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Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

Thanks for all the input. We will splash the boat on the 8th, and take a shakedown cruise that afternoon. If all goe well we will make the trip on the 9th. Hopefully the weather cooperates and we get a weekend to enjoy the boat. I plan on stocking up on rum this week, just in case we overnight in Rockport.
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You can do the trip in a day

Unless you want to take two days to do the trip, why not just do it in a day?

Averaging 6 kts, either motor, motor-sail,or sail, it's a bout 40 nm.

I did my trip from deep in Newburyport, MA (on the other side of the Route 1/1A drawbridge) to Marblehead in 7h and that included a side trip to Rockport to drop off my seasick wife. Took us 40 minutes to get down the Merrimack River, about 3 h from the mouth of Merrimac River to get to Rockport, 40 minutes or so for the side trip, then 3h to the mooring in Marblehead. We motor sailed most of the time because it was 40 deg F, and pouring rain, and the wind was in the "wrong" direction or too light.

We left the dock at 9:05 AM and were on our mooring by 3:50 PM.

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Since we are not in a hurry, we may take 2 days, and just enjoy the cruise. But i
Most likely we will push through and do it in one day. I think it is always best to have options.
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Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

The trip is over, and it was fantastic! We left Marblehead last Tuesday with a nice WNW breeze, made it to Gloucester in 1.5 hours, then when we passed Thatcher's island we turned straight into the wind, and progress really slowed. We spent the afternoon walking and being tourists in Rockport, then left early the next morning to finish the trip. We still had a North wind, so we ended up motor sailing in order to get there in time to meet some friends for a surf session at Jenness beach. It was an awesome start to the sailing season.
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We left Marblehead last Tuesday with a nice WNW breeze, made it to Gloucester in 1.5 hours
That's moving right along. It's just over 8 nm to the lighthouse on Eastern Point. Subtract off 5-10 minutes of getting out of MH harbor, and you were probably doing 6+ kts for a bulk of the trip to Gloucester/Thatchers. Nice.

I like doing that trip with SSE to West winds. Basically some type of reach or run for the entire trip. (MH to Portsmouth, NH area)

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Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

The first part was fun. The wind direction was much more challenging after we passed Thatcher's, and it took another 2.5 hours to get to Rockport. It was plenty for us for a day, and you can't beat the hospitality of the folks at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club. An added bonus was one of the nicest sunrises we have seen.
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