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Old 08-09-2007
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When I took delivery of my boat, it was in Sandyhook, and we moved her to Virginia a day after the sea-trial (by way of Statue of Liberty... pretty sweet). Anyway... I had never sailed before, none of my crew had ever sailed before. The boat had just been put in the water. I didn't even know what all the switches ran too. I had never been up or down this part of the coast at all. We had a schedule that we had to make (I know... schedules and passages don't work). Didn't have a life-raft... but did have a sweet 2 person inflatable kayak... there were 4 of us on the boat.

So basically everything was new to me.

We had decent weather, not for sailing, so we had to motor alot. We got hit with a few storms... avoided a few closely. But we were pretty lucky. I did spend a LONG time prior scouring the internets, reading books, and going through the charts to find all possible spots to hide in if needed.

My impression is that it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. Getting into some spots were interesting... charts don't have up to date markings, and you have to pay alot of attention. We did ground once... but not badly at all.

It was a blast, you can read more on my blog if your interested. From my little bit of time... I could see where in bad weather, it could be a rough place... so best advice would be to listen to weather reports and then stay far enough off the coast to be safe. Then again... I don't really know what I am talking about... I have more luck than knowledge.


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All coastal cruisers have:

Öa boat. Oft times, it ends right there. Too much of the time itís a lack of things thatís more evident, like having the smarts to run one! Even if youíre the ďOld Man of the SeaĒ with more experience and knowledge then Lloyd Bridges, it ainít gonna matter if the other guy donít have the smarts nor common-sense to know what side of the channel to be on!

DONíT BE THE OTHER GUY! Get educated as much as possible! The US Power Squadron and the USCG Auxiliary both offer safe boating courses. Any boating entity, harbormaster, yacht club etc. should be able to point you in the right direction.

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One thing to remember is that most of the New Jersey coast line becomes a very inhospitable lee shore in bad weather, and many, if not most, of the ports are difficult and dangerous to enter in bad weather. Heading out to sea, if you are caught out by a strong storm is often safer than trying to get into a harbor.
agree with this. I am not sure what your draft is, but as mine was 6ft I had pretty much planned that Atlantic City would be our last safety net going from Cape May to NYC before we reached Sandy Hook. It was my boats first time "offshore" so I waited a day longer than I had planned for a good weather forecast for a 2 day window. besides not getting much sleep it was an easy trip.
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I read somewhere that if you have radar you are required to use it. Is that true?

Too bad they don't have a simlar regulation regarding brains...
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I read somewhere that if you have radar you are required to use it. Is that true?
I never heard that. Radar is a power hog if you are sailing, so I don't use mine unless there are visibility issues...
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I never heard that. Radar is a power hog if you are sailing, so I don't use mine unless there are visibility issues...
I searched around and did not find whatever I read earlier, which stated it like it was a fact. But I found something that is probably a better explanation of what the basis would be for someone to make that statement:

http://www.starpath.com/cgi-bin/ubb/...;f=19;t=000002

I am not a lawyer, but sometimes I play one on the Internet...
Based on the navigation rules referenced in the linked post above (mostly navigation rule 5), it sounds like that having radar and not using it could pose a liability issue in the case of a collision. It could be construed as a violation of rule 5 if you weren't using "all available means". I am not saying I agree with that, just that I can see how someone can use that argument.
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You are generally required to use all available means of navagation available to you. If you get into an accident and didn't have the radar on, a board of inquiry will ask why? Same would apply to a plotter & sounder. Of course a sounder would only apply if you ran aground, not sure what a plotter would prove. But if you run into somebody and didn't have your radar on, it could be argued that your radar could have helped avoid the accident...bad news for you.
So, running without radar on is not illegal but it could become a liability.
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Draft is 18"with the board up.... 4'6" with it down.

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agree with this. I am not sure what your draft is, but as mine was 6ft I had pretty much planned that Atlantic City would be our last safety net going from Cape May to NYC before we reached Sandy Hook. It was my boats first time "offshore" so I waited a day longer than I had planned for a good weather forecast for a 2 day window. besides not getting much sleep it was an easy trip.
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Draft is 18"with the board up.... 4'6" with it down.

Interesting; so we traily saily types draft more than you and less than you? Mine is stated as 9" and 4' 9" but probably is down another couple of inches with people and gear.
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