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smallboatlover 10-06-2011 08:54 PM

tips advice please
So here's whats going on. I'm putting my boat back in the water yes i know it's late in the season but i can't stand not sailing. so i am putting the boat back in the water after iv'e done tons of work to the boat. Also the boat now has a motor on it. So here's the thing i'm going a long distance sailing by myself. i want to do this sail. i want to get the e prience and learn from it. I could just put it in a boat ramp thats closer but this is what i want to do.
The boat is a 16' mistral with main, jib, and now a 3hp motor. so i will be putting the boat in at the dock and then motor away into the channel and then motor out of the basin with the sails raised depending on the wind. and i will sail the 4 hours to the mooring. Bit nervous about doing this but this is something i need to do to over come being nervous and sailing this far.
Also i might be towing a 8' fiberglass dinghy with me to get from the sailboat to the beach when i arrive at the mooring. tips, advice, comments, any thing please.

smallboatlover 10-06-2011 08:56 PM

Seapowet Ave, Tiverton, RI 02878 to Riverside Marine - Google Maps

this is the route i'm going. but not on the road the water.

tommays 10-06-2011 09:59 PM

On the Map it's 5 miles and perhaps a bit longer by water ?

This week and weekend is warm BUT it will most likely be the last of the really friendly fall weather after which your foul weather gear will be much more important

Donna_F 10-06-2011 10:01 PM

I still maintain that you should have a vhf radio with you. Borrow one.

ChuckA 10-06-2011 10:17 PM

The most challenging part of this trip is narrow passage known as the stone bridge in Tiverton, where you could have trouble if you try to run against the tide which is very strong.

Also be aware that the Coast Guard and DEM established some restrictions to navigation around the Rt. 24 bridge construction area. You can find more details here: Retrieve Pages

If you are going this weekend, the Narragansett bay weather forecast indicates a few nice days are coming. Sat West wind 5-10 knots & Sun NW 5-10 knots. It looks like high tide will be ~6:30 am & 6:30 pm. So if you leave mid-day, you should have an incoming tide helping you along.

Check the weather before you leave and make sure you bring all of your safety gear, (life jackets, anchor, signals, etc.) and foul weather gear to keep you dry in case it it windier than the forecast. Also bring a few bottles of water to drink, sunscreen, and don't forget a camera to document your voyage. We'll be looking for your photos.

One of my embarrassing experiences with a small outboard on a sailboat was running out of gas while trying to make it up a tidal river against the tide, because the internal tank was so small. Even if you think you won't be motoring much, it might be a good idea to bring along a spare gas jug, unless your outboard has an external tank of at least a couple of gallons.

This is a pretty protected passage, so you should do fine.

smallboatlover 10-06-2011 10:23 PM

i plan on bringing tons of water about a gallon. And a gallon of gas maybe 2. yes i will be leaving about noon-2 and go through that passage i don't have to worry about the route 24 closure it's open now. i will deffinatily bring gear to keep me dry in case of the wind picking up and wave breaking over the bow. will be a fun jouney. not sure about the pics i will see.

Cruiser2B 10-07-2011 12:09 AM

bring plenty of fuel and plenty of drink...non alcoholic. I used to sail from somerset through the tauton river to and under the sakonnet river bridge. the current gets going pretty good in those waters. be safe and have a great time. i would bring and anchor and a paddle!

it was a 16ft oday daysailor. it took all day. my dad would drop me off at the sommerset boat ramp and pick me up boat ramp at the bottom of that huge hill underneath the sakonnet river bridge.

i also sailed my 19ft sharpie out there in the shallow waters on the other side of the river there....i cannot rememer what that area was called, haven't lived there in 20 yrs. one day i ventured out into the river without a motor in the sharpie and got swept under the bridge out into the bay....i tried rowing that big ole sharpie against the way. i sure wish i had an anchor or engine that day. i was young and stupid, listen to the advice these guys are giving about the radio and pfd and again bring plenty of water and fuel!

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