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Need a favor .....Can any of you East Coaster folks give me a ball park dist/sailing time from New Bedford Mass. to Cobb Island MD figuring an avg speed of 4kts/hr ??? Thanks in advance if you can help me out .

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Going outside to Norfolk then back up the bay staying within 75 nm of shore off New York. Estimated distance 475-500 NM. Approx . 5 days at 4 knot SOG.

All depends on your preferred route and capabilities.

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Are you planning on going offshore or sticking with the coastal route. Going offshore will cut a good deal of distance from your trip. However, it requires you to keep a much closer eye on the weather.
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Thanks so much for the info folks . My only plan so far is to play the hand I've been dealt & it's not pretty so far . The story's too long to tell but the result is I may have to single hand a boat from New Bedford to Cobb Island late Oct. early Nov . I'm 60 years old & haven't set foot on a deck in 30 years . I won't have more then 10 days to play with it . Let me save you from pointing out the obvious . I know it's stupid . I am aware consequences can be dire . Having said that I am so open to constructive advice directed towards getting it done . The only real pluses in my favor are I'm way fit , I'm not afraid , & I think I can do it even if I'm not anything close to comfortable with it . I'm just out of resources & options so I may have to gut it out . Thanks to you folks though I have some notion of the scope of the endeavor .
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Being on a time deadline and offshore sailing at that time of year is pretty foolish...but it sounds like you are well aware of that and prepared to risk all. Make sure you have a raft and EPIRB if you decide to try. They can be rented.
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I'd second having an EPIRB and raft aboard. What kind of boat will you be making the trip in and how well do you know her. Also, why do you only have a 10 day window.
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Provide more details. Type of Boat? Reason for move? Why the time window? You may find some volunteers willing to go part or all of the trip with you. (Me, for example)
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boat is 36' & sound....rigging & sails solid....engine runs like a top...vhf radio , compass , & GPS.....I'm the one that's not sound....hahaha....At the risk of waxing philosphical . Many go to sea because it's their dream . I'm being driven back to it . I hardly recognise the world I grew up in anymore & the courts have taken everything I ever worked for in my life & given it to my wife of 14 months who isn't even a citizen . After 2 years in court I'm going fugitive . The boat is my hideout . Severing all the ties of my formal life should be done by end of Oct. Need to get the boat down to a way cheap slip 1st part of Nov . I appreciate the advise on the E.P.I.R.B. I had no notion they could be rented . Have a raft . Not to minamize risk , but a storm at sea would be reassuring to me at this point . At least that would make more sense then what I've seen of the " polite society " last 2 years . My sincere thanks again guys for the concern & advise .
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Well Hell.....you're not the first to run to that jealous mistress, The Sea, in times of trouble. Sorry for all the crap you've gone thru. I'll sail as far as NYC with you, if you promise not to drop me overboard! I'll even find my own way back. I live in Rhode Island, we can go down LI Sound, and you can drop me in the city.
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I wish you well. When you get here I will buy you a drink. I am in Virginia across from Cobb island. Be sure to check the tides coming into the Potomac, The river can be an unforgiving b*t*h you may want to conceder going down the Delaware canal ( no locks) into the top of the Chesapeake bay and then down. Probably longer but closer to shore.
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