Originally Posted by scottie55
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...
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)