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Old 08-10-2014, 10:11   #1
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fishing for a dream, 2 questions

the west coast of US sounds wild and inhospitable, is the only way to get to Alaska from SoCal to go first to Hawaii? and is the other way - Alaska to SoCal easier or safer? I would love to hear some first hand stories, I watch Cruising LeaLea every chance I get. Don't have a boat yet but - you know how it is.
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Re: fishing for a dream, 2 questions

Hi Ceawolf,

You don't have to go to Hawaii to get to Alaska from SoCal but sailing north up the west coast can be a tough trip. The predominant winds and current are north to south so it is usually an uphill trip to Alaska and least the first part of the trip. I understand summer conditions up the inside passage are generally calm and you end up motoring that part of the trip.
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I have not come back up the coast north. But some I talked with said the same as coming up Baja; leave very early am, motorsail fast and when the wind and swell pick up, find refuge.
There are many summer days from Oregon north where it's like a lake, but don't count on it.
The iNside passage is a motor trip mainly.
I guess from what I just said it's all a motor trip! unless you tack out to Hawaii!
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