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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

I've done the ditch single handed. Some advice, look behind you from time to time to insure you are still in the channel. Don't panic when your sounder goes to zero, then pops back. It was explained to me that silt in the water will screw with it. Know where you will anchor that night before you get under way. There are stretches that anchoring is few and far between, that is getting off the channel and still having enough water to float your boat. Get a pair of binoculars and use them. Plan your trip through Hells Gate so the current favors you. Pay attention to the markers at Lockwoods Folly inlet, the channel moves and your chart plotter (well mine did) lies to you. Take your time to stop and smell the roses. It is an absolutely a wonderful trip. I used the Waterway Cruising Guide.

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