Departing south in May/June from the Straits of Juan de Fuca has been optimal for me on deliveries. Usually stopped in SF, San Diego or Ensenada because of hurricane season south of 30N (around Cedros Island) until after November. The advantage of heading south 100-200 miles off is you are out of much of the marine
traffic but still have access to buoy info for weather conditions that give wind
and sea conditions out 600 miles. Tankers run between 40-50 miles out to Alaska
and back north of about 35N and east of that traffic lane, fishing
, pleasure and coastal traffic.
A plan to consider if you have the time is to pull in to San Diego in July, wait until November than head
to Guadalupe Island and from there south beyond Mexico making landfall in southern Costa Rica
then gunkhole down to the 'ditch'. That way you see some country, miss the worst of the weather if you're lucky and get to Panama
before it gets really steamy.
is problematic below Ensenada from June 1 to November 1... just a thought... Capt Phil