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In general this will be at the discretion of the boat owner, although some European countries do require an ICC certificate (equivalent to RYA Day Skipper) for boats over a certain size. An RYA Day Skipper certificate is usually a safe bet for most boats; or submit a sailing CV if you’ve done a lot of boating but never taken this out. Smaller boats will need less experience, but boat owners will usually like to know that you’ve at least handled a boat before.

If in doubt ask the boat owner, and there’s always the option of booking a skipper for the trip. This has its own benefits and will allow you to kick back with your family and friends; relax into the sail whilst someone else gets you from A to B. Hosts are also available for meal provisioning, and full crews for larger boats. See the optional extras on each individual boat listing for what’s available.

We say that 6-8 weeks a year is as much as is realistic to expect on average. There’s more chance of getting to nearer the top end of this with favourable reviews on the site and positive customer feedback. Just choose the dates you want to use your boat for, then leave it to us to fill it on the other weeks.

Generally we advise that it will not be possible to make any significant profit, but chartering your boat out will likely cover annual running costs of the boat, including mooring fees, insurance and maintenance costs.

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Borrow a Boat In Panama

Panama is most famous for the man made canal which was built by the Americans to allow passage of goods between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The canal itslef has a series of locks that raise the level of the water to over 20 meters above sea level before lowering it again at the other side. We would reccomend visiting the canal but sailing through it should only be done if a necessity.

Panama itself is a beautiful rainforest covered land which offers boating options in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. The San Blas islands off the Atlantic coast line are worthy of a visit if you coconut trees and white beaches. Look out for the Guna Indians who are still living in a traditional way.

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BAHIA 46 (4Cab)

Panama City Marina,PanamaBuilt in 2001
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from £666 / day

Nautitech 40 (4Cab)

Panama City Marina,PanamaBuilt in 2002
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Lagoon 500 (4Cab)

Panama City Marina,PanamaBuilt in 2011
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Nautitech 44 (4Cab)

Panama City Marina,PanamaBuilt in 1995
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from £470 / day

Feeling 446

Panama City Marina,PanamaBuilt in 1992
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from £1,357 / day

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Panama City Marina,PanamaBuilt in 2014
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