Book: Troubled Sea by Jinx Schwartzcategories: Book, Mexico, Drug War, Boating, Baja, Thriller, Suspense, Action, Nautical, Yachting, Sea of Cortez, Adventure
Jinx Schwartzabout this book: After completing my first novel, The Texicans, my husband convinced me to write what became Troubled Sea, a rip-roaring nautical adventure in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.
For three years, we’d been living aboard our 42’ Californian trawler in that hauntingly beautiful sea, anchoring out for months at a time, so the idea for the book came naturally: what if a cruising couple, like us, ran afoul of the burgeoning drug trade? We’d seen bales of drugs floating in the sea, dropped by plane for pick up by fishermen in pangas, the ubiquitous, hardy, fishing skiffs found all over Mexico.
When we did see what my husband calls “square grouper” bobbing in the water, we gave them a wide berth, for we never knew who watched their stash by sea or air. It was also not unusual to get buzzed by low-flying government helicopters—at least we hoped that’s who they were—sometimes in the dark of night. It can be quite an experience to awaken to a copter hovering low over your boat, shining spotlights on the decks. Evidently we did not fit their profile for drug runners, because they always left us alone after scaring the pure-dee pee out of us.
In a place where you can go several days and not see another boat, the Sea of Cortez is not for the faint of heart. With no Coast Guard, your security is up to you and your fellow boaters. Ham radio is the link to weather updates and a friendly voice. Provisioning is key. You make your own water, electricity, and, if you value your bank account, stay out of marinas.
Hop aboard for the sea adventure of a lifetime, but
FAIR WARNING! This ain’t no Disney Cruise!
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