Originally Posted by NormanMartin
This is an interesting topic. There are many ocean inlets that are dangerous at inconvenient times. None the less, we must have a strategy for transiting the inlet.
Let's assume that the conditions are manageable. I will stay away from discussing outliers.
We are talking about getting into and out of harbors, inlets and marinas
There is a guy here I respect pretty well as a sailor. He never wants to "go" in his boat when I want to go in my boat. He sails
the tides, always.
There are a lot of depends in my opinion. How much water
, how much channel gap, wind
state, sea state, sail?, motor
It is about planning the sail and sailing the plan. Most of us do not consider too many factors when daysailing. I know I don't. We have a pretty good current
in our channel so for me it's usually I go when I want but plan the route
to be as favorable as possible. Sometimes we are fighting bad currents. If I am going somewhere I may adjust the start time to avoid the worst of it.
When making passage
getthereitis can be a bad disease. And as you said, sometimes you have to stand off and wait.
Isn't the saying something like, "The expert and heroic sailor never places his boat & crew in a position where he has to demonstrate his heroism and expertise"?