Working as yacht crew in Panama

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Panama City, Panama

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tomw_london tomw_lon…
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See a world wonder from a unique view point May 05, 2011
The Panama canal is a world wonder and well worth a look just to see enormous ships squeeze through what seems to be an impossibly narrow canal as they pass from the Caribbean to the Pacific. In addition to large industrial vessels, the canal is an essential passage way for cruisers. The seas are full of people from all sorts of backgrounds that have given up their life to sail the world. Often these yachties travel in pairs or with a small crew of three to four people. In order to pass through the canal they are required to have six people on board to "work the lines" (essentially catch ropes flung from shore). Therefore, if you show up at the yacht clubs either around Panama City or on the Caribbean side and offer your services (unless its hurricane season) you'll often find a skipper that's looking for crew. The passage takes about 24hrs and the skipper should provide food, beers and a bed. You may even find yourself on a million dollar yacht eating lobster for gratis! In addition, if you display some skills the skipper may invite you for an onward passage. You never know where it might take you!

It obviously comes with some risks, as its essentially seaborne hitchhiking so be sure to take precautions and speak to the harbour master before boarding but it's a whole lot of fun and makes a wonderful travel tale for the grandkids...
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