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Re: Preparations for a Manhattan to Nantucket straight through passage on the south s
I completely support your goal of venturing beyond your home waters and taking on this ocean voyage. I think George sums it up nicely when he says that we all want you to have a positive experience on this 1st trip round. With the right weather window I think the coastal cruise to Block Is. and a "let's see how it goes from there" approach should work perfectly for you. I think it would be nice if you had someone who has done the trip before aboard, but if that can't happen, As captain, you'll just have to rely on your best judgement.
You can stay anywhere from 2 to 5 miles off the coast and follow the bouys. Keeping the coastline to port and the main shipping channel to starboard. At night you'l likely run into some commercial fishing vessels. They'll be lit up like the 4th of July and sometimes it's difficult to tell what they're doing. ( moving in big circle, changing direction) Just give them lots of room.
You should be able to fix your position by the inlet bouys..Jones, Moriches, Fire Island, Shinnecock etc.
Timing your arrival at your destination in broad daylight should be a goal. It's unlikely that either of you will sleep soundly with the adrenalin going, so I'd have coffee ready in a thermos and plenty of ready to eat food..( sandwiches and such) ready to go.
I keep a thermos for coffee and one for soup ( on cool nights).
I good pair of binnoculars ready at the helm.
The entrance to Block is narrow, but very well marked and you'll see sandbars, if you enter in daylight with no fog.
Coming home on the inside, you just need to time the currents at the Race and again at Hell Gate....so that you are heading east with them or at slack. It can get a little choppy through the race, and the gate, just keep a firm hand and hold your course.
Have a great trip..I look forward to the report.