C2C inc. San Diego - West Coast Cruising Notes
It is important to remember that the Panama to Juneau Alaska stretch of water is similar in length to West Africa to the Baltic or East Brazil to Nova Scotia. The observations made and facts presented in this thread are put together to encourage traffic to the West Coast. In text it may look like a lot, in reality it is no different than other world wide cruising destinations with features to be aware of. The one difference is that with the below information, you will have a much better go at it than if you did not have the information.
With the anticipated increase in yacht traffic to the west coast, we will be providing a broad selection of useful planning information on this thread over the coming weeks and months. A year long visit to the west coast is outstanding and to maximize the enjoyment and success of being in this part of the world it is ideal to pre plan. This 2008 season we have a record number of large yachts enjoying a visit to the West Coast.
To start out a few important points to make:
1. The west coast is not just Alaska, there are months and months of combined cruising and stops to be made in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington, BC Canada and Alaska.
2. There are well defined pilotage regulations to be aware of in San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco, Columbia River, Puget Sound, British Columbia and Alaska.
3. There are specific pollution regulations to be aware of specific by area.... California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.
4. There are superyacht quality shipyards on the west coast that can handle any sized yacht.
5. There is infrastructure and support available ashore in all areas to the standard expected.
6. Winter months are spent in Central America and Mexico.
7. April and or May in San Diego - get to know the area and plan out work to take place after the summer cruise.
8. By mid to late May heading northbound from San Diego.
9. June, July, August in Puget Sound, British Columbia and Alaska
10. By mid to late September back in San Diego.
11. Use September, October , November for dockside and shipyard refit and repair in San Diego to take advantage of perfect weather for work to take place.
12. Hurricane season in Mexico is normally over by mid to late November.
13. November/December southbound to Mexico and Central America and do the areas missed on the way north and revist the favorite areas.
Check back to this thread often as we will be posting information on pilotage by area, pollution regulations and specific cruising notes and more.
Captain Mark Drewelow
C2C San Diego / YachtAid Global
Modified by mdrewelow at 1:43 AM 7/26/2008