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  • Things to do with your boat before you sail off

    Posted by jeffj on June 24, 2024 at 6:41 am

    Thought I’d start a thread discussing day- sailing and overnight options before you set off to the Carib.

    Carrie and I decided to stick around and use the boat for 6 weeks. Good decision as we keep finding little things (totally expected)- we turn in a list once a week and two oceans is knocking it our. And,it’s giving us a chance to ask questions & get more training. Hoping to minimize that away from home base.

    Ok- we decided to sail up and spend a week in Saldana Bay. Around half way is Dassen Island where, in a south breeze you can anchor in House Bay. Cool spot- penguins on and off the beach, birds and fishing. You can’t go on shore without a permit, there’s a cool lighthouse.

    Anchor stuck really well, but it’s a little tricky with some rocks off the beach. Def make sure your chain counter is calibrated ;-). Happy to chat about where we anchored and why. And what we might do differently. 5 ft tide! @patrick-balance this subject would make a good video I think?

    off to Saldana bay yacht club today.

    Dean-Balance replied 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • patrick-balance

    June 24, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    @jeffj Definitely a topic worth providing some content on and will add to the list. Thx for the feedback! @Dean-Balance please add to your instructional video list

  • jeffj

    June 30, 2024 at 8:57 am

    ………… cont

    After spending an evening in House Bay, Carrie and I sailed up into Saldana Bay. Actually motored with no wind 20 miles north. Our ultimate destination was Kraalbaai.

    On Monday night we anchored outside the mooring field at the Saldana Bay Yacht Club. A little industrial but nice and well-protected from the wind direction, we encountered that evening. Home – Saldanha Bay Yacht Club (sbyc.co.za)

    Tuesday we left mid-morning for Kraalbaai. We were told the water was skinny and that entering at high tide was recommended. Kraalbaai Tide Times | 7 Day Tide Charts | High and Low Tide Tables | Western Cape | South Africa – 2024 (tideking.com) We didn’t time our arrival very well (it’s only a 1 hour motor south) so we anchored one bay over and spent the night. Still, a beautiful spot.

    Note: Mind the restricted military area, i was told by a local they could take aggressive action if you enter! It’s clearly marked on the charts and in the water with big yellow floating marks. Sure felt like there was a 50 cal trained on me while transited the area 😉

    The next morning we entered and had no problem getting in. We followed the recommended path on Navionics and saw no less than 7′ of water. (1.6 meter tide typical so that tells you about a low-water entry!)

    There we stayed until Saturday AM (again woke up early, left at high tide). Stunning place. Long soft sand beautiful beach, strong hike over the dunes to the Atlantic, Flamingos. We are here in winter so it was quiet, but understand during the summer this place gets bonkers. I can understand why. Super protected, good fishing (summer)! I understand they do limit yachts in the lagoon. Had we arrived and been asked to leave or not had room to anchor i think we’d have just stayed the cove over and dingied (sp?) in… then when someone left, moved over? Kraalbaai beach – Secret Cape Town

    Great week of testing our water and power management. Back at the week now for punch-list items.

    I’ll see if @Dean-Balance will put a few pictures in.

  • Dean-Balance

    June 30, 2024 at 9:11 am

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