Sea of Cortez Tips

Provided by Al & Cathy Winn on the MV Oso Negro

On the following pages I have tried to give some tips and general guidelines on cruising that my wife and I have experienced in our travels in the Sea of Cortez. After reading these guidelines go to the Sea of Cortez Anchorages page describing some of the anchorages we visited while cruising the sea in the summer.

Be Prepared

I am not going to debate these, the forewarned are those who are prepared! Do not consider this a complete list!

Safety

Weather

Insects

Agua Malies

Mexicans call anything that is bad that lives in the water an Agua Mali.

Money

How much you think you need is up to you but here are some guidelines:

Radio Procedures

Again I am not going to debate these. These are a guide.

Now that I have scared you, go to the Sea of Cortez Anchorages page describing some of the anchorages you can visit while cruising the sea in the summer.

I have used some drawings of anchorages that were originally published in Gerry Cunningham's chart packages. Don't use this guide as a substitute for his fine books on the Sea of Cortez, his books cover many, many more anchorages than the few we have been to. This is a copyright infringement but I think his wife would OK it in this case.

You should note that any decision made by you using this guide is solely your responsibility. This is true whether you use Charlie's Charts, Gerry Cunningham's books and charts, this guide, or any other book or chart of the Sea of Cortez.

I have only covered anchorages that we have actually stopped at. That way you know that the information is fairly accurate. All drawings are for reference only and should not be used for navigation.

 

Al & Cathy Winn
M/V Oso Negro
Currently in La Paz, BCS