Hi Auzzee, thanks for the reply and the welcome.
I guess the whole Canal transit is probably usually timed around the Caribbean hurricane season, June 1st - November 31st.
I'm cashing in my chips, so to speak, in August 2015, and going to see the world. Just kinda started exploring whats out there for crew / delivery gigs near home (East Coast USA) for an experienced sailor to get started on his first leg of the great adventure.
Pacific side of Mexico is on my short list of starting points. Eventually, I need to get over to Laos by the end of 2015 to catch up with a buddy, but I can always fly if I had too.