I'm curious how sailing down the Pacific coast say from Seattle
would compare to sailing for a season in the Caribbean
in terms of conditions, storms and required skill level. I was really pushing for a family
sebatical of sailing the Caribbean
and then through the canal and onto the S. Pacific. However, with my kids
getting older and ingrained into our schools system and their social networks that is looking less likely.
So, my plan B is to continue chartering around the Caribbean at least on an annual basis and then when the kids
are out of the house we buy a boat and sail down the West coast
and then make the passage
to the S. Pacific. I know it can blow pretty hard off the Oregon
and Northwen California
coast, but during summer it is always from the NW so it seems like it would pretty much be a sleigh ride down to at least Mexico
. Is this plan reasonable considering all big boat experience up to that point would be chartering (though probably 30-40 charters by then) or is it asking for trouble? Seems like it would be a great way to shake out a boat and our skills while never being more than a day or so from a safe and familiar port - especially once we get into California
. And we wouldn't have to deal with going through the canal. Of course I keep hoping that somehow I can convince my family
to take a year or two off and cruise
, but having that plan B is certainly prudent at this juncture.