Originally Posted by jmackay
Get yourself Waterway Guides, and join Active Captain
. [U]There is not a single
inlet between Norfolk and Morehead City that should be attempted by anyone without a great deal of local knowledge and experience.
Thanks jmackey, I'll look into the waterway guides over the next few weeks. I know inlets can get choppy and may have shallow areas not properly marked. The Atlantic beach inlet near me throws up some large waves. I usually power through it.
Originally Posted by Hud3
Lots of good advice in this thread.
Here's another consideration. I believe you need to re-think your expectation of averaging 6.5-7 knots for the trip. The Hull
Speed for a boat with your waterline length is 6.5 knots. For passage
planning, using 75% of Hull
Speed is usually a reasonable estimate. That would be 4.8 knots, and would require some motor-sailing in light conditions, and also assumes you don't have to heave-to for a day or two in a big blow.
Single-handing offshore down the East Coast will be very
challenging. If you haven't done a significant amount of long-range singlehanding
to develop a routine that works for you, and haven't yet proven your endurance capabilities, I think it would be a grave mistake to make this your first effort.
Take your time. Take the ICW.
p.s. September 10th is the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. Most folks wait until the last half of October before venturing south of Cape Hatteras.
Great advice and thank you for the chart. I decided last night to move my planned departure for the end of October. I've been gaining ocean experience on the weekends with day trips. I'll work my way up to 2-3 day voyages as the weather
improves. My goal will be to be able to sail by hand for 4-5 days without needing to heave to or anchor
and rest. At that point I'll feel confident in my endurance to sail straight or do an ocean passage. I'll plan for taking a few ICW legs to rest and recuperate (if needed).
I'm usually doing about 5-6 knots when I sail, but that's with a pretty generous heal with my sails
tight, so I guess that 75% of hull speed is reasonable, and more comfortable, with less heel. I'll undoubtedly have to motor
into the wind
at a few points along the way. One thing about the P-300, they don't sail close very well. Due mainly to the design of the standing rigging. If you run the jib
sheet inside the stays, it will chafe on a beam or broad reach. If you run it on the outside, you cannot sail closer than 50-60 degrees. My Genoa
fares much better. because of its size I sheet it in tight and can point closer into the the wind
than with the jib
. Unfortunately, because of the fabric
, it's only good for light airs.
I appreciate all the great advice and insight everyone has been offering!