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Re: Sailing San Diego to Panama
You should have a way to get offshore weather and forecasts on demand. A satellite system is becoming the new norm. There were way to use a SSB radio, which work, but can be tricky. Downloading weather predictions is pretty important. IF you're unfamiliar with predicting weather and reading systems, a contract with a weather router can be helpful. These are not really necessary for day hops down the coast, but your passage will have you offshore from time to time.
There is no number of gps, nor jumping into the coast, that will help, if a hurricane is bearing down on you.
Again, I'm not studied in Pacific hurricane season. I would think the northern part of your trip is safer, while still inside the tail of the season. It's once you start getting further south, I must be riskier. I guess the question is how quickly you plan to push toward the canal.
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