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Old 08-26-2020, 04:25 PM   #1
City: San Clemente, CA
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New owner, and info request

I've just purchased my first trawler, a Grand Banks 36 Europa, and now am in the throes of deciding how to get it from Anacortes WA to its new home port in Newport Beach CA.

Present plans call for transport by ship from Victoria Canada to Ensenada Mexico in mid-September. Transit to Victoria is covered, but I would appreciate advice on getting the boat delivered from Ensenada to Newport, since I'll be unable to get there and bring her up myself.

Can anyone recommend a qualified and reliable delivery captain in either Ensenada or San Diego?
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Old 08-26-2020, 04:54 PM   #2
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I am sure you will have no trouble finding somebody in San Diego familiar with the trip and qualified. Too bad you aren't running her down the coast yourself, maybe with a qualified skipper if you are not. Wonderful learning about your boat opportunity. Congrats on a nice boat!
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:36 PM   #3
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I know a couple delivery Captains in SD. Send me a PM with your contact information and I can provide you their contact information. The entrance out of Ensenada is tricky. If you do decide to bring it up yourself, I would still recommend you bring someone who knows the area.
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:47 PM   #4
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Back in 2002 we ran our then boat from Washington State down to LA. Fun trip, with a few white knuckle times and one time that I thought we were going to die off the Columbia River. Overall it was a blast. Had a crew of 4 or 5 aboard. The biggest seas were about 18í but the period made them doable. We did leave the boat for a month due to 60+ knot winds predicted and we couldnít get back any sooner to finish the trip. But if you donít have the time then I guess you either have to hire a captain or ship it.
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