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For tips about boatyard practices in less developed countries and how to avoid pitfalls see: Getting work done on your boat whilst long distance cruising.

Flamenco Marina has a boat yard adjacent to the fuel dock with a large 150 ton travel lift. Haul outs are done at high tide only, and the boat skipper has to arrange for all supplies and workers, though Marina management will assist in ordering and making arrangements for delivery. Hauling here is one of the more expensive options, however there are bars and restaurants on site and a cruising community here.

Another place with good connections is the Balboa YC which still has two marine railways for a quick haulout and bottom job. Demand is high here though so a reservation is necessary and time out of the water is limited. Good deal for haulout if you don't spend too long out of the water.

The Astillero Nacional in Vacamonte is a bit more out of the way, but has a Syncrolift with good repair services. You can live on your boat on the hard here. Vacamonte is a customs port, so be sure your paperwork is in order (with a zarpe from your last port) before entering here.

Note: Most brands of life rafts CANNOT be serviced in Panama. Cruisers who plan to cross the canal better sort out their life raft before getting here, as the alternative to send the raft back to where it was purchased is both very costly and time consuming.

Cruisers also report that nobody services watermakers competently.

Download this useful Cruiser's Guide to services available in Panama City and Balboa.

Last updated June 2015.

Agencias Anchor SA
P.O. Box 2095 Balboa, Ancon , Panama, Rep. of Panama.
Tel:(507) 320-1144 1145 Fax:(507) 320-1461
Repair services and ship agents. Operates in all Panamanian ports.
Astillero Nacional S.A.
Vacamonte, Panama
Tel:(507) 251-1455 / (507) 251-1214 Fax:(507) 251-0867
A privately own Shipyard located in the fishing port of Vacamonte, only 10 miles off the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. Service yachts, fishing and commercial vessels. 240 ton shiplift (syncrolift). Offer Customs & Immigration services. Hauling, prop and shaft repair, welding. No long-term dry storage - only daily charge .Liveaboards welcome. Some distance from town.
Marina Flamenco Shipyard
Quality Yachts Panama , Contact: Victor Marten
Tel:Office: +507 3140183 / Cell Phone: +507 6866 6609
Under new management since April 2012. 150 ton Marina travel lift. Services: general paint, bottom paint, fiber glass, welding, general mechanic, service and replacement of propellers, shafts, rudder, shaft seals, cuttles bearings, etc, electric and electronic, engines support, spare parts supply, and some others.

Engine Repair

Alejandro
Tel:+507 6674 5961
Electrical and engine repairs. Speaks English.
Best Ocean Ship Repairs
Diablo , Galera 42F , Panama
Tel:507 232 0194 Fax:507 232 0294
Mechanical Repair, Electrics & Electronics, Metalwork, and General Services, hydraulics, welding. Waste Management, Cleaning of bilges
Kenneth L. Breazeale
Tel:507-6648-7202 / 507-6664-9203
Marine Repairs - engine and mechanical repairs, electrical, carpentry and metal work.
MCR Marine
Av. Balboa, Panama City
Tel:+507 262-6265
Motoborda - Forero
Located near Fish Market on Balbao , Calle 15, Local G5 Terraplen , Santa Ana, Panama
Tel:(507) 262 3279
Outboard engines and Yamaha parts.
Motores Marinos
Plaza Portobelo, Av. Balboa, Panama City
Tel:+507 262-6442
Oscar Patino
Tel:+507 340526
Panama Auto
Tel:+507 229-3022
Motor oil, belts, etc.

Mechanical Repair

Alejandro
Tel:+507 6674 5961
Electrical and engine repairs. Speaks English.
Best Ocean Ship Repairs
Diablo , Galera 42F , Panama
Tel:507 232 0194 Fax:507 232 0294
Mechanical Repair, Electrics & Electronics, Metalwork, and General Services, hydraulics, welding. Waste Management, Cleaning of bilges
Centenario & Co. S.A.
POC: Erick Galvez
Tel:Mob: (507) 6676-1376 Fax:(507) 290-3548
Ship and yacht agency services. Mechanical and Electrical Repair. T. shirts with Yacht Logo.
Kenneth L. Breazeale
Tel:507-6648-7202 / 507-6664-9203
Marine Repairs - engine and mechanical repairs, electrical, carpentry and metal work.
Oscar Patino
Tel:+507 340526
Protecsa
Panama City
Tel:2253533
Chandlery & yacht repair. Recommended by cruisers for hydraulic repair. Based in Panama but will travel to Colon. The general manager, Robert Souter speaks excellent English.
Seetecmar Mecanica Industrial
Balboa Ancon , Panama
Tel:00507 66941465 / 69829361
Contact Deenys Guzman. Technical service, main engines, electrics, hull and steel works.
Servimotor
Panama
Tel:+507 682813

