HALFWAY ACROSS THE CANAL
02/10/2013, 09 08'N:79 48'W, PANAMA
Moonbeam is now in the middle of Lake Gatun proceeding South towards the last three locks to Panama City and the Pacific. Yesterday, we did the first three locks up to the lake, and moored overnight. Our new Canal Advisor, Ricky, arrived at 06:15 to guide us across the lake and into the Pedro Miguel lock and then the two-chamber Miraflores lock.
At the position noted, we are in sight of the Barro Colorado Island, a research facility under the care of U.S. Smithsonian Institute. Scientists from countries around the world come here to work and study local plant and animal life. Although the island can be visited to see some of the nature of Panama, we pass by, heading to our schedule in the locks ahead.
The picture is of the crew for the crossing. Clockwise from top left is Steve Errera, Ken Bardon, Nancy DeVries, Lil Bardon and Lee Henderson.
TWELVE TIRES TO TRANSIT
02/08/2013, 09 22'N:79 57'W, PANAMA
CAPT Ken: his lines and tires.
For rafting protection as well as in the locks, six tires will be hung from each side of Moonbeam. They were delivered, with four 150 ft. long lines, which will be set up fore and aft. Our transit is tomorrow afternoon, Feb 9th.
Here's the schedule:
SATURDAY... 3:30 pm > We will be leaving the dock early enough to reach the port of Cristobal and anchor at The Flats before 3:30, when the Canal Advisor boards our boat from a pilot boat and we begin motoring toward the Gatun Locks. Enroute, we will raft up with one or two other boats.
4:00 - 6:00 pm > There are 3 locks to go through. One of these has the web cam for viewing the locking. Search on google (Panama Canal Web Cam) for the link and you can watch. After rising 85 ft., we reach the fresh water Gatun Lake and anchor overnight.
SUNDAY... 7:00 am > A Canal Advisor rejoins the boat and we motor 31 miles across the lake.
12:00 pm > A noon arrival is anticipated at the beginning of the last three locks.
1:00 - 3:00 pm > During this time frame, we transit these three to finish Moonbeam's "locking through".
The first, Pedro Miguel Lock, takes us with a drop of 31 ft. to the Miraflores Lake. It is only one mile to motor across the lake before we enter the two chamber lock known as Miraflores Lock. A web cam is located within this section (search on google for the link).
When the transit is finished, we will shout, PACIFIC OCEAN AHEAD!
02/05/2013, 09 22'N:79 57'W, PANAMA
We have just been informed that our transit time has been pushed back to Saturday, February 9.