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Old 01-09-2008, 15:53   #1
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Helo - My name is Ray Potter. I am a resident of Oakdale, CA. I have been asked to deliver a 50' Symbol from San Diego to San Francisco. I have 10+ years of inland boating experience on the San Francisco Bay and Sac Delta, but not much open water time aside from a short jaunts on the Pacific out of San Diego. In addition to the books, guides and charts that I have aquired, I am also enrolling in a weather and Coastal Navigation class. I will also put in some ocean hours prior to departure. I am here to gain as much information as possible to prepare for this trip.
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Old 01-09-2008, 16:33   #2
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Hi Ray, Had to respond as a former resident of Oakdale. Is the H bar B still a good place to stay out of on rodeo weekend? Welcome to the board and good luck finding information. I think there are a lot of power boaters here too.
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Old 01-09-2008, 17:11   #3
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The H bar B still stands and gets pretty wild on rodeo weekend. Thanks for the welcome.

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Old 01-09-2008, 17:12   #4
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Aloha Ray,
Welcome aboard! It appears you'll be doing all things possible to prepare yourself for the journey. Most folks wait for weather windows to help them with that transit. I have only experience winds out of the Northwest so waiting for a South wind or calm might help you. I know you'll be powering but it does help not pounding through the waves and fighting currents kicked up by winds.
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That's cool, Ray, used to be a semi-dangerous place for a long-haired boy like me. . . . Glad you are here.
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Welcome!
More info on a Symbol?

Live between LA and SD, may be able to sneak outa life and help you sail her up!
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Ray,
Find someone to go with you who has already sailed uphill between San Diego and San Francisco. After passing Point Conception, it has the potential of being a very rough ride with very few sheltered places to pull into.

Try looking online in the Latitude 38 crew list. http://www.latitude38.com/crewlist/crewlisthome.html
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We may lay up before heading around point conception to await better conditions. Thanks for the advice.

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Aloha Ray,
Welcome aboard! It appears you'll be doing all things possible to prepare yourself for the journey. Most folks wait for weather windows to help them with that transit. I have only experience winds out of the Northwest so waiting for a South wind or calm might help you. I know you'll be powering but it does help not pounding through the waves and fighting currents kicked up by winds.
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I will check out the Lat38 crew list. Thanks.

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Find someone to go with you who has already sailed uphill between San Diego and San Francisco. After passing Point Conception, it has the potential of being a very rough ride with very few sheltered places to pull into.

Try looking online in the Latitude 38 crew list. Latitude 38 Crew List
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This will be the relaxing part of the journey. We may pull into Catalina for a day or two. We really want to enjoy a few days below the Point while we watch the weather. I will certainly keep you in mind as we will need all of the experience we can muster. Thanks

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Old 04-09-2008, 10:55   #11
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Hi Ray, You're not planning to make the trip by yourself are you?

I'm an Advanced Pilot in the United States Power Squadrons and I would highly recommend their courses. Try this link: USPS Squadrons & Districts
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Thats a big negative. I will have a crew. Not sure who that will be but am planning on have plenty of experience aboard. Will definately check out the USPS courses. Thanks for the tip.
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