Many thanks for taking the time to respond with your insightful comments. Let me respond by identifying pertinent points.
Paul - Spent a good while on the NOAA site. They do have extensive detail in charts along the coast, but I could not find anything that addresses my concern, i.e. the open Atalantic - the stretch of water
away from the Canaries
and before I reach the Caribbean
. I have paper charts of the land I am leaving and the land I am going to. I have redunancy built into my navigation plan including two separate chart plotters and two hand held GPS units. I am familiar with their use and the use of paper charts.
Fishwife - As it turns out, I have those two charts (actually their equivalents, but close enough to the same), but thank you for the suggestion.
Tee - I will make sure I have adequate batteries for the handhelds and I do have the one chart of the entire Atlantic. Cool.
Estarzinger - Your comment I found the most unusual and also the most enlightening. It was your answer that had me thinking the most, though all had me thinking. I believe I will invest in graph paper! Great idea.
I intend to follow the textbook route
- leave the Canary Islands and go south-west towards the Cape Verde
Is. Once I am confident I am into the Trade
Winds, turn more westerly toward the Caribbean. After Cape Verde
Is there are no ports
of call before landfall on the other side. It will be a matter of turn back or press on. I just don't see the value of a chart anymore detailed that the one I already have of the North Atlantic (5N to 50N). Does anyone strongly disagree?