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post #3 of Old 07-06-2011
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How fast/robust your boat is and your level of seamanship will determine your routing down the coast. How did you do the Seattle – San Francisco leg? Your next leg will be more of the same. Stillwater is small, lots of kelp and not very good holding. If you don’t want to do Monterey, go all the way around the point and anchor off of Carmel. Still a lot of kelp but larger patches of sand to hook into. There is not a real harbor of refuge between Monterey and Morrow Bay and we usually do this as an overnight. San Simeon is hardly a cove and very exposed to a South swell. I prefer Morrow to San Luis Obispo(SLO)as it doesn’t take you very far from your route. If it is breaking at the entrance at Morrow, you really don’t want to anchor at SLO. Both are problematic in a Southerly which fortunately, is mainly a winter wind pattern. Cojo is hardly a cove at all and is situated just a few miles east of Pt. Conception. People will wait there for a window to round Conception going North. Heading South, you will be going with the prevailing winds so there is no reason to stop. Once you round the point the wind shuts down pretty dramatically. And it will be almost dead by the time you pass the first oil platform. From then on it usually is a motor to Santa Barbara. This leg is mostly a Marine Sanctuary, so unless you swing way out to sea, you won’t have much shipping to contend with, mostly fellow yachties, fishermen and the occasional tug and tow. On the other hand, it is a rocky lee shore all the way down, the wind is usually in the twenties to thirties and amazingly cold at night even in the summertime. You may experience periods of fog of varying densities. Other than that, piece of cake. I also hear that Smackdaddy is looking to more challenging trips, perhaps…
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