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13/09/2011 23:55:37

Rolando Gutierrez<br>United States
Rolando Gutierrez
United States

Posts: 5
HI everyone !!
Any info for coast cruising from Los Angeles to Chile? I have some issues like avoiding Panama for big trafic.

I was thinking on LA to Cabo San Lucas-then to Guatemala,Costa Rica,Colombia,Ecuador.Perú and finally Chile.

Did somebody follow that route before??
what could be the best time to start?

thanks !!
edited by Rolando Gutierrez
United States on 14/09/2011
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01/10/2011 02:48:06

David Kory<br>United States
David Kory
United States

Posts: 17
A bit more info would make it easier to offer good advice. Are you going to be cruising and stopping along the way, or just a quick delivery trip? Your choice of route and timing will vary depending on this. Also, what is your ultimate destination in Chile? What kind of boat?
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01/10/2011 03:26:05

Rolando Gutierrez<br>United States
Rolando Gutierrez
United States

Posts: 5
Thanks David...yes.I will have time to stop everywhere,I planning on not to be farther than 100 miles from the coast.The boat is a Ranger22 but if I have the chance I will change it for a 24 or 27.
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01/10/2011 13:32:16

David Kory<br>United States
David Kory
United States

Posts: 17
Rolando,
If you are going in a Ranger 22, you need to plan on being gone for a looong time. I would recommend buying Jimmy Cornell's book on world cruising routes, and cruising guides (such as Charlie's Charts) for Mexico and all of Central America. This will help you tremendously with planning your trip, and realizing the times and distances involved. I would not worry about traffic in Panama, as you will typically be very near the coast, and the heavy traffic is farther offshore. Panama has some beautiful areas for cruising, and I wouldn't skip them for worries about shipping traffic. A good time to start the whole voyage from LA would be around the first of November, when hurricane season ends, so you spend your winter in warm Mexico. Maybe consider joining the Baja Haha, an annual cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo that draws around 200 boats, as you'll make a lot of friends with similar ideas to your own, and it could give a good start to your adventure.
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02/10/2011 03:20:40

Rolando Gutierrez<br>United States
Rolando Gutierrez
United States

Posts: 5
David Kory
United States
wrote:
Rolando,
If you are going in a Ranger 22, you need to plan on being gone for a looong time. I would recommend buying Jimmy Cornell's book on world cruising routes, and cruising guides (such as Charlie's Charts) for Mexico and all of Central America. This will help you tremendously with planning your trip, and realizing the times and distances involved. I would not worry about traffic in Panama, as you will typically be very near the coast, and the heavy traffic is farther offshore. Panama has some beautiful areas for cruising, and I wouldn't skip them for worries about shipping traffic. A good time to start the whole voyage from LA would be around the first of November, when hurricane season ends, so you spend your winter in warm Mexico. Maybe consider joining the Baja Haha, an annual cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo that draws around 200 boats, as you'll make a lot of friends with similar ideas to your own, and it could give a good start to your adventure.
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02/10/2011 03:26:15

Rolando Gutierrez<br>United States
Rolando Gutierrez
United States

Posts: 5
ha ha ha about the BAJA HA HA..they will never let me go with them..those are big ships !!The idea will be great,joining and then keeping going South..yes the 22 is pretty hamering..but I was a motocrosser so I will resist it !!I am ordering the books tomorrow..thanks for that info.
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02/10/2011 14:06:51

David Kory<br>United States
David Kory
United States

Posts: 17
I think more research info facts would help you. For example, the Baja Haha accepts anyone, even powerboats. This year's fleet of 166 boats includes 3 sailboats under 30 feet, and another 18 under 34 feet. Only 11 boats are over 50 feet. So you would not be out of place with that group. But however you decide to go, be realistic about your boat and capabilities and time, and you'll do fine and have a great trip.
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02/10/2011 16:00:55

Rolando Gutierrez<br>United States
Rolando Gutierrez
United States

Posts: 5
Thanks David..yes I was searching at the Baja Ha Ha page and they said the boat are eligible if they are over 27ft and constructed to open sea.The fact is if I have to change my boat for something bigger just to play safe I will do,I am not in a hurry for my trip,I want to do it right.Thanks for all you atention and advice!!
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