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Old 08-29-2012
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Sailing from Charleston to Tampa

I may be doing this trip in the next year or so, and I have some options (trailer). My boat is an Olson 30, no "beam of destiny", but has the jock straps (below deck shrouds connecting the chainplates to the mast base). If you didn't know about Olson's, they are ultralight boats (3600 lb displacement) with a 35 ft mast and 5'1" keel. I'm thinking of doing this solo (possibly with one friend) and hugging the coastline, so if something happens, I can duck in somewhere and drop the hook or tie up safely. What I'm not finding by searching on Sailnet is info about the gulfstream as you get past Jacksonville (I know it comes into the shoreline) and around Key West. I'm fairly certain this will be a slog of sorts, but does anyone have some good advice? I've been looking at the pilot charts for the area, and this isn't happening anytime soon, so I can plan this trip carefully. One thing I was thinking was taking enough time off from work between jobs so I can take my time and enjoy the trip.

Ray
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