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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

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The overland distance is about 2700 miles. If you were to walk, you could get there in about 135 days and use the time and money you'd save to buy a new boat when you arrive. If you leave tomorrow, you'd get to Miami in time for the Presidents Day sheet and towel sales
20 miles a day each day, everyday for 135 days. Cut a trail . Ultra light pack ? Train with a few day hikes just to find the right shoe for the trip. A hand held GPS just blaze a trail. Why waste time the shortest way is a straight line.
Lets make this a real long hot debate should he pack a gun for protection
This poor dude walk, Run, sail, swim, Will he post and let us know if he makes it?
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

I hope the OP does not get discouraged...please look at this thread and how 2 people who are previous owners of the boat responded(Im one of them)

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safe sailing OP I hope you do the trip! and hope to see you anchored near me in el salvador
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Right on, Lou 452. The great circle route from Long Beach to Miami is 2,327 miles. Should he carry his gun during the swim for LA to FL?
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Well We may have made the OP run or swim for it ?
I hope he makes up his own mind. More to it I hope what ever level of sailing is decided upon, fun enjoyment and learning is the end result ! We would just stay home and mold with out taking some risk. Take stock and take care fair winds.
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

LWL 21.67' (feet)?
Theoretical hull speed 1.34 * sqrt 21.67 = 6.2 kts. When heeling, a bit more of the stern might get in the water, and with SA/D of 20, the boat might actually do pretty well downwind in nice breeze.
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it does extremely well downwind...just like the cal 40 surfed the pacific and still does competitively today!

the excalibur surfed mighty well
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Wow - just happened upon this thread and ended up reading the whole thing...and I don't know of the OP went ahead and did it or not. WTF. So....what happens!??? Hellooooooo???
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

Scottie55, crazy amount of responses and all over the board. I just made the trip from Pensacola, FL to Corpus Christi, TX. 700nm or more, 6 days, no experience, during hurricane season, on a boat I just bought. My 27 year old daughter, me and one experienced crewman on a Cape Dory 36. We had a beautiful experience. I have my iNavX points if you'd like them plus hourly logs with positionings. Not sure how you're going to stay awake to keep from hitting oil rigs, but it's shallow enough in a lot of areas to anchor.
Zeehag has a great attitude and I'd love to meet her. I'd lean towards her advice. Do your research, prepare for the worst, hope for the best and F'g GO!!

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