Electrics & Electronics

Best Ocean Ship Repairs
Diablo , Galera 42F , Panama
Tel:507 232 0194 Fax:507 232 0294
Mechanical Repair, Electrics & Electronics, Metalwork, and General Services, hydraulics, welding. Waste Management, Cleaning of bilges
Centenario & Co. S.A.
POC: Erick Galvez
Tel:Mob: (507) 6676-1376 Fax:(507) 290-3548
Ship and yacht agency services. Mechanical and Electrical Repair. T. shirts with Yacht Logo.
Electromar Services S.A.
P.O. Box 87-1374 , Zona 7 , Balboa, Ancon
Tel:+507 228 9983/6753620 Fax:+507 228 9986
Electronica Pacifico No.3
Via Espana
Tel:+507 213-0453
Electrical cable, plugs.
Icom (Radicom)
Av. Ricardo J. Alfaro (near El. Dorado)
Tel:+507 260-7144
Imtech Marine Panama (Radio Holland)
Boulevard Las Americas , Panamerica Corporate Center Warehouse 9100, local 11 , Howard – Panama Pacifico
Tel:+507 3160152/53 Fax:+507 3160153
Service, repair and installation of marine electronics (VHF, GPS, Sat Terminals, Radars, Echo sounders etc.). Represent Victron Energy, Garmin, Entel etc. Sell airtime for Iridium & Inmarsat terminals.
Operate out of Balboa (Pacific side including all marinas) and Manzanillo (Atlantic side including all marinas).
Kenneth L. Breazeale
Tel:507-6648-7202 / 507-6664-9203
Marine Repairs - engine and mechanical repairs, electrical, carpentry and metal work.
La Casa del Telefono (Radio Shack)
via España, Plaza Concordia
Tel:+507 263-4511
Marine Electric
Balboa , Panama
Tel:507 6666 2598
Tom Valentine working both in Shelter Bay Marina (Colon - Panama) and out of Panama City/Balboa.
Marine Scene Panama Ltd.
828A Dahlia Lane , Howard Air Force Base , Panama
Tel:(+507) 67276722 Fax:+64(0)9 3531956
Contact Mike Barker. Recommend that visiting cruisers contact them in the first instance to discover what services are available and where to go to source their needs. Happy to help out with friendly advice.
Based in Panama but will travel to Colon. Provide rigging, electrical, hydraulic and refrigeration services to a New Zealand standard. Latin agents for Rocna Anchor, Windrider and local agents for Harken products, many other lines also. Recommended by cruisers.
Navstar Marine
Williamson Place, Balboa
Tel: +(507) 228-0399 / 0907 Fax:+(507) 228-9331
Also able to service Furuno radars. Recommended as very helpful, friendly and competent. Contact Rigoberto Gonzalez who speaks English.
Seetecmar Mecanica Industrial
Balboa Ancon , Panama
Tel:00507 66941465 / 69829361
Contact Deenys Guzman. Technical service, main engines, electrics, hull and steel works.

Carpentry

Jim Laing
Panama City
Tel:(507) 268 1147 - (6655 4026)
Re-rigging and tuning. Master Shipwright and specialist in wooden boats.
Kenneth L. Breazeale
Tel:507-6648-7202 / 507-6664-9203
Marine Repairs - engine and mechanical repairs, electrical, carpentry and metal work.
Panama Yachting Services S.A.
Based in Panama City , Work shed: Astillero Nacional, Vacamonte, Arraijan
Tel:(507) 268-1147 / mob. (507) 6670-1788
In Panama for over 30 years. Will travel to any marina within the radius of Panama City or Colon.
Local dealer for Selden Masts. Rolly Tasker Sails, Laser Performance sailing dinghies, and Sailing Services rigging supplies. Offers good discounts on all products. Can do a total replacement of mast, rig and sails if required. Can locate specialty woods, including teak.
Services: Supply and installation of rigging, masts and sails, yacht and rigging surveys, wide range of repairs - fibreglass and wooden boats a specialty. Free referals to best local services for mechanical and electronic repairs. Free advice for those that need help.
Pitty Carpenters Panama
Tel:Ivan: 6131 0326 / Cristian: 6667 8016
Operate in Balboa, Vacamonte, Colon and wherever else they are needed. Panamanian family business . Father and Manager Ivan speaks Spanish only. Cristian his son speaks Spanish and some English. Specialize in boat interiors. Competitive pricing.

