I feel I might be in a similar predicament, some day, as those 1700's pirates were. Earthquakes are a regular feature of the volcanic regions around the shifting Maya Plate. The bar at Livingston, Gua. is already difficult for anyone who is not "shoal" draft
, though 7 footers have skidded in on neap tides. It is entirely possible for the same thing to happen and trap the cruisers in the Rio Dulce.
Of course, these type of considerations deal with geologic time and can be easily ignored, until your
time comes! When that time comes, I guess one could always try the old oil
barrel off the masthead!
As far as cruising up the San Juan
river bordering Costa Rica
that links the Caribbean
to Lake Nicaragua
, shoal water
is not the only consideration.
The United Nations' highest court last month set travel rules for the San Juan River, affirming freedom for Costa Rican boats to navigate the waterway while upholding Nicaragua's right to regulate traffic. The judgment ended a four-year legal battle.
Under an 1858 treaty, the entire river belongs to Nicaragua up to the Costa Rican bank, but Costa Rican ships have freedom of navigation for commerce.
Nicaragua was supposed to begin a big dredging project
to re-establish the river bed
from a diversion by Costa Rica
to their Colorado River.
Cruisers contemplating such an adventure as cruising a "blue water" boat up this river would do well to hire a river pilot or research
the river with their own "Lancha" trip.