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sailbluehorse 09-11-2012 11:58 PM

Coastal Sailor Wanted
Recently purchased a 34 foot Coronado in LA. I intend to sail her to Portland, and need someone with costal sailing experience to accompany me. Food, wage, and return transportation will be provided.

rockDAWG 09-12-2012 01:29 PM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted
Not sure how to interpret this post:

1. Sail from Louisiana to Portland, Maine or
2. Motoring from Los Angeles to Portland, OR (This is going to be rough).

All doable given the time, little money and a large window. :)

sailbluehorse 09-12-2012 01:45 PM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted
From LA to Portland. Oregon October 31st when I will be leaving. Please send me your references if interested. Thanks!:)

Voya 09-12-2012 03:00 PM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted
Don't know what you experience is but outside the summer season that is some dangerous water. I am bringing a 35ft boat from Portugal to Vancouver Island this winter and decided against the west coast trip on safety grounds. It's headwinds all the way, you finish up tacking half way to Hawaii and after Oct can experience prolonged hurricane force winds with 100ft seas. Whichever way you do it it's not 'coastal' it's going to be a couple of weeks at sea or more than a month of 2/3 day hops. My advice is, get a truck or spend the winter enjoying the warm southern sailing and do it next summer.

ParadiseParrot 09-12-2012 03:23 PM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted
Coronado's are AT BEST a light coastal use boat. Ship it.

jackdale 09-12-2012 03:40 PM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted
Spend some time watching the weatherfax

Northeast Pacific WX Briefing Package

The wind and current are against you. Right now gale force winds are blowing.

Truck it.

Faster 09-12-2012 04:14 PM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted
As others have said, OCT 31 departure is ill advised to say the least - even in a well found known-to-be-offshore-capable boat.

GeorgeB 09-12-2012 05:11 PM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted
November is the best time of the year to travel north on the west coast – The pressure gradient on the east side of the North Pacific High begins to flatten out (prior to the high breaking up for the winter). This lessens the winds on the Oregon coast and all but eliminates “Hurricane Alley”. The downside is there is a lot of motoring involved with transiting and you need a lot of extra jerry cans or you are committed to stopping at every little port and dog hole on the coast for fuel ups. My biggest concern is the condition of a 40-50 year old boat. It probably makes more financial sense to truck after you factor in all the “wear and tear” type repairs.

sailbluehorse 09-13-2012 12:22 AM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted
Thank you fellow sailors for all the important information and dangers of sailing my newly acquired 1974 34 foot Coronado up the western coast from LA to Portland Oregon, in October. With the advice I received through this forum, I have decided to sail south instead, to find a marina that I could put her on the hard, and do repairs on the blisters below. Other than blisters she is a well maintained boat, with a trustworthy motor. Is there any advise for a destination that is inexpensive south of LA. She currently is in an expensive marina. I am open to any advise as this is a new experience for me and I need help from a senior salty sailor. Until now I have only sailed northern lakes with smaller boats in Minnesota and Lake Superior. I would like to hire an experienced sailor to go with me to share knowledge and wisdom, helping me with this move. I am single handed, healthy, 65 years old, and a willing learner. Appreciation with wage, food, and return fair, will be provided. Sailbluehorse

rockDAWG 09-13-2012 06:01 PM

Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

Originally Posted by sailbluehorse (Post 921652)
I have decided to sail south instead,

Wise decision. But when the time comes, trucking it is still the best, or sailing to Hawaii and then to OR, it surely beats motoring. :D

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