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post #10 of Old 05-19-2013
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Re: My Horror Story

Well the way I see it you made 2 mistakes. 1) lack of planning and 2) lack of knowledge of your boats performance in certain conditions. Now the second one you gained a whole lot of knowledge in. So now do a little more planning. Wait for favorable tides and winds. You are traveling 80 miles so you need at least 20 hours of sailing, so you need to plan on at least 1 anchorage maybe 2 if your beating the whole way. And maybe a couple back-ups in case the weather was not what forecast. A good plan will help alleviate a lot of the anxiety. Maybe have a mechanic look at the motor. I am new to sailing myself and I have scared myself a few times. But I get back on the horse and think about what went wrong, what I did wrong and keep on trucking. It only gets better as you learn your abilities and the boats. Greg.
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