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Re: Palmer P60 - sink or swim?
Brandon, what type of Islander? (I always assume they are the 36’er). Is the boat new to you? Common reasons for not getting peak RPM under load are: 1) Prop not properly pitched and 2) Exhaust elbow/mixer is clogged, or “coked” up. You might want to have a competent mechanic look at it in Long Beach. I personally would not take a boat up or down the coast with suspect thru hulls/valves.
September though October and the beginning of November is the sweet spot for heading up the coast. But this is predicated on being able to motor all the way up (this is how most people do it). The California longshore current can run from a quarter knot and upwards to one and it will be against you. The predominant wind is from the Northwest so your preferred tack is towards the lee shore of the coast and Stb tack will feel like you are heading towards Hawaii rather than Monterey Bay. This is what I do when delivering boats up the coast that don’t have large tankage. First, I go to Santa Barbara, then take off in the evening depending upon the speed potential of your boat. You want to be at Conception between midnight and 4 AM. Then make your refueling stop at Morrow Bay. Port San Luis is a bit out of your way. Then go up the coast (one to two overnights depending upon the boat) and to Monterey or in your case, Moss Landing. The biggest “rookie” mistake is over estimating the speed potential of your boat and under estimating the current. If there is a storm out in the North Pacific, you could encounter big swells with or without big winds so monitor the weather forecast before you go. Remember, there is no shame in waiting a couple of days for a weather window. Besides, there are some good bars and fish restaurants in Morrow. Good luck! And let us know how it works out.
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