Years ago I sailed a cal
2-29 out of Portland
. THe leg from the mouth of the columbia
to Neah Bay typically took between 28 and 30 hours due to the adverse wind
. Speed made good was in the 5 to 6 kt range.
I've made the trip at least 8 times in the Cal
and always enjoyed it.
As noted weather plays a huge part in your planning. I did do it once in a gale with 45 kt winds from the SW and 18' seas. We were surfing the Cal at 11+ knots off the waves (and thought we were going to die!).
The Cal 29
were very much like a smaller version of the cal 40 and sail great. Be sure to haul it before setting out and check out the rudder
etc. Also, lay in a supply of fuel filters and plan on the sea churning up sediment in the tank.
I am assuming that this cal has an inboard engine - mine had a 1 cyl Ferryman Diesel
that I could actually start by hand (with effort).
Assuming that you have a well found boat you could make the first hop from the Yaquina to the Columbia
, Fuel up in Astoria, get some rest and then make the hop to Neah Bay. Fuel again and head
into Port Townsend and thus to Seattle
Which reminds me that you should carry extra fuel in case you end up motoring most of the way up the coast. (40 hours run time worth of fuel at normal cruise RPM
might do the trick)
Plan on 5 days with great weather and 7+ days for days of fog
Or you could truck it. Of course getting it to I5 from Newport
might be a problem. This might be the best route
- 101 to Astoria, 30 to Longview/Rainer, Over to I5 and thus north to Seattle. Rather than to Corvallis/Salem. Your trucking company would know best.