Helpful information for anyone about to take their yacht through the Panama Canal

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This section of the website is based on our personal experience as linehandlers, and from talking to ACP personnel. We update relevant sections after completing each transit because the Canal and procedures are constantly changing. So, if you intend to transit the Canal, please check our website on a regular basis because the content might change.

Preparation – Overview of setting up your transit

Book Your Transit – Information the ACP needs

Agents – What they do and some contacts

Admeasurer Inspection – What they are looking for

Pay The Fees – Costs involved

Transit Procedure – What happens and when

Lockage Types – Configurations in the Canal

Linehandlers – What they will be doing

ACP Canal Advisors – Their job and looking after them

Equipment – Ropes, fenders and more

What Goes Wrong? – Some things to watch out for

Sights and Scenery – What you can see while on the Canal

Marinas and Anchorages – Basic information

Shopping – Where you might provision

Getting Around – Public transport and other options

Did You Know? – Some trivia


The important ACP document you need before you start

Procedures for Securing a Handline Transit of the Panama Canal


And if you need linehandlers

Shelter Bay and Balboa Yacht Clubs have noticeboards

Russ & Di – We are often available, and here you can find out about us and our transit experience, then email us at

Panama Line Handler – spreadsheets that connect Captains and linehandlers