Join Date: Dec 2009
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We have a fairly well equipped Tayana V42. 150gal diesel, 250gal water, watermaker, vhf, ssb, wind generator, solar panels, raymarine nav system with radar and sonar. Electronic autopilot as well as a Monitor wind vane. Emergency equipment includes a 6 man offshore life raft, epirb, and extended first aid kit. Currently our weather is from Chris Parker via SSB but additionally, we plan to add a pactor modem before leave florida to get grib files off shore. The vessel also has a set of storm sails but we do not have any experience using them.
My husband and I are the only crew. We have been sailing weekend trips in the Chesapeake Bay for years, last winter was our first trip out of the Bay. We took the intercoastal to Florida and jumped over to the Abacos. Leaving the Abacos we took a 3 day passage at sea to arrive in South Carolina. That was our first multiday passage at sea. This year coming south from the Chesapeake we are taking overnight or two night hops outside as weather permits to get down the coast.
We are planning to be cruising for at least 18 months possibly longer, we have no time frame or schedule, except staying out of the hurricane box over the summer. We tend to be somewhat conservative in cruising. We like to pick our weather windows carefully to avoid unpleasant conditions. Multi-day passages are not a problem, we are both comfortable at sea overnight.