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I hope all of you folks will leave your comments and thoughts here to share with other folks in the PMBC and the yachting community.

Craig Owings Commodore PMBC


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Hope things work out Craig.... In the Interim, Saturday, while I was at a Galveston Bay shoaling update class, I overheard a lawyer, specializing in Admiralty Law, mention that he and his wife were thinking of sailing from Houston, out of Waterford Yacht Club, in Kemah, TX. to the San Francisco Yacht Club. He would be going through the Canal. He may have read the article in SAIL, as did I, so he may look you up. I'll bug him to do so. Stay tuned, and best of luck. Tim Elford S/V Nivmawhey


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TRULY ENJOYED YOUR WEB-SITE. AS A YOUNSTER I AND MANY OTHERS HELPED BUILD THE ORIGINAL BOAT CLUB-OR PORT MEIGS-AS WE FONDLY CALLED IT. I ALSO RACED HYDROPLANES AND DROVE FOR MR. FRED HATCHET WHO AT THAT TIME WAS MR. OUTBOARD MOTOR OF ALL OF PANAMA AND THE CZ. LESSONS WELL LEARNED IN OUR FORMATIVE YEARS FROM THOSE INVOLVED. 1939-1943. MY LAST TRIP TO THE ZONE WAS 1985 AND I STOPPED BY AND DRANK A CERVACIA OR 2 FOR OLD TIMES SAKE. MANY FOND MEMORYS EVOLVED THAT DAY. SOME KIND OF CHANGES OBVIOUSLY HAVE OCCURED. LOOKS GREAT AND SINCERLY HOPE YOU CAN MANAGE TO EXIST UNDER THIS PRESENT REGIME. IN 85 WHEN I WAS THERE-THERE STILL EXISTED A KAYAK, HANGING UPSIDE DOWN UNDER THE LOWER ROOF-PORT MEIGS-PRINTED ON THE SIDE. AS KIDS WE HAD A GREAT TIME TRYING TO BE ESKIMOS IN HANDLING AND MASTERING TURNING IT COMPLETELY OVER. ONLY ONE I REMEMBER COULD DO THAT-LLOYD KENT-A GREAT FRIEND AND RECENTLY DECEASED. TIME MARCHES ON AND MY BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL. WILLIAM DIEZ.


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Hi there, I'm planning a backpacking trip soon and wanted to start in Panama. Ive read that it is easy to get a job as a line-handler with the pay being around $50-$100 a day. Is this true? And if so, do I need a special Visa or papers? I currently live in Canada and I am planning on leaving in about a year or so and I just don't want to get stranded. Ive also read that it is easy to hitch a ride on the ships, and that some ships go to Galapagos, Easter Island, and the Carribean. Is this also true? Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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Craig, This is a very nice newsletter. I sent you a note, please let me know if you get it. Charlie Walker


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Hello; Do you have Rajko's e-mail in Beograd? RobertLangDirect@Comcast.Net


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Hi folks, Just wanted to say what a thrill it was to be able to go through the canal and have a long stay at the PMBC. I have wonderful memories of the adventure. All of the staff, the long time residents, the yachties, and the other assortment of odd charcters just added to my life adventures. I went through in February 2001 on my 43' Hans Christian, LIBERTE. Thanks for the memories !!! Art Hedstrom Currently in Tampa Bay, Florida


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Hi folks, Just wanted to say what a thrill it was to be able to go through the canal and have a long stay at the PMBC. I have wonderful memories of the adventure. All of the staff, the long time residents, the yachties, and the other assortment of odd charcters just added to my life adventures. I went through in February 2001 on my 43' Hans Christian, LIBERTE. Thanks for the memories !!! Art Hedstrom Currently in Tampa Bay, Florida


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If anyone knows Russ Goedjen's e-mail address, please pass it on. I knew him at UW Madison 1964-67. Thanks. Jennifer (Brown) Moore jennifer.moore@willis.com


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Craigo, Testing the comments form. Dave


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Hey Craigo, great site! Dave W.


