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Old 30-01-2009, 21:46   #16
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Same dream, no rum involved.
Hah, there would still be plenty o' rum...
But sounds like a plan.

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Old 03-02-2009, 00:29   #17
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As I mentioned before in another post, world cruising routes seems to recommend the out-ocean way rather than harbor hopping going from BC to SanFran as it is a lee shore in a blow and almost all the ports close off due to dangerous conditions when the wind picks up.

As far as Costa Rica, I JUST got back from there yesterday (south central area, Quepos to Dominical). They are building a nice big marina in Quepos, with what seems like a large breakwater style dock. (Sand/earth poured out into the bay, not just a constructed Warf/Dock). Crap I took a lot of pictures but none of the marina under construction. I will update with pictures of the bay and sailboat I chartered for a few hours. Maybe someone can identify it

There are several sailboats there, mostly contracting out for a very pretty fee to take sailors for the day/evening. I saw no cruisers there.

Keep in mind I was vacationing via 4x4 not cruising. The housing market screwed my cruising plans for a couple years I think
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Old 03-02-2009, 18:54   #18
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Exclamation UPDATE: Pics of sailing Quepos area of CR

Here are a couple pics of the boat I charted sailing around Quepos area just for the day.



What kind of boat is this off-hand?



Nice day, but light winds! It kept the sails filled though.



Saw some Dolphins chasing the boat



Mmmm Sails.
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Old 03-02-2009, 19:36   #19
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details would be good

pros and cons would be? the plan is to go out and head straight to San Fran. we are gearing up for that with the purchase of a wind vane.
again the best time of year seems to be in question??
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Great pics ana, got any more?

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pros and cons would be? the plan is to go out and head straight to San Fran. we are gearing up for that with the purchase of a wind vane.
again the best time of year seems to be in question??
Here is what World Cruising Routes has to say on the matter(sorry I was too lazy to type it out):



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Great pics ana, got any more?

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Hey Sorry I don't have a TON of pictures from the sailing trip (I was trying to learn ) but here are a couple more:

More Dolphins:



Some kind of party catamaran I saw while sailing:



Finished the day with a beautiful sunset:

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Routes south from Cape Flattery

I've been studying this route for a couple of years, as far south as San Francisco. From talking with delivery skippers and cruisers, and looked at a couple GPS tracks and logs.

What I've read and heard suggests the best over-all route south from July to September is between 20 and 40 nm offshore for the entire trip, basically paralleling the shore. Trips further out appear to have a bit less wind and more waves, and report more clouds, rain and for a longer portion of the trip, often spin into the Pacific High, and they tend to have a day or two longer (this is really subjective 'cuz the boats were not directly comparable.) Rock-hopping down the coast from port to port is quite a bit longer, with all of the crews reporting at least one stop being extended into multiple days due to bar closure.

Most of my research has been focused on sailing to Hawaiʻi, and for that cruise there are two "slots" described - the inside slot (close to the Pacific High, shortest miles over the ground but lighter winds) and the southern slot (just barely within sight of land, focused on riding the current and getting south into the trades.) Getting south to Costa Rica, I would think, is generally the southern slot until approaching San Francisco.
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Interesting blog

thanks............i just checked out your blog. You are an interesting person with a gift for research. Keep up the good work and I hope you feel better soon.

THe info on sailing south is very much appreciated. I so appreciate the detail
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If you sail straight down to San Fran. or S.D. in July you will be waiting to mid Oct. before venturing into Mexican waters,as It is still Hurricane season south of California.Remember Ronnies storm.
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Therefor??

leaving late august then would be okay but what would the trip be like on the PNW coast??
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When I sailed down the coast,stopping every night with no Radar or GPS .We left Victoria in July.We took our time,ended up in SanDiego in Oct.The Bars were all smooth.35 knots in afternoon.Little bit of fog develops after dark,getting into harbor in daylight is important.Some days began at 4am.Longest day is about 70 miles .I want to leave in August,high pressure in place,probably sail straight to Columbia River,weather permitting.Further south,Channel Is. are a good spot to spend some waiting time.
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August

Again, this is second-hand information, but have heard August-September is somewhat less wind. But you can assume you'll be nicely snugged down every afternoon. The coastal route routine is get going before the sun, try to be in the next port shortly after noon, and you can get some great speed over the ground with the wind and current.

As for waiting around... I'd get to warmth (beyond Mendocino) and then start gunkholing. From all I've read, San Diego has a wonderfully active cruiser community with a very active social calendar as the cruisers begin to bunch up waiting for the hurricane season to end. Might be worth while to get there early and settle into place to watch the parade arrive (and give you time to accomplish the projects you create for yourself coming down the coast.)
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I have dreamed for years of cruising Costa Rica. Actually, I want to own property there. A little mid-sized bed and breakfast maybe, and I'd mange de beach bar and and fishing charters...

Ahh, but how easy it is to dream with snow outside and rum in me belly...

If you go you better keep me posted with a blog and photos.

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I would agree about getting south of Mendocino to warmer waters of Calif. quickly.
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