I have been reviewing pilot charts
for this area, and will continue to do so over the coming months. As for weather
info, I am currently looking for a SSB
receiver, and if you have any input on a handheld model, I would greatly appreciate it.
While some may consider us under-powered, with the outboard
and the sculling oar, I have been able to maintain 4 knots in a very slight headwind, let's call it a calm. While this does limit us, and dictate that we will have to be more choosy about making our entrances, I feel that it is doable, as many before have done so. I have not done any ocean sailing on a small boat. While I fully understand that research
and planning is absolutely no substitute for practice, I feel more prepared than many folks I hear about. Like I said, this is something I've been actively pursuing for 7 years. I have refit
the boat alone, and know every system inside and out. I feel comfortable with the trip we are undertaking, and am not naive to the realities of cruising in a small boat with limited auxiliary power.
We do absolutely plan to cross the gulf stream
in November, perhaps further south than Charleston to find a narrower band. I understand it will be uncomfortable, but the boat is as seaworthy
as they come, and I do not have concerns for her structural integrity. It will be a mental and physical challenge for the crew, which is half the reason I am pursuing this dream. Thanks for your comments