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Dear everyone that may remember Juana Lucina-William, Nikki and Gabrielle. We are all well in Oahu trying to build up the finances. JL is in NSW, Australia in a little town called Yamba. We recently rebuilt the hull of JL in New Zealand, with the whole process of peeling and the whole 9 yards of reglassing, fairing, paint job, etc. We are in search of Klaus, he is a retired MSGT, who was manager at one time at PMBC. HEllo to Craig and all. Hello to all and congratulations on becoming a station for SailMail. You can reach us at juanalucina@hotmail.com. Hello to s/v AURA (S&D). Aloha Nikki, William and Gabrielle De Heart


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I'm a "Ship outa luk mon"......... toss mi de ahkor..... Howard


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What a thrill to find this site! My Dad was with the C.A.A. and was asigned to the Canal Zone from 1946 to 1950. I was only 7 but can remember riding my bike to the boat club. We lived in Pedro miguel next door to the church,I believe the number was 128 D, Top floor on rt.Enjoyed your photos!


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Hi All, Still taking care of that little peice of Heaven? EX-US Navy-1956-1958,enlisted man-sure would like to take a trip through the cannal one more time! Bill454@wentv.net


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I am planning to sail my Hans Christian 38T through the Canal in January, leaving St. Petersburg, Florida on 1/15/2001. Any information that would make the experrience a pleasant one would be appreciated. What is the lattitude and logitude of the Atlantic entrance to the Canal?ama trying to determine how long the trip will take.

Thanks, Jerry Poore S/V Pelleas St. Petersburg, FL, USA e-mail at jpoore@hitter.net


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Craig:

I didn't know what had happened to you. I am glad that the club is still going strong and in good capabale hands.

Sam McGuinness Puerto Rico


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hey craig, mine and Kathia's first visit to this web site. will look in from time to time please say hello to all the wonderful folks there Rick&Kathia klaus ARRAKIS1998@yahoo.com


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D. B. Kline here in Corpus Christi, Texas. Friend of the KAIMALOLO Crew. Great web page you have. Very professional. I wish my page at www.flash.net/~n5prh/BYC.htm was as pretty. I am new at the game though.

D.B. Kline, Editor of the Bay Yacht Club Bowsprit.


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Great site. Great memories. Ft Gulick, NOV70 - JUL76. Quarry Hts / Ft Clayton DEC81 - JUL82 RICH MC Clung.............


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Hi Craigo, Just checking your work on the website. Very nice. Looking forward to our visit a lot. Tom of AUROCHS


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Hi Craig & Kris enjoy the web page, Hope to rejoin our yacht ARGONAUTA I in a couple of weeks. Will take ten days or so to prep & then down lock into the Pacific to head west, Hugh & Heather Bacon April 14, 1999


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Dear Craig: GREAT information in your website! Thanks so much. We look forward to seeing you in June as we transit from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Bob & Shelley White, aboard White Rabbit III e-mail address: WhiteRabbitIII@compuserve.com


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Dear All, The Ashtons have got to Isla Mujeres and ae now deciding where to go . Had a great time in the NW Caribbean and glad we came this way. Are you there Chris and can we return the charts to the PMBC address? Hope all is well and the PMBC lasts for longer than the June date what will boats do without you all. Next time Ate transits we hope will be on a ship, deck cargo headed for Hong Kong in a couple of months whilst we travel to wind the quick way. So look out for her from the kitchen you never know. A big hello to all who remember us special hello to Jim, Denise, Hugo, Chris, Adrian, Ann, Aura, John, Lourdes.

Best Wishes Juliet Mark Bonnie and Rory Ashtom mjashton@hotmail.com


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Great place, great site, brings back many fond memories, it's just too bad that the PMBC has been overrun by so much riff-raff. Please post any old photos you may have of the club during it's heyday (the hydro races, the "bridge", etc...).


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hi, I could write book about the yacht clubs of the Panama Canal. It's all relative. Considering that the one at the Caribbean side is in one of the most dangerous cities Central America, Colon, and the Balboa Yacht Club recently burnt to a pile of black char, PMBC is looking pretty posh! I must say I have enjoyed my stay here at the club on Pacifico quite alot, it's home-like and friendly. The "clubhouse" replete with e'mail and telephones etc. has all the comforts a home needs and Chris and other staff treat me like family. A nice place to break up the humdrum of transit in the canal.


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Hello Craig, Finally was able to access the website with a computer that can download the pictures. The best to you and the club, I hope the club survives its' own Y2K virus problem (its called the panamagovtvirus). The best to from Deb and I. Donald Diel (commx@aol.com)


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I'm looking for an e-mail contact in Panama City or near by who would be willing to recieve and print an occasional letter to my wife's family. We have had very bad luck recently with the mail. Thank You, Greg


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TO: M/V Resolute. Would appreciate contact by the Dillons. Em and Bill Muir. E-mail: embillma@bol.net or embillma@yahoo.com. Long time no speak, mon.


