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i have a hunter 27. how far do you think i can sail it. would it be safe to sail from north carolina to florida if i went down the coast not to far out (just and example). i just want to know my safe limits.
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Ian...you can travel all the way down to FL in complete safety in th ICW and hop outside for ocean runs from inlet to inlet when the weather is nice. There are lots of nice hops you can make outside and you can string them together into "overnighters" or more when the weather is settled. Your boat is designed for just such sailing. If youwait and pick the right weather window you can cross over to the Bahamas and really enjoy some nice sailing and water in protected grounds.
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The key to any cruise is how well is the boat, AND the skipper, prepared. If those two conditions are met, then what camaraderie suggest is quite doable.

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There are the limits you can handle and then there are the limits your boat can handle. Generally, the limits of the crew are far lower than that of the boats. That said, you and your boat shouldn't have a problem, provided the weather is right. In really bad weather, a 27' Hunter is not the boat I'd choose to be in.

Take it in steps... with gradually longer trips, heavier weather and such and learn the limits of what you and your boat can handle safely.

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If in doubt you could bouy hop from Sea bouy to Sea bouy. And visit all the small ports going in the direction you want to travel. Just be sure that you can see your route on the charts and know where all the Nav hazards are as you bouy hop.
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Taking a Hunter 27 offshore, when you don't have to, is dumb, IMHO.

I did Toronto / Miami / Toronto in a 24' sailboat. Followed the ICW all the way. There was about 100 miles in the Atlantic off New Jersey, but that was broken up into three segments (and three days). I never needed an overnight run -- was at anchor, or dockside, every night.

The length of the trip is irrelevant. You can get gas and supplies easily along the ICW. You could travel forever, or until your money runs out.

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Take some sailing courses, and _at least_ one Coastal Navigation course, before you go. You'll have a safer, more-fun trip that way.

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Ian...under the ICW thread under cruising ...I posted a listing of the navigable inlets between NC and Florida. That may be helpful to you.
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thanks ill check it out
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I have a sabre 28 in Oriental and I am planning on making some costal passages and using the ICW to head south. I have two months starting in May. Are you planning on making a trip south? and when?
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