Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-17-2017, 10:42 PM   #1
City: Sausalito
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 8
Best month SF Bay to Catalina

We are considering doing a 2 week trip from SF Bay to Catalina as a shakedown trip for some extended cruising into. Mexico and points south in November. Im wondering what the best month is to make the trip up and down the coast to Catalina and back, which includes rounding Point Conception. Realizing that planning in advance and having a fixed schedule for a trip like this is less than ideal, the realities of work dictate that we could take 2 weeks in June or 2 weeks in August.

I've done the trip between Southern California north and south in a planing hull sport fisher before run at displacement speed (8 knots) to increase range and while we got tossed around at times the trip wasn't especially bad in either direction.

This time we have a Nordhavn 40 with stabilizers so it's a more appropriate boat for the conditions along the coast but I'd still rather plan to go in a month where we are likely to get a good weather window.

Any advice or sources of historic wind/wave data to look at as a planning tool greatly appreciated.

terrapin_sd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2017, 12:30 AM   #2
Giggitoni's Avatar
City: Vallejo, California
Vessel Name: Mahalo Moi
Vessel Model: 1986 Grand Banks 42 Classic
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,005
Find Brian Fagan's book, The Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California (Amazon?). He claims the best months for California coastal cruising are between May and October.

"Mahalo Moi"
1986 GB-42 Classic
Giggitoni is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2017, 06:51 AM   #3
City: Carefree, Arizona
Vessel Name: sunchaser V
Vessel Model: DeFever 48
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 9,252
The Nordhavn's owner's site has tons of information on this subject. The big advantage of the May-October time GGT mentioned is the duration between storms is longer. But, the anchoring around Catalina can get difficult even in "mild" weather.

Why not to San Diego instead with better anchorages or marinas? Or a slip in Santa Barbara which is a pretty short trip from SF in decent weather. No matter what route you do, the boat will do just fine.

Twisted Tree on this site is planning on the rally in the fall and could weigh in with spot on information.
sunchaser is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Trawler Port Captains
Port Captains are TF volunteers who can serve as local guides or assist with local arrangements and information. Search below to locate Port Captains near your destination. To learn more about this program read here: TF Port Captain Program

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012