Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Western Corn Field
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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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