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Old 25-10-2016, 18:54   #1
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Maiden Voyage Advice.

I've just purchased Catalina 27 4.5 foot draft w/ 9.9 O.B.

I'm sailing it from Barnegate NJ about 70 nautical miles to my new marina near Coney Island NY.

The boat is a coastal worthy ship.
I will have GPS, VHF w/ hand held back up plus Boat US towing subscription just in case.

My plan, with the help of a another hand,is to leave this Friday and try and make it to Brooklyn with a one night layover,.

Upon checking out the NOAA forecast this weekend the weather looks some what reasonable with western winds @ 10-15 knots. on Sturday and Sunday though Friday looks a bit frisky.
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Old 25-10-2016, 19:18   #2
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Welcome to the forum scottk.

Offshore winds at 10 -15 knots should be good for your boat. Unlike some slugs that need twenty to bother with sails.

As to friday.... frisky isn't well defined nautically.

And....... have you ever heard the traditional superstition warning against Friday departures?
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Re: Maiden Voyage Advice.

Assume practically every electrical device on the boat will stop working within hours of your setting out.


Don't ask me why I think this might happen... I am still undergoing therapy.


Have a great trip.
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Re: Maiden Voyage Advice.

scottk, your post is prompting a remembrance of our own first offshore run. Though you may be referring to a first outing on this boat and not your first as a sailor.

Regardless, I'll add..... don't tow a dinghy offshore. Or you may arrive to anchor towing a swamped dinghy the last two miles.

And, don't assume a storm is not bearing down when a haze is blocking its presence, check a radar app. Or just as you are taking the first bite of a homemade pizza you may find yourself dragging to a lee shore, minutes later a rode wrapped on your prop, and then all calm as you search for where the pizza ended up.

Then you check the radar and realize you have thirty minutes to free the rode at midnight before the next storm hits. Not even time to marvel at your first look at bioluminecence when you move your hand through the water or release the tension on the rode and it snaps against the hull.
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Re: Maiden Voyage Advice.

Buy a copy of
Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book
and study the tides and currents
If I remember correctly currents at ebb can reach almost
3 knots, a lot to fight with a 9hp motor
Also lots of big commercial traffic
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, scottk.
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Re: Maiden Voyage Advice.

I will be traversing parallel to the coast line.
Will I be a subjected to tidal flow 1/4 mile out?

Thanks for all the advise, I'll pick up the Eldridge Tidal Chart as a must have aboard.
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Re: Maiden Voyage Advice.

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I will be traversing parallel to the coast line.
Will I be a subjected to tidal flow 1/4 mile out?

Thanks for all the advise, I'll pick up the Eldridge Tidal Chart as a must have aboard.
1/4 mile out? You'll probably kill some swimmers. Maybe even a Lifeguard sitting on the beach.
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