I've been asked to help a friend deliver his newly acquired Beneteau
37 from Wilmington, NC to St. Simon's Island. This is a casual delivery
for a friend, not for hire. He has very little sailing experience, I have a fair bit. We'll also have two crew aboard, one totally inexperienced and one with whom I've sailed several trips off the coast of SoCal.
I'm shooting to get my Captain's license
this year. I've owned a boat and been sailing on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta for years. I have skippered a number of trips from Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach
(our most recent trip in a moderate Santa Ana with 25-30kts of breeze and 6-8' seas on the beam) have circumnavigated the island several times and have also double handed a Jeanneau
40 from Bermuda
I'll be getting more info on the boat this week, including systems, sail inventory, condition, etc. The airdraft has plenty of margin to go ICW
as a backup, but we'd prefer to get off shore a few miles and sail her down in open water
Being more accustomed to the immediate drop into blue water
in SoCal, my first cursory study of the charts
makes the inner 10-20 miles look quite shoal ridden. It also looks like most of the reliable breeze runs from 180 to 360, with most easterlies being very light. I'm curious how far offshore
we should stand out to be prudent without lengthening our trip too terribly much. I'm also trying to give us ample time for the trip with a bit of margin as I need to be home for my daughter's high school
Any wisdom would be greatly appreciated!