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Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico
are you talking about the route I just mentioned or leaving straight from mexico?
the pacific puddle jump for example by latitude uses 2 or 3 ports or countries of departure
either around pv, mexico or panama and or any central american country, however the facilities and help is in mexico and panama for paperwork...thats the reason most use the puddle jump as it helps with papwerwork ,save you money on the bond french polinesia require among other things...
now having said that
the pacific coast of central america has winds...but they are fluky and if you are near the coast you can count on 4-6 hours of steady winds from noon to around 6pm after that they can die...pick up or do whatever they feel like we would always look at the sunset with very light winds...depending on the time of year at midnight they would pick up again till dawn when the sum comes up and dies right after it comes up...then picking up again around 11am noon...
during "winter" or our dry season here from november till april or so you get northers...which are fresh winds coming from the carribean...you can count on these however its nothing like trade wind sailing
for getting to panama its always using the engine...all the coast...
once in panama and leaving for perlas you get for the most part winds and currents against you except on those months that its an easy trip, forget, something like april or a few months ago cant rememeber what month when we did it...
you can get to galapagos easily in a week or less or take much longer...we motored more than half the trip...
after galapagos it takes 3 or 4 days to get into the good trades...after the first week its steady all the way to hiva oa...or you can go way down to tuamotos etc...
all I can say for sure is that central american cruising close to shore is anything but steady sailing...ts flucky often with no wind for days...then you get awesome sailing from the north winds and can make good time
a trip straight to panama can be as short as 4 days from el salvador, if you get the right wind...
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