North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Hawaii

20 January 2018 | Off Guatemala
08 January 2018 | Chiapas, Mexico
08 January 2018 | Chiapas, Mexico
03 January 2018 | Huatulco, Mexico
01 January 2018 | Huatulco, Mexico
31 December 2017 | On the way to Huatulco, Mexico
31 December 2017 | On the way to Huatulco, Mexico
29 December 2017 | Acapulco, Mexico
28 December 2017 | Acapulco, Mexico
26 December 2017 | On the way to Acapulco, Mexico
25 December 2017 | Zihuatanejo, Mexico
19 December 2017 | Zihuatanejo, Mexico
19 December 2017 | Zihuatenejo, Mexico
12 December 2017 | Barra de Navidad, Mexico
11 December 2017 | Tenacatita Bay, Mexico
09 December 2017 | Tenacatita Bay, Mexico
08 December 2017 | Careyes, Mexico
07 December 2017 | Chemela, Mexico
05 December 2017 | Punta de Mita, Mexico
01 December 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mx

NW20-25 knot Winds

07 December 2017 | Chemela, Mexico
George Stonecliffe
We weighed anchor from Punta de Mita to go over and snorkel at Las Tres Marietas. But shortly after anchoring, a park ranger came over and asked if we had a permit. Also he told us we were anchoring in a coral bed. Obviously we shouldn't be there, and we left post haste, noting that the Park Ranger took a photo of our boat. So we decided to head out of Banderas Bay to Chemela about 60 miles away. As we approached the famed Cabo Corrientes, known for its wind, we were experiencing light winds NW 8-10. But as we passed the Cape, the winds picked up to NE 15-20. We used a single-reefed jib, and were able to do 6+ knots. During the night, winds built up to N20-25, and we used a double-reefed jib for the remaining 40 miles to Chemela, arriving at 3:50am at a place we had anchored on a previous journey. In the morning the water was clear, so we were able to dive the boat, check the condition of the zincs (showing some wear), and polish the prop, removing little barnacles that had attached at Paradise Village. It's amazing how much more effective and fast, a clean prop can be! In addition I checked the fluid level in our transmission (up to max), and its color (pink). Healthy condition. And the new tranny cooler was working fine. Sunny weather here, 88F, with a light breeze to refresh.
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Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Float Plan: July 1, 2017 Leave Portland, OR; head south along US West Coast; leave San Diego 10/29/17 with Baja Ha-ha Rally; go through Panama Canal 3/2018; Florida 6/2018; NYC and Rhode Island 7/2018; Chesapeake Bay 9/2018; Caribbean 11/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; Hawaii 7/2019; home 10/2019
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