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

24 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
23 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
19 March 2019 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
18 March 2019 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
16 March 2019 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
14 March 2019 | In Passage to Port Antonio, Jamaica
08 March 2019 | Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
07 March 2019 | Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
01 March 2019 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
28 February 2019 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
25 February 2019 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
23 February 2019 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
18 February 2019 | Spanish Virgin Islands
16 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
15 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
09 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands
09 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands
06 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands
01 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
27 January 2019 | St. Martin

Back In the US of A

10 June 2019 | Friday Harbor, WA
George Stonecliffe
After receiving 'Julia Max' from the MV Kraszewski in Nanaimo, BC on June 7th, we headed to the transient pier at the Nanaimo Yacht Club. While there we were able to put the sails back on, we added water, topped off our electricity, and set up for our transit south to Friday Harbor, WA. On the 8th of June we left motor-sailing in light winds. Then we headed west through the Porlier Passage into the interior of the Gulf Islands where we were met by S15 knot winds for a fine afternoon sail. Although it was a tacking duel, we had all three sails up, and a double furl with our genoa. The boat was so nicely balanced that we had very little adjustment to the helm. We may have tacked at least a dozen times, getting a good work out in the process. By 6pm we anchored at a bay at Prevost Island on the north side. Sue prepared a delicious salmon dinner with potatoes and peas. After a sound sleep, we left on Sunday, June 9th motoring in no wind, and arriving in Friday Harbor by Noon. The balance of our summer will be driving back and forth from Friday Harbor to Portland, spending time with family, our homes and our boat! It's good to be back in the Pacific Northwest, even if it's 30F degrees cooler than Golfito, Costa Rica!

Golfito to Portland to Nanaimo

06 June 2019 | Nanaimo, BC, Canada
George Stonecliffe
Once 'Julia Max' was on MV Kruszewski heading for the Pacific NW, we flew home to Portland, Oregon. With great thanks to our house sitter, Norma, we reassumed 'ownership' of our house. One of my first tasks was to communicate with all those we do business with to let them know we were no longer at our mailing service address, and were back at our Portland residence address. Over 75 businesses needed to be notified! We re-opened our MAC membership, allowing us to work-out. We spoke with Schooner Creek Boatworks to arrange time in September for painting and other projects. We filled the bird feeders. Put some tomato starts in the ground. Fixed three sprinkler heads in our lawn. Finally, we have headed up to Friday Harbor, and over to Nanaimo, BC, where our ship will come in to off-load 'Julia Max' on Friday, June 7th. It is a chilling 56 F degrees, over 30 degrees cooler than Golfito. Long sleeve shirts, jackets and long pants are uniform of the day!

'Julia Max' Lifted on to MV Kraszewski

20 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
George Stonecliffe
Finally, MV Kraszewski pulled into Golfito this morning, May 20th, about 0700. 'Julia Max' was lifted on by 1800, safely tied down and supported for the trip north to Victoria, BC. The trip takes about 3 weeks arriving June 9th after stops in La Paz and Ensenada, Mexico. What should have been a couple hours of loading turned out to take 8-1/2 hours. There was an inexperienced crew that worked slowly and had several miss-steps that had to be corrected. In any event, we are relieved to be aboard. The ship leaves this evening. We head for home tomorrow flying out of Golfito to San Jose, Costa Rica, and then to Los Angeles and on to Portland, Oregon. Tomorrow night we will be sleeping in our own bed! Cheers everyone!

MV Kraszewski Through the Canal and Refueled

19 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
George Stonecliffe
Our time approaches! The Seven Star Transport, MV Kraszewski, has transited the Panama Canal, 'bunkered' (that is, refueled), and is heading for Golfito to arrive just past midnight tonight. We are scheduled to be loaded on at 10:30am. We received an e-mail with the following schedule: On Monday, May 20th: 0800 Toolbox Crane 3 0815 Start rigging up lifting gear 0830 Discharge Navy boat 0900 Discharge Viking 68 1000 Load Outbound 44 (Sequoia) 1030 Load Peterson Ketch 45 (Julia Max) 1100 Load Bertram 54 Crane 2 1145 Load Lagoon 42 Finish lashing and welding

Once done, the ship will depart Golfito for La Paz, Ensenada, then Victoria, BC, Canada arriving ETA June 9. We now have our airline tickets, and will be flying home on Tuesday!!!

Our Seven Stars Transport is in the Canal!

18 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
George Stonecliffe
Today, Saturday, May 18, we looked at the Panama Canal webcam to find our Seven Stars Transport ride was in the Gatun Locks. Depending on several factors, she may be in Golfito tomorrow! We have removed our sails, dodger canvas, life rings, taped our sling lift points, and had our boat bottom cleaned. Our engine is running fine, fuel sufficient to meet the ship, other tanks empty, and provisions eaten down so that we can turn the refrig off. We will be sleeping ashore at the Fish Hook Marina for the next few nights, as the boat is loaded on to the ship bound for Victoria, BC. We are still waiting for the ship (MV Kraszewski, MMSI 295355000) to make it through the Canal, and head for Golfito. Then we will buy our airline tickets home! Yessss!

Hurry Up and Wait!

14 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
George Stonecliffe
Back at 'Julia Max' in Fish Hook Marina, we have seen two other yacht carrying vessels come and go from Golfito. Ours with Seven Stars Transport is currently scheduled to come to Golfito May 19th. No one is holding their breath. Our vessel is still in the USVI as of Tuesday morning, May 14. At 13.5 knots vessel speed, it has to travel over a thousand miles to the Panama Canal, go through the Canal, possibly 'bunker' (meaning re-fuel), and travel 24 hours to Golfito. We are checking out airplane flights from Golfito through to Portland, Oregon. Meanwhile today we had our dinghy fiberglass RIB bottom repaired (it was holed in Puerto Armuelles, Panama), have repainted the hull, and re-glued a six-inch portion of the RIB and transom. It should be much better for the Pacific Northwest.
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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