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Old 26-03-2007, 13:59   #1
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Passage info needed..

Im new too the site, and hello.

Im going to be sailing a Flicka from LA/CA area too Miami FL.
I need detailed suggestions on the best route for this trip. Im NOT
time limited, and need a safe passage route. This is the start of my
research on this trip. Im also looking for one person that would want
too make this trip with me. SO any detailed suggestions would be a huge help.

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Old 27-03-2007, 20:17   #2
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great thxs
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Old 28-03-2007, 03:04   #3
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You are going to sail a 20' boat down the west coast to Panama, through the canal and on to Miami. I would get a trailer and have a good sail on either end. That is an arduous trip for such a small boat (regardless of how well found it is).
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Old 28-03-2007, 15:53   #4
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Don't be a killjoy. I met a couple on a Flicka who did this exact trip years ago, had a ball.
As far as routing goes you choose. If it were me I'd schedule some time in west coast Mexico coz I love it there. From Punta Mala in panama go across the bay to Las Perlas and avoid a nasty beat. After the canal you can go north up the Mosquito coast, I'd want a weatherly boat and good nav skills for that. You can go to Isla San Andres and Providencia then around the west of Cuba, not a bad trip and San Andres was great. last time we did it we went to San Blas then Cartagena, made the troip north a doddle and Cartagena was a great stop.
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Don't be a wimp. Go for the REAL adventure and skip the canal and go around the horn!
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Old 28-03-2007, 16:22   #6
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Same trip that I am thinking about. I would be careful about getting thru the canal. B/c of your waterline you might not be able to get thru the canal in the time that the canal authority alots for your passage. Look into that. If you look at WWW.Sailingflamenco.com there are people doing that exact trip (on a bigger boat) There are lots of stops along the way that alot of people do not bother with in their rush to get thru. Buy Charlie's Charts of Mexico (no relation) and you'll get a good idea of where to go. If I had alot of time to do it I would spend at least one season in the Sea of Cortez and then head down into Mexican Riviera. Not sure of your boat speed but think it might take awhile to get from Mex to Panama (meaning More than one hurricane season) Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 29-03-2007, 10:41   #7
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Thanks all for your input. Things have changed for me in the last few days.
The flicka i was looking at turned out too be a basket case. Poor thing!
And i have decided to break out of the flicka cult gang! (very hard too do, i love those boats!) to get something a bit bigger. So i put a small down on a yankee 30'. So now im a un-official member of the yankee 30 cult! She is in a much better location also, Ft Laud. (for me.... dont want to start a west vs east flame!) FL. Thanks all, even the nit wit that suggested im a wimp!
I got a horn you can sail around!
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We have a friend on Hijeria a 27 foot mono that sailed from Austrialia to Spain and the Med, to England, to the Caribe (where we met them) and then back to england.

We wouldn't do it, but the right boat, skills, knowledge and the desire to go small means it can be done. I still would not do it!
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Yankee 30 is a nice boat. Very solidly built and stiff boat. Lots of room for its size and quick too. Good luck with it.
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