We have made the trip three times... Both times south we had mostly calm seas, but coming north once we got slammed between Morrow Bay and Monterey, with 30 knot
winds on the nose and 13 foot seas at 6 sec, which slowed us to about 3 knots over ground for about 18 hours. Funny
enough, all three times around Point Conception were easy...
You didn't mention your boating
experience.... I boated in San Francisco
pretty much all my life. I know that many of us SF boaters never venture outside the Golden Gate Bridge, becuase the Bay is so challenging and deverse with great places to go.
If you haven't gotten some ocean experience, you might want to start small and work your way to a longer ocean trips.
As suggested in a previous post, pick a good weather window and head
down to Half Moon Bay, which is a nice day trip.
A short trip like this will expose you to the differences of the San Francisco
Bay and the California
Coast. If you like that, try a Farallone Islands trip or an overnighter to Drake's Bay. Consider buddy boating
with some other people for your first trip for safety
Many of the SF Bay
Yacht Clubs head to Half Moon Bay on Labor Day weekend and it would be a good time to meet some buddy boats for the trip down.
If you have done overnight trips you should log some. I used do overnighters from Alameda to the Sacramento Delta
, which would give you pleanty of experience using radar
You didn't mention your boats equipment
, but radar
is a must when traveling south. Getting into Half Moon Bay or Morrow Bay is almost impossible at night or during fog
without it. Once you get around Point Conception the shipping
traffic gets pretty heavy, so a good radar and maybe even a AIS
are good things to have.