I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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Last year we left Annapolis for points south on December 13th. It was quite cold, especially the overnight down to Norfolk. Our boat has heat, hot water and a cockpit enclosure. We bought a small propane heater for the cockpit and went through 4 canisters in a night.
Right now, we're sitting in Haverstraw, NY, up the Hudson a day from NYC. We plan on leaving in about two weeks to head to Baltimore. The most important thing to do is to watch the weather windows - if you can't listen to Chris Parker on the SSB, then use sailflow.com and passageweather.com to look for a good window. The cold fronts come fast and furious this time of year and drive some pretty nasty seas with them. Dress warmly (especially your extremities - face, top of head, hands and feet), know your bailout shelters, etc. and have heat. Don't forget that you will be doing a lot of sitting and standing in place.
Lastly - make sure your engine is in good shape. You'll find that you use it more to get from point A to point B during a good window.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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