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practice watching passage weather for a bit to see the tehuantepeckers flow. isnt such a big deal if you watch and do as the locals and those who went before tell ye. at least that is what those who went before have told me.
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

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Sorry, I didn't mean any offense. I love your blog, by the way, it's great reading!
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I didn't think you meant any offense. It was more that when someone says "this guy his boat" I think more of human error than an act of nature.
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Can I help for a leg or two on the southward half of your journey, or were you looking forward to the solo aspect? I've crewed on 3 different chartered boats in the Caribbean and have lots of experience sailing the Great Lakes. Just wondering... I totally get it if you wanna go it alone tho
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Hi all. This is my first post. Just joined the forum.

I have a question. What is the best way to sail from California to Florida? In the next year I want to do this. Some of my relatives moved the Southern US recently from California and I want to be closer to them. I'm planning on keeping my boat in Miami, FL. I'll be leaving from Long Beach, CA.

As for the trip I'll be doing it in a 1966 26-foot Islander Excalibur sailboat and will be doing it singlehanded except for my dog. My plan is to sail off from Southern California and go offshore about 15-20 miles and sail down Baja. Get to Cabo San Lucas. And then sail down the Mexico mainland down into Central America. Then finally get to Panama and go through the canal. From there sail up the Caribbean side of Central America to Cancun, Mexico. And then head out offshore through the Gulf to Cuba and finally to Miami.

Has anyone here ever done a sail like that? Any tips or suggestions? Like the best time of year for the trip or how long it would take. Or different route suggestions. Would I have to worry about sea pirates or drug cartels?

Thanks and appreciate the feedback.
MAN! you have GOT to be kidding me...!

this is exactly what I was planning on doing 15 years ago...on the exact same boat

I was 17...I git one response from a club member...he decided he didnt want to do it in such a small boat(and the sloppy keel) gave him the willies

so I sold that boat and restored and h28, and a year later we set sail...from stockton california all down the coast to el salvador where I had family and to panama up to cancun and off to key west...

this was before blogs and prevalent digital cameras so pics are scarce but if you have any questions Id be glad to be of service

any questions about the excalibur too!

they are a fun boat downwind...

we practically stopped at every other anchorage in all of mexico, costarica, and panama...



good luck!

when you stop in el salvador you can raft up next to me or on a buoy and beers on me!

tehuantepec? stay offshore and call it a day(we didnt and got choppy seas and it was sloppy because my crew wanted to be close to shore...we also ripped a jib but it was old)

easy peasy!

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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

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I have not seen any one bring it up yet. The big challenge to your idea is crossing the Gulf of Tehuantepec. It's advisable for small boats (our size) to take it, "one foot on the beach". That is close to shore. Make sure to cross ONLY during good weather as advised by the marina area you start the crossing from. It's a long trip of many days, but the water is shallow and with the predominate winds you might be able to anchor some nights (OPEN WATER / road stead ANCHORING) for a bit of rest.

But I also have to say, it would most likely cost less to ship the boat than to prep it for an adventure like that.

Good luck on what ever decision you go with.

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we heeded that advice and my crew was so scared to do otherwise

the easiest is to take it offshore and you get none of the lumpy, choppy and high winds...

the whole 1 foot on 1 foot off is well just a saying
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oh some fuel to the fire

this is SAILNET

not truck the damng thing coast to coast net

man!

I did it when I was 17 with a crew of 67...

fairwinds and live the dream!

if your boat doesnt make it there are plenty down the coast where dreams end in marinas cause the margarita blender died so it was the end of cruising as we know it!
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The offshore route worked better for us.
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op what is the name of your boat btw?
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The issue here is getting NORTH from the Panama Canal is a very tough passage indeed. I would not try this in the boat owned by the OP.

our best sail was from providence island straight to cancun in 5 days cant remember...it was beaitful...fast and we had a blast...

it all depends where you go first

since he said cancun I can recomend this route as its nice...offshore straight as the bird flies..

you can also go to kunas first, the sand andres or providence etc...
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Fwiw the hull speed of the excaliber is 7 knots. (Sqrt of lwl x1.34)

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