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07-13-2012 05:25 PM
Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

I suppose I could thread them inside the stanchions. I have not noticed any chafing yet.

I would be concerned about moving the tweakers aft because I want to be able to really control the guy and sheet while sailing solo in heavy air. I have read they should almost be to the deck near the shrouds at 20 knots.
07-13-2012 04:13 PM
Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

Well done

I notice your sheet and guy are in contact with the stanchions -- possible chafe issue. I have the same problem. Any thoughts? Maybe move the tweakers aft?
07-13-2012 01:21 PM
Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

Solo offshore, sym spinn. Cool. Glad you had fun.
07-13-2012 10:41 AM
Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast


Well, I ended up sailing to and from Cape May, N.J., due to lack of time in my schedule. I sailed solo down to Cape Charles and up the coast to Cape May. My wife and son drove up there to spend 4 days on the boat.

It was a great trip, although the offshore portions were challenging due to lack of sleep and the need to keep watch. The best preparation I made was the addition of a symmetrical spinnaker set up - I spent most of my time sailing running or reaching before the wind. I posted some videos on YouTube at jameswilson29

and photos on my profile:
03-09-2012 11:08 PM
Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

chef2sail has a point about motoring, especially later in the day and at night when the winds typically die down. Your best bet is to plan on motoring from Cape May to Block Island and hope you can get some sailing in.

jimrafford also has a point about the water being cold in May and June. Actually, the ocean temperature doesn't peak until somewhere around the end of August. We usually launch our boat in mid June, but rarely do more than a day sail until July, when the air and water are more comfortable.

If you take the inside route through Long Island Sound, you'll want to pay attention to the currents and plan your sailing around them. We use Eldridge's tide tables, but there are other sources, including some chartplotters. If you continue through Fishers Island Sound, make sure you know where the rocks are, particularly the "clumps" and the line of reefs between Fishers Island and Watch Hill.
03-09-2012 09:26 PM
Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

Make sure your motor is also in good shape. My experience is that you do a lot of motorsailing till 1 PM. Also early summer= fog north of Block Island

03-09-2012 05:58 PM
Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

The waters around block don't really warm up til well into june. I have frozen my backside Memorial Day weekend at Block in the past. Also keep in mind the last week of June is race week at block. It's very busy and kind of nuts that week.
If you come up on the inside in the sound and need anything let me know.
02-12-2012 10:13 AM
willyd I live close by and can make it almost any evening or weekend.
02-11-2012 12:30 PM
brokesailor On my end it needs to be before the weekend of March 10. After that a refueling outage at the Nuke I work at will keep me tied up for 5 weeks straight.
02-11-2012 11:30 AM
SVAuspicious I'm always up to meet people and share information. Davis' Pub in Eastport? Let me know what areas y'all are interested in so I bring the right charts. Davis' is used to me spreading charts around. *grin* As of the moment I have only local stuff going on until late March. Then I'm heading down to the BVI and won't be back until early May.
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