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Chesapeak Bay to Daytona
Good grief, does Jimmy Cornell really think it''s preferable to accept the wx north and south of Hatteras in January over motoring down the ICW?! And going offshore to the Abacos in order to reach Daytona? (My guess is that''s bending observations about prevaling western Atlantic winds & currents into a trip that''s essentially local/regional and certainly coastal).
I appreciate how enticing all the wind roses and current data can seem, but going outside the Stream in January, only to hook back into the U.S. coast later on is going to have you bucking the Stream twice and being beaten up by frontal weather many times over, besides. If in doubt, look at the wx pattern for the last two weeks plus what''s f''casted for the next week - you don''t REALLY want to choose that route, do you? I doubt Jimmy''s wife would, either... <g>
Instead of using his book for a reference, I''d encourage you to read the Coastal Pilots for the Mid-Atlantic and Florida waters, especially the pertinent weather and inshore conditions sections. You''ll be cold most of the time and deal with lousy weather repeatedly while motoring/motorsailing S in the Ditch, but you''ll have lots of interesting places to stop & visit along the way.