OCC - Ocean Cruising Club


OCC - Ocean Cruising Club

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Comment by Paddy Delaney on June 13, 2012 at 11:21am

Just wanted to say hello ,my info is on my profile ....

Comment by Michael Teaford on May 15, 2012 at 10:36pm

Hello all, We just sailed the entire west coast from Canada to Mexico. Next, the Chessie, then south to PR after hurricane season. I have sailed well over 50,000 nm since 1969 after returning from VN. To old to quit now, glad to be here.


..Michael & Brenda

Comment by zeehag on April 26, 2012 at 10:25am
could be of interest to some of us....

Toll Increase for Panama Canal Announced
Posted on April 25, 2012 by sarah
This is not great news for many cruisers, but be sure to take it into account if you have plans to head through the Panama Canal after July 1.

The board of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has approved a toll increase of 15% in two years on seven types of large ships and from 60% to 113% for small vessels passing through the Panama Canal as of July 1. The proposed change approved last Wednesday also increases tolls on eight to eleven distinct types of ships passing through the waterway, which “seeks to approximate the amount of toll to the value offered by the interoceanic route to their users,” detailed the ACP in a statement.

The segments will be defined as: container, general cargo, container / bulk cargo, refrigerated cargo, bulk dry, tankers, gas carriers, car carriers, ro-ro and passenger and others. Those with recorded increases of 15% (7.5% in 2012 and the same percentage in 2013) are general cargo, containers/breakbulk, bulk dry, tankers, chemical tankers and others (those not covered by any of categories). Car carriers and ro-ro (roll-on/roll off, equipped with ramps) will increase by only 1.6 to 1.7% in the toll from July 1, said the statement of the proposal. The rate for each segment is calculated on a table that gives a price for the first 10,000 tons, one for the next 10,000 and a third rate for the rest.

For smaller vessels, which have suffered an increase since 1998, proposed increases in four price levels on the basis of the length of the vessel, ranging between 60% and 113%, so the new tolls would be $500 to $800 dollars for smaller boats (50-feet) and $1,500 to $3,200 to the largest (100-feet).

Furthermore, the rate per ton of displacement, now $3.02, also will increase 15.5% to $3.25 as of July 1, and to $3.49 in the the same month next year.

About the increases, the ACP administrator Alberto Aleman, said the proposal brings the tolls closer to the value and quality advantages offered by the route through the Panama Canal, while maintaining the competitiveness of the route.

“The ACP reaffirms its interest in maintaining a dialogue with the industry to enable us to structure a system of tolls according to the needs of our users which results in benefits for themselves and for Panama,” Aleman said.

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Comment by Lorraine Dolsen on July 28, 2010 at 6:48pm
That's a thought. I wonder what if a Pelican case is made big enough and how much?
Comment by D Wogaman on July 28, 2010 at 10:32am
Congratulations! That is exceptional in this market.

I wish I knew of a case for your sewing machine, but I know of none. Too bad there is not a Lock n Lock container that big, as it would work perfectly. What about a heavy duty plastic garbage bag, or sew a Sunbrella or vinyl case for your sewing machine case? Just a thought.

Comment by Lorraine Dolsen on July 28, 2010 at 6:51am
D, Our home is sold and it's hard to believe, but in about 5 weeks we are leaving to fulfill our dream. Have been living on the boat for 7 weeks. Just finished making our Bimini. Next big project is the frame for the mast when on the Erie Canal. If you're still in Oriental, NC - I'm sure that we want to stop and say hi.
Comment by Lorraine Dolsen on May 30, 2010 at 9:05pm
Hi - Phil and I are new to cruising, just signed 2 contracts to sell our house and plan to leave this September to sail to Georgetown, Bahamas. I'm planning on taking my Viking Sewing machine and wondered if anyone knew of a good waterproof case I could buy for the machine - or if there were any recommendations to protect it besides the case it came with.


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Comment by nekkidsailin on February 23, 2010 at 9:49am
New member here - been in CHS, SC for a few years, trying to get underway to the windward caribbean this spring - anyone headed that way then?
Comment by D Wogaman on February 18, 2010 at 6:53pm
Have not heard of Peg and Tom of SV STARBOARD HOME. We are in Oriental on a back creek. Do you know which marina they are in?

Comment by D Wogaman on February 18, 2010 at 1:20pm
Blue highway - What is your boat name? Next year we may be picking your brain as I would like to go up to Nova Scotia, if our boat is ready to go by then.

D & Don

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