Panama Canal Diagram (wikipedia)
Panama Canal Diagram (wikipedia)
Crew of svTICA
Crew of svTICA

Bill (skipper), Kris (son), Joann (admiral), Linda and Chuck

TICA ready to go
TICA ready to go

with tire fenders in place

Chuck and Bill
Chuck and Bill

Getting the lines ready

Interior of svTICA
Interior of svTICA

Our sleeping quarters in the salon

Launch offloading our first Advisor
Launch offloading our first Advisor
Our Miraflores advisor, Nefty
Our Miraflores advisor, Nefty
Bridge of the Americas
Bridge of the Americas

The beginning of the Canal transit on the Pacific side

Container port
Container port

Giant cranes load/offload the containers from freighters

Entering Miraflores Lock
Entering Miraflores Lock

The big arrow directing us into the lock

Entering Miraflores Lock
Entering Miraflores Lock

A freighter and Isla Morada in front of us

Tourist boat - Isla Morada
Tourist boat - Isla Morada

Historic boat owned by Al Capone; we rafted to it in the second Miraflores Lock

A freighter in Miraflores Lock
A freighter in Miraflores Lock

Guided by locomotive cars called "mules"

Mules
Mules

Locomotive cars that guide the Big Boys

Line Thrower
Line Thrower

Atop the Canal wall

Bullseye for Line Throwers
Bullseye for Line Throwers

Practice area to aim the monkey's fist lines

Line Thrower
Line Thrower

Stands atop the Canal wall

Chuck secures the Monkey fist
Chuck secures the Monkey fist

To the lines on the boat

Miraflores - Lines are in place
Miraflores - Lines are in place
Joann adjusting a stern line
Joann adjusting a stern line
Miraflores Gates of Mordor
Miraflores Gates of Mordor

Closing behind us

Gate riveting
Gate riveting
Miralflores lock full
Miralflores lock full
Miraflores Lock
Miraflores Lock

Gates opening

Turbulence uplocking
Turbulence uplocking
Pedro Miguel Lock (after Miraflores)
Pedro Miguel Lock (after Miraflores)

Centennial Bridge in the background

Pedro Miguel Lock
Pedro Miguel Lock

New Canal construction in the backgound

New Canal construction
New Canal construction
Linda - Pedro Miguel Lock
Linda - Pedro Miguel Lock
Approaching the Mushroom
Approaching the Mushroom
Mushroom on Gatun Lake
Mushroom on Gatun Lake

Nefty lassooing our big buoy

Crew on the mushroom
Crew on the mushroom
Lake Gatun
Lake Gatun

Swimming in the fresh water after finishing the first day

Goodbye Nefty
Goodbye Nefty

After taking us through the Pacific side, Nefty leaves us in Gatun Lake

Yacht carrier
Yacht carrier

Going through the Canal

Tropical Canal  landscape
Tropical Canal landscape
Massive Canal dredge
Massive Canal dredge
Our advisor through the Gatun Locks
Our advisor through the Gatun Locks
Rafting up
Rafting up

Getting ready for the Gatun Locks

Downlocking in Gatun Locks
Downlocking in Gatun Locks

Critical for Line Handlers to adjust the lines

Gatun Gates of Mordor opening
Gatun Gates of Mordor opening
The last Gatun Lock
The last Gatun Lock
Leaving Gatun Locks
Leaving Gatun Locks
Shelter Bay Marina
Shelter Bay Marina
Bill and Joann of svTICA
Bill and Joann of svTICA

Happy Campers with a flawless transit

The End
The End

At the end of the trip, the fenders are offloaded and piled up, ready for the next boat.