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post #4 of Old 06-12-2007
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Tagster I would agree that you want a good guide, good charts, and waypoints preset in the gps for every harbor before you leave. A number of trawler owners go up and down the coast every summer, and they like to set a maximum swell size + wind wave size (say 4ft swell + 2ft chop, the combo not to exceed 10ft)as predicted on the marine forcast. The problem on a delivery, in my experience, is that when conditions are good you want to take advantage of them and keep heading south, but when it gets sloppy those bars are no fun. If you hear of weather problems ahead, bail out early. Getting in (or out) of Newport in fog or large swells was not a lot of fun for me. One advantage to staying well offshore is that you also avoid the fishing boats drifting across your course. If you could get even one person to come along to watch for traffic while you got some rest, I think it would really improve your trip. Be patient for good weather while you sit in Neah bay, and have a great trip!
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