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09-25-2012 02:57 PM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

a.return ticket to EU incl? -if yes, tell me when to start.
b.How much time needed?
rgds mr
09-20-2012 11:34 AM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

I did quite a bit of marina shopping while I was looking for my boat, starting last January. Without crosssing the border, the best bet for a SLIGHTLY less expensive slip is Wilmington. But if the boat needs work, and you're going to take her to Oregon eventually, forget the slip and find a yard that will let you keep her on the hard and work on her til you're ready to go. This should cost less than half as much as a slip.
09-19-2012 01:37 PM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

Capttb I'm so jealous $300 for a slip. I will say that in S.D. finding a slip is no problem anymore but expect about $600 or more. Salina in Mexico which is North of Ensenada is a Very nice Marina which is really desperate to get boats. Very good rates, my friend is paying around $300 for 40'. I think they have a yard too.
09-19-2012 01:26 PM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

At the risk of sounding like Sarah Palin you are sailing from LA. or L.A. ? Long Beach south to Mission Beach in S.D. ( not South Dakota!) is a good trip with a self serve yard. Also a little further brings you to Ensenada Mexico where Baja Navel does fantastic work ( based on my own experience), but this may not work for you as they allow you to do your own work only above the waterline.
Finding someone to make that run should be easy. I would even be up for that.
09-17-2012 06:57 AM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

Although you have a great boat a off shore boat it is not. What you are looking for is a offshore sailor not a coastal sailor. Big Difference. The time you have chosen is a bad time just ship it. A good off shore cap will cost about 250 to 400 a day plus expenses for travel and provisioning the boat. Would probably be about the same to ship and much safer.
09-13-2012 08:04 PM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

She currently is in an expensive marina.
What's your definition of expensive and how far south do you intend to go?
Getting a 35 ft liveaboard slip in S. Calif. in a month on a budget may be harder than sailing to Portland (which I'm not recommending).
Slips may be available in Ventura and Channel Islands they have been expanding/remodeling. Deep in San Diego near Chula Vista may have some available at slightly lower pricing. Wilmington/ San Pedro used to have some reasonable marinas but I've heard they've been closing.
My 30 foot slip in a new marina in Alameda was $300/month, my 40 year old 30 ft slip in Dana Point is $503. Location costs.
Check the website for The Log newspaper, they'll have a link for their annual guide to slips and marinas, everyplace is listed there. Better start calling now to find a slip by October.
Otherwise, Ensenada maybe? I know commercial guys that take their boats to Mx for work in the off season, but those are big fishing boats.
Zeehag, Aren't you in ensenada?
09-13-2012 06:01 PM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

Originally Posted by sailbluehorse View Post
I have decided to sail south instead,
Wise decision. But when the time comes, trucking it is still the best, or sailing to Hawaii and then to OR, it surely beats motoring.
09-13-2012 12:22 AM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

Thank you fellow sailors for all the important information and dangers of sailing my newly acquired 1974 34 foot Coronado up the western coast from LA to Portland Oregon, in October. With the advice I received through this forum, I have decided to sail south instead, to find a marina that I could put her on the hard, and do repairs on the blisters below. Other than blisters she is a well maintained boat, with a trustworthy motor. Is there any advise for a destination that is inexpensive south of LA. She currently is in an expensive marina. I am open to any advise as this is a new experience for me and I need help from a senior salty sailor. Until now I have only sailed northern lakes with smaller boats in Minnesota and Lake Superior. I would like to hire an experienced sailor to go with me to share knowledge and wisdom, helping me with this move. I am single handed, healthy, 65 years old, and a willing learner. Appreciation with wage, food, and return fair, will be provided. Sailbluehorse
09-12-2012 05:11 PM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

November is the best time of the year to travel north on the west coast – The pressure gradient on the east side of the North Pacific High begins to flatten out (prior to the high breaking up for the winter). This lessens the winds on the Oregon coast and all but eliminates “Hurricane Alley”. The downside is there is a lot of motoring involved with transiting and you need a lot of extra jerry cans or you are committed to stopping at every little port and dog hole on the coast for fuel ups. My biggest concern is the condition of a 40-50 year old boat. It probably makes more financial sense to truck after you factor in all the “wear and tear” type repairs.
09-12-2012 04:14 PM
Re: Coastal Sailor Wanted

As others have said, OCT 31 departure is ill advised to say the least - even in a well found known-to-be-offshore-capable boat.
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