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Re: how much experience do I need
"I have no real sailing experience, but feel that I can do it. Am I fooling myself. ... about a mile offshore...How much sailing experience do I need to pull this off??
You'd kill yourself. Plain and simple, it is the ocean, it is not a lake. The waves are often larger, the shore is often lee, and there will be long stretches where you will be blown on shore, on rocks, with no way to avoid them. And that's oversimplifying it.
There are large sections off the Jersey shore, and then down by Hatteras, where the waters in-shore are considered treacherous and they've been killing people for centuries. Sailors stay out, way out, to avoid the conditions there.
Either you "drive the bus" down the ICW for weeks, or you go offshore and take careful note of when and where there are inlets you can use--or can't--to head in and take shelter.
You really want to read up on ocean sailing, on coastal sailing, and expand your horizons a bit. What you want to do is simply not feasible, much less safe.