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Old 10-11-2013, 05:34   #331
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Re: Transit time? NY-FL

I have no knowledge of the trip you are undertaking, but be careful planning for very light winds
Trying to sail in very light winds especially if there is any left over swell is some of the most unpleasant conditions to try and a make a passage in.

In your sort of boat ideal sailing conditions are 20-25 knots downwind and 15 knots into wind. Deduct 5 knots perhaps because your experience level is low and the boat is in need of gentle conditions for a shakedown, but be careful aiming too low.

Of course often conditions will not be ideal even when they are forecast to be so, but very light wind can be very unpleasant and is not what you should be aiming for, unless you intend to motor.

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You're leaving today from NY? Where they have a gale warning up for this afternoon? Every time I see a news clip or blog post about a sailor in trouble I presume it's you and come check this thread to see if I'm right or not.
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Re: Transit time? NY-FL

Weather forecast I get over here says that along the Jersey coast, you would expect 20-25 knots winds the next few days, then calming down.

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Weather forecast I get over here says that along the Jersey coast, you would expect 20-25 knots winds the next few days, then calming down.

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Yeah I had a report just like that once. Unfortunately a low developed south of Hatteras after I cleared Sandy Hook and I had the ride of my life. NE 25, diminishing. They got the diminishing part wrong.
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W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT... INCREASING TO 25 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 KT LATE THIS MORNING AND AFTERNOON.
SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
MAINLY IN SW SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 6 SECONDS
That's what NOAA has up right now. If you stay close to the coast it should be better.
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We leave today, we are planning 35 miles a day until we meet up with our Canadian friends. should be a nice little ride. The forecast is a bit.... mild. when we hit the ocean we may have less the 5 knot winds.... at least it will be smooth.
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Re: Transit time? NY-FL

Sometimes all it takes is going to an anchorage around the corner. That might be the thing to do if near gale conditions are forecasted. Just to say that leaving is a state of mind, and your forecast is pretty marginal for starting out.

Me? I'd reassess Tuesday with tomorrow's forecast, but mid-week looking good. Sandy Hook to Cape May today/tonight is a no-go for someone starting off their first real voyage. I don't really know where you are but surmise somewhere in there?

Best of luck, I think many are cheering for you and hoping for some entertainment - sans carnage.
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Re: Transit time? NY-FL

Scoobert....as Georgec stated, look out for our weather coming towards you later this week. I was listening to NOAA as they forecast some serious Nor'easter this week.

Enjoy your journey......
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Scoop, like Cheoah said. Some of my most experienced cruising friends just need to throw off the dock lines and head out maybe if only to go 5 or 6 miles to an anchorage to get out and get their head in passage mode. Fair winds.
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Folks, remember that he is all the way up the Hudson River near Albany....at 35 miles per,day it will take him a few days before he even gets near the ocean!
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Scoobert, have a safe and fun trip!

I just looked at your blog, and the battery install. Do you have a way to secure that battery? It should have a strap, or bracket, or the battery box should have a heavy-duty locking lid. Think "upside down". Even a "spreaders in the water" event can cause plenty of havoc. A loose battery is about the worst kind of battering ram, with acid, too, and of course if it comes free there go your electronics.
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Folks, remember that he is all the way up the Hudson River near Albany....at 35 miles per,day it will take him a few days before he even gets near the ocean!
That should work well for him.
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Good luck, Scoobert!

Safe journey!
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Scoobert, have a safe and fun trip!

I just looked at your blog, and the battery install. Do you have a way to secure that battery? It should have a strap, or bracket, or the battery box should have a heavy-duty locking lid. Think "upside down". Even a "spreaders in the water" event can cause plenty of havoc. A loose battery is about the worst kind of battering ram, with acid, too, and of course if it comes free there go your electronics.
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