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Re: Baby step in the ocean

Originally Posted by SVSoundWave View Post
Bought a boat in Miami and now get to cruise north back home (NC) mostly in the ditch.

She won't fit under Julia Tuttle, so our first ever jaunt outside!
Going out Government Cut and back in at West Palm, just a long day sail. She has all the communication and life safety gear.

Would you just hug the coastline, say between 2-3 miles out?
Looks simple, still, we would appreciate tips or watch outs.

Thank you!
What is the level of your experience/sailing skill?

The run from the Sea Buoy at Government Cut to the Sea Buoy at Lake Worth Inlet is about 60 miles. Laying inshore, you'd be fronting the counter current that runs southerly. Getting off shore, you'll get a 1.5 to 2 knt lift from the Stream. With that, and on a reach, you should be able to cover the distance in 8-9 hours. Of course, you'll have to add the time needed to reach the Sea Buoy through Government Cut and the passage into Lake Worth which could make your overall trip 12-14 hours. If so, during this time of the year you're likely to have to endure one or more of the late afternoon/early evening squalls that prevail along that coast. (With that, your level of experience becomes an issue.)

Note that Lake Worth Inlet can be a pip. You'll want to time your arrival there for Slack Water as "...the currents in the inlet are strong and must be carefully guarded against. The current velocity is 2.4 knots on the flood and 3.6 knots on the ebb." "The mean range of tide is 2.8 feet at the inlet and 2.6 feet at the Port of Palm Beach." (For more, click over to and use the interactive charting/cruising guide.)

FWIW I personally prefer to breast inlets a low tide as, by doing so, one can clearly see the deeper water channels. Arriving late in the day there can, however, be problematic as one will have the sun in one's eyes making reading the water difficult. (Making the same trip, I'd leave late in the evening and sail through the night to make a morning arrival/entry at Lake Worth.)

Ensure your boat is adequately prepared for communication, safety equipment and with your running gear in good order.

Your call...

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