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just bought a 1973 26 foot erickson in newport beach ca. going to move it to ventura this week and will be my first off shore trip any sugestions for the trip?
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Re: virgin

I don't know your particular area but I'm sure others will chime in soon with local knowledge. A few general things though:
- have all USCG required safety gear on board, checked, functional, and be familiar with how to use it. Signaling devices, life vests, sound making device, etc.
- plan weather, have a back out plan, and don't get ourself on a tight schedule
- file a float plan with someone that you trust
-Know your radio and take a back up. I keep a hand held fully charged and ready, clipped and tethered to my life vest when I solo.
- take appropriate wet weather gear and/or foullies
- have plenty of water and food for your trip plus enough to account for the unforeseen.
-WEATHER WEATHER WEATHER, watch and understand the forecast and plan on it being worse than you planned.

Maybe you can add some specifics regarding your planned trip to get more specific advice and suggestions.

It would help to know your experience level, if you have crew or help, have sailed much on a bay, what equipment is onboard, engine type and condition, etc.
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Re: virgin

You might want to re-visit the title of this thread.
Not many folks who know the area are likely to check a thread titled "Virgin"
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Re: virgin

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You might want to re-visit the title of this thread.
Not many folks who know the area are likely to check a thread titled "Virgin"
didn't even notice that. Now I just feel 'dirty.'
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Re: virgin

my sailing experiance is bay sailing in galveston bay. crewed on 2 person einsons for several years. captoned my own g-cat for acouple of years. also crewed on a hobbie 16 , racing here in the texas area for a couple of years with pretty fair resuilts. the boat- havent seen it except in pix. but appears to be in good order. person i bought it from was club racing it until a recent heart attack. a good once over will be the first order of busness upon arival in neport beach. i bought it thru a charity auction, then talked to the guys son-in-law after the sale. (also a club racer) he said the boat was a 7 out of 10 condition, and his father-in-laws pride and joy. we will see.
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Re: virgin

don't know how well you know and have prepared the boat. You say you have no off shore experience so I would suggest you have some one that does to go with you. that is a long way to go in one trip but there are several harbors to overnight in along the way. this would be the week to go as the weather should be very good in the high 70's lows in the 40's. watch the weather if the North westerly's decide to blow hard, don't go. leave early and motor around the point as sailing will be most likely all up wind. if you motor all the way you will need to stop for fuel as you will be going up wing most of the way. bring the proper safety gear and lots of anchor line as you will be in deep water on most of the trip.
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Re: virgin

First of all, I can't help as I have no experience with either the boat or the area- BUT

You've not seen the boat, and your first trip will be offshore for 350 or so miles?

I'm hoping we don't read about you in the news.

Please take the time to survey the boat, and your skills before you depart.
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Re: virgin

unforunatly i will have to solo it. but as my handle indicates im an adrinalin junky. but well able to prep for the trip. at almost 62 ive learnd a bit of caution and a butt load of common sinse. i am truly looking forward to the adventure. figure as long as i keep the land on the right i cnat get to lost. lol as far as USCG equipment, thats a given and im taking what i need from home plus back up
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Re: virgin

ty overboard, sounds as if you know the area. i have check the weather an agree this will be the week for the trip. as i read it tis only a bit over 100 miles so it should be only a ten or twelvre hour trip, baring any problems. sounde like i will be beating it all the way
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Re: virgin

Keep the pointed end headed toward your destination. Keep the mast up toward the sky. Keep the keel in the water.

God speed, my comrade!
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