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Old 17-12-2010, 20:29   #1
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California to Wisconsin

I was wondering about how long it would take to sail from Los Angeles CA through the Panama Canal and the St Lawrence sea way to Door county Wisconsin(around Green Bay)?
How long would the return trip take?
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Old 17-12-2010, 20:30   #2
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If anyone can give rough times for any section that would be great.
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Well, you could measure the mileage and calculate based on the speed of the boat you plan to use.

Then you don't say what kind of sailing you plan; nonstop, 24/7 get there asap or stop and smell the roses.

Also depends on what you're sailing, large, well found, heavy duty vessel or small, slow cruiser.

Without spending too much time doing homework to answer your question, if onstop sailing and no major breakdowns, weather delays, etc figure three months, min one way.
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'Suppose it would be dependent on your hull speed matey!

Last I took a ride that way was on a delivery so there was little lollygagin, and I spent a month on a 6kt boat from Key West to NYC.... BUT I was singlehanded and only ran daylight hours, AND took a slip every night (expenses were included so why not?)
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Old 17-12-2010, 22:32   #5
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Thanks, that is what I wanted to know.
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Hull speed divided by three times two plus how many times you want to stop...
if you know what I mean... I aint gorra clue..
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LA to Green Bay.

We have to consider the possibility that you'll be the first one in the history of cruising even to consider such a voyage.
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FIGURE ON 100-120 MILES PER DAY.
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LA to Green Bay.

We have to consider the possibility that you'll be the first one in the history of cruising even to consider such a voyage.
In which case it would depend on how fast the guys in the white suits are chasing him.

I'm betting it will be closer to 5 months.
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Not sure why "the guys in the white suits" would want to catch me for considering sailing on a long trip.

I asked because I really haven't done any long passages and wasn't sure about the weather on the other side of the continent. We have friends who are thinking of moving to that area and I was wondering about the the possibility of visiting them.
Looks like it might not be a good vacation (not bad if you were cruising full time though).
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If you want to visit friends in Wisconsin going by boat from CA will cost at least 100 times more than buying first class tickets on Delta, not to mention months and months to get there.

Sailing south from CA to Panama is a tough trip, against the wind and currents most of the way and in an area of calms as you close in on Panama. Then from Panama north to the Gulf of Mexico is also a heavy beat to windward.

From the context of this and other questions you have posted I suggest you might want to pick up a couple of books and do a bit of reading and study, especially if you are considering a voyage of this magnitude.
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down baja is downhill--WITH wind and current..... after that is learning fodder and findable on passage weather and other sites. i was assured the trip to mazatlan is WITH current and wind. all the trips i have done down baja were with current and wind. folks i8 knew who sailed away from land had a ball with this trip.
back north is a major bash, as a result.
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Don't let these nay-sailors get you down Ben! However long you want it to take is up to you, but I would estimate a minimum of 3 months. This sounds like a great trip! I had a friend who sailed from the northwest coast, through the Panama Canal, and up the intracoastal all the way up the East Coast. He did it solo, and it took him a year, taking all the sweet time he wanted.
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down baja is downhill--WITH wind and current.....
Oh yeah. Duh. It's the other way that kicks butt. I must have had TND (temporary navigation dyslexia).
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Oh yeah. Duh. It's the other way that kicks butt. I must have had TND (temporary navigation dyslexia).
is all good--- wow i thought we had polar shift suddenly for a minuet..LOL
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