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Old 21-03-2013, 20:13   #1
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Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

Would anyone would be willing to offer a educated ETA to sail from Boston to Dartmouth. Looking to shove off from Hingham sometime late April on a newly purchased Freedom 30 so not sure as to her sailing speed. Guessing not more than 5 knotts under power. Would also appreciate advice as to calculate possible sail time vs. nautical miles.
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Old 21-03-2013, 20:34   #2
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Re: Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

Dartmouth, MA? The time limiter there is timing the tides in the Cape Cod Canal.
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Re: Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

As has been said, you want to get to the entrance to the canal when the tide is pulling you thru. So say 8 hrs to the canal then 2 hrs later your on your way down Buzzards Bay. And there's Dartmouth. So probably best currents would be to be 2 hrs away from canal when current starts into canal, then you get sucked thru ... enjoy... I've did this often in my Catalina 25'....I actually did this once without outboard engine.... too exciting... ,,,,_/),,,,
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Re: Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

It's South Dartmouth in Mass., but in particular which harbor in Buzzards Bay? Padanarum? Also, prevailing wind is from the SW, but you never know. Could be a nice beat to windward, could be a downwind sleigh ride to the Canal.
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Old 23-03-2013, 16:16   #5
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Re: Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

How much of a ride do you want to make it? You could sail from Boston to Plymouth Harbor in a day, anchor out in the cowyard or pick up a town mooring depending on how friendly the harbor master is feeling (costs usually 1$/ft per night if he’s in a good mood) second day through the canal and into buzzards bay.
Or you could sail a few short days, one to Scituate, another to Plymouth, a third just inside buzzards bay, and maybe check out a few of the islands

If you've got the extra time swing down to Point Judith and go to Tara's (my favorite Irish bar of all time), just a skip to Block Island from there, then back up to whatever harbor you're after.

If you're expecting a 5knot average it wouldn't be hard to plot with a chart and compass. Have any experience sailing?
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Re: Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

Neo hit the nail on the head. The whole deal will be getting the tide right in the Cape Cod Canal. Have a look at Eldridge.
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Re: Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

Depending on the weather and of course the canal tides, we like to break that trip into two days and stay over at the Sandwich Marina, which is within easy walking distance to decent restaurants.

Then, even if the Southwest wind is blowing up Buzzards Bay the next day we have plenty of time to tack down that way.

You are required now to have your motor on in the canal even if you have your sails up and the patrol boats do check.
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Re: Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

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Depending on the weather and of course the canal tides, we like to break that trip into two days and stay over at the Sandwich Marina, which is within easy walking distance to decent restaurants.

Then, even if the Southwest wind is blowing up Buzzards Bay the next day we have plenty of time to tack down that way.

You are required now to have your motor on in the canal even if you have your sails up and the patrol boats do check.
That is very good advice. I haven't been to Sandwich in a while, but it's a great place to stop for the night on your way to Buzzards Bay.
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Re: Sail time from Boston to Dartmouth

Maybe he meant Dartmouth England, or Australia, or New Zealand or NS or... Another 20 question post.
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