Originally Posted by sv Grateful
In a few weeks, I will be delivering a Benne 473 from Annapolis to Salem MA. Crew will be the inexperienced husband and wife owners. It's a delivery and (for me at least) time is of the essence.
With all due respect I'm a little concerned about taking on a delivery like this, especially with inexperienced owners aboard, and asking this question.
Look at the charts
. For a Bene 473 Annapolis to the mouth of the Delaware bay through the C&D is about 22 hours. It would take almost that long just to get to Norfolk before heading up the DELMARVA Atlantic Coast.
It's a delivery, presumably you're taking money
. You need to deliver value.
Owner-aboard deliveries are always going to add another level of complexity. If the owner wants to stop you stop. Before long it isn't a delivery, it's a cruise
. You have had that discussion with the owners correct?
Here is the delivery:
First get a crew member
. Put the owners in a stern cabin
, you take the other one, and the crew sleeps either forward (when conditions are light) or on the settee. Watches are 4-on, 8-off. Who gets what isn't important except I would put the owners on bridge watches: if the owner watch is 8-12 put one owner on 6-10 (overlapping with you, perhaps) and the other owner on 10-2 (overlapping with your crew). You're on deck
for every watch change, including especially the one between the two owners. These are teaching moments.
Make sure you have a real grip on allergies and tastes before provisioning
. You want this to be a good experience for the owners.
Leave Annapolis to make slack before flood at Worton Point. You care about current
not tide. See https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/no...s?id=ACT5111_1
. Last line off the dock
in Annapolis (assuming Back Creek and not Galesville or Deale) four hours before that time. Make 6 kts STW and you'll make the mouth of the Delaware Bay in 20ish hours from Annapolis except in a SE wind
. Watch the wind
on the Chesapeake. Tide and current both shift with North and South winds.
From there you sail 45-50░T to clear Nantucket
. The Cape Cod canal takes too long. Go outside. Sail most favored tack. Keep a running fuel consumption
spreadsheet. You'll want that to make educated decisions about sail or motor
How are you getting weather offshore? If you need Internet
the world won't end as you can get an update over cellular from Cape May or Lewes before heading out. It's only a day and half before you get Internet
If the owner's want stops things change. First stop is Schaefer's Canal House on the C&D. You won't make it into the basin at Chesapeake City. Cape May is a poor choice; you won't fit under the fixed bridge and the time to head
in from the Atlantic is wasted. Anchor
inside the inner breakwater (the middle of three) at Cape Henlopen. Atlantic City, Atlantic Highlands, run the East River (a post in itself), Hempstead Harbor, Point Judith, Salem. ish. No end of choices. That's going to take a long time.
I do consulting for this stuff, between my own trips. Email
if you want help.