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Hello folks,

Im going sailing! Cool, eh? I'll have a 78 Pacific Seacraft 25 with Yanmar 8; Just me and the Duke, my German Shepherd. I plan to sail along the Gulf coast and anchor in a bay, or inlet, or harbor, wherever is a good spot, like every 20 miles, or 50, whatever works. I know not to anchor in a channel, but is there a problem pulling behind and island for the night? I have been reading some of the cruising forums, but they seem to be 50 footers with champagne and naked crew members. Satellite images from google earth are an amazing tool.

I grew up in MN on the lakes, Coast Guard vet, have a decent handle on basic sailing, good orienteering/navigating skills (plus I don't plan going more than 5 miles offshore till Im very confident. Ill hide from storms when I can. Im roughing it, like camping out for a long time. and will be back for info when the boats in my yard. I also am doing something quite ambitious and allowing myself 4 or 5 months. Im just going around the coasts, from Galveston to Canada.

There are friends along the way, Ill be writing a book, and lecturing at a couple rehab centers, And hopefully camping on some amazing beaches. I might even meet a few of you folks. Anyway, general pointers, rules, dangers, fun things to do while holding a tiller all day... all welcome. Is this what cruising is?



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Re: Cruising? or just sailing with pit stops?

Good to have you jerry. I suspect we might cross paths sometime. Yes, in general, you cN anchor off most islands of you are not in coral. Best solution though is to ask around or follow guides that give you spots with good holding and protection.

See you out there!

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I have some studying to do. Thanks Brian.
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Re: Cruising? or just sailing with pit stops?

CD is a dork, but he is a cruising dork, which makes him a hell of a resource for cruising newbies. he's been there, done that, and barbecued most of it.
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Cruising is whatever you want it to be. Some love crossing oceans and think nothing of setting off for 4 weeks between landfalls. Others leave at noon and are in a new slip in a new marina by 6, and will do that for years on end. Some are somewhere in the middle. Do what works for you, have fun, stay safe and let the story tell itself.
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Re: Cruising? or just sailing with pit stops?

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Hello folks,

Im going sailing! Cool, eh? I'll have a 78 Pacific Seacraft 25 with Yanmar 8; Just me and the Duke, my German Shepherd. I plan to sail along the Gulf coast and anchor in a bay, or inlet, or harbor, wherever is a good spot, like every 20 miles, or 50, whatever works. I know not to anchor in a channel, but is there a problem pulling behind and island for the night? I have been reading some of the cruising forums, but they seem to be 50 footers with champagne and naked crew members. Satellite images from google earth are an amazing tool.

I grew up in MN on the lakes, Coast Guard vet, have a decent handle on basic sailing, good orienteering/navigating skills (plus I don't plan going more than 5 miles offshore till Im very confident. Ill hide from storms when I can. Im roughing it, like camping out for a long time. and will be back for info when the boats in my yard. I also am doing something quite ambitious and allowing myself 4 or 5 months. Im just going around the coasts, from Galveston to Canada.

There are friends along the way, Ill be writing a book, and lecturing at a couple rehab centers, And hopefully camping on some amazing beaches. I might even meet a few of you folks. Anyway, general pointers, rules, dangers, fun things to do while holding a tiller all day... all welcome. Is this what cruising is?



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Re: Cruising? or just sailing with pit stops?

Lots of those places when you get to Maine. Budget extra time! See you when you get here perhaps.

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Re: Cruising? or just sailing with pit stops?

Welcome Jerry. Active Captain is your friend for local knowledge. Make sure check their site.

Have fun!
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Re: Cruising? or just sailing with pit stops?

The bigger problem is the quality of the bottom. Sand and mud are normally good, weed is acceptable most of the time, rock or coral is not.

Knowing about the predominant winds on the season is fundamental.

Sometimes on Google earth you can see if it is sand, sometimes you see other cruisers there (and that means that it is a good spot). Besides a proper cruising guide look for information here:

World Cruising and Sailing Wiki - a Cruising Guide on the World Cruising and Sailing Wiki

Having a very good knowledge of the places where you can lay anchor is very important.

I do normally short trips (20/40Nm) between coves like you plan to do. I do that not only because I enjoy knowing well the place but also because I use the engine only for charging batteries and sometimes 2/2.5K is all you got regarding speed. Sometime if the wind is right and can also do bigger jumps, just for the fun of sailing.

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Re: Cruising? or just sailing with pit stops?

Welcome to SailNet, Jerry.

I'm new to cruising myself. I believe you are supposed to top off the tanks and point the sharp end where you want to be. If your boat is a double ender, this will be confusing.

When you get north of Cape Ann, MA, look me up.

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Re: Cruising? or just sailing with pit stops?

Welcome,
Sounds like a wonderful trip you are undertaking. There are plenty of places to anchor along your way. Be sure you are in the lee of any land when you can manage it and you will probably be on a lot of inland waterways so learn to anchor with current. Sometimes the current changes with tide, sometimes the tide is quite significant, sometimes current and wind oppose each other. Have good ground gear, back up gear, and learn about kellets and similar anchoring techniques (by searching sailnet).

Along with Active Captain you might check out Salty Southeast Cruisers Network. They have very up to date and detailed info on the ICW from Florida to Virginia.
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