Rigs & Sails

Jim Laing
Panama City
Tel:(507) 268 1147 - (6655 4026)
Re-rigging and tuning. Master Shipwright and specialist in wooden boats.
Marine Scene Panama Ltd.
828A Dahlia Lane , Howard Air Force Base , Panama
Tel:(+507) 67276722 Fax:+64(0)9 3531956
Contact Mike Barker. Recommend that visiting cruisers contact them in the first instance to discover what services are available and where to go to source their needs. Happy to help out with friendly advice.
Based in Panama but will travel to Colon. Provide rigging, electrical, hydraulic and refrigeration services to a New Zealand standard. Latin agents for Rocna Anchor, Windrider and local agents for Harken products, many other lines also. Recommended by cruisers.
Panama Yachting Services S.A.
Based in Panama City , Work shed: Astillero Nacional, Vacamonte, Arraijan
Tel:(507) 268-1147 / mob. (507) 6670-1788
In Panama for over 30 years. Will travel to any marina within the radius of Panama City or Colon.
Local dealer for Selden Masts. Rolly Tasker Sails, Laser Performance sailing dinghies, and Sailing Services rigging supplies. Offers good discounts on all products. Can do a total replacement of mast, rig and sails if required. Can locate specialty woods, including teak.
Services: Supply and installation of rigging, masts and sails, yacht and rigging surveys, wide range of repairs - fibreglass and wooden boats a specialty. Free referals to best local services for mechanical and electronic repairs. Free advice for those that need help.
Roman Porsche
Port Lindon
Tel:67920895
Will travel to Colon or Panama City. German, recommended by cruisers as very thorough and reliable.
Samudio (Canvas/sail repair)
Panama City
Tel:507 6716 4678
Canvas & sail repair for big boats at BYC
Total Marine Supply - DIMAR
Ave. España / Edficio La Balinera , Panamá, Rep. Panamá
Great source for wide range of parts, including bearings and rigging (wire and swage). Colon Rep. in Shelter Bay Marina is TMS Sail.

Metalwork

Aluminium sheets and poles plus stainless steel is found at "HOPSA" in an industrial park on the north side of Balboa.

Best Ocean Ship Repairs
Diablo , Galera 42F , Panama
Tel:507 232 0194 Fax:507 232 0294
Mechanical Repair, Electrics & Electronics, Metalwork, and General Services, hydraulics, welding. Waste Management, Cleaning of bilges
Kenneth L. Breazeale
Tel:507-6648-7202 / 507-6664-9203
Marine Repairs - engine and mechanical repairs, electrical, carpentry and metal work.
Metalica Perez
Tel:+507 227 0846/ 1352
Contact: Jose Raul Ibanez. Custom Metalwork.
Pevez Via Corozal
Via Corozal , Near Novey downtown
Tel:(507) 2270846
Welding / Metalwork
Seetecmar Mecanica Industrial
Balboa Ancon , Panama
Tel:00507 66941465 / 69829361
Contact Deenys Guzman. Technical service, main engines, electrics, hull and steel works.

Hull & GRP Repair

Alberto
Tel:(507) 2256654
GRP. Speaks good English.
Christobal Marina Repair
Panama Office
Tel:+ (507) 315-0120, Fax:+ (507) 232-6547
All types of repair work, including fibreglass.
Panama Yachting Services S.A.
Based in Panama City , Work shed: Astillero Nacional, Vacamonte, Arraijan
Tel:(507) 268-1147 / mob. (507) 6670-1788
In Panama for over 30 years. Will travel to any marina within the radius of Panama City or Colon.
Local dealer for Selden Masts. Rolly Tasker Sails, Laser Performance sailing dinghies, and Sailing Services rigging supplies. Offers good discounts on all products. Can do a total replacement of mast, rig and sails if required. Can locate specialty woods, including teak.
Services: Supply and installation of rigging, masts and sails, yacht and rigging surveys, wide range of repairs - fibreglass and wooden boats a specialty. Free referals to best local services for mechanical and electronic repairs. Free advice for those that need help.

Refrigeration

Marine Scene Panama Ltd.
828A Dahlia Lane , Howard Air Force Base , Panama
Tel:(+507) 67276722 Fax:+64(0)9 3531956
Contact Mike Barker. Recommend that visiting cruisers contact them in the first instance to discover what services are available and where to go to source their needs. Happy to help out with friendly advice.
Based in Panama but will travel to Colon. Provide rigging, electrical, hydraulic and refrigeration services to a New Zealand standard. Latin agents for Rocna Anchor, Windrider and local agents for Harken products, many other lines also. Recommended by cruisers.

