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Re: How long do you leave before a storm?
As we are almost entirely coastal, I will outrun a storm by 30 mins, assuming I have a place to bail, if I'm wrong. In fact, I took off on the north side of a nasty storm that was maybe two miles to our south this past summer and got around to the west, while it slid below us. Not fun, but doable, with plenty of places to drop the hook and wait below, if necessary. Lightening was my only real concern.
Offshore, there are a lot of factors. For a 350nm hop, you should be able to motor the whole thing, if it were necessary. Meaning that you could rely on your own boat speed. That reduces one factor. Now you have to account for the possibility that the weather rolls in faster. I would want a half day on top of the fastest prediction. This assumes I believe I could handle the storm, even if very uncomfortable, in the worst case scenario. If it's a survival level storm, I want a full day or two lead time, maybe more.
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