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02-09-2014 10:15 PM
timtim
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

thanks, I learned a lot on my first time sailing. Really, I had never sailed before. Make to great friends that helped get the S2 to Bath NC.
02-08-2014 11:48 PM
jimgo
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

Congrats, both on the successful voyage and the new purchase!
02-08-2014 10:27 PM
timtim
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

It's been awhile and forgot to post that the trip when great. I wanted to thank everyone for all the great info given. I posted a few videos on my YouTube channel, tim jurich
The crazy thing is that I had bought my third sailboat after that trip. I got the sailboat bug
I sold the S2 8.0A that I brought back from MD after buying a Pearson 28-1
06-22-2013 09:04 AM
timtim
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

I'm learning a lot reading the feed back. This S2 is a swing keel and disp is 4600 lbs.
06-22-2013 08:43 AM
Jeff_H
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

I had missed that this was a S2 8.0. These are very slow boats. I also disagree that these are particularly seaworthy or well built. They are not going to be able to slog it out if they hit heavy air or a bad chop. Also this time of year, this would typically be a beat all the way, something that this boat does not do well.

Hopefully there is a plan B.
06-22-2013 08:25 AM
PBzeer
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

Quote:
You folks missed this was an 8.0, or 26 foot boat.
I was basing my times on a Hunter 26 w/8hp. (My previous boat)
06-22-2013 08:13 AM
SHNOOL
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

You folks missed this was an 8.0, or 26 foot boat. Deck stepped mast.
These are decent seaworthy boats though, heavy built for a 26.

Sorry that's all I got for you, but the best advice is to NOT stick to the schedule, do what you can, don't push it for an arbitrary timeline.
06-22-2013 08:05 AM
chuck53
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

When I had to bring my (new to me) boat down the bay, I had a 100 mile trip to make and I did it in one day, half under sail and half under power. Left at 6 am and pulled into my home marina at 7:30 that evening.
06-22-2013 07:55 AM
PBzeer
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

I wouldn't plan on more than 50 miles per 12 hrs. You may do more, but it's better to under than over estimate.

If during the week, traffic shouldn't be a concern on either route. It's been my experience that powerboats prefer the Virginia Cut and sailboats the Dismal Swamp. They are both about the same amount of transit time in a sailboat.

While it's nice knowing where you're going from experience, that's what charts are for, just like maps on the highway. Be aware, each morning, of alternate stops short of your day's goal, in cause of weather or mechanical problems. And don't set your day's goal in stone.

I don't know how far you can go on a tank of gas for your Merc. If nothing else, bring an empty 5 gal can that you can use if necessary. South from Norfolk will be all motoring, as will the Alligator and through the canal. (If you're under 45' mast height, you can go west side of Roanoke Island if you know a place to anchor or dock around Swan Quarter, instead of the Alligator.)
06-22-2013 07:47 AM
SVAuspicious
Re: first Sailboat and first sail from Annapolis to Washington NC

Context: I'm a delivery skipper.

Assumption: engine and other systems are in good shape and nothing major breaks.

I think you're looking at six days if you treat this as a delivery. Maybe 5. I'm pretty sure I could do it in 5. The usual time for most cruisers would be more like 8 or 9. It's all about preparation and attitude.

Give real thought to provisioning. You want breakfast that you can eat underway (one person can be on watch while the other cooks). Lunch underway. Late dinner after anchor down and prep meals for the next day. You're going to want snacks - make them easily accessible. I keep a big snack bag under the companionway.

Stopping for fuel is a time killer. Take as many jugs as you can manage and make topping up the tanks part of your evening routine. This is a good time of year - early sunrise and late sunset, so lots of light.

Leave Stevensville as soon as you can. Head down the Bay and run straight through to Norfolk, 4 on 4 off with two aboard and 4 on 8 off with three aboard. This will likely take 24 to 28 hours on your boat. Sail as much as you can. Keep boat speed up. When you hit Norfolk there is a marina near Hospital Point - it's right on the river and fast for topping up fuel.

Most of the ICW isn't appropriate for non-professionals to run at night. There are sections you can run (like the Alligator-Pungo canal). Stretch your days as much as possible.

Be conservative - nothing kills a schedule like running aground and waiting for TowBoat/US to show up.

Plan on anchoring so you can stretch the days as much as possible.

Let me know if I can help.
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