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post #5 of Old 05-28-2013
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Re: Can I make this trip as a novice

I had to do a similar length trip home with my Pearson 28-2. We did it in 2 days, one night stopover. We got started after lunch the first day. We motored almost the entire way because winds were very light, but I did sail it for about an hour just because.

An autopilot is barely necessary on this boat. It keeps direction very well when running on the motor, and balances easily under sail too. I have an autopilot, but still often go long distances without turning it on.

We had unknown electronics as well (only the speed through water and depth finder were known to be working), so I brought along a handheld GPS.

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