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Old 28-10-2010, 09:20   #16
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I agree with Vasco. Current timing will be your biggest issue. I have done the St. Jons maybe 20 times. If you time it to go with the current you will have up to 4 knots with you at times. If you don't you will most likely be standing still at times, or going backwards.

I don't know where you are leaving from, but a good staging area to get into the ocean quickly. Will be just north on the ICW behind the drawbridge. Another 5 miles is a large anchorage area that can be found turning east, and going by the mansion and park of one of the popular family names of the area. I think it's the Kingley house?

Just watch the current, and time it to go out, and back in, and you will be fine.........i2f
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Old 28-10-2010, 09:26   #17
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Yeah, I planned on taking it to the ocean on a trailer. Ok, i2f, I'll try to find where you're talking about and see if I'll be able to make that happen. Thanks.
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Old 28-10-2010, 09:32   #18
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i2f is talking about Sisters Creek Bridge, there's a launch ramp there and the anchorage is a bit further North or East along the ICW in Ft. George River.
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Time the tides and currents (they may be different - current change may lag the tidal change by a couple of hours - check your local guides). Our first "offshore" trip was out the Port O'Conner jetties from Texas into the Gulf of Mexico (in our Morgan 41 with 62 HP inboard), 2 longish tacks in gentle seas for less than 2 hours, and then back in. It was the back in that crushed us - the current was flowing out, against a moderate onshore breeze, and the standing waves in the extremely narrow channel between jetties was more than nervewracking, plus an outgoing ship to pass on the way in - I nearly had a breakdown (literally - I was in tears) once we got in safely. Wife and kids on board, and no experience at all. I know the St. John's is wider (although we've sailed past it offshore 2 or 3 times, we've never gone in or out), but still - time the tides/currents carefully, and if opposing any breeze, factor in the possibility of larger seas (even if the current is with you).

Good luck, and have fun. Our second time offshore was a dream, and many more since then.
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Old 28-10-2010, 10:59   #20
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Consider a trip up to St. Mary's Entrance and Cumberland Island National Park, instead of St. Augustine. St. Mary's Entrance is closer to you, better charted, and better marked. Just be careful of the clearly charted and clearly marked jetties.

St. Augustine's channel is subject to change, and the buoys are usually uncharted. With a good deal of experience, I've sailed OUT of St. Augustine, but never IN that inlet. You really need local knowledge to sail into it, IMHO. Others with more local knowledge or experience may be able to offer better advice on that one, though.

Have fun. If you follow the good advice given by others above, you should have a nice time.
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Dallas,

I thought this was a leave from a known harbour and go out into the ocean and come back to a known harbour. As from a safe firm base, out and then back to safe firm base again.
If you don't know the area that well, you could have a day sail locally, then stay on the boat overnight and then go out the next day.

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Aloha,
You'll have a fun and exciting time. Take the advice of those who have posted above. "You can't eat an elephant in just one bite." Take some small steps before the overnighter and get plenty of rest before you go.
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Get it to sit on a leaf and wait for Fall.


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