached whales, since Whales sense the earth’s magnetic field in order to navigate their long-distances.

So, as the tale goes ... my being constantly afraid of a compass failure, or the GPS not working, we have Bonnie the dog aboard as a “Defecating dog compass”.
If you have more questions… I refer you to “Yuggie” the Captain.

Friday, January 10, 2020


CAPTAIN YUGGIE SEZ' . . . HERE IS WHAT TO DO ON A RAINY DAY WHEN IT IS COLD, BLUSTERY, WET, AND FOGGY... It is an attempt to simplify life, give it a try and comment please , you can click on full screen, adjust volume, and this should be visible on Mac, Linux,  and crappy microsoft.

Too much allied baggage of ads, likes, referrals, and baggage from unknown people, so why not do "my own" youtube?

I cannot emphasize enough that this was "intentionally" created with ALL of the worst elements I could assemble. anything I do or add to enhance this will make a huge difference.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020


Amongst a lifetime of memories that I have stored on brain shelves like an old LP record or music tape collection, there are some that you take down every so often and revisit.

One of those is the magical, few times in a lifetime experience of going through the Panama Canal.

It is one of those slow-moving kaleidoscope events in life that haunt you, outwardly so simple yet you are sure you missed a lot... if you have not received your "Order of the Ditch" certificate, or anchored off the entry ends of the canal to watch the activity, way down below at the bottom is a 7 minute time-lapse tour of the 12+ hour experience... for you to make.

Nowadays everything from Aircraft Carriers to Mega-Container ships transit the canal (along with "little guys" like So...fea), whether you go in at the Balboa side or Colon, the fun is the same.

I recently heard there are many new rules and equipment needs for transiting, and that much has changed since I was last through in 1988, but,  here are the costs today if we were to take the 40 foot So...fea through:

  • Transit toll: $1,600 (same all boats up to 50’) 
  • Inspection by an ACP Admeasurer: $54 (fixed)
  • Security charge: $130 (fixed)
  • Panama cruising permit: $197 (fixed)
  • Panama visas: we paid $315 ($105/adult)
  • Other formalities: $55
  • Agent fees: $350 SEL  Maduro
  • Line handlers: four required in addition to the skipper/helmsperson. use locals...$400
  • Lines/fenders: Rented 125 foot tow lines, and large Panama fenders  $75
  • Bank commission for ACP payments handling: $60
  • Water taxi fee for lines/fender pickups: $12
                                                     Total cost to transit the canal: $3,248
Plus, there are other expenses, like passport, moorage, stores, insurance, some pet problems, and shots, medical certificates, customs, and fuel. $300+, all in all it is a $4,000 dollar bill blown !
So, these memories you are putting up onto the brain shelf had better be good-remembered-and vivid, there are sunken cities, and gorgeous birds, at over $325 an hour ... take advantage of the view.  There is an exhaustion period at each end, so plan on making it a 4 day trip, 1 1/2 days  to prepare, and 1 1/2 days to recuperate.  the night life, music,  people and alcohol make it all painless.