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Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

chef2sail has a point about motoring, especially later in the day and at night when the winds typically die down. Your best bet is to plan on motoring from Cape May to Block Island and hope you can get some sailing in.

jimrafford also has a point about the water being cold in May and June. Actually, the ocean temperature doesn't peak until somewhere around the end of August. We usually launch our boat in mid June, but rarely do more than a day sail until July, when the air and water are more comfortable.

If you take the inside route through Long Island Sound, you'll want to pay attention to the currents and plan your sailing around them. We use Eldridge's tide tables, but there are other sources, including some chartplotters. If you continue through Fishers Island Sound, make sure you know where the rocks are, particularly the "clumps" and the line of reefs between Fishers Island and Watch Hill.
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Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

BUMP!

Well, I ended up sailing to and from Cape May, N.J., due to lack of time in my schedule. I sailed solo down to Cape Charles and up the coast to Cape May. My wife and son drove up there to spend 4 days on the boat.

It was a great trip, although the offshore portions were challenging due to lack of sleep and the need to keep watch. The best preparation I made was the addition of a symmetrical spinnaker set up - I spent most of my time sailing running or reaching before the wind. I posted some videos on YouTube at jameswilson29


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Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

Solo offshore, sym spinn. Cool. Glad you had fun.
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Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

Well done

I notice your sheet and guy are in contact with the stanchions -- possible chafe issue. I have the same problem. Any thoughts? Maybe move the tweakers aft?
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Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

I suppose I could thread them inside the stanchions. I have not noticed any chafing yet.

I would be concerned about moving the tweakers aft because I want to be able to really control the guy and sheet while sailing solo in heavy air. I have read they should almost be to the deck near the shrouds at 20 knots.
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