Awright, sumpthin for EVERYone....
John - we DO have lee shores in NC. Way fewer rocks, though. A couple of years ago, a man and his son died on the rock jetty coming out of Masonboro Inlet - engine
failure and a lee shore, never had the chance to gain distance.
Sara - I don't dispute your numbers, but further ain't always better. Far enough is just right, and everyone's yardstick is different.
SaltyMonkey - the Graveyard of the Atlantic is those shoals offshore
. In another thread there was talk about the danger
of Cape Hatteras. The point there, as here, is - stay out where the water
Boatman - as stated, further ain't always better. But ya can't steal second with your foot on first.
By and large, I agree with the numbers suggested. Daytime in local calm waters, I'll venture to within 1/4 mile of shore, BUT it's shallow enough to anchor
in a nice sandy bottom. Normally on a coastal passage
, I'll keep 2 - 5 miles even when the wind
is parallel to the coastline (common here with prevailing s/sw breezes). But when I have to work to stay offshore
, 20, 30, 40 miles is more my cushion.
Sympatico and I have not even been out there yet, so I need some time to get to know her ways.