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Re: U.S.-Bahamas, Crossing the Stream

Why would you be restricted to the ICW south of Jax?

I'm new to this, so forgive the ignorance of my question, but if your goal is to gain offshore experience while still staying safe, wouldn't it make sense to stay within 3-5 miles offshore (or more if you prefer and the current isn't too bad in opposition) and sail straight through for a few days? That give you the experience you want while still keeping you close for an easy rescue should issues arise. Personally, I'd want that as my shake-down for boat and crew before trying to cross the ICW head-on. Clearly, if you're only doing 75 miles a day, you aren't sailing 24 hours a day. If you haven't done that already, how can you be sure you're all really up for the task?

I'm also surprised that you're only making 75 statute miles a day. My 31 did better than that on our trip.
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