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Baja 2019 - San Diego to Ensenada

by Sam Landsman 3 Dec 2019 18:53 PST
Baja 2019 - San Diego to Ensenada © Sam Landsman

Most of the content on Slowboat focuses on cruising north from Puget Sound. This is the area where we have the most experience, and where most of us from the Pacific Northwest naturally go cruising. The Pacific Northwest is undoubtedly fantastic—plentiful and diverse wildlife, thousands of miles of sheltered "inside" cruising, and magnificent scenery—but it's also cold much of the year. And there's a big world to explore by water! A couple years ago I spent several weeks participating in the CUBAR rally from San Diego to La Paz. That trip was fantastic, but too fast. So when an invitation came to do the trip again, this time at a more leisurely pace, I jumped on it.

I first met Vince and Linda Cummings many years ago when they signed up to do an Alaska flotilla. They were relatively new to cruising (but had done lots of adventure travel) and quickly grew accustomed to the lifestyle. The next year, after selling their business, they did another Alaska flotilla, and then the flotilla around Vancouver Island the following year. As they built skills and confidence, and became untethered by work commitments, their horizons grew wider. They had a nice West Coast 46 (built in the early 2000s off the Tollycraft 43 molds), but as they said, "We need a better boat!"

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