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Old 24-01-2011, 10:47   #1
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San Diego to Baja in March ?

Realizing that this is the perfect time to take a run at coastal cruising life I am hoping to head south from San Diego as soon as the boat is ready and our posessions abd shore life are packed away.

We own a small Hunter 28.5 that we intend to use to test the lifestyle out for a month or so. If we get the bug and choose to continue we will obviously upgrade soon.

We think that we could set sail as soon as april/march 2011 and will see how far we get in 3-6 weeks, tie the boat up, flip to larger vessel and keep going.

If anyone has any advice at all on anchoraches, marinas, sights to see, fishing or anything else of interest please share!!

We will be creating a blog of our adventures and experiences to share with others at www.SuddenVibe.com once we are under way.
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You do realize that selling your boat in Mexico or ??? south of the border won't be easy. There is very little market for a US flagged boat located south of Cabo or in the Sea of Cortez.

And beating against the wind for five hundred miles in a 28' boat to return to San Diego will be a nightmare.

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You do realize that selling your boat in Mexico or ??? south of the border won't be easy. There is very little market for a US flagged boat located south of Cabo or in the Sea of Cortez.

And beating against the wind for five hundred miles in a 28' boat to return to San Diego will be a nightmare.

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Huh?
When did they chop off so much of the penensula?

I'd have a conversation with the yacht brokers in La Paz about your overall plan. In addition to the feasability "flipping to something larger", he would be a good source of the other info you ask. There are also some really good cruising guides to be had for inside the Sea of Cortez. Down the outside would be a different cruising guide.

I know people who have sold and bought boats in the Sea of Cortez. Some buyers are very international. But I wouldn't expect anything to sell real fast.
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Old 24-01-2011, 14:49   #4
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You do realize that selling your boat in Mexico or ??? south of the border won't be easy. There is very little market for a US flagged boat located south of Cabo or in the Sea of Cortez.

And beating against the wind for five hundred miles in a 28' boat to return to San Diego will be a nightmare.

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I disagree. Sounds like a fine plan. Boats sell in Mexico. The bash, while often unpleasant, is not a nightmare. Nothing wrong with March or April for the trip down. The outside of Baja can be cold then. But the trip down and around the bottom will be quick. After Cabo it will be nice.
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I would advise you to take your time going down. There are a lot of nice places to stop. Remember that you will have to be pretty Self sufficient along that coast. The Baja Bash is a good book to give you information on the trip down although you will have to interpret it. There is a big chart (available at Downwind Marine) that is coated in plastic and is a good resource for GPS waypoints for anchorages. Charlie's Charts still works. It is quite a trip you are taking on have you thought about putting the boat on a trailer and starting at the top of the Sea of Cortez and going down the inside?
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there are two regattas coming up.. one is San diego to the boarder, (boarder run)

the other is SD to Baja, the int'l run


I think they are wa week apart.. i read something about the O-Canada boat being entered in both... down and back and then repeat a week later... heheheh
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Get on down and around to La Paz to flip your boat. Get a copy of "Sea of Cortez" cruiser's guidebook by Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer. Then head up the sea and injoy. We are in La Cruz (by Puerto Vallarta) now and will head up the sea around March or so when the northers stop blowing. If you can't find a new boat in La Paz you can take the ferry to Mazatlan to get one. I would just head down with a bigger boat to start but I understand the try it out with what you have first. Injoy your trip!
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Thank you all for the great posts! Please keep them coming!! We laid eyes on a bene 38 that def got us thinking about heading out in a larger boat. We are going to start looking this weekend! Either way, we are sailing outta here by the end of April! Thanks again for the great tips!

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SuddenVibe, just to wet your whistle check out my wifes blog. She has put up lots of great shots of Mexico.
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when you leaving--i leave here around mar 1-- jeep a lookout for my formosa out there-- i am going to mazatlan....one stop.... have fun-- there are lots of cool bays-- check your weather often--is nearing windy season and then hurrycame season-- hidey holes exist.
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SuddenVibe, just to wet your whistle check out my wifes blog. She has put up lots of great shots of Mexico.
Thank you and your wife for sharing your blog!! I read every post! Please feel free to pass along pointers, photos stories etc!

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when you leaving--i leave here around mar 1-- jeep a lookout for my formosa out there-- i am going to mazatlan....one stop.... have fun-- there are lots of cool bays-- check your weather often--is nearing windy season and then hurrycame season-- hidey holes exist.
We are planning to leave mid to late march! Joyen's Dream!

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ok you will hit wind season as desert tries to heat up, wind strengthens -- keep offshore about 40-60 miles, catch the southerly drift and sail her .. have fun!!!
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ok you will hit wind season as desert tries to heat up, wind strengthens -- keep offshore about 40-60 miles, catch the southerly drift and sail her .. have fun!!!
Thank you!! Much appreciated!

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I take one of my classes to Baja every year during spring break, which means I spend a couple of weeks in BCS every March. Kayaking, not sailing, but we tend to be even more concerned about winds in a yak than on a sailboat.

A lot of cruisers delay entry into the Sea of Cortez until March in order to avoid El Norte, the northerly winds. Last year, which was an El Nino year, we had a strong El Norte event around March 21st that pinned us to the beach for several days. What's important for you to know is that while March tends to be the season when northerlies abate, there's no guarantee at that point. El Norte can still happen, even in late March, so keep your eyes on the forecasts.
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