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post #46 of Old 04-16-2012
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Re: Cruisers: what kind of trips can be made by non-bluewater boats in a weather wind

There are arguably few "weather windows" In Florida or further up the east coast from end of May to November...actually there are but they just arent' three days or longer..they are measured in hours...I say this because there is 30-50 % chance of t-storms most days and if your not ready they can be problematic...with a late afternoon t-storm outflow you can suddenly have a 180 degree wind change and have 40 knots of wind bearing down on you if your not expecting it...makes for some excitement if you have alot of canvas up when one of these "walls of wind" hit you...especially since often the sun will still be shining and the clouds the wind flowed down from still far away in the distance...
So in these areas of coastal gulf/atlantic from late spring through much of autumn....effectively your "window" is from about 10 pm at night till 1 pm the next day....15 hours or so...bigger heavier boats or experienced crews will not likely be deterred by these t-storms but smaller craft and less-seasoned crews should be fairly cautious with these storms certainly...

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