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Old 22-09-2013, 15:07   #1
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Hello Again and Cruising Guide for Baja Question

Hi,

Our names are Mary and David.
I said hello a few years back when we were looking for the boat we have now. It's a 1995 Tayana 48 CC, we love it.
We're getting ready to cut the lines and head south on Nov. 8th and not come back, gods and weather willing.

I do have a question, is there a good cruising guide for the pacific coast of Baja, at least one that lays out what anchorages are available??
Also what's a good one for the Sea of Cortez and the mainland??

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Looking forward to seeing everybody out there.

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Old 22-09-2013, 16:22   #2
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Welcome back Dave and Mary
A great boat and great cruising ground. Enjoy.
I am sure someone will chip in shortly with best cruising guides
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Old 22-09-2013, 18:16   #3
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Re: Hello Again and Cruising Guide for Baja Question

the bajahaha uses most of the good west coast baja anchorages---turtle bay, mag bay, cedros has i think 2 anchorages-- and bahia asuncion as long as is swell from nw--as from south you will not be happy. san quintin was only 6 ft barely last i heard, and difficult to enter... isnt until you get to mainland south of mazatlan where mexico begins to become lush and pretty--and gringo free in summers, plenty in winters. high season and low season have different marina pricing. same with hotels.. there are many anchorages south of cabo corientes, which is southern entrance to banderas bay. yelapa bay, inside banderas bay is a difficult anchorage--was formed by earthquake in 1911. outside and south of banderas bay are many many beautiful anchorages in gorgeous bays. good holding. the cruising guides do not mention any of these in preferance of the major cities and towns and ports.
charlies charts is ok.. there is a guide put out by sarana--explore central america--excellent books i f you can find em ...the GOOD guides are written by folks who have spent many years in these lovely places.
i also use yachtman chart books...
do check in at ensenada--is easiest to do it there. all is in one building. there is no anchoring in ensenada bay
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Old 23-09-2013, 16:05   #4
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Re: Hello Again and Cruising Guide for Baja Question

Thank you,

Is the cruising guide by Pat Rains a good one to have??
It does seem to cover a large area.

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pat rains's is a bit out dated. i have not been using cruising guides much--i knew where i wanted to go and broke down before i got there..... my boat chose my locations.
i found local knowledge to assist me.
the cruising guides i listed are still usable.
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i have been here in mexico since april 2011
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Charlie's Charts has been recently updated and is probably the best for the Pacific coast of Mexico I clouding the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
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Re: Hello Again and Cruising Guide for Baja Question

Thanks to all that responded.

Well the prep goes on, sails are done, all new electronics are on board, the engine has been completely gone through (including new motor mounts), and the water maker has been brought back to life.
All that's left is a new AC for the aft cabin and we're ready to go.

I don't know if I mentioned this, but, Mary and I have been planning this trip since we met each other 14 years ago. I can't believe the time is finally getting close.

Hope to see some of you out there,

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Wow! Good for you guys! We're heading out on the 4th after going thru much the same outfitting. Fair winds!!!
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Re: Hello Again and Cruising Guide for Baja Question

Blue Latitude Press - Cruising Guides and More!

For the Sea of Cortez are there is only one Cruisers Guild worth having honestly, we gave our others way once we started using The Sea of Cortez, a Cruisers Guidebook.

They also have electronic charts for you IPad, I-this and I-that.

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Morning Rich,

I lost track of where you're at, back up in San Luis?

If you don't remember I'm the guy who lent you a key for the bathrooms at Ventura some years ago.

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Re: Hello Again and Cruising Guide for Baja Question

this one may (or may not) be of interest..
Amazon.com: Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico eBook: Eric Kaufman, Charlotte Kaufman: Kindle Store
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