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Re: First off shore coastal run

You're all looking at this wrong!
Cappy you're going to make your first passage right? You don't put an x on a calendar and say thats the day. The most important prep for your first passage is practicing your sick voice, second is watching the NOAA buoys on your course the ones that show wind also the NOAA weather for the area. Sounds like you're about an hour away and the boat's ready to go right?
What you want to do is put the NOAA stuff in your favorites and check them obsessively just to see that the weather report is saying the same predicted wind as what the actual buoys are getting. Now on the morning you wake up and you see the weather saying you're going to have a South East 10 to 15 you immediately call your boss with your best sick voice and tell him you had some bad clams and aren't going to make it in today. Next look to see what the moon is doing if its full or new, take your time you don't want to leave the dock until around 10 am but if you look out and see half that moon you want to set a new record to the boat and set sail before light.
Forget all the crap these clowns are telling you do it my way you'll have a blast and want to do it again...
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rckfd thanks for the advice
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There's a difference between the way you plan a pleasure cruise and a delivery. You take your time with a pleasure cruise. This is more akin to a delivery, i.e., moving the boat to a new permanent location. Delivery captains typically don't waste time. If they can't make 4-5 kts under sail, they'll run the engine. For example, at 5 kts you'll cover 60 miles in 12 hours. At 3 kts it will take you 20 hours. If you're shorthanded, the difference can easily result in arriving exhausted, and arriving at night, or in daylight. Plan your trip accordingly, and, if the wind lightens, don't let it delay your arrival at your destination until night. Use your engine as needed to maintain your scheduled arrival deadline.
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Just to let everyone know I'm taking my first 60 mile trip north from Savannah GA to port Royal SC this weekend. I'm going to shoot out about 4 miles and buzz up the coast. Tip would be great I'm a new sailor

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I don't know your area or your experience. I would:

1. Study the charts, tides and coast pilot in advance so that you are familiar with hazards, landmarks and options for shelter. Take hard copies of it all;
2. Have at least 2 GPS devices;
3. Watch the weather closely;
4. Make sure that you have enough fuel for the whole trip, plus some margin (~20%);
5. Take a hand-held VHF and monitor at least 16 at all times;
6. Wear a PFD and use a tether, especially if you're single-handing (it'd be better with at least two);
7. Take some tools and basic spares.

It's a fair amount of preparation, but should help you be more relaxed and enjoy it more. Have fun!

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Cap'n, sounds like you're getting good advice. I assume you have good radio, flares, first aid kit, etc. A nice addition is a cruising guide or Coastal Pilot. You can read the pilot (the Coastal Pilot is a book published by NOAA. Are you #3 or #4?) for a description of the land you are passing. It is full of useful information and makes the trip more interesting. In this day of GPS, I think a lot of people forget dead-reconning (keep your paper charts!). The Coastal Pilot is a good one.

Sounds like you're going to have a great trip! Let us know how it works out.
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I would put a lot of effort into begging or borrowing a smaller jib if possible. You should have a great trip regardless.
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Have a great time but watch the forecast. Weather looks less than ideal for you this weekend.

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Yeah I have a 110% jib on the hook. It should be here by friday
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Have a great time - But I want to repeat what has been said by pretty much everyone here: Only go if the weather forecast is good.
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Yeah I've been watching it. So far Friday it's going to be 5-10 knots and later in the afternoon 10-15
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