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Is it possible to take a private sailboat through the Suez Canal?

Asked by twothecat (386 points ) February 4th, 2011

I’m trying to figure this out for a story I’m writing and haven’t been able to get an answer.

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Luiveton's avatar

Yes of course it is, but it has to be a ferry boat or bigger, not a sail boat. And you obviously pay to pass, but check the paying part. All I know is all ships (especially) cargo, that want to pass have to pay. So most probably yes, you do pay.

twothecat's avatar

Ok, my characters are traveling in a sailboat… so they’re just going to have to fly from there! Thank you!

WasCy's avatar

Private yachts use the Suez Canal all the time. It’s why Somalian piracy is such a particular problem to them.

janbb's avatar

I think @WasCy had the right answer, not the first poster.

twothecat's avatar

Ok, maybe there’s still hope for my travelers!

Luiveton's avatar

@janbb , Umm actually I did say it can be something as big as a ferry boat, but a sail boat is not big enough.. And with all due respect I think I know what I’m saying – I live there. :)

janbb's avatar

Well, your answer is not at all clearly worded since you say yes but then say it can’t be a sail boat which is what the poster is asking about. It just doesn’t make sense to me in the context of the question, so maybe you could clarify what you mean. Or maybe it’s my brain that is muzzy; if so, sorry. A private sailboat is not going to be as large as a ferry, of course, but I would think they could go through the canal. Maybe not.

janbb's avatar

@Luiveton Just to follow up, a Google search on sailboats and the Suez Canal showed many books, sites and references to the passage including this one. Maybe there is some confusion here in terminology.

Luiveton's avatar

I guess you’re right then. Sorry

twothecat's avatar

Thank you both! I was having a hard time figuring it out online. Thanks for the link!

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