Originally Posted by boatman61
Dont overstress about the Straits.. its a doddle... stay on the N side about a mile offshore
and clear of the shipping
Wait till 5nm past Tarifa before turning South.. by then the commercial
traffic has sorted itself out and its much less crowded.
I always go 1hr before high watermaker
er and motor
till past Tarifa.. get the benefit of 3kts of tide to help me through.. So am past Tarifa by slack water
Watch out at the entrance to Tarifa for the fast Catamaran
Ferries to Tangiers.. they gun it at the entrance however you can spot the topsides over the harbour wall as you approach.
We typically turn south way before Tarifa but yes, start on the north shore.
Originally Posted by fieldtrip400
What's the best way to secure a couple of people who have a lot more experience with watches Etc to join us?
These two sites allow you to vet people a bit: see how promptly they reply, how well they write, whether they have favorable reviews
, etc. Skype with them before meeting them.
In Las Palmas
there are throngs of wannabes looking for a free ride across. Some of them have flyers out and amongst the skills you most often see listed are juggling and playing guitar, ukulele, etc. They volunteer in farms or live in squats while hoping for a boat
and some of them want to press you into offering a berth aboard while you wait for the time to cross. Don’t get me wrong, many of them are nice enough but it’s hard to come across experienced people there even though there are always some. But if you're looking for experience and not just company, don’t bet on Las Palmas
and start well in advance on the sites mentioned above. These too are populated mostly with people without experience but it's easy to weed them out.
Originally Posted by Mark Thurlow
We are also doing the ARC
this year. We are in the Med
already. I am considering doing some coastal hops in Morocco
as we transit Gib to Canaries
in Sep. Has anyone done that?
We like Rabat from where you can visit the whole country cheaply by train. (Recommended). But you can only get over the bar of the river when waves are under 2 meters at sea. You have to radio
for them to come pick you up outside of the bar and then they guide you in. Staying behind them, we measured depths of at least 3 m everywhere at low tide. They will board you and bring a dog on deck
to sniff through the hatches. It’s all very professional. The marina is very well guarded and has good showers. The tram stops nearby.
Originally Posted by Sojourner
from Gib to Cape Verde
? As far as I can tell, the only good port of refuge in W Morocco
in all weather
is Mohammedia, and possibly Agadir because of the geography..... Strategy? Wait for weather
westerlies and hour before slack tide to leave Gib, got that far
But from there, stay well off and accept there ain't no place to run if we get caught on the way to the Canaries
If the weather is too bad to get into Rabat you can go to Mohamedania 60 miles south, which you can enter in any weather. However they suffered severe damage last winter
so it is essential to figure out how far they are with repairs
and whether they might be able to take your boat
Agadir is nice in the trades but open to southerly storms during which many mooring
lines have snapped. It is a very touristy place but already in the nice warm winter
climate. Rabat and Mohamedania get chill. From Agadir or Mohamedania you can also visit the rest of the country by train. Rabat is by far the cheapest marina and the only one I’ve visited. (The rest of the info comes from my research
There are more places along the way to stop at. Check out noonsite.com. It is possible to hop down to the Canaries along the Moroccan coast and I know a singlehanded charterfleet owner who mostly chooses that option. You don’t have to sail from Gib in one go.
Also important to know is that it is forbidden to anchor
in Moroccan waters.