Originally Posted by smurphny
LIS is probably safer and your objective is to get out in the ocean, but there is a long stretch past Mattituck where there are few options should the weather turn bad. Just saying, don't discount the difficulty or planning required in the Sound or how rough it can get. You also need to run with the current in the Sound all the way and then time it just right to clear either Plum or The Race. If going this way, consider maybe anchoring at Fisher's Island and then continuing through Fisher's Sound and on along the coast, stopping at Newport. You could then choose to go to Block, continue coasting to New Bedford and then to Woods Hole. Hopping along the mainland like that would be interesting and would keep you more inshore. You could make Port Jeff on day 1, Fishers Day 2, Newport Day 3, New Bedford Day 4, Hadley Harbor (Woods) Day 5, Nantucket Day 6.
haha sorry but that is exactly what I am NOT trying to do. Remember, the whole point is to get some offshore experience. The lack of very close harbors if something goes wrong is a part of that. I will bring my tools/sail repair kit and be careful about the weather, but the whole point of this exercise is to get some experience away from shore/harbors.
My main concern, frankly, is hitting something and holing the hull miles from shore, esp since I have no liferaft. Are there any recommendations for what to carry in such a contingency? I have seen the yachtworld videos about putting a sail over the outside of the hull (harder than it sounds apparently), and about trying to stem the flooding from the inside as well, but is there anything I can carry with me to temporarily plug a hole if it were to happen?