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Re: Boat delivery from Mex to CA in this crazy time
It is generally a lot easier to sail to Hawaii, then around the Pacific high and down to Frisco from about the latitude of Seattle. I imagine Hawaii is closed to yachts from places like Mexico.
The trip up the coast is a real slog and it can be days or more for a little weather window to open to get just a bit of the way north.
There is also the problem of having a boat surveyed in Mexico. These days there are very few reputable surveyors in the US and I have no idea if you could even find one in Mexico.
I don't mean to put you off, but it won't be cheap for the delivery ($4 to $6 a mile) and flying a surveyor down and back. I don't imagine there are too many delivery captains that would attempt the trip w/o a recent survey, especially if the boat has been sitting a while. Then there's the cost of the insurance, without which you probably can't put the boat in any marina or yard on the trip up, if it should need repairs.
I'd say go for it if you were hanging about down there for a while or heading south, but going north on the left coast is some of the most dangerous and difficult sailing on the planet.
Of course, you could always truck her up to Frisco. It would be a lot less wear and tear than sailing her, and maybe cheaper. But you would still want to get a survey before you decide anything.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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