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Old 12-05-2011
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I purchased a Hallberg Rassy 46 in Feb 2011 and sailed up to the Pacific North West from San Diego. The advice was to either truck the boat up or sail to Hawaii and then across to Vancouver island. Given the prevailing winds are NNW and a 1knot plus current we knew it was not going to be the most pleasant of trips. We chose to do the trip in two legs, first leg to San Fran then after 3 days sail to Victoria on Vancouver island. We decided to sail offshore, as close to the wind as possible and do large tacks up the coast. The first day out of San Diego was calm and not enough wind to sail. The following two days we had winds 30-40 knots and heading into 8 ft seas. It took a day to get used to the movement but with 6 crew on board we had plenty of time for rest and the boat performed well. We left at the beginning of May hoping to catch a southerly change. As luck had it we caught one and sailed into San Fran doing 10knts with the wind behind. Marvelous. We had a few minor repairs to do: the nav lights on the pulpit were torn off going through the waves and the dorade in the v berth would not close and therefore leaked. Other than that we had no repairs. The leg from San Fran to Victoria was almost identical to the first leg. Calm for the first day then 30-40 knots from the north until we turned into the straight of San Juan de Fuca. Although the trip was rough we had great fun. I really got to know the boat, warts and all, and although the winds were strong the sun shone and we all laughed most of the way (except one crew member who broke two ribs have being thrown out of the head as we lurched over the top of one wave). We could have trucked it but would not have had the experience and the repairs only mounted to a few hundred dollars. The crew was made up of half experienced sailors and half with little but some experience. We always had one experienced sailor on watch. The whole trip took 12 days excluding the stopover in San Fran.
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