First off, very happy to hear that you and SB are ok, Zeehag. We've met a few times down there.
I think that Isla Navidad is a good marina, well constructed in a very protected basin, with some high hills covering east through south or thereabouts.
My concern was that the whole marina would have floated off the top of the pilings. It must have been close to doing that. The storm surge must have never materialized at the levels they were talking about in the media.
However, I really don't think that a close analysis of the Puerto Vallarta
area vs. Barra as having good hurricane
protection would favor Barra on any count. It's simply the difference between being a couple hundred yards from the ocean while PV is seated way back in the bay with the 25 miles of
mountains going out to Cabo Corrientes acting as a very effective barrier.
It's just my own opinion, but my money
season has always been on PV (I had boats there for 8 or 9 summers).
Anyway, very happy to hear all's well. Have a good season. I hope you get some miles under the keel
sometime. It seems you've been on the same small stretch of coast for several years now, (I think we met in PV in '11 or '12 the first time. You must be itching to get some sailing in.
Glad you dodged a bullet.