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Old 09-21-2013
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Re: Solo Offshore Overnight- Advice Sought

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Damn, has ANYONE read his original post? He is NOT going to be crossing from S Florida to the Bahamas on this trip, folks :-)

To the OP, sailing due east of Ponce Inlet for 20 miles or so will put you in pretty busy area, traffic-wise... A lot of southbound shipping attempting to stay inshore of the Stream off Canaveral will pass thru there, as will any northbound traffic rounding Canaveral and heading for Jacksonville or Brunswick... Much of the traffic thru there is seagoing tugs towing barges far behind, the sort of shipping with short-handed crews that make me the most nervous...

It most certainly would not be an ideal area to park yourself for awhile, or go to sleep for any prolonged period of time... Besides, you want to keep sailing thru the night anyway, no? That's what singlehanded sailors do, after all - I don't know of many who routinely heave-to overnight as a matter of course, the sooner you appreciate how rigorous and tiring coastwise solo sailing along the US East coast can be, the better off you will be...

And as others have mentioned, no way do you want to be towing your dinghy out the inlet... And, make sure you will be able to interpret whatever lights other vessels will be showing, particularly those tugs... The barges in tow typically show lights that can be very faint, or difficult to see at all. In any event, you don't want to be anywhere near those guys...

Have fun, and good luck... Mark is right, you'll learn a lot... :-)
Good advice- thanks.

After all the negatives about sleeping and the fact I will be dead reckoning the entire time I think I will plan for no sleep. This way I can stick to the hour log and hopefully be much more accurate in my navigation to and from.

If I get too tired I will bring the egg timer out and set 10 minute windows. Can always use the old Marine Corps trick and put a dull knife under my chin- don't nod off too much with that set up, I assure you.

Will take some video and pics- will be dark though haha.

Froggy- will message you.

Rest- will update as updates allow.

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Re: Solo Offshore Overnight- Advice Sought

Two small points:

1) Don't have your nav, anchor, and running lights all on at the same... unless you are motoring while anchored

2) Set a DR course to return pretty far to one side of your inlet. Then when you reach the coast, there will not be any question which way to turn (unless there are clear navigation aids on land)
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2) Set a DR course to return pretty far to one side of your inlet. Then when you reach the coast, there will not be any question which way to turn (unless there are clear navigation aids on land)
In his particular case, that shouldn't be too hard to figure out... N of Ponce Inlet, you have Daytona Beach, the most over-developed stretch of coastline north of Florida's Gold Coast... To the S of the inlet, once other than a smattering of high rise condos at New Smyrna Beach, you have Cape Canaveral National Seashore, completely devoid of any development...

Personally, I think he should go out for 2 nights, and get far enough offshore to play around in the Stream for a spell, while relying solely on his preference for his traditional means of navigation... By the time he finds Ponce Inlet again, might make him a bit more of a believer in the value of that little GPS thingy... :-)
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Re: Solo Offshore Overnight- Advice Sought

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Personally, I think he should go out for 2 nights, and get far enough offshore to play around in the Stream for a spell, while relying solely on his preference for his traditional means of navigation... By the time he finds Ponce Inlet again, might make him a bit more of a believer in the value of that little GPS thingy... :-)

one learns by being out there.... I use the internet forums to find out information and to discuss stuff. But the learning doesnt come till you are at sea and can see the boat in operation.


And navigating by DR or sextant fixes, whatever, is only possible out of sight of land for a while. And if those buildings are tall that means a fair way out.
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Any update on your overnight..??
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Any update on your overnight..??
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Re: Solo Offshore Overnight- Advice Sought

For those looking for Harborless' report on his trip:

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