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Hello PMBC Folks: Recently renewed contact with Panama thru help of Craig. Wife managed BYC 1970-1973 (Em Muir) while we had our 31' Cheoy Lee there and I worked for Marine Traffic. Glad to once again have access to the 'goings-on'. Note lots of activity apparent at PMBC - so different from our 1968-78 sojourn in Panama and the Zone. Bill Muir


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Hi , I am in the middle of browsing your site, lt looks good, I wonder how long it has been on line? We hope to transit April-May 99 .Ian Foster,"Dardanella" Will try and visit.


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Craig,GREAT page and GREAT info, as I grew up at the PMBC and used to watch the hydros race on weekends and fished from the CAYMAN 2 with the Schmidt family. The PMBC is a LANDMARK . Hope to be down there in a couple years.

Chuck Phelan onbd SV MAYA


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Hi Craig, I like the looks of your web page! Hope all is well there! We'll be in St. Martin later this summer....wish we could head your way. See ya. Mel msinclair@infoave.net http://web.infoave.net/~msinclair


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Hello to all of you from Lars and Birgitta on Fragancia in Australia. And congratulations to your nice web-page


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Hi as a kid I grew up at the PMBC and lived aboard and rebuilt my 30 foot double ender before bailing out of the CZ and heading up the coast to San Diego. Now 30 years later your site is really bringing back some memories. Bill Bailey Port Townsend Washington


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Remember the guy who was always finding people in the middle of a disaster. Dale Dagger is up in Nicaragua doing what comes so natural, helping with disaster relief. I'm building another cat up here and also have trained a boat worker if anybody needs help on the way down. They have changed the rules here in San Juan del Sur. They now welcome yachts and will haul and store Get in touch when you've got a moment. Dale Dagger ddagger@ibw.com.ni


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Hi , From the frozen north , hope to go south next winter but too much work here at present. Bob on Vera Mist Calgary, Alberta


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Just dropped by to check out the new site. It is GREAT! Tell Chris hello from the Grizzly and that I finally found his mother at the airport. BRGrizzly@aol.com


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hi craig, like your new website. keep up the good work and we may meet some day as i am preparing to sail your way. greetings from australia ralf, ( OASIS II )


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hi craig, great website. keep up the good work and maybe we meet some. thinking of sailing your way greetings from australia ralf (oasis 2)


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Craig, My first visit to the Web Page and it is great! Just want you to know that I am sending my dues today and just may come down for the meeting in December. That's a threat!! Tom Surles -- AUROCHS


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Hi Craig

You have a very nice web site - great job.

It was nice meeting you here in St Vincent and the Grenadines ... strange to think that by the time you read this you'll be back in Panama!

Hope to see you here again

Best wishes from

Seth, Mary and all at Barefoot Yacht Charters


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Good Job Craig, One of the best sites on the web !

Adrian


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Craig, Dan told me about the site this morning. You've done a great job! Curtis


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Hey Pop, Good go at the website. It's nice to "pop in" and see what is going on in your world. Having difficulty getting back to the home page once you surf out though...R


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25 Aug 98 Hi, I found your site when looking for info about transiting the Canal. I wanted to let you know that you have a great site and I definitely will make the PMBC a stopover when I pass through, hopefully in Dec 98.

I will e-mail you with more details regarding my trip as they develop over the next few weeks.

Keep on the good work.

Steve Faustina S/V Solitaire Oakland Yacht Club sfaustina@hotmail.com (when connected to land wire) WTT2928@sailmail.com (when at sea)


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Dear Craig, Nice job on the website! As soon as I finish moving will search for those negatives and transparencies of Playa Blanca. Would like to work with you on them. Anita


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Craig,

This new site is looking great. Its nice to be able to checkin to see what is going on. We were pleased to find such a super place to leave Concordia while we returned home for a few months. Next year should see a large number of boats stopping by on their way to the Americas Cup race in Auckland in 2000.

Dwight and Maxine Isbell s/v Concordia, dmisbell@rocketmail.com


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Hi Craigo,

Site is lookin' good. Have a nice time on your trip

js


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