Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Panama (either side) is safe from hurricanes and many people spend the summer in the San Blas Islands to avoid storms. Getting from there back to the Eastern Caribbean is a major, difficult trip. Perhaps it makes sense to think of the Caribbean as two somewhat separate cruising grounds - the eastern and the western with connections along the northern shore of South American and further north via Central America (and possibly Cuba) to Florida and the Bahamas. We met a few boats in the San Blas that were heading east along Colombia and Venezuela but where rare and knew they were in for tough slog.
Many people stay on their boats all year in Grenada. This lovely spot was thought to be safe from hurricanes until it was devastated in 2004(?). Now many insurance companies have moved their latitude limit one degree south. I wondered about the possibility of heading south from Grenada if it appeared to be at risk (perhaps in a 72 hour forecast. You could go to Trinidad although this is a bit to windward or Margarita Island in Venezuela if necessary.
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.