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MH to P'Town
On a good day with the winds in the right direction and light seas, depending on which side of MH you are (Main Harbor or Salem Side), it's about 8 h at 5.5-6 kts avg.
Done the trip twice, once with my wife and another person, and the other time as part of the Beringer Bowl Overnignt Race. On the return leg from the first trip, we headed back in 6-8 ft seas on the forward beam. Winds were 15kts. We motored sailed at 4.5 kts After 2 h of constant counter-steering, we had to switch off every 3 nm because it was tiring. We decided to bag it after the first two hours and headed to Scituate (22 nm away).
Even if you have 3-4 ft seas, if they are on the nose, you have at least 8 h of this if you can average 5.5 kts. Solo that will be exhausting. and a lot of pounding.
Can it be done, sure. Will you be wiped out physical at the end, 99.9% sure. Will be fun, maybe. If you decide to sail and the wind is from the SE, you'll probably end up sailing almost 80 nm with the tacks.
If you do end up going, I'd stay towards Boston. If it gets to be too much, you can head towards Boston or Scituate.
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