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Old 08-30-2017, 06:44 PM   #1
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SoCal to the Caribbean


My buddy and I are in the initial planning phase of cruising his Bayliner 5788 from SoCal to Florida via the Caribbean chain beginning November 2018. So many questions! Has anyone here ever done it?

Route- obviously south past Baja Ca. Then along the mainland Mexico coast south to the canal. After the canal the question then becomes North to Cancun east to Cuba and on into the Bahamas. Or, after the canal head west along the north coast of S. America and into Aruba, Grenada and on up through the Caribbean island chain to Cuba then Fla.

Medical needs and prep. Shots?

How to clear customs in countries we plan to stop at, pass or decide to put into?



Weather/sea info and forecast?

Com- VHF, SSB, Sat phone, other?

There's so much to plan and prepare for. The above is just a start but hopefully will generate conversation and discussion.

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Old 08-30-2017, 07:54 PM   #2
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Pat Rains has written several books on Mexico and the area. You might look them up.

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Old 08-30-2017, 08:30 PM   #3
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I found Pat Rains book to be poor at best. Very dated and not helpful. Freya Rausher for Belize and Mexico, Eric Bauhaus for Panama, and Chris Doyle for Eastern Caribbean much better sources of info. I have covered Panama to Florida and the Eastern Caribbean in the pat two years, so this is a recent opinion.

As suggested to me when I was planning this trip, you may want to consult as well. Seems more of there members are cruising tose areas.

Do some more research and try to narrow down your questions, as at this time they are almost to broad a scope to answer.
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