Cruising New England
to me presents three potential challenges in my opinion. Wind alone is not one of them. Forecasts are pretty good up to three days. Sure a stray squall or slightly higher then predicted winds do happen but nothing a good weather eye and fast reefing can not handle. The three things I worry about are fog
against wind causing standing waves and lobster pots in that order. With all three expect the unsuspected, they can all happen fast and without warning.
For example, transiting Cape Cod Canal from Plymouth to Onset on a beautiful summer day we decided to tow our Dyer dink instead of hauling it on deck
because we were only motoring thru the canal and anchoring
just outside the southern end. Wind was southwestern at about 18 knots and we were moving thru the canal at about 10 knots with the current. When we got to the channel leading to Buzzards Bay we were seeing 8 foot standing waves coming down the channel with rock jetties on both sides! I did not think the dingy would stay upright and knew we would have to cut it away if it went over. We also prayed the engine
kept running because we had no sail up and those jetties where very close.
Another example, transiting Watch Hill passage
with decent visibility using line of sight with navigation
rolled in within minutes giving us less then 50 feet visibility. It was a scary few minutes before we had the GPS
tracking and radar
Lobster pots? We have a full keel
in cutout in keel
and keel hung rudder
. We have still managed to tangle with three, one having to dive under boat to get free.