Originally Posted by Tadman
I live in Vancouver,BC and have a friend with a 1979 formosa
51' who is planning a trip to southern mexico
He has had his boat for 5 years and is currently uprgading electronics
and doing maintainance for the trip.He is also taking it offsore for some trials.
He has had experience in local waters but no major trips like this.
I'm guessing you mean he intends to leave Vancouver, BC in August, with southern Mexico the planned destination
sometime thereafter. Personally, I wouldn't want to be in southern Mexico in August, but if I didn't get there until, say, November, I'd love it.
If you manage to get south of Point Conception by September, then meander down toward San Diego
by late October, you could join the Baja
Ha-Ha for the sail to Cabo - lots of fun for all concerned. Many of those who do the Ha-Ha then either head
on down to Banderas Bay for more fun and games before the slog back up the coast, or jump offshore
for the Marquesas/Tuamotus/Tahiti/Mo'orea/Bora Bora/Huahine/Raiatea, and points south.
Dan (Ex-Cal) has given you a lot to think about, and it's just a start. If you're one of the most inexperienced crew aboard, be certain that there are plenty of others with solid experience. If you're one of the most experienced
crew aboard, well, give the whole proposition very careful consideration before you commit to the undertaking.