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Old 21-07-2014, 08:47   #16
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Re: Looking at sailing a 45' Sloop from Maine to Annapolis

As best as I can tell, the two fuel filters are in sequence, without any ability to switch between the two. Your point about the age of the fuel is a real concern. This boat has been on the hard for going on two years.
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Re: Looking at sailing a 45' Sloop from Maine to Annapolis

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As best as I can tell, the two fuel filters are in sequence, without any ability to switch between the two. Your point about the age of the fuel is a real concern. This boat has been on the hard for going on two years.
Sounds like a standard first and second stage filter system. A dual first stage usually is two identical filters mounted together side by side with a valve handle in between to switch from 1-2-both-off like a battery switch.

You can see one here. http://www.amazon.com/Racor-75500MAX.../dp/B000N9JFM2

Two years on the hard in the NE you definitely need to see what's in your tanks.
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Re: Looking at sailing a 45' Sloop from Maine to Annapolis

There was a pretty good discussion on the subject of fuel polishing here about three years ago. Here's a link to the thread--worth reading...

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Re: Looking at sailing a 45' Sloop from Maine to Annapolis

Fuel polishing would be recommended, especially if it's been sitting a couple years.
Winds that time of year can be too much or not at all between Maine and Delaware.
Transported my new/old boat from Maine to Narragansett Bay last year and did a lot of motoring.
There are enough ports along the way if you have to run from a tropical depression but not all are good hurricane holes, most of the major ports have options but the smaller ones can be a bit tight in a bigger boat.
Bring good charts, there's some tricky navigation on this route depending on which way you decide to go as well as plenty of commercial traffic.
Traveling at night or anchoring at night?
Just holed up in Block Island recently during the first named tropical storm of the season, no problems for me but for some with less than optimal ground tackle it was exciting, several boats broke free and flew across the anchorage, the local Safe Sea operator had a profitable day. If you do decide to set off in dodgy weather just make sure you already have good, protected anchorages already designated.
Get a good cruising guide, just in case you need support services.
The trip your looking to do is a pretty nice sight seeing trip if the weather cooperates, if not it'll be a long bash to windward.
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