For years we have been suggesting to folks that are getting ready to do the Puddle Jump to leave from La Paz
rather than from spots on mainland Mexico
. We love PV and we are here now taking a break from French Polynesia
and doing some medical
stuff. I posted this note a few times over the years on the PPJ Yahoo group
Here are a few pointes to ponder.
1. You will miss out on the seminars in Puerto Vallarta
. But with some of the seminars at PVYC it's a hassle and costly to get there from La Cruz. Linda and I have presented a number of seminars years ago both in La Cruz and the yacht club. It is darn challenging when you don't have wheels.
2.You will not be able to take advantage of Kavenga's great chart lending library. Steve and Kay(SSCA cruising hosts) have a huge number of charts
they loan out for copying purposes. If I recall
think PV sailing is now managing this lending library.
3. The weather
is for sure much cooler in LP than PV during Feb & March
1. Easy departure and usually able to sail out of the box. Stop in San Jose del Cabo to check out and do a final refueling.
2. You can usually sail from La Paz
to Muertos then to Frailes and onto SJC. We have sailed this route
numerous times with hardly any motoring.
3. Sometimes you will have great wind
immediately upon departing San Jose for reaching southwest.
4. La Paz has many marine
stores that are available for your final boat
. The selection is 100 x's better than anywhere on the mainland Mexico
. Most if not all within walking distance from the anchorage.
is just as good as anywhere on the mainland. Plus it's so much easier with major stores within walking distance.
6. Lots of service
people available if you need canvas
, fridge, stainless, rigging
, etc. Most of these guys will come right to the boat
7. So much easier to have items brought down from the US than on the mainland. Less customs
8. If you need to return items to the US or outside of Mexico for warranty repair from La Paz there is a process to obtain the proper paper work
free of charge. It works, we have used it.
9. The islands are close by to hang out and do last minute projects.
10. You can anchor
close to town unlike PV where you are a 40+ minute bus ride from La Cruz.
11. If you need to take a taxi in La Paz you can go anywhere in the centro for 50 pesos.
I am sure there are many more advantages using La Paz as a jump off point. The intent of this note is get folks thinking about another option for prep, provisioning
and departure before heading to French Polynesia
that may work
better for them.
Good luck getting ready and safe sailing. See you folks in French Polynesia
Jacaranda lying Mo’orea