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Old 02-12-2011, 23:28   #1
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Southern California to Gulf of Mexico

Southern California to Gulf of Mexico...

Any thoughts on doing this trip in January? 70ft pilothouse schooner...

Weather concerns? Best ports? Time frame?
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Re: Southern California to Gulf of Mexico

It all depends on how fast you want to travel. January isn't a bad time to leave California for Mexico and beyond but by leaving that late you will miss some of the prime time along the Mexican Riviera. Many cruisers will take their time sailing down to Zihautenejo and then prepare for crossing the Gulf of Tehuanapec in the spring. Most will try to avoid Central America during hurricane season.

On the other hand, if you're doing a delivery, January can be a good time to leave other than the storms from the Gulf of Alaska which bring southerly winds. Those are easy to track and you usually have several days notice before one appears.

Fair winds and calm seas.
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Re: Southern California to Gulf of Mexico

Is it a delivery or a cruise?

Read this book:

Amazon.com: Cruising Ports: the Central American Route 6.5 (9780963847027): Capt. Pat Rains, GPS charts, color photos: Books
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Re: Southern California to Gulf of Mexico

Sort of a leisurely delivery. Definitely not a slow cruise though. Thanks for the book recommendation!
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Re: Southern California to Gulf of Mexico

We came the other way this year--too bad I've already given the book away. Favorite stop was Roatan. Watch out for the Tehantepecer and the Papagayo winds on the Pacific side (hug the beach in no more than 60 ft of water), plus the Northers in the Caribbean/Gulf (they should decrease in intensity and frequency by March). Visit the San Blas if you have the time. Have a great trip!
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