Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Thanks for the information
Killarney, carnaval in Salvador is a good call indeed. FYI, there is a pretty serious pirate problem in the Amazon and you'd want to look into this before going. Most of the pirate activity involves raiding transport boats that carry goods (mainly electronics) out of the "zona franca" of Manaus. There have been a number of deaths, Peter Blake's being the most known. It wasn't a "revenge" killing as suggested above. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time and reacted. There is a French cruising rally that goes into the Amazon and if I'm not mistaken they hire armed police boats for protection. All boats are at some degree of risk in the Amazon. That said, the rest of Brazil doesn't have a pirate problem. While the Amazon is an amazing cruising destination, there are other equally amazing and less-known cruising grounds. Check out the network of inland rivers, islands and mangroves between ParanaguŠ, PR
and Cananeia, SP. It's one of the richest ecosystems in Brazil and an incredible place to explore if you have shallow draft.
Thanks for this. It is interesting saying that you want to be somewhere halfway around the world in 14 months. Should be easy to arrange it, but you never know. The rivers that you mention - we have 1.5 m draft, is that ok? Is it charted or is there a cruising guide that covers it?
As for the one that needs translation, it is nice that we are so international. Not sure of the language even - not Chinese, perhaps Japanese?
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.