When looking at an offshore
trip and you check out the weather
, what do you look at and how much weight does a particular aspect weigh in a go/nogo contemplation.
Obviously you want to make sure you got no hurricanes going on but do you look for a minimum wind
speed as well? What is your maximum wind
speed that you feel comfortable with? Any other aspects (let's assume it is the right season to go)
For this discussion, let's say I am going from Vancouver Island to Hawai.
Secondary question: Assuming you have a comfortable amount of fuel
on board but not enough to motor
the entire way, at what boat speed would you call for an engine
assist? Are most people hard line sailors that would have to be becalmed to even think of starting the engine
or would the majority say anything under let's say 2 knots and the engine goes on ?
Bonus question: Does on ever get used to the constant rolling/rocking motion of the boat? I am currently doing an around Vancouver Island trip and the outside (western) portion of the trip got pretty nerve wrecking after a while with having to constantly look for handholds as one moves about because the boat is in so much motion. I spent the nights in coves/bays/inlets so I had some relief from the constant rolling but I am not sure if I could get used to a trip of many days were the rolling goes on 24 hrs / day.
I had, by my estimation, up to 15 ft waves but most of the swells were in the 4 to 6 ft range. Even that makes 'going on with regular life' very difficult.
Thoughts ? Comments ?