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Old 09-10-2009, 12:17   #1
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Sailing from San Francisco to Seattle

Let's put it simply! I know very little about sailing (ie. Sailing for Dummies) and have through a series of events have a 35' sailboat (6.5' draft, 12' beam monohull) in San Francisco that I would like to have someone EXPERIENCED sail her up to Seattle for me (with me for the ride/experience). The question I have is simply is it too late to bring her up on the west coast in October?
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:26   #2
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Yes, especially if both you and the boat are untried. The weather is already changing, and if you tried to leave tomorrow chances are better than 90% that you would be delayed for repairs. You are better off trucking it up or sailing it down to SoCal or Mexico where you can enjoy it for the winter and make sure all the systems work.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:30   #3
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Good skipper lots of time to wait for weather winows???

S wind 25 kt...rising to gales 40 kt. Occasional gusts up to 55 kt. Wind waves 7 ft...building to 14 ft. Swell W 6 ft.
S gales 35 kt...easing to 25 kt. Occasional gusts up to 45 kt. Wind waves 13 ft...subsiding to 8 ft. Swell W 4 ft.
But that is next weeks weather report for the Oregon coast and they close the bars so in bad weather you have to go further out to sea.

Have it trucked

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Old 09-10-2009, 13:34   #4
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Truck it. No question.
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Old 09-10-2009, 13:58   #5
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Truck it!!!
The weather patterns in the northwest are changing to the winter season. The Pacific High is shifting south allowing the jet stream to direct heavy weather from the Gulf of Alaska to move in a more southerly track to the West Coast of the US which, besides bringing rotten weather, will cause more vigorous swells along your entire route. Beating to weather into a wind wave of 14ft and swells of 6 ft will not be nice, plus there's a southerly current to add to the mix.
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Old 09-10-2009, 14:55   #6
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The trip north along the west coast of the US is a tough trip, even during ideal times (June, July). Don't do it in October. Without a pretty hard-core boat, you'll probably break something in the process and it would be motoring directly into gale winds all day and all night.

I'll third (fourth? fifth?) the "truck it" answer.
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Old 09-10-2009, 16:57   #7
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Thank You and will *****Definitely**** heed the advice!

Thank you for the information. I definitely am untried and I know not what the overall condition of the vessel is so it looks like I'm looking at trucking her up. Any advice as to companies to trust (or avoid)

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Trucking SF to Seattle

Dudley Boat Transport in Fife, WA is the one I used when I trucked my 35ft boat up from SF. On time in both SF and Olympia, reasonably priced and no damage at all. I thought of saving some money and have it dropped in Olympia in stead of Port Angeles but in the long run I paid more than that difference in driving to and from the boat while she was worked on. Cost for trucking was $3,600.00 - decommissioning and commissioning added another $5,000.00 (incl. bottom paint). Since all the rigging was removed in SF I replaced that as well.
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btw - these are all 2007 prices.
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