Bill & Eric,
thanks for the information. I'm trying to gather as much info as possible and it becomes a little overwelming at times.
I do have the 403 chart, found it yesterday in a book store of all places. In addition, the charts I have for Bermuda specify to stay well clear of the North,West, and South coasts, and to make landfall from the East. It states that if approaching from the North or NW, use the headings as you describe, however, if coming from the West, stay south of SW Breaker until parallel to to Gibbs Hill light before tacking to the NE along the east coast up to the Narrows and Town Cutinto St. Georges. This seems logical to me since making landfall in Bermuda is only a safety valve as I plan on turning south at 65 degrees. I appreciate the knowlege you share from your experience. 12 trips is quite an accomplishment.
bermuda harbor radio
when you get within VHF ch 16 range or if you have a SSb on board you are supposed to call Bermuda harbor radio.
their vhf goes out at least 100 miles and their Radar even further.
you check in with them and they will ask you a number of questions about your boat, your crew, your safety equipment ,and communications equipment. They will guide you into bermuda if necessary and provide emergency help if necessary. if you stop in Bermuda , drop by their headquarters, it is on the hill above St Georges. Visitors are always welcome.
when do you expect to pass by Bermuda?
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