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So, I'm two short hairs from buying a new to me Islander 36. Although she's not yet ready to sail south, I'm planning to bring her to my home port soon.

My question is what is a good route south sailing days only. Marinas to stop each day etc.. I'm familiar with marinas in Southern CA but not up North.

The reason sailing days only is the GF. If sailing days only a few days won't work out I'll sail overnight.

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I said Marinas above but meant Harbors, anchorages, etc.
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Try www.activecaptain.com and click on the interactive cruising guide. Zoom in on the areas in question until the flags appear. Click on flags. Good info.
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You are talking about sailing in winter conditions along a rugged coast which has few safe harbors. I would strongly suggest that you get someone with more experience to help you out. You will need to take your time and watch and understand the weather conditions.

From SF south, the next safe harbor is Half-moon Bay (30 miles), then Monterey (90 miles), then Santa Barbara (280 miles). Santa Cruz and Morro Bay are possibilities in fair weather, but not in big swells.
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I did this last August, it was a very cold trip, one crewman was seasick almost the entire way. Took me 6 days straight through with a 36 hour layover in Oxnard to rehab from a terrible passage around Pt. Conception. Some pro delivery Capts. tell me their average is 4 days, they don't stop.
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Once you get to Newport California, not Rhode Island... you will have anti-Sea Lion devices on your new boat?? i.e. electric fencing and so forth??
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Adding to what Don wrote; Santa Cruz Harbor takes a pretty big prolonged swell to shut it down, it is an official Harbor of Refuge. The shortest anchorage to anchorage through the Big Sur would be Still Water Cove (Pebble Beach) to San Simeon maybe 80 miles.
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I'd point out that the prevailing winds are westerlies, making the shore a lee shore... not an ideal situation.
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Get Fagan's, The Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California. But, I would also second Don's suggestion of taking along someone with a bit more experience. You might also add Port San Luis and San Simeon to Don's list of anchorages; the former has full marine services and is usually safe to enter when weather closes the Morro Bay entrance, although both are pretty rough in a strong south swell.
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I'd point out that the prevailing winds are westerlies, making the shore a lee shore...
That, in a nutshell, describes West Coast sailing (at least outside of any protected bays and estuaries). However, the scenery along that part of the coast is well worth it.
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