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Old 26-02-2017, 23:39   #1
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Looking to sail from east coast of florida to u.s. virgin islands. If anyone has made this trip, any routes or tips would be welcome and appreciated.
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Old 27-02-2017, 05:18   #2
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Get and read The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South, by Bruce Van Sant.

https://www.amazon.com/Gentlemans-Gu.../dp/0944428797

This trip is not nearly as easy as it might seem, if you have only looked at a map. You are going directly into the prevailing winds and currents for most of the way.

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You often get 3+ day windows of S'lies.. grab one of these and run N and over the top of the Bahama's then play the N'ly and S'ly winds Eastwards till you can hang a right down to the BVI's/USVI's.. its a 6-10 day trip.. depending on the size and capabilities of your boat.. and you..
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I'm with Phil on this one. Grab the back side of a front, or wait for a calm and go straight E. Listen to Cornell's guidance, stay above 25N until you get to the longitude of the islands and then turn S.

It took us 11 days on our previous boat, a heavy steel beast. We had a lot of calms and upwind work.

Following the islands down is a MUCH tougher way to go.

This assumes that you and your boat are up to the passage, of course.

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Looking to sail from east coast of florida to u.s. virgin islands. If anyone has made this trip, any routes or tips would be welcome and appreciated.
This this recent earlier thread: 2 years in Caribbean....where to start?
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What about sailing from the US Virgin Islands back to the east coast is that more attainable
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What about sailing from the US Virgin Islands back to the east coast is that more attainable
Should be downwind or reaching all the way.. You have a choice..??
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What about sailing from the US Virgin Islands back to the east coast is that more attainable
Ah... Well... Yes, of course. But... only once you've managed to get yourself there (to the VI) to begin with, No?
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We have a lagoon 380 right now we are considering selling it and purchasing a Helia 44 the reason I asked the question like that is we may very well buy one there stay on it there for a while and then eventually sail it back to the States
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Sailing back to the states from the Eastern Caribbean is far easier than going the other way. As mentioned, going to the east you are heading directly into the prevailing winds and currents. Coming back, obviously, the prevailing winds and currents are helping you along.
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