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Old 09-27-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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Is it safe to sail North from South Africa thru the Mozambique channel in December. I have a 55ft Trawler Cruiser and is planning to sail to Zanzibar in December.
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:36 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard.

It can be done of course, but, at that time you will have the Mozambique Current as well as NE winds on the nose. Could be very uncomfortable for you. You are aware that it will be cyclone "season" in the region so forward planning is important - be sure you know where all the "hidey-holes" are.

The best time for this passage is starting from Durban/Richards Bay in April/May but of course that does not suit you.

Look for information on the Mozambique section of the Cruising Wiki and also contact Cruising Connections in Durban - Tony Herrick is a mine of information about the region.

It is a wonderful passage with lots to see along the way. Good luck, and please post your plans and trip report here.



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Old 09-28-2008, 04:05 AM   #3
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I once picked up a cyclone in January off the southern tip of Madagascar. I was a cadet at the time on a 10,000 ton ship heading for Durban from Singapore and we took a bit of a bashing. Nothing really serious but, on the other hand, not great weather for a 55 footer to be out in.

Looking at the photo of your boat, I would worry about the size of the windows and the security of the door onto deck. There may be other issues too which cannot be seen on the photo. My advice is to have someone who really knows about boats and weather in that area check your boat out. Where is she now? Judging from the hull, I would say that your boat comes from somewhere arround the Cape. I can perhaps put you in touch with some people who can help on that front.

A further point to remember is that boats frequently can survive better than their crews. This point was brought home during the Fastnet race disaster when seaworthy yachts were found abandoned by their crews. A cautious seaman will ensure that he is up to the proposed voyage as well as his vessel.

Good luck with your trip!

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