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post #8 of Old 09-15-2008
KeelHaulin
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Guys; he's posting in the "Learning to Sail" thread. I don't think you wanna learn to sail off the coast of California, Oregon or Washington; unless you are in protected waters (like Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz, or Los Angeles well East and South of Pt. Conception).

As I said before; know what you are doing before setting out into the PNW ocean. Conditions change rapidly, fog can fill in in a few hours, and winds can build the seas into huge steep swells due to sustained offshore winds running North to South. I don't disagree that it's "doable"; just be sure of what you are setting out into and know where you can duck in if weather is approaching. I don't consider any sailing west of Pt Bonita here in SF "coastal". Once you are out of the SF Gate area you are "offshore" and your boat should be well equipped for offshore sailing.
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