the boat is on the hard
at the far end of the yard under a full boat cover. i am back in the san francisco
bay area working to build up the cruising kitty. here's a report that a fellow i know just made in a nordhaven 62. this is a post from his blog. and by the way we will stay in touch.
May 8-12: Sunday we decided to leave the San Blas Islands. We pulled the pick at 1330 and headed out into 10 foot ground waves, which lasted about ten miles or an hour and a half. That was miserable. We were advised (by their weather
router) that we would have a difficult run up to the 15 degree longitude. That was about 240 miles from the San Blas. Once past the ten footers, the waves subsided to 6-8 footers, then gradually over the next day down to 4-6, and after 15 degrees things became acceptable. Life on a boat in rough seas is a test of patience and endurance. Sleeping can be a real problem as many people cannot sleep while being bounced around. Food
preparation is also a challenge. All of us were a little sea sick as we started off, but after medication we were all tolerating the conditions.
After 3 days we saw the coast of Jamaica
on Wednesday morning. As we made the south western point, the winds began to blow. Soon we were in 30 MPH winds, the waves built to 6-8 footers again, and the anchor
pulpit was buried in the waves as we rolled and heaved into the oncoming brine. It was miserable and we couldn’t wait to reach Montego Bay. We were patient, but tired. At 1800 we dropped anchor
in Montego Bay, Jamaica
. Not a minute too soon!
this from a guy in a powerful boat going at a time if year that i won't. but still from all indications even leaving in november when it should be somewhat benine it's still going to be tough. i wouldn't do a trip like that during summer because of the danger
of hurricanes. but definitely i'm beginning to get an understanding of the route
, north and east to the usvi's.