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post #8 of Old 01-17-2013
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Re: New in Narragansett Bay

Best of luck with new boat!
Made trip from LIS to Kittery Maine 2nd week in May 2011,
be prepared for cold, possibly wet, possibly foggy trip.
If memory serves me water temps were about 42f and air temps
not much warmer at night. We went straight thru from Point
Judith pond to Kittery, 32 hours combo sail, motorsail, motoring(after being stopped in our tracks for 3 days with a 35plus knot headwind). Maybe more familiar sailnetters can comment on
what is the norm/expected in early May.
What I do remember is that the northern entrance to the canal is not a good place if strong northerly wind.
As referenced in above post you want to check in with the "Cape Cod Canal Control" folks. Beware of the Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge at the southern end of the canal...if train passing you will
have to deal with lowered bridge and strong current.
Suggest you are very comfortable/confident with motor before
making delivery, hopefully your S2 has a Yanmar, but the early
Atomic or Volvos are also good if there in good shape.
Sometimes sail with my mooring neighbor on his 30 S2 great boat,
lots of room below, we make a point of reefing early and then really
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