Max's point about wind against current is key... I warn people about this all the time when they're planning a Cape Cod Canal transit... one person I warned was in a 50' sailboat and they had the misfortune of coming out of the canal into a 20 knot SW wind... and it was like trying to sail in a washing machine.... gear broke, people got hurt... not good at all. With the currents up there, I'd imagine it can be even worse.
If you haven't already, double check the bulkheads for soft spots or rot... that can happen near chainplates if they've been leaking... and I'd recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips
thread I started, even though you already own the boat, as it will give you a good overall idea of what shape she's in and what needs to be looked at further.
What kind of engine does the boat have??? What shape is it in?
Do you have a radar reflector already mounted or hoisted on a halyard? If not, get a Davis Echomaster Deluxe and rig a halyard with two blocks on the spreader about 12" apart to hoist it... The reason you need two blocks on the spreader is so that the radar reflector doesn't chafe the halyard it is hauled up on. Without a radar reflector, your boat is basically invisible to radar.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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