Liferafts & Inflatables

Marine Safety Equipment
Westland Mall , Panama
Tel:69824001
Opening hours: 11am to 7pm Daily
Liferaft and marine safety equipment supplier. at competitive prices. Specialise in SOLAS/MED approved marine safety equipment in Republic of Panama.
Marine Warehouse
YMCA building
Tel:(507)314 1768 ,VHF Channel 69
Contact Arturo who will order anything you need from West Marine or other suppliers with fast delivery and reasonably freight charges. Also offers a shipping service from Panama with discount Fedex. Authorised distributor for Caribe Inflatables.
Panama Marine Products & Services Co
France Field, Building 54 , Colon
Tel:(507) 4305233
See report adjacent (March 2013) from a cruiser who used this company via Gente de Mar for a liferaft service.
Port Supply / Life Rafts / New Outboards
Can order parts through a subsidiary of West Marine and have them brought in tax free with very low cost shipping. Parts can be delivered directly to Portobelo, Turtle Cay Marina Puerto Lindo or even San Blas. Jeff works with Viking and can offer an exchange program for those looking for a commercial offshore life raft. You can turn in any brand, any size, any age life raft to receive a significant discount on a new life raft. Call Jeff on 507-6079-1034 or Captain Jack on 507-448-2009.
Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 06, 2017 04:46 PM

The below comment is about La Playita Marina.

Noah D.
Noah D. says:
Jul 01, 2017 01:45 AM

Posted in behalf of Hugh Pilsworth of BlueFlyer:

After an uneventful trip through the Canal we arrived to the well hidden Marina.
First impressions on arrival through the narrow and unlit, unmarked entrance, were good. This is a new Marina with power and water on the docks, which are wide and stable, with big dock cleats.
Security is via keycard to both enter and exit. The office is just at the top of the walkway and is heavily air conditioned.
That is the end of the good impressions. The fees are outrageous, twice those of Shelter Bay and that was more than Red Frog Beach. First night is US$150.00 plus water and electricity. Thereafter it's $2.00 per foot per night, minimum rate charged is 40 feet! For a 2 week stay our cost, 49 ft, is $1470.00 plus 7% tax. That is $1573.00 plus water and electricity.
The toilets are bad and the shower had no hot water.
There is a large chandlers and an ice cream shop next to the office. Restaurants, etc are a good walk away and Panama City is a taxi ride away. Albrook Mall is a 2 hour walk, so bus or taxi.

This would not be my favourite Marina by any measure, but the other marinas are either more expensive or for motor boats. There are mooring buoys at the Balboa Yacht Club, but I'm told that they cost $46.00 per night, presumably plus tax as well.

linuswilson
linuswilson says:
Jun 11, 2016 01:55 PM

Astillero Nacional S.A.
Vacamonte, Panama
They do NOT do long-term dry storage. There is an $80 per day charge to be blocked up.

Rosalind Laing
Rosalind Laing says:
Mar 10, 2015 07:40 PM

Most marine rigging can now be done in Panama. DIMAR has opened Total Marine Supply and details of products and the location of Flexocable can be found on www.flexocable.com

Total Marine Supply in DIMAR also have a wide range of marine products, parts and services. They are official agents for a range of products, including Rule/Jabsco pumps and an inflatable.

dshaimas
dshaimas says:
Feb 17, 2015 01:41 PM

Increased Rates for Transients, Balboa Yacht Club, Panama City, Panama
Effective March 1, 2015:

Monohulls: $0.85 US per foot, per day
Multihulls: $1.00 US per foot per day

Adding the 7% government tax brings actual effective rates of $0.91 for monohulls and $1.07 for multihulls.

Rates include mooring ball (which will rub bright yellow paint onto your hull), water taxi service (dinghy's not allowed in the mooring field), use of coin operated laundry facility, free shower facilities, free water, free wifi (depending on location within the mooring field).

BYC does NOT sell gasoline and, due to permitting issues has been unable to sell diesel for the past 4 to 5 months. No one can say with certainty when they will be able to sell diesel again.

