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Thanks for the link to the inlet chartbook. There are several places to duck inside between HHI and Charleston, but the channels are a bit tricky, St. Helena Sound in particular.

Valiente, I definitely appreciate the point about the effects of tidal drift. I've seen strong tidal action as far as four miles out, but I think I'll need to be 10-15 nm out to jog up the coast safely. I don't know quite know what to expect in that department.

At any rate, I feel reasonably confident in making the passage safely.

One last point: Gary wrote: "Sounds like a great trip as I sit here buried in the white stuff." Gotta lay off the coke, man... It affects judgment when you're on the water...
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Sounds like a fun trip.

One word of caution: If things get rough out there, sea room, NOT the coast, is your friend. Learn to heave to. Have fun and always stay clipped on, especially at night. Finding a man overboard in any kind of swell is tough at best.
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I assume you have a VHF, accessible from the cockpit.

If _I_ were doing it, I'd want two people (e.g., me and my wife) and a radar.

Watchkeeping is really important -- those are _not_ "empty waters". How many people will you have aboard? And are there harnesses to make sure they _stay_ aboard?

Radar is incredibly useful for night sailing, but it's an expensive toy for a 30' boat. If you decide you enjoy this, I'd recommend you pay the $$$ and install one.

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sailhog....just looked at my inlet guide...looks a lot easier if you went out of Port Royal Sound rather than Tybee Roads but you may have good local knowledge. I have been in and out of Port Royal Sound and it is very straightforward. Buoy to buoy sea distance is 57nm so that is about 12 hours at 5 knots and then probably a couple of yours in and out of the seaways in each sound so you probably don't want to head out until mid afternoon if you want to arrive in daylight in Charleston. The N. Edisto river looks like your best bet to duck in somewhere if need be.
Have a fun trip and let us know how it goes.
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My boat is parked on Skull Creek, about 1nm from Port Royal Sound, so that will definitely be my route. Tybee Roads comes with all sorts of complications (seroius depth issues and freighter traffic rolling out of the Savannah River all the livelong day). In place of radar I'm going to head out on a full moon. A friend suggested that I learn how to manufacture methamphamine in the meantime. Moonlight and meth: the poor man's radar. I agree that the North Edisto River is the best bet for ducking for cover. Again, thanks for the attention.
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