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post #15 of Old 09-09-2015
aloof
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Re: Need Passage Routing Advice-San Diego to Seattle

Too many hurricanes out towards Hawaii this year for that route. And it is a long long way, a long way from shore, too. That option is out. I was just out there. You have a big boat with a big engine. Just motor up the coast. Retreat or duck in during the gales. Stay in-shore, in the meager lee and counter currents caused by the capes. Don't get trapped in the weather window nightmare rotting in port with a bunch of other timid sailors. Just go. The worst weather is normally just 20 miles either side of the dozen major capes. The later you wait in the season the bigger the fair weather windows are. Except this El Niņo period has the winter cold fronts coming south early...maybe.

Pilot charts are useless for any type of short term forecasting. Also useless now because of El Niņo.

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