Cruising the Pacific Northwest 2021

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising the Pacific Northwest as COVID dies down.

16 June 2021
02 June 2021 | Portland, Oregon
24 March 2020 | Portland, Oregon
29 August 2019 | Astoria, Oregon
10 June 2019 | Friday Harbor, WA
06 June 2019 | Nanaimo, BC, Canada
20 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
19 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
18 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
14 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
10 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
07 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
04 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
02 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
23 April 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
23 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
22 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
18 April 2019 | Puerto Armuelles, Panama
16 April 2019 | Isla Coliba, Panama


09 April 2018 | Approaching Grand Cayman, W. Caribbea n
George Stonecliffe
As we planned to leave Panama, we heard of five incidents of piracy in the western Caribbean over the last 3 years. The incidents occurred in December and January with the last incident in January 2018. Boats were stopped, and money was taken. We're not aware of other details. So everyone was talking about it who was going north. How far east are you going to go through the Nicaraguan Reef Basin? Were these fishermen taking advantage of the opportunity? Three of the five were reasonably close, looking at their latitude/longitude. They were all northwest of Isla Providentia off of Honduras. We plotted the waypoints on our chartplotter with 'skull and crossbones' so we would remember them. Our path north to the Grand Cayman allowed us to go through reefs with a 1+ knot current, and 80 miles east of the January incident. So what would you do? We turned off our AIS identification in case the pirates were sophisticated. We didn't use any running lights at night. Only if we saw a big tanker did we turn the lights and AIS on, until we passed each other. Then we would turn them off again. Only the morning of the third day to the Grand Cayman did we feel safely past the danger area. And now our AIS is crucial because we are in the shipping lanes, seeing as many as six ships in a 25 mile radius at one time. That's busy! So, there was no Black Pearl this season, Mon!
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Summer 2021 finds us buddy-boating with Ken and Ruth on sv Misty Blue in the San Juan Islands, WA and Puget Sound. Vaccinated, we are waiting expectantly for COVID to subside, and Canada to open their Border to boaters once again. Cheers to all!
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