Squeaks, there are a lot of people doing just that. The majority of cruisers I met on this last cruise
are all Mexico based. In other words very few of them ever leave. Many go to the mainland for the winter and hit the Sea of Cortez for the late spring, then haul out
or find a hurricane
hole to hide in for the summer. The cruise the fall around here and back down to the mainland for winter.
The mainland side (San Carlos) is a 5 hour drive or bus ride to the US. On the Baja
side it is much more remote
. 1,000 miles of two lane road. The Baja side has many more good anchorages
and interesting places. Below (south) Guaymas, it becomes very flat and shallow and not suited to cruising. That is why everyone jumps over to the Baja side if they are going south.
La Paz is also a very nice place to re-fit and prepare for another season. Many cruisers there. And it looked like a good amount of industry to get what you need. Cool town, located on the water
, big long water
front walkway. You can check out the club site.
Club Cruceros de La Paz Home Page
Just some stuff off the top of my head
Oh this guy is tops for weather
is a joke here though really. It will finally boil down to, listen for any warnings, and deal with what you have in front of you. There are so many variables with the mountains and the desert and all the valleys etc. I talked to a guy the other day who has sailed (really sails
, 44' cat and a 9.9 hp outboard) the Sea of Cortez for 8 years now. He has never seen over 30 kts short of hurricane
conditions. I would concur with that. I have been out in 30 kts. northerly and it sucked. But it was not a storm by any means. and it was forcast. But as far as getting the wind
directions and speed right for you local? Don't count on it. Just listen for the warnings and go deal with it. Often it is 8 to 12 kts. and flat anyhow...only thing slowing me down is the Dorado that becomes a drogue
while I wait for it to play out......:-)