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Re: virgin

of course if anyone would like to go along for the ride, ill be glad to furnish the beer along the way then a night on the house at Squashed Grapes winery and jazz bar in ventura
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Keep the pointed end headed toward your destination. Keep the mast up toward the sky. Keep the keel in the water.

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Re: virgin

I solo frequently along the east coast. A couple of things that work for me.
I run a jackline down the center of my boat, when I clip in my harness and tether are short enough that I can't go over a lifeline. I keep a water proof handheld radio tethered to my life jacket, has come in handy once or twice while I was forward and someone hailed me.

100 miles of beating on your first off shore on a new to you boat will certainly feed your adrenaline need.

Look for ditch points along your route, one as soon as possible from your leaving point. Have enough fuel to motor the entire way if you need to.

Spare anchor, plenty of rhode good charts and know where you are at all times.

Keep food and water in the cockpit at hand, don't try to pee off the stern.

I suggest you sail VERY conservatively and reef before you think you should.

Ginger ale is nice to keep the tummy calm and tastes great ice cold.

Surgical tubing makes a good self steering cable on both tiller and wheel steering.

Stay on the boat, it will sail without your assistance if you go over the side.

Gets colder than you might think when you are wet and the sun drops, wind is whipping, and you haven't eaten in a while. Dress in layers and have options.

Good luck, have fun and keep us posted!
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All sound advice and duely noted Silvio. Thank you I have my man overboard bag with jack lines and knotted rope packed and ready to go plan on buying a floating hand held before I set sail
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I am familiar with your area as well as your route. My vessel lives in LA harbor. That said first things first.

The peninsula you need to round just north of LA harbor and ever so slightly north of Cabrillo can get kind of shitty in the afternoons (starting at about 2-3pm)

I have a background in Marine mechanics and I would really really really advise you that if you dont have experience in that or in survey that you have it looked at before you move it. Seriously.

if you need someone to come look it over cover my fuel and time and Ill come give it a good once over before you move it. if you need a second hand on tiller. Now is the time to speak up, if the boat looks sound and your trip fits with my schedule I might be able to join you for the jaunt.

if your not going to have the boat looked at and all the at the VERY LEAST go now and purchase Vessel assist its 175 dollars for their best package and your covered tow from breakdown to home port for 100 miles.
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i will keep your offer in mind. i leave from houston tomorrow morning. my last trip out was 36 hours, but i probably wont push it that hard this time. should get to newport thursday night . do an survey and shake down run friday. ship provisions friday afternoon. then set sail at first light saturday morning. lord willing and the creek dont rise.
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didn't even notice that. Now I just feel 'dirty.'
I thought men are programmed to pay attention to those words.

Back to the topic.

Congrats runswithsisors, ride her hard but be safe.
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Re: virgin

Interesting first trip into the ocean

We chartered a boat from Long Beach to Catalina last January but tacked up towards Point Vincente. As soon as we came out of the land shadow we we hit by a fairly robust N or S current and 8-10 ft swells made for an interesting "quick" ride back south to Catalina Islanand Avalon.

My first time sailing the Pacific although I do sail the coastal Atlantic frequently enough. The sail north can be quite challanging as sailors there told me. This is a daughtning task for a new boat with unknown history. It is a daughning task for a novice ocean sailor with an experienced captain It is a task for an experienced captain. HOowever my friend it is a risk I would not be prepared to take by myself if I was an unprepared rookie ocean sailor inan uknown to me boat of unknown to be consition other than a survey.

This statement doesnt ring true..
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well hell, now i have to do it just to prove i can. wish me fair winds and a stout ship. ill keep you posted
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