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Yeah, with my 1'10" draft I can go lots of places others cannot. I need to start laying some of these routes out on a computer and get an idea of length and time.

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When it comes to sailing there are three important things to know; weather, weather and weather. You can fudge just about anything else. I will be looking into having a better understanding of the right weather services to use. I got my SSB license and call sign just so I could have weather service on the boat, but I have not utilized yet as most of my sailing has been local. Thanks for the info.

What do you think about the need for Radar for an extended trip like this? I do not have radar, but I do have a DSC VHF radio (I do need to activate the MMSI number!) We did not have Radar on the trip down and there was a shaky morning off the Jersey Shore in fog. But we were no where near traffic lanes.

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Re: Taking the boat north next spring

Been a strange year with frequent fog this fall in R.I. and Ma. Almost as bad as Maine. Wouldn't be surprised if we see fog this coming spring. It's not uncommon to see spring fog up here.

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Re: Taking the boat north next spring

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Jon,
Yeah, with my 1'10" draft I can go lots of places others cannot.

What do you think about the need for Radar for an extended trip like this? I do not have radar, but I do have a DSC VHF radio (I do need to activate the MMSI number!) We did not have Radar on the trip down and there was a shaky morning off the Jersey Shore in fog. But we were no where near traffic lanes.
Ron: I measured my draft when SeaScape was in the sling over a concrete pad and determined that my actual draft is closer to 2' 2" relative to the painted waterline. With the boat loaded for cruising, full tanks, gear, extra fuel, etc., the painted waterline can go underwater. But what's an extra 4" of draft when your charts and depthsounder are not that accurate?

I made my delivery trip during the second 2 weeks of May many years ago and had great weather. I wouldn't try to do it any earlier, though. I didn't have radar at the time, but didn't have a compelling need under the circumstances I encountered. I only ran into fog for the last 6 nm and then I was in home waters. Since you are likely to spend time in New England, you might consider radar as safety equipment to alert you to other vessels in the fog. AIS may be helpful with the bigger guys, but in any case, you can use radar even on a clear day to determine if you are on a collision course with other vessels. You would probably have MARPA on your recreational radar (I have it on my 5 yr old Raytheon unit) which can be helpful in plotting the course of another vessel, but often the spatial display using range rings and electronic bearing indication is sufficient.
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