Originally Posted by rockDAWG
I ordered the book yesterday. But it looks like we are taking to I65 route this time. We will see and remain flexible pending on the weather, soundness of the vessel and crews.
You said the boat is in Florida and you say you are planning to take "I-65".
How does that work???
Probably not very well, in most cases…
The best one could reasonably hope for, is a strategy mentioned by Don Street from south Florida…
Cross the Stream to West End or Lucaya, then wait for the arrival of a cold front… Sail down the NE Providence Channel, and ride the NW through NE progression as far east as you can… If you're lucky, you might be able to lay Puerto Rico by the time you're into the area of established trade winds, again…
I employed that strategy once sailing my own boat from Lauderdale to Harbour Island, Eleuthera... Rode the SW breeze in advance of the front across the Stream, the front arriving just as predicted just after passing Great Isaac... It was a strong front, however, and the ride that night down the NW Providence Channel was pretty boisterous... Still blew hard for two days after arriving at Harbour Island late the following afternoon, enough that I had to anchor up in the lee of the west side of the harbor for another day after arrival... Had I been attempting to go further east, that system would have carried me out pretty far - and would have resulted in a quick passage, but a rather rough and wet one...
I'm guessing the boat the OP is talking about, is the Out Island 41 he was considering delivering from Morehead City earlier in the winter… Definitely not my first choice, in the type of boat I'd want to have to beat from S. Florida out to the Eastern Caribbean… Using Steet's route, probably the best he can hope for is maybe being able to fetch Luperon or Ocean World...(grin)
Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
So, is there an alternate path for leaving Key West and heading to Cancun area for landfall, then going south on the coast ?
This is NOT a good way to get to the Eastern Caribbean, which is where those following the Thorny Path generally want to go.
On the other hand, if you'd prefer to cross the Stream in direct opposition to it, rather than perpendicular, bypass one of the Western Hemisphere's most beautiful cruising grounds, add perhaps 30% more distance to the amount of open water beating into the trades you'll have to do, and perhaps bring Haiti into play as a possible port of call/bailout point, well… then such a route could be a wonderful alternative… (grin)