North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, Golfito to Victoria, BC and home

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
10 April 2019 | La Playita Marina, Panama
04 April 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
27 March 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
26 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
24 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage

First Day, Grand Cayman

09 April 2018 | Grand Cayman, W. Caribbean
George Stonecliffe
This morning we checked in through Customs and Immigration, along with FIVE cruise ships. What, easily 10,000 people! But, since we were a recreational cruising boat, they processed us through more quickly. English is the official language, since they are a British colony. And that made communications so much better, since Spanish has been spoken since last November. We left our mooring ball for the North Bay area. Here we anticipated going to the Cayman Island Yacht Club. What an intense ordeal. They said not to enter North Bay if over an 8' draft. When we entered over the reef entrance, we were relieved that it was not less than 10'. But then it got shallower inside, and we were sweating bullets as we crossed large areas of sand in as little as 5.9', meaning Julia Max was plowing through large stretches of sand. We never hit anything hard. We entered a track of waypoints to help us leave. Maybe we can be mid-tide (only a two foot tide), and sneak out in a few days. We dinghied over through a high rent district on dredged canals to a place to tie up. Then we walked over to a CostULess, like Costco without membership. Sue drooled over the fresh produce we bought. Tomorrow we anticipate renting a car. They are Brits, and they drive on the left side of the road! 'Stay left, stay left, stay left' is my mantra.
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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 12/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; home 6/2019
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