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07-09-2012 08:22 AM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

after resting a few days in charleston anchorage i caught a lite nw wind ,i played with spin for a while but by nitefall i was motoring all night.again.the next day i made it to fernandia beach fla by 8pm ...florida at last
07-04-2012 03:40 PM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

Great!! Happy Sailing!!
07-02-2012 08:35 AM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

anyway...i rested up and then left buefort nc and had a good sail down past cape fear with lite nw wind ,by nitefall the wind stayed steady nw and i proceded south doing 126 miles in 24 hrs.the winds were fairly litr the second nite out but i ended up off chaleston by morning so i took in sails and motored into charleston and anchored across from city marina for a 15 hr sleep
07-01-2012 08:51 AM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
I don't know, a guy drinking 10 beers during the course of a single watch, that tale sounds a bit "tall", to me...
That depends on how long the watches are doesn't it Jon? *grin*

I stick to four hour watches so there is enough time for the offwatch to get enough rest. I prefer three or four aboard.

For the OP, check Offshore Passages Opportunities ( ) for more professional crew. Great resource and all you have to do is feed them on board - most get themselves to and from the boat on their own.
07-01-2012 08:02 AM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

i had a few ladys come vist when i was in marsh harbor they were great a result of this cre,more laterw exp and my consequently single handing the voyage i got a new perspective on crew,i dont need no stinkin crew[at least when things go somewhat to plan] that was an eyeopener..but now back in maine i had a great sail friday with my buddy,we went strait east for 10 miles and back top speed 7.8
06-30-2012 12:19 PM
rackham the red
Re: maine to bahamas and back

Good for you! I am envious! Sorry about the crew problems. It is hard to find good people to sail with, isn't it? Still you sailed the dream.
06-30-2012 11:48 AM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

Yours is at least partly a cautionary tale about crew and alcohol on board. I never found it a good idea to have alcohol on board while sailing a long distance, but the one time I did have it on board, the results were the same as yours,

As for crew, it is an interesting experience you had. Hopefully, those who seek crew on this board and others will rethink their strategy when they see your post and only use crew who have experience.
06-30-2012 11:28 AM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

haha, I agree on wind speeds and boat length. Way to go on the trip, that's a long one and worth all the effort. I just got back from five weeks in the Abacos on my Compac 23, during which two tropical depressions sure got my attention. The trip was great and doable so don't wait for that big cruiser of your dreams. My quote of the day from the newest Longmire book: stay calm, have courage and watch for signs.
06-30-2012 09:58 AM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

id rather be in a 32 foot craft in 33knots than a 64 foot boat in 66 knots,i guess you have to be sure of your skills and your vessel to round hatteras at any time,it always amazes me that so many large wellfound boats take the inside route...but to each his own directions and goals'as for the marine he did drink my whole beer stash on watch.i told him to stop drinking after 2 beers but he kept rite on drinking.when i awoke he was passed out in the cockpit ,the boat sailing well under autopilot..
06-25-2012 11:18 PM
Re: maine to bahamas and back

Originally Posted by jimmalkin View Post
Well done and well thought out - the worry over a careless/carefree/lousy crew is as exhausting as solo sailing. Having said that, I recognize the fatigue that you must have had to deal with in your bash against the stream while hand-steering and standing watch/dozing alone on your boat. It's not all beautiful harbors and romantic moonlight sails... Nice job.
Hmmm, going out around Hatteras inshore of the Stream, in a NE breeze equivalent in knots to the length of your boat...?

Not sure I'd consider that to be especially "well thought out", but perhaps that's just me... (grin)

I don't know, a guy drinking 10 beers during the course of a single watch, that tale sounds a bit "tall", to me...
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