Originally Posted by seasick
Neah Bay to San Francisco 630 mi - 5 days age 19, 1973
42' wooden ketch
many hundreds of miles around Puget Sound
and the San Juan
Is. Around Vancouver Is. shake down.
This is almost identical to our first, except that our boat was classic plastic - 42' ketch. We double handed and had no prior offshore of any kind. Going around Vancouver Is was our shake down but really all it was was a way to make sure we could manage boat systems away from marinas
for a month - water
, etc. It did not include any overnights or watch schedules.
Going out that first time was a pucker-inducing experience especially in fog
so thick the bow of the boat was only imaginary. And fishing
boats going as fast as they could in your path all along the way. We went out a hundred miles which really cut us loose from the land that shore-hugging or port-hopping would not do.
Our other pucker-inducing experiences was pushing off 18 months later from Mexico
to the Marquesas
. 27 days, no land. No nearly as scary as the first time from the Straits of Juan de Fuca though.
I have seen people turn around and go back in and never attempt it again but those were pretty rare cases. Mind your weather
and be prepared with a good boat and good nav skills and you will be fine.