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09-07-2011 11:54 AM
Originally Posted by Ritchard View Post
I'd like to know if the OP actually did it. I am a very new sailor, and this past weekend I brought a 32' boat from near Cleveland to Toronto. Similar distance, but not nearly as potentially hazardous.
Also, quite a difference in boats: 22 footer with an outboard in open ocean vs.32 footer with an inboard (presumably).

But I'm interested in the outcome, too.

Welcome to Sailnet, by the way.
09-07-2011 11:34 AM
Ritchard I'd like to know if the OP actually did it. I am a very new sailor, and this past weekend I brought a 32' boat from near Cleveland to Toronto. Similar distance, but not nearly as potentially hazardous.
09-07-2011 11:13 AM
rtbates How's your karma?
08-10-2011 02:30 PM
zaliasvejas This is not an easy sail, across the Gulf of Maine.... Don't do it with an untested boat.
Try some overnighters, make sure everything functions as needed... Ripping a sail or losing a mast would immediately place you in a survival situation. Would you have enough gas for the engine to get you back? Bring good oars, then... and enough food and water to float around for weeks...
My advise, test the boat and yourself first and have an exit strategy....
08-03-2011 01:09 AM
tdw Tagging along with a couple of the others re the time frame. That is my biggest concern. Distance over ground is approx 180nms. Too far to do in three days in this situation. At least double the time and like others suggest do it in day hops not overnighters.

(All of which is said by someone who has never sailed off Nova Scotia and so has no idea of conditions, weather patterns etc, though I would think it could get nasty.)
08-03-2011 12:43 AM
killarney_sailor From my limited experience on the NS coast I think you should be ready for fog. I doubt that the Tanzer would have radar which would be very nice to have. Do it in day hops and give yourself lots of time to allow you to wait for the right weather to go to the next harbour. A tight schedule will get you in trouble in a hurry. Get the charts you need and a cruising guide. Does the boat have adequate ground tackle or do you need to find a dock each night. There are lots of pleasant places to stop along there. Take your time and enjoy. I think that 10 days or so would be nice.
07-31-2011 04:59 PM
Donna_F I wasn't going to respond but I can't help myself. A 22 foot boat, outboard, minimum experience at all let alone with this boat, open ocean. Just plain dumb.

But if you must do it, I highly suggest that you file a float plan with a few responsible folks before you leave and make sure that you have all the necessary safety equipment.

Good luck. Give us a holler when it's over.
07-31-2011 01:41 PM
jrd22 No experience other than harbor day sailing, new to you untested and unfamiliar boat, outboard of unknown condition, offshore for four (or more) days. I think that would qualify in my mind as foolhardy. That's not to say you couldn't do it, just that it would be hard to think of too many more things that could make for an "interesting" experience. With a good weather window and the ability to get into port each evening and a good check out of the boat and systems it's certainly doable. Good luck to you whatever you decide.
07-31-2011 01:46 AM
Boatinglifeaway Another person here not from the area but my philosophy of life is that if you can plan things the right way and it is plausible, I would do it.
07-30-2011 08:17 PM
catamount When I was 14, we (my father, uncle, cousin and I) sailed a Paceship PY23 from Saco, Maine, across the Gulf of Maine (and the mouth of the Bay of Fundy) to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and then back to Bar Harbor, Maine. Just because the boat is small doesn't mean the voyage has to be!

From Yarmouth to Halifax, you could make a continuous offshore run, or you could harbor-hop. If I didn't have a lot of experience, I would probably take my time and make the trip in small jumps. Get ahold of some charts and a good cruising guide and plot out your stop-over points.

Of course, if you are lucky and get a great weather window, and are able to time the tides right (you'll have a lot of current to deal with between Yarmouth and Cape Sable), you might want to just go for it.
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