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Sailing Log: Cruising After Hurricane Season

Cruising Puerto Rico After Hurricane Season

Marina After Hurricane

Pueto Rico After Hurricane - South Coast

This haul-out season was different than any other. Two major hurricanes hit the Caribbean, back to back - Irma and Maria. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are devastated.
The eye of the hurricane Maria passed over or near the boatyard where our yacht was hauled out on land. Thankful only to frantic calls to a contractor at the yard to strap our yacht, she has survived with no serious damage. Many other boats in the area were damaged irreparably.

Also, in the midst of local chaos and desperation, our yacht was broken into and some items were stolen.
Several days later, my old dinghy outboard motor had died - neither me no local mechanic could fix it to work properly. So I got myself an expensive present - a brand new Yamaha motor.

Oh well, as unpleasant it may be, all of this is a part of cruising life I've signed up for. So, pick up, fix thing, pay for stuff and move on.

So we continue our travels, going west, making some repairs on the way.

We've visited several anchorages on the Puerto Rico's South coast.
La Paraguera's weekend life is fun, especially at night - live music on the streets, people dancing and having a good time.
Spent a day visiting a water park and snorkeling the nearby mangrove islands - very nice.

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Beached Boat Boqueron

Pueto Rico After Hurricane - West Coast

Log#: 258
LatLon: 17 58.152'N 067 12.982'W

Even after a hurricane blow, puertoricans know how to still have fun - Boqueron has a vibrant holiday atmosphere, especially on the weekend.

Next sail overnight across Mona Passage to Dominican Republic.

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Dominican Republic Beach Hut

Dominican Republic

Log#: 259
LatLon: 19 53.619'N 071 05.016'W

Landed in Samana, spent some time there, including Christmas Holidays.
Occasionally, large cruiseships bring tourists to the town, making local scene busy.

After Samana, we were anchorage-hoping North coast to Luperon. There, we had a New Year Party with fellow cruisers at a gathering bar drinks, karaoke, new friends... It was fun.

Life is really inexpensive in Dominican Republic - can't beat a decent meal for $2!
I think the best chicken I've ever tried was in DR.

As a last stop on the island, we've sailed to El Castillo a site of the first settlement of Europeans in the New World. It was founded by Columbus in 1493 and was the capital for some time.

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