There are other hazards besides weather from Flattery to Conception. Trying to cross bars even in good weather if the freshets are running and the tide is incoming, for example. The seas can be dead calm but so foggy you can't see the bow of your boat. There is a lot of traffic out about 15-20 miles so a good radar
is necessary if you're that close in to shore. Out past 30-40 miles less traffic and weather improves. Also, there is a fair bit of crap in the water
that is invisible at night... easy to wrap a prop under power or hook onto a piece of line under sail.
You are almost guaranteed of some kind of failure, either rigging
, or engine
problem so you have know how to fix it or have someone aboard who can.
Constant weather update capacity is critical as it changes quickly so a weatherfax and knowledge how to read it or HF radio
capability is necessary.
While I initially encouraged Salty Fox to do the trip, there were a number of caveates I attached to the recommendation, at least for the US leg south. Once you get into Mexican and Costa Rican waters, things change, weather wise, generally for the good but you have language issues and parts
are not as readily available should you need repairs
. There are a couple of long passages across the gulf that you need to navigate and be up on the weather however there are 2 or 3 nets that give relatively accurate weather reports. As you aproach the Canal
from the Pacific side, winds normally drop substantially depending on the time of year so a reliable engine
is pretty much required. Heavy marine
traffic also becomes problematic on your approach.
These are just a few of her considerations she needs to think about... would be happy to discuss in more detail in a pm... cheers, Phil