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Planning for San Francisco to Channel Islands

My wife and I are planning to sail from San Francisco to the Channel Islands and back this coming July on our Pearson 365 ketch. Any suggestions on route planning, pre-trip maintenance, ports of call, items to bring along, etc. would be welcome.

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Having done this trip, and farther both ways. Besides regular upkeep on the boat. My only concern would be radar & AIS. There is nothing worse than a FOG HORN bearing down on you, and you have no idea where the freighter is.......i2f
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Thanks for the post back. I'm all set on radar but shopping for AIS. I've posted another thread to ask about A vs. B at AIS A or B?

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sounds like a fun trip!
i have never sailed before, but if you need free labor I can offer you a hand..
anyway good luck!

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Hmmm some of you seem to know Northern Washington. I am looking to purchase a sailboat in Annacortes. I live in New York. I am toying with the possibility to leave the boat for a couple of seasons in Seattle area and go cruising out there before trucking the boat back to Long Island.
could someone recommend a mooring location - affordable - since the boat will be un-used for 40 days at a time.
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You'd really be better off starting your own thread on this.. As for mooring locations, it really depends a lot on what boat you have. Since you don't have the boat yet, the answers won't be very specific.

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Hmmm some of you seem to know Northern Washington. I am looking to purchase a sailboat in Annacortes. I live in New York. I am toying with the possibility to leave the boat for a couple of seasons in Seattle area and go cruising out there before trucking the boat back to Long Island.
could someone recommend a mooring location - affordable - since the boat will be un-used for 40 days at a time.
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Sounds like you are going to have a great trip; good time to do it. Expect light winds during mid-summer but be ready for the occasional clear air gale. It's important to keep a careful check of the weather reports and weather-fax forecast so you know what is ahead of you. There is a weather fax device that hooks up to a laptop so you can download the data; I have the model and I will lookup/post here. You can buy it at Ham Radio Outlet in Oakland for ~100 bucks or so.

There are lots of places to stop along the way; I'm sure more than I can think of to post here. Here are a few thoughts:

Half Moon Bay - Great first day trip place to stop in; be mindful of the entrance channel between the north and south reef

Santa Cruz - you can either anchor out and dinghy over to the wharf or go in to the marina south of the lighthouse. Don't go in to the marina if there is swell from the south; breakers can form in the channel. This usually only happens in the winter.

Capitola - I believe they have a public mooring field

Monterey - Another great place to stop and check out sights, food, aquarium. They have had problems with sea lions boarding moored boats; so I would request a slip if you see any sea lions in the marina.

Morro Bay - Nice place to stop in before heading south of Pt. Conception. Great place to go kayaking; rentals available if you are not taking your own.

Make sure you have a good weather window for rounding Pt. Conception; particularly when sailing north. Many people round it either in the night when the wind is down (motor-sail) or wait for a calm day. It is sort of like "the slot" on SF Bay; except with bigger winds and seas.
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My wife and I are planning to sail from San Francisco to the Channel Islands and back this coming July on our Pearson 365 ketch. Any suggestions on route planning, pre-trip maintenance, ports of call, items to bring along, etc. would be welcome.
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On the route between Monteray and Morro Bay, one can tuck in behind the bluff's at San Simeon although that anchorage can be a little rolly at times. If you choose to stop at Morro Bay, be very cautious of the entrance and contact the Harbor Master or Coast Guard Station Morro Bay before attempting to enter for word on conditions. The break at the channel entrance south of the Rock can really be spectacular and one cannot tell how bad it is from sea (we lived there for a few years while I was in graduate school). In no case attept to enter on an outbound tide!

The anchorage at Pt. San Luis (near Avila Beach) is very protected and there is a great restaurant on the Pier (once known as the Old Port Inn). It's a nice stop to wait for a weather window to pass Pt. Conception, which should be give a wide berth.

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