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Old 22-11-2014, 19:46   #31
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Re: Sailing home to San Francisco from Panama

I can easily see how inside steering can make decisions a little different. One of my deliveries from Hawaii to SF was in a motor sailor with inside steering, and while the boat didnt sail worth a darn, being able to go 2 or 3 days at a time without foulies was a real pleasure. Inside steering will make whichever way you choose to go, much easier. Just as a side note, I did 3 deliveries from Hawaii to California, and never went more than a few miles north of the latitude of SF. The wisdom of going half way to Alaska to get to SF, might be true some years, but certainly not always Best of luck to you. ______Grant.

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Old 22-11-2014, 20:34   #32
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Re: Sailing home to San Francisco from Panama

I've done the Panama to Hawaii trip, and it is not a bash. Its light air sailing and motor sailing until Coast Rico, then reaching and then running out to Hilo in increasing wind. If I had to to it again, I would hang closer to the coast after Punta Mala and work the day and night breezes to Costa Rico rather than the lighter stuff 100 miles offshore. We left on April 1 and it took 29 days to go the 4600 miles in the Beneteau 456.

Spend some time in the islands (like Hanalei Bay) and head to the mainland in July. Close reach for about a week to 48-40N, then tack, or motor through the corner of the high and you have a reach home-- it took us 16 days to Santa Cruz. You also have the option of a relatively easy sail north to the Pacific Northwest.

If you want to go up the coast, you will have to deal with Papagayos, Tehauntepecers, and the bash, which can start long before Cabo.

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