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Old 25-09-2014, 11:46   #16
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I agree, your estimates for daily distance are flogged. As you will be if you try to do 75 miles a day.
There's a difference between sailing to get somewhere (delivery) and cruising. Even with double your LWL, redundant autopilots, and a very comfortable boat, I find soloing 75+ miles a day along the coast tiring after a few days -- especially all upwind. I find that if I simply want to get somewhere, I'll go offshore and make 180-200+ miles a day. If I want to cruise/relax/enjoy while coastal cruising it'll be more like 25-50. As long as your plans are flexible, you can make it work - but I suggest you consider what your goals are.

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Old 25-09-2014, 11:56   #17
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I'm gonna bet that what a 12Ga and a 45 won't stop is going to get you, the little .223 hasn't got anything on a 12ga slug
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On the ICW i did 40 to 50 miles per day max.
But with all those guns you can clear out anyone slowing you down.
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Old 25-09-2014, 12:37   #19
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There's a difference between sailing to get somewhere (delivery) and cruising. Even with double your LWL, redundant autopilots, and a very comfortable boat, I find soloing 75+ miles a day along the coast tiring after a few days -- especially all upwind. I find that if I simply want to get somewhere, I'll go offshore and make 180-200+ miles a day. If I want to cruise/relax/enjoy while coastal cruising it'll be more like 25-50. As long as your plans are flexible, you can make it work - but I suggest you consider what your goals are.

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i'm sailing south next week and plan on going coastal doing day trips of no more than 75 miles a day.
Now, I know I live on the West Coast, and even if I had friends who sailed on the East Coast and all of them and I slept in a Holiday Inn Express last night, NONE of us could manage to arrange inlets at 75 miles along the EAST coast all the way down.

Just sayin' that 75 miles day on AVERAGE may be doable, but if he stays outside all the time (i.e., "coastal") then I fail to see how he could "tuck in" every night.

The inlets in NJ between Sandy Hook and Cape May are reportedly iffy. It's a long way from Cape May to Norfolk "coastal" unless he does the Delaware bay to Chessy route, etc., etc.

What am I missing?
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Old 25-09-2014, 13:02   #20
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Now, I know I live on the West Coast, and even if I had friends who sailed on the East Coast and all of them and I slept in a Holiday Inn Express last night, NONE of us could manage to arrange inlets at 75 miles along the EAST coast all the way down.

Just sayin' that 75 miles day on AVERAGE may be doable, but if he stays outside all the time (i.e., "coastal") then I fail to see how he could "tuck in" every night.

The inlets in NJ between Sandy Hook and Cape May are reportedly iffy. It's a long way from Cape May to Norfolk "coastal" unless he does the Delaware bay to Chessy route, etc., etc.

What am I missing?
That's sort of my point. His plan -- stay coastal, whether ICW or not, and cover 75 miles a day -- may not be realistic. If he wants to simply get down there, I suggest going outside and doing it in a few days straight. (Montauk to Norfolk is about 320nm) If he wants to make a pleasant cruise out of it, that may not be 75 miles a day. Ultimately it is his choice and all we can do is advise.
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Actually I think we are being too picky, I believe he said up to 75 miles a day, which can be just as easily interpreted to mean less than but no more than 75 miles a day
I only brought up 50 being a nice goal just in case he meant 75 miles a day.

Heck, he could be planning on a 25 mi a day average?
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Old 25-09-2014, 14:27   #22
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most days are under 50, one of 74.3, (and that can be broken into two) kinda surprised at how fast it goes from a cool cruise to ocean crossing. right now I have about 22 days sailing to make florida. now that doesn't mean 22 days after I leave i'm in florida, it means that 22 days of sailing and I will be in florida. I plan to spend some time in some spots that my dad said were cool when he did this, as well as seeing my folks in the Carolinas. my time frame is to be back up here for MAY, 2015. (rhode island) and even that is optional. (I think only one person got this) thanks about the alt. belt reply, will be going over the spare parts inventory tomorrow. (with all the other stuff I have been doing, kinda overlooked one of the most important)
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Old 25-09-2014, 15:22   #23
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aaahhhHHH,The exhuberance of youth !

NO auto-pilot(S) is big mistake coastal or out !
Ammo and firearms-WTF.Sell them and get an auto-pilot or two.
What shape is your motor in? Can it run for 5 hours or more?
Have you had this SV CG/State inspected ? Life vests?
What do you think-this is Captains Courageous ?

Dude,I sorely hope we don't end up reading about you except that you arrive safely!.
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On the ICW i did 40 to 50 miles per day max.
But with all those guns you can clear out anyone slowing you down.
As well as convincing any recalcitrant bridge tenders to open their bridge NOW!
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That's sort of my point. His plan -- stay coastal, whether ICW or not, and cover 75 miles a day -- may not be realistic. If he wants to simply get down there, I suggest going outside and doing it in a few days straight. (Montauk to Norfolk is about 320nm) If he wants to make a pleasant cruise out of it, that may not be 75 miles a day. Ultimately it is his choice and all we can do is advise.
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Old 25-09-2014, 17:57   #27
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I thought that the whole idea of cruising was to " get there when you get there......schedules suck.
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Old 26-09-2014, 09:20   #28
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Dont know about the handgun, every state law is different, permits required/not required, not to mention the Coast Guard having "Customs Authority" and can search your boat.
I'm retired from both municipal law enforcement and the USCGR, you should do research on this before you leave.
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This thread is kinda funny. I steer my boat a lot, because I go through a lot of island chains that have all types of obstructions around. Steering gets old. If you really are going solo, then get Otto to help you!
And the guns---pleassse leave them at home. If you are cruising to where you will need them for self defense... you probably need to PM TDH or some other retired CG.
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Old 26-09-2014, 21:15   #30
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as far as the guns take them to a friends house or leave them at home.
they will be a rusty mess after a few months, and if you plan on going to the Bahamas im sure they will be more then happy taking them from you and locking you up for a nice ransom.
have fun, glad im not in this trip.
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