Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Jersey
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I don't think you can be over-prepared for a trip like this. The more you plan, look at all the options, familiarize yourself with the trip you will minimize the unknowns. I like to also consider possible alternative's. Primarily, I like to know what options are available to me, if my plan needs to change.
And I like to plug some of them into the plan.
If you hit bad weather somewhere along the way and want to duck-in somewhere, it makes it alot easier, if you've already created the waypoints/route and researched the channel or harbor, rather than trying to check the charts and depths and create new waypoints, at the same time you're dealing with the weather.
A plan is only that...rarely does everything go according to plan...but I never leave home without one......the key is not being a slave to a plan or a schedule but, being willing to adapt and knowing what all the options are.
I love sitting in my living room plotting out all the possible sailings when it's freezing outside.