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Re: First off shore coastal run
Have you been to Port Royal before either by boat or by land? If not it might be helpful to drive there first and have a look around.
-Did you arrange a slip or mooring?
-Study the charts carefully, particularly where you are stopping, note where the markers are. If you can look at pictures online or descriptions by other sailors of how to enter and what the visible landmarks are, study those.
-Study up on the weather for your route every day leading up to your trip. I like passageweather.com for this. Don't embark or return on a day where the weather does not seem favorable.
-If it's your first time in that port, time it so you arrive well within daylight hours.
That's for starters. Similar type of trip that my friend an I made going from San Diego to Catalina - we did it as a two day trip with first leg San Diego to Dana Point which is about the same distance, going along the coast. As we had not been to Dana Point by sea we studied the chart and entrance carefully. There's a well known book about sailing/cruising the California coast with a very good description of the various harbors, landmarks, entry strategies etc. that I found really helpful knowing what to expect. I was surprised that even with very clear conditions I had a hard time picking out the actual entrance to the harbor until I was within 1-2nm. Seeing where the other boats were entering was pretty helpful in that regard, lol, as well as charts and GPS.