uote name='imagine2frolic' date='Jan 8 2008, 04:58 PM' post='16738']
I don't know how I missed this one. SCARRY is not embelishing. You can do day hops until Santa Barbara. Then it is a good distance to any safety after that. I rounded Point Conception in 45 knot winds going south. I would not have wanted to be going north. Read 2 years before the mast, and you will understan
I did the last part of this trip (to Puget Sound) a few years ago in a sailboat in early summer in good weather. We would tack out to sea with our last sight of land a tall tree on top of a hill. Then we'd tack back. Same damn tree. We did this a lot before we got there. (Is this what they call the "tall tree method" of navigation?) Anyway, I read "Two Years Before The Mast" after we got back and learned, IIRC, that sailors back in the day along that coast didn't talk about "north" or "south"; they referred to "upwind" and "downwind", and nobody ever had to ask which was which. That explained a lot.
None of this has much to do with a tugboat, except to highlight prevailing conditions. The ride is always rougher going uphill - throw in a little(!) weather and it'll get your attention. All the best, whatever you decide.