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Old 12-01-2014, 20:02   #1
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any info on sailing down the eat coast from boston to florida this time of year?

beating the entire way?

never sailed the atlantic in the winter so any advice from those who have would be great.

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Old 13-01-2014, 08:34   #2
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other than cold and slow... anything?

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There is lots of good info in this thread if you can get passed the OPs pigheadedness. He was banned because of this thread BTW. It was just too much at the end.
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any info on sailing down the eat coast from boston to florida this time of year?

beating the entire way? ...
No, not beating the whole way.

Fronts regularly come off the coast every few days this time of year. You'll know one's coming when the light SE breeze begins to build and veers SW then NW. It can be quite strong and gusty at this point. The front will then pass over you, and the winds will usually end up being very strong from the NNE or NE for a while, and the seas will be coming from two or three different directions.

A nice cold front can be a good push for a boat headed south, but it can also be strong enough to break equipment and scare the bejesus out of inexperienced crew. Make sure you're not rounding Cape Hatteras at the time. And keep out of the Gulf Stream when winds are from the northerly sectors.
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Could always jump the stream and see Bermuda.. then ride the counter currents down.. or follow the Snow Geese down the ICW..
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Did it in 2012 Jan . Came back in inside Too cold and wet. Just Cold inside. Once in southern SC things warmed up.
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A full cockpit enclosure sure helps on a trip like that.

My first trip offshore (in November, so it was warmer than January) was in a friend's boat with no dodger, bimini or even weather cloths. Salt spray in the face, rain finding all the little flaws in our weather gear">foul weather gear, and waves running down the cabin roof in to the cockpit from time to time--no fun at all! Never again!
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all great info. i am considering jumping onto a delivery gig to get back on the water.

i will chew off that older post.

thanks.

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sand_crab,

thanks for that older post... i missed it in my pre-post search...

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might take a look at the cat crew that just got rescued off cape henry -- seas and winds kind big -- depends on what how much abuse you and your boat want
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And the seas were supposed to get bigger! That was why they abandoned a brand new boat. Damn
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yeah. after opting off the crew list, i successfully convinced the owner to put her on a trust and protect the crew and boat.

not that i am convinced it is impossible... just not worth the time and money in this specific case.

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This will start exciting and end with never again, but very doable.
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