Originally Posted by theonecalledtom
I'm looking at closing on a boat in Marina Del Ray over the next few weeks and will move it to Oceanside as soon as I can arrange it.
This is about 85nm, give or take a few and I'm assuming an average of about 7kts, which depends on the weather
at the time.
Not having sailed into Oceanside harbor and knowing the entrance has a reputation for picking up the winter
NW swells I would prefer to arrive during daylight. By my reckoning leaving MDR by 4am should just about achieve that but this leaves us passing Long Beach at about 7am. Looking at the AIS tracking
this morning a convoy of container ships left about this time.
Any suggestions on how to approach getting past the shipping
If you are sailing from MRD to Oceanside, I'm not sure why you'd be going anywhere near Long Beach harbor. You will be crossing some of the shipping lanes but that shouldn't present much of a problem with a good watch on deck
, day or night.
Beyond the foregoing, I think your numbers are off somewhat. The 367 has a LWL of only 30.25'. While your maximum speed is, theoretically, 7.4 knots, as a practical matter you are not likely to achieve an average of better than about 5.5 knots indicating about 15-1/2 hours in transit. Surfing down some of the waves if you get a good blow may/will give you a better speed, but unless you've got good helsmen, that can be more of a problem then advantage.
Having made that transit quite a few times, I'd suggest going from MRD to Two Harbors on Catalina--30 miles or about 5.5 hours, which will give you some time to adjust to the boat, and then the next day from Two Harbors to Oceanside, which is roughly 57 miles or about 10 hours or less. Departing Two Harbors is easy and the run down to Oceanside will be off the wind
(ususally) and down wave and you'll move right along.
You can of course run down to a point off Palos Verdes and then hang a left and shoot straight down to Oceanside for a run of about 77 miles, but that's a long run and will keep you in the shipping lanes for much of it, and will have you in relatively more shallow water
with less favorable conditions overall and I wouldn't do it. N'any case,you might want to time your arrival at Oceanside for slack water
before the flood to make the entrance there easier.