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Old 20-09-2010, 22:03   #1
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Galveston to Baltimore

What is the best time of year to sail 36 footer from Galveston to Baltimore?
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Old 21-09-2010, 08:48   #2
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I have done that trip in the reverse direction but you need to consider the winds in your direction. I would leave Galveston in April and head for Key West (assuming that your mast won't clear the 48' Okeechobie bridge). Winds for that leg should be from the northeast mostly. If you catch a strong cold front then you can ride a north wind most of the way, but it will be cold

Then work your way up the keys and wait for the fronts to pass and the winds to shift east before making the trip up the east coast. If necessary you can go inside the ICW if you can't make progress against a north wind.

You can do it as late as June, but after that hurricanes will be too much of a risk. Later in the year you could leave in late October after the hurricanes fade out, but it will be cold heading up the east coast.

David
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Old 21-09-2010, 12:10   #3
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Thanks David, We are planning that trip in spring of 2012 to put boat on the Chesapeake, just lots more fun than Galveston Bay.
Regards, Ed
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