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 Post subject: Baja Charter
PostPosted: 23 Jun 2008 14:48 
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The crew of HighFlight will be chartering in LaPaz, Baja next month. Sort of came out of nowhere. We'll have a Moorings 403 (Benneteau 391 custom) for the week and it looks like the cruising there will be all dropping hook in coves and bays of unpopulated (except for seals and birds) islands.

Pictures to follow. (I'm just a little jazzed about the whole deal!) Cool

If anyone's sailed the Sea of Cortez and has tips, fire away!

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 Post subject: Re: Baja Charter
PostPosted: 13 Jul 2008 21:54 
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So here's the review. Moorings is a class act. We had a Beneteau Oceanis 393 custom made for Moorings as a "Moorings 403". Comfortable but a bit slow with the tiny headsail they had on there.

The area was fantastic. Sailing in a desert is a unique experience. The Sea of Cortez has all it's islands as national park land so they are all deserted save on little rock that was grandfathered in. That makes for good anchorages. The Corumel winds in summer mean you'll have SW winds every night so you can plan your anchorages accordingly. There's a sealion reserve on a rock nearby so you can drop folks off to swim with them. (rock bottom makes bad anchoring) All in all, it's a nice departure from the standard cruising where you go to town each night. You're right out there in nature with only other cruisers as company.

Some pics...

Have to admit, I love the swim platform transom. That was pretty sweet.
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Lots of critters. In the air we had pelicans, frigates, pilots, in the sea we saw puffers, 6 ft rays jumping in the deep, stingrays (small), sealions, dolphins, and pilot whales. Winter brings a good shot for blue and humpback whales.
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Dawn feeding frenzy...
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Moorings but a CQR with a 150ft of chain rode. In 30kt winds the boat was solid. This may look underway but we're at anchor.
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For a week long cruise you never leave sight of the Baja mainland. So all your sunsets have mountains.
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Takes some trust in your anchor to sit this close to a rock wall. We were within 15 ft by morning with no worries.
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with no shopping or restaurants, there's plenty of time to splice the mainbrace.
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