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

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
24 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
23 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage

Longusta Buoys

28 February 2019 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
George Stonecliffe
Today we pulled up anchor early from an overnight anchorage, and headed west along the south coast of Puerto Rico. Just as we left the harbor, our engine died... But this wasn't lack of fuel. I had noticed fishing buoys floating , and didn't see the one I ran over. I ran to the stern and say a buoy and its line following our stern by ten feet. We had snagged a buoy and wrapped it around our prop! We were in 36' of water so we dropped anchor, and proceeded to get snorkeling gear to go over the side. Swimsuit, snorkel, mask, fins, 10 pounds in my weight belt, a couple floating lines trailing our boat in case there was a current, and a side ladder to climb off and on the boat. Wave action can be dangerous when near the stern of the boat, rising and falling on the unsuspecting. So I approached the stern carefully. We had two buoys attached, and the half- inch line was wrapped about 7-8 times around the shaft in front of the propeller. I had brought a sharp knife, and started cutting away. You hear stories of lines getting wrapped so tight that a knife won't cut them. But this was a SHARP knife. And in a couple of dives, all the lines were cleared, and I was back aboard. I was just glad the water was 80F, not 45F like off of Portland!
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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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