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Of course I'm considering it. I am also considering heading to Hawaii first. Then to Japan to see a friend and then home.
As I have said most likely I will be sailing these waters (the southern west coast of north america) until further notice. Just because I haven't yet and there is lots to explore etc.
I just think, on this other note, that some of you don't realize which conversation to have with me. You shouldn't be thinking: uh oh, someone who has never stepped foot in a boat and who knows nothing of the pacific coastal waters of north america is going to attempt to go north in a rowboat made of papermache in a bathing suit uphill both ways.
Instead think, oh an experienced sailor who has heard many many stories, some first hand, of this passage this time of year, is curious to hear this end of it, so to speak, as my original question asks, what are the waters like at this end of the coast? Is there much of a current around the Channel Islands? What is the current like down here: North to south as it is to the north or does it diminish or change? Things like that, local knowledge of the waters.
Like other boaters have at the dock here. No one, and all have heard just what we all have, that I am thinking about the passage north this time of year, ... no one... is lined up at my boat begging me not to go, to reconsider, to spare my life and truck my boat.
Rather, like any common sense people, we say, yah, rough trip, tricky- not the time of year to do, can be done but not easy etc. but we don't spend time raving about how it's suicide etc etc ad naseum. Get over it.
Life rafts and EPRB's are very important to have when offshore period. Regardless of weather expectations.
Dabnis, how many times have you completed a trip north this time of year in that 50 years? That kind of information would be of interest to me.
You guys may not believe it, but I might be able to tell you more stories about storms and boats in it from my neck of the woods than anyone else. I might even have first hand experience crossing the bar in ... less than perfect weather... hmmm...
So, what about local observations of the south coast? What about the old trade route (going out to sea then back in some hundreds of miles at anytime of year?
Does anyone have any real experience of these things directly.
And I do expect off topic, ghost stories, complaints about dry rot, etc in any thread or conversation- as you might expect me to steer the thread, started by logos, back to topic ; )
Now, I do hope we are all having fun, I am!
P.S. I have been in my 21' ted hood design flush deck racing sailboat in the upper columbia in 50kt (bare poles) winds- the sailboarders say it is, "nuking" at those speeds. 10' seas in the Columbia R.? Yes. (and that is upper, not mouth)
But hey, it's just a big mud puddle, right? lol