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post #8 of Old 04-10-2013
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Re: Chicago to South Manitou Island

OK, since you are writing a story, you can use your imagination... Assuming your 190 "direct course" and an average speed of 6 knots, your boat is going to sail for almost 32 hours before it gets there... That is... If the crew on your boat stops nowhere, and, for the entire voyage, the wind is coming from a favourable direction. So, take into account that if the wind comes (say) less than 45 degrees from the direct line (which sailors call the rhumb line), your boat will have to "tack" into a zig-zag course to get where its going. Get it? So, you can complicate your story as much as you desire with stuff like this. Add a strong gale (they can occur in your intended time frame) and you can add drama etc...

Good luck with your writing...
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