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

Staging for crossing the Mighty Bahia de Tehuantepec

01 January 2018 | Huatulco, Mexico
George Stonecliffe
January 1st, 2018 we arrived at the Marina in Huatulco, the town known for staging boats to cross the Tehuantepec. Almost unexpected, winds up to 50 knots will whistle through the mountains on the isthmus in Mexico, and out on to the Pacific Ocean. Unsuspecting boats would find themselves in heavy seas, running for their lives. But forecasters can predict the high winds based on fronts that are crossing the mainland of the USA. So these winds come fiercely, and die quietly. Boats decide on staying terribly close to shore (60' depth line) so that there is no fetch, meaning the seas don't have space to build up by the time they reach your boat. A list of waypoints is provided. Some boats make a straight shot to cross the Bay, but this only saves 20 miles of distance. In the meantime we will re-fuel, check out the engine, change the oil, check the tranny ATF level, and be ready for the right weather. How is your first week of the new year shaping up? Cheers!
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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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