Re: Cruising Skills/Practice
I read through the thread. A few obvious things you probably already know
Chartplotter GPS Depthfiner on board? How about a way to access weather reports? You know how to pick your weather window?
Inlets can be stressful if the weather is less than perfect. You probably know that but it could be an entire thread. Similar wind and current effects an be experienced with coming around a point.
Again, you probably know this but in addition to COLREGS, the main rule seems to be the bigger faster vessel does what they want. Beware of ships in a channel. They can move fast and to some of them you are just an annoying gnat. Listen to the radio. I've seen a few pilots deliberately mess with a sailboat that they feel is in the wrong place and doesn't answer the radio.
There is a lot of debris in the water now around the harbors and rivers due to the rains.
Congratulations and have great time. Newport is a beautiful harbor.
Last edited by Sal Paradise; 06-22-2013 at 08:28 AM.