Congratulations on the new schooner and would be keen to hear more (new, refit
, older refirb). I have a solid 5K nm more off-shore, split between Pacific and Atlantic, and have done that same route
you mention (in reverse) on our return leg from the Caribbean
, via Bermuda
I do deliveries as my avocation (as a volunteer, no $, and glad to chip in on food), but also work
around a 'day job' (ugh). I did that Little Creek (VA) to Annapolis
mostly at night, so under power, of course. That was on a 49' Beneteau Oceanis
, but I'm completely comfortable in less luxurious conditions, not to mention chillier ones. (I have 20 years in Maine
and 5 more in the Rockies to thank for being numb to cold weather). So I do sail with my cold weather
kit as appropriate.
So I'm not certain about my own schedule, but I'm certainly due some vacation
after a several months of 7 day weeks and a month ago even had to cancel my 2 week vacation
where I'd have been crewing
on an off-shore delivery
The only question I might have is about sailing down channel in pretty busy shipping
lanes, at least when I was at the helm
I got frequent VHF
calls from cargo haulers running at three times our 7 kts, and then passing close by. Man do those . But if there's a favorable breeze, not a problem.
When you say 3-4 days, I'm assuming we're talking running at night too, on watch rotation, which I'm used to. I'm also assuming you have AIS
operational. We found that valuable, since the big boys could then call us by name, and we knew who was who. I have Navionics GPS
running on my iPad
which is an amazing tool and perfect for coastal, especially night runs for buoy identification.
SO anyway, just some thoughts. My experience ranges from 28' Sloop
(Morgan) to 54' Ketch
(C&T), and both ASA
certifications. Sailing CV on-iine at NatuticEd.org. (link available). I'd be keen to see your sloop
, maybe post a photo
when you have a minute.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Cheers for now.