Originally Posted by Sevenseas55
My husband and I both go on this site under this name, my husband has the experience. We are not crossing major oceans we are staying along the coastline and then will fly to Europe. I posted this thread in search of advice for stops along the way that others have enjoyed with family. Not looking for criticism and I understand this is the "internet". My husband has plenty of experience however myself I do not so I am hoping to hear what other families or couples have done and recommend. I trust my husbands advice 100% however with our son being with us I would just like to hear successful routes other families have done.
Your going to need a bigger boat. A family of 4 in a 28-30' boat lost
their lives doing "Coastal" sailing off Tampa just a few weeks ago. Their boat was also a light weight boat with an outboard
and they were caught out in a unexpected storm. Not a big storm, but 30 knot
winds and 6 foot seas, which is not really bad weather
even for coastal, which happens any the time on the California coast A 22' boat in those conditions would sink even sooner.. The BAJA
haha sees seas to 15 feet many times, which is not a problem with a good boat. A 22' catilina would have it's seams split in that.
Most family's are sailing 35-45 foot, or larger boats, not 22' boats.
The problem with the 22 foot boat is it does not hold enough water, let alone fuel
to travel any significant distance.
Take mexico baja
. You have ensanada, only 70 ish miles from San Diego
, then 700 ish miles to cabo with turtle bay, may bay and a few other fishing
villages along that barren coast. 300 miles from ensanada to turtle bay is not going to work
. You'll need 5 gallons of water a day for 2.5 people and its a 1 week trip in a 3.5-4 knot
sailboat with stops in anchorages
every 40-60 miles or so. There isn't room in a 22 foot boat for 40- 60 gallons of water. Not to mention that the boat is not designed to carry that much water weight, let alone food
for a week, fuel
Sailing down the atlantic intercoastal is doable in a 22' boat. Sailing from Texas
is doable with good weather
windows. Not so much on the pacific side, where protected bays are few and very far between.
It's 2000 miles from SF to panama
with a few exciting passages. Storms come up quickly. Storms that would trash a very lightly built 22 foot boat, 10 times before you got there.
Please take the boat out on San Pablo bay for a easy 12 mile day trip to china
camp from vallejo. San Pablo is a "protected bay". But with 20-25 knot winds on the nose and 3-4 foot chop it will be exciting. Not at all as exciting as 25-30 knots, along the coast in the ocean.
Your asking the wrong question. The first question is what boat will safely take my family to Panama
. It never is a 22' Catalina. If your other half says it's safe, its not. You need to start at 30 feet just to get the tankage up.