San Diego to Sea of Cortez cruising the outside of the Baja.

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by twinscrewzz, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. twinscrewzz

    twinscrewzz Member

    78
    Nov 8, 2014
    Phoenix Az
    1989 340 SB. Possible offer
    454 Mercruisers W/V Drives
    I am currently looking at a number of Sea Rays In Ca. (prior sea ray owner) and am biased toward Sea Rays.
    Will be putting in 1 of 2 marina in San Carlos.
    Looking at Sport Fishers or cockpit motor yachts. If living on the sea of Cortez you gotta wet a line and fish a tournament or two.
    The real question to those that have made the trip outside is what range is required to reach available fuel on the Baja run. Gas or diesel.
    Appreciate any and all input.
    Mike
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2016
  2. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We met someone who has a 52 foot Viking. that has taken it to Cabo His comment was you need to arrange for fuel along the way and have it brought out to your boat in 45 gallon drums.
    We spend 4 months in the Baja each winter and as far as I know there are very few full service marinas (None) along the Pacific coast once south of Ensenada. Gas in Baja is 13.6 Pesos a liter and at marinas there is a 20% adder. On the drive along the Pacific coast the waves look very large.
    If you want a boat in Mexico the rules to have a boat are now being enforced. Do your home work before you enter Mexico with a boat.
     
  3. majoma

    majoma Member

    256
    Oct 10, 2008
    San Francisco
    2000 340, V drive
    Twin 7.4
    One popular stop for diesel between Ensenada and Cabo is Magdalena Bay.
     
  4. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    913
    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    If you make it down to south Baja on a gas power boat, you will be the first person I know of to do it.

    you may want to get on the trawler and sport fishing sites for more info on fueling spots.

    And as Norhtern stated, do your due dilligence on Mex boat registration and fishing. They have no issues confiscating boats if paper work is not in order. It has been getting better the past few years though. The mex government has web sites.
     
  5. twinscrewzz

    twinscrewzz Member

    78
    Nov 8, 2014
    Phoenix Az
    1989 340 SB. Possible offer
    454 Mercruisers W/V Drives
    Will NOT be a gas powered boat. Will take delivery in Mexico to save the ca. tax. Going through a broker and he or Baja Naval in Ensenada will assist with all required documentation. For a 60.00 fee. Not nearly as daunting as one might think. I'm having trouble finding a SR with the fuel capacity I need..
     
  6. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We spend the winters in Mexico since 2008. It is not USA or Canada. Tonight there are 55 knot wind gusts and for the next week winds are to be in the 20 to 40 knot range.
    Lot of people have brought boats down here and have not have had problems. It takes time and the ability to communicate in Spanish. Do not expect people to speak English and have the forms you require on hand. Once here with your boat (I have trailered a 21 footer in) moorage and fuel are more money than in the US or Canada and space can be limited. When the huricanes come you will need a boat sitter if your boat is in the water. If on land you could sustain damage from the winds and water.
     
  7. majoma

    majoma Member

    256
    Oct 10, 2008
    San Francisco
    2000 340, V drive
    Twin 7.4
  8. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    913
    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    Nice vid. You obviously know what you are doing if you have done that run in past.

    You mentioned gas or diesel in your first post, so I thought you were referring to running a gas boat down there. I guess you meant for you dinghy.

    Keep us posted, and pictures or video of your trip if you do the run would be great to see.

    Lastly, is your Carver currently for sale in San Diego? I think I have seen it.
     
  9. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Thanks for posting the video pictures of your trip! Great water all of the way it seemed! I would love to have the time to try that trip, maybe after retirement...
     
  10. majoma

    majoma Member

    256
    Oct 10, 2008
    San Francisco
    2000 340, V drive
    Twin 7.4
    No. We had a Captain take to boat back to San Francisco. Going back North is a pain because it's against wind and current.
     
  11. Arizona Mike

    Arizona Mike Member

    42
    Oct 19, 2015
    Tucson Arizona
    1994 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4
    I have made this trip a few times in a Sail boat. San Diego Yacht Club sponsors a rally now known as CUBAR originally called FUBAR . The Sail Boat rally is called Baja Ha-Ha.
    You can get info on fuel stops I think the web site is cubarsdyc.org. Or check out SDYC web site.

    Hope that helps.

    TML
     
  12. twinscrewzz

    twinscrewzz Member

    78
    Nov 8, 2014
    Phoenix Az
    1989 340 SB. Possible offer
    454 Mercruisers W/V Drives
    Thanks for sharing plenty helpful
     
  13. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member

    349
    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    Great video, loved the songs!!!!
     

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