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Old 22-10-2021, 09:34   #16
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Re: 1'st time Palm Beach to Beaufort

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I usually run the boat in the Western edge of the Gulf Stream, get a lift from the current but easy to get out of the stream if bad weather approaches. Close to shore in Central and South Florida there is a south running counter-current of up to one knot.

I would just run north 24/7 unless the weather deteriorates. With the mast down and a 65 ft battering ram sticking out both ends, you might have trouble with marinas.

Going north there are several easily entered bail-out entries, Canaveral, Fernandino, Jacksonville, Charleston, and Southport. In bad weather some of the East Coast entries are difficult, St Augustine can be very challenging.
Also Hilton Head and Georgetown (Winyah Bay Inlet). And Masonboro Inlet, but Cape Fear (Southport) is better.
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Old 22-10-2021, 09:39   #17
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Oh by the way, don't go in Beaufort inlet when the wind is opposite the tide. Ask me how I know.....;-)
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Re: 1'st time Palm Beach to Beaufort

I would not go offshore without a mast and a sail to steady the boat.
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Old 22-10-2021, 11:20   #19
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Thatís why Iím asking for advice, I have never ran offshore with out the mast or sails. I do apologize if I may have said it wrong but thatís why Iím here getting advice. I def know you just canít shut down offshore like an RV and park for the night. When I mean shut her down I mean we wonít navigate her at night.
Take the ICW.
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Old 22-10-2021, 22:20   #21
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Re: 1'st time Palm Beach to Beaufort

I think the safest bet based on what you guys are saying is taking the ICW at least to Brunswick where we can then take the rest of the run off shore. The ICW I think will give me the best bet to stay topped at all times on my tanks and see how she handles without a mast to Brunswick. I know it not the same conditions as offshore but I can see how comfortable I feel without a mast. In Brunswick I can then probably make the decision if I want to go offshore or not. I would guesstimate 5-7 days depending how we do it.
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what was it that turned you off about going inside through Stuart to St. Aguie's or vice versa in your case?
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Re: 1'st time Palm Beach to Beaufort

Until I re-read it to find the mast gone, I was getting excited for you. Gulf Stream and open water: Aahhhh.

But you're talking about motoring the entire way, whether it's not under motor half the time or not, it's the same distance. I presume you've calculated your burn rate and have an ample supply of fuel, but despite having done that, we ran out both last year and this year (once in each direction) and put in the 4 jugs we had aboard for just that purpose. But we were motor sailing, and carry (with jugs) over 100G of fuel for a 62HP engine...

And if it's this time of year, northers abound. You do NOT want to be in the GS with wind against current, whether it's off FL and NX, or further up where it migrates a bit to the east (then WNW to E range).

The ICW is my least favorite way to travel. But if you were forced to do it, there's lots to see and do along the way, and plenty of places to fuel and water, as well as yell for help if you get in a pickle...

Either way, enjoy the trip
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Re: 1'st time Palm Beach to Beaufort

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I definitely will keep the Nav lights on during the night. I just have never ran north so itís Greek to me. The mast is not in the boat it has been transported separately with a truck to the destination where Iím taking the boat. Itís going to just be a crew of two myself and one more. Considering I run the Gulf Stream and canít do 24/ with watches should I set up certain hard points where I should be at for nightly stops or just as she goes play it by ear.
What is the reason that you cannot run 24/7 with a crew of two?
I have done it up and down the East Coast all of the time and so have a lot of other people.
With one crewmember I always run either hour or six hourwatchs and we do perfectly fine.

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