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Old 23-10-2014, 19:07   #16
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Re: Cape Horn

Originally Posted by MarkJ View Post
I would not do a charter first.
Ditto, but if the o/p does choose to charter I would suggest either the peninsula or S Georgia... neither is an environment I would take a 'glass boat into.

Some people do but I wouldn't.

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Old 23-10-2014, 19:32   #17
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Re: Cape Horn

Disclaimer - I do not sail offshore.

I did go to Chile (Santiago) by air and then on down to Puerto Monte and Chiloe' Island by bus.

After that trip and now reading this thread, I more firmly believe than ever that the Pacific coasts of North and South America are mirror images of each other.

Both coasts are extremely arid around the latitudes in the 20's with barren, hostile, exposed coasts (North Chile, Baja Mexico)

Both coasts start to "green up" in the latitudes in the 30's (Santiago, San Francisco) with gorgeous evergreen forests.

Beginning in the latitudes of the 40's, both coasts have an absolutely fantastic "inside passage" network of channels and islands that allow (mostly) protected passage down/up to the higher latitudes.

Both coasts lie along major tectonic faults and feature hundreds of miles of beautiful, cone shaped, snow-capped volcanoes (some active) springing up all along coast.

Both coasts have current and wind (both very cold) making coastal progress difficult toward the higher latitudes. (Baja - Seattle is best Via Hawaii, Panama - Puerto Montt is best via Polynesia).

I live in a small town in Washington State (Port Townsend) that is accessed from the mainland by passenger ferry. Lots of tourists came from the city. Based here is a thriving wooden fishing boat fleet maintained by local shipwrights.

Ancud Chile was like a homecoming for me. Small town - check, Accessed form the mainland by ferry - check, tourists from the city - check, thriving wooden fishing fleet - check.


Chile. (my wife and I climbed this to the smoking rim).

Washington State. Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Pic taken from my glorious old (beat-up) Piper Apache.

Port Townsend (pic of Panope slipped in for posterity)

Ancud, Chile

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