I was in that area with a 30' sloop
in 1995-96 and then sailed up to Chiloe. The Beagle is a better route, less tidal, less fetch and more scenic than Magellan
. This being said, unless you venture outside after reaching the end of the Beagle, you will end up transiting some of Magellan anyway, but the western portion of it is more appealing. Occasionally, you get an easterly in Magellan.
I would recommend strong sails
, slab reefing in the main, the ability to carry a proper storm jib
and a serious ground tackle. I was carrying 80m (260') of 10mm chain and a mid-size CQR
on a 4.5-tonne boat. Unless you can anchor
in front of a stream with shallow water
and sand, I usually found best holding in 18-25m (60-80')of water
throughout Patagonia. Anything shallower and you risk anchoring
on rocks and kelp, even if not visible on the surface. Watch your depth sounder
, you want a smooth bottom.
Unlike the usual trend of tying to trees and mucking around close to the rocky shores, I kept some swinging room and just anchored very seriously. Short-handed, messing with dinghy
, lines and anchors is asking for trouble and there was no need for that. Also I wouldn't trust the holding of the anchor
unless it is set in a good bottom and that was a good reason for not going in shallow water, unless there was an alluvial bottom at hand.