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Sequim to Seattle - Novice Sailor, Advice Needed
I'm new here (first post) - please go easy!
Just bought a 1973 Miller 28 (29' LOA) that is outfitted with an inboard Yanmar 2GM20F (runs great, a little over 600 hours, well maintained). She's in really nice shape for her age overall, the previous owners took great care and had a deep affection for her.
I'm planning to take her from Sequim (John Wayne Marina) down to Seattle (Elliott Bay Marina) on Wednesday with a buddy of mine, who has experience on fishing boat in Alaska but not much more than that. I sailed a bit as a kid (some ~20-25 years ago), but recently jumped back into it taking ASA courses (on J-boats in the sound). I'm a natural sailor, but not an expert by any means.
This last few days I have spent a fair amount of time planning the trip, plotting the course, going over the things I need to do in prepping the boat, and working out the timing of my departure. I would like to get feedback if possible on a few points that I am not sure about:
As best as I can see it, the ideal time for the departure from Sequim would be around ~9:30a, so as to catch the incoming tide to shoot me down Admiralty inlet. I find myself using DeepZoom's site to visualize the tides and currents - any advice on navigating around the inlet (it looks challenging)?
The charts show that Sequim bay has narrow channels out of the marina, my boat has a 5' draft - I am going to be on edge heading out to sea.
Engine and fuel:
The boat has a 15 gallon tank, I am planning to bring an extra 5 gallon for good measure. The problems that I have are calculating my fuel burn rate and whether or not I can get anywhere near hull speed (6.5kts for my boat). On the conservative side, I "think" I could run it for 30 hours on the 15 gallons alone. Does this sound plausible?
The boat came with a low-end Lowrance GPS. I'm planning to do this trip with iPad software (SeaNav, Boat Watch for AIS), Compass Eye, Boat Beacon), using the Lowrance as a secondary tool. Does this sound "ok" for this trip?
I have all the required safety gear on the boat, a good radio, and an inflatable dinghy with oars. I also bought a comprehensive insurance policy that includes towing (in case the s**t hits the fan).
I'm excited, yet nervous - any feedback would be greatly appreciated!