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Old 08-03-2011, 04:39   #1
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Panama to Miami

We plan to sail a '42 Cat from San Diego to Miami. We'll run with the Baja Ha-Ha group from SD in late October, then onto Panama by Dec/Jan. Any thoughts or first hand experience regarding the leg from Panama north in the months of Feb-Mar? My plan would be to mostly follow the Central America coastline and the prevailing current. Unfortunately, the pilot charts show consistent NE to E winds, which wouldn't be too favorable with my vessel. Plus I hate going to windward. Too much bashing spills my coffee. Many thanks.
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Re: Panama to Miami

We sailed Panama to Cancun Mexico in December. The problem with the coastline route is that there are some very nasty shallows that stick out 200 miles from the Nicaraguan/Honduran coast. They are the Caribbean equivalent of Cape Hatteras and can develop some very interesting and large waves. Also my insurance company now prohibits Nicaragua as a place to visit.

If you are cruising you can visit the islands Cavos Albuquerque, San Andres and Providencia but in doing so you give up easting and you may have difficulty getting back east to clear the shallow areas.

We needed to get to Mexico to meet family. From the San Blas We laid Grand Cayman on one tack, 600 miles and 5 days, went diving for two weeks and then laid Cancun on one tack 380 miles in 3 days.

Next time we will go diving in Roatan.

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Cancun to Miami is a nice trip providing you don't try and go through the Yucatan Channel when a norther is blowing.

We have listened to two significant Mayday rescues in the last month.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, markmontgo.
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We plan to sail a '42 Cat from San Diego to Miami. We'll run with the Baja Ha-Ha group from SD in late October, then onto Panama by Dec/Jan. Any thoughts or first hand experience regarding the leg from Panama north in the months of Feb-Mar? My plan would be to mostly follow the Central America coastline and the prevailing current. Unfortunately, the pilot charts show consistent NE to E winds, which wouldn't be too favorable with my vessel. Plus I hate going to windward. Too much bashing spills my coffee. Many thanks.
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Moondancer,
For your long leg to Cayman, what month did you go, and did you choose a unique weather window to make the journey? If so, how long did you wait in Panama for the opportunity? Did you depart knowing you could get to the Caymans before the next cold front came through? What kind of wind and wave conditions did you see? Finally, did you use C. Parker for updates while underway? Many thanks!
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