Miami to Cartagena, Colombia - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Chat  
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Destinations > Caribbean
 Not a Member? 

Caribbean East and West and including the big islands and the east coast of Central America and Northern littoral of S. America


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-01-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Miami, Fl
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
christianvargas1982 is on a distinguished road
Miami to Cartagena, Colombia

Does anyone have any advice on sailing a small boat from Miami to Cartagena Colombia? I've read some reports about the weather being very bad along the north coast of Colombia, particularly from the northern tip of the country all the way down to Cartagena...
I'm wondering what the best route would be for a small boat (26 feet LOA), in such a way that I wouldn't have to make too many long passages and also in such a way that I would be sailing, not motoring...

going counter-clockwise would seem initially kind of sensible but looking at the charts, the Central American coast doesn't seem to offer enough protected anchorages...
going clockwise would be nice, but then there is the reportedly awful weather north of Cartagena, West of the ABCs... and the northern Colombian coast also doesn't seem to offer much in the way of protected anchorages...

My current boat is a 1970 Pearson 26 which has been recently rerigged by a previous owner and it seems to be structurally in very good shape (to be verified at some point by a surveyor) so I'd like to not waste time and money finding other boats for the trip but instead, make the necessary adjustements to this one...

any thoughts on the best route and best time of the year for something like this? this is a long term goal that I'd like to pursue within the next couple of years...

thanks,
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 04-01-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Calgary Alberta
Posts: 212
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 15
magnusmurphy is on a distinguished road
I am currently in SAnta Marta, Colombia and have been here a month. Well, the boat has - we've been touring and trekking inland. Out of the four weeks here, the wind has blown up to 35 knts (mostly high twenties with gusts to high 30s) every single day for at least three weeks. Other cruisers here have seen gusts in the fifties. Right now there is NO wind but predicted to blow again in two days, for about four days. Of course, when that happens, the seas pick up accordingly. In the harbor here are two boats that were damaged severely in the Western Caribbean. One cat got holed on the bridgedeck by a wave and monohull got pooped. Both 'drifted' into Santa Marta even though they were both headed for Jamaica initially.

Point is - the wind here can really blow and the seas can pick up. That said, we waited for two weeks in Aruba for the right window and had a fantastic sail. Just don't try to be smart or cocky with the weather. If it blows - WAIT!

Magnus Murphy
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 04-12-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Miami, Fl
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
christianvargas1982 is on a distinguished road
that is a lot of wind! thanks for the message! good luck!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 04-12-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
glenvk is on a distinguished road
Hi Magnus.
I am in Martinique and thinking of following your route through the ABC's to Santa Marta. Could you let me know what you are using for weather forecasts? Also have you had any trouble with pirates arround there, or heard of anyone who has?
Glen
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cartagena de Indias kekkul South America 2 04-01-2011 11:44 PM
Update on Cartagena Yorksailor Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 10-22-2010 04:59 PM
i2f in Cartegena Colombia imagine2frolic South America 6 06-08-2010 05:46 PM
Santa Marta Colombia dohenyboy Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 0 04-13-2008 08:56 PM
Unpaid Crew Available From Colombia crewmember Crew Wanted/Available 0 12-16-2006 09:04 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:28 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.