The new General Manager is Capt. Rex Jansen. The email address for checking on mooring availability is: bycmarina@cwpanama.net

Debi Shaimas
s/v Serenity

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 03, 2014 11:44 AM

I am sorry to report that Juan of Gente De Mar cannot be used to handle laundry.. On two occasions items have been missing and on the second occasion my husband's columbia brand clothes and several other items were missing. Juan said it was not his problem and offered no help. I replaced several items at significant cost and did not want the money, I just wanted him to inquire with his laundress.. His response was shocking and rude.
He fills gasoline cans and propane cans for cruisers in the Panama City area but you can do this yourself much cheaper with a taxi if at least two boats get together. If you chose to use his services, expect to pay premium prices with no guarantee that he is using reputable service providers.
Nell Kellett
SV Moon Dancer

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 15, 2014 03:16 PM

Posted on behalf of D. Laurin, S/Y Vimy:
I want to inform the yachting community about a top notch Electrical Engineer who is working both in Shelter Bay Marina (Colon - Panama) and out of Panama City/Balboa.
He is the first seriously professional electrical trained person that I have encountered in many years of cruising. This is the first time that I have bothered to make a comment about a Trade here or anywhere.
Name: Tom Valentine
Company: Marine Electric
E-mail: th.valentin@gmail.com
Tel: 507 -6666 2598

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Panama: New Visa Fees for Yacht Crew Only - ABOLISHED? (24 May 2012)

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Panama Canal Transit - Advance Planning (21 May 2012)

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Do it Yourself both sides of the Panama Canal (15 May 2012)

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San Blas Cruising Only - Returning by air to the USA (10 May 2012)

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Uruguay to Panama - Exit Zarpe (09 May 2012)

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Panama Canal Transit Southbound - in detail (07 May 2012)

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Selden Mast Recall - Our Experience (04 May 2012)

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Panama Canal Transit Spring 2012 - Reports from Cruisers (24 Apr 2012)

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Butane Availability In Caribbean & Pacific (04 Apr 2012)

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Panama, Colon: Yacht at anchor boarded & robbed - March 2012 (03 Apr 2012)

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San Blas: Restricted Travel along the Carti Road (28 Mar 2012)

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Planning to Cruise Central America? (11 Sep 2011)

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Transiting The Panama Canal South to North (06 Sep 2011)

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Planning to Transit the Panama Canal? (24 Aug 2011)

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New Free Caribbean Cruising Guide - A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South (23 Jul 2011)

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South Pacific Ocean Passage Planning (25 May 2011)

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Panama Canal Transit End of March 2011 (18 May 2011)

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Central America Ports: Panama to Mexico (18 May 2011)

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Previously Listed Canal Agent No Longer in Business (12 Mar 2011)

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Acquiring Parts in Panama (10 Mar 2011)

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Shipping Parts to Yachts-in-Transit in Panama (24 Feb 2011)

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Clearing Out of Panama at Balboa (21 Feb 2011)

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Our Visit to Bocas Del Toro, Panama (18 Feb 2011)

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Clearing in at Bocas del Toro (01 Oct 2010)

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New Edition of The Panama Cruising Guide Published (03 Jun 2010)

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Spanish for Cruisers - 2nd Edition (03 Jun 2010)

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Panama Canal Agents: Beware! (15 Apr 2010)

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Panama Advance Notification – The Reality (05 Mar 2010)

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Transiting the Panama Canal – A Cruiser’s View (23 Feb 2010)

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Panama Maritime Authority Request Legalisation of Maritime Services (01 Jan 2010)

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Pacific Panama - Discover Golfo de Montijo (22 Nov 2009)

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Panama Canal Transit - Cruisers Notes (28 Sep 2009)

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Panama-Galapagos-Ecuador (26 Sep 2009)

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Venezuela to Canada (15 Sep 2009)

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Anchoring in Panama (20 Jun 2009)

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Panama to Windward Islands (15 May 2009)

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Panama to Callao, Peru in June (27 Apr 2009)

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Panama To The Galapagos (10 Feb 2009)

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Cruising and Enjoying the San Blas Islands – April 2008 (10 Jun 2008)

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Cruising Report: Panama Canal Transit (09 Jun 2008)

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Panama to Marquesas in February (22 May 2008)

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Panama to Victoria, B.C. (14 May 2008)

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Belize to Panama (14 May 2008)

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USA to Panama in April (14 May 2008)

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Ecuador to Panama in December (14 May 2008)

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Advice On Panama Transit (14 May 2008)

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Fishing Boats - Panama to Galapagos (15 Sep 2007)

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Panama: To use an agent or not? (02 May 2007)

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Cruising Report on Sapzurro (15 Jan 2007)

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Panama Canal - Using an agent (26 Jun 2006)

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Cruising Notes Costa Rica, Cocos Island (24 May 2005)

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Positive Experience From Panama Canal To Galapagos (11 Apr 2005)

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Is A Late Transit Of Panama Canal Feasible? (12 Nov 2004)

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Refuelling in the Marquesas (03 May 2004)

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New Comprehensive Cruising Guide for Panama (24 Feb 2003)

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Eastern San Blas (19 Aug 2002)

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