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First off shore coastal run

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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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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.
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Yes I have a slip waiting on me at port Royal marina. It's going to be a permanent move as I live in SC. I've been watching passage weather for a couple days now. I plan on leaving Friday for it looks like there is a system that will be here Saturday evening. I'm totally psyched about the trip but nervous at the same time. I've have the boat out in 15-20 knots in the sound and even single handed it in and out of my current slip ( should have been there to see that lol). Nervous part is I only have a Genoa and not a small jib to go good with a reefed main. I've never sailed in open ocean waves just chop in the sound (which sucks BTW) this will definitely be a learning experience.
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Re: First off shore coastal run

Sailing offshore is easy. Getting in and out can be tricky. Watch the weather and don't rush. It can all be wonderfully pleasant if you pick the right window. It can really suck if you don't. 10-15 with 3'-5' is a nice, mellow day. Don't mess with systems on either side of your sail.

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Re: First off shore coastal run

Ocean sailing in deeper water eliminates the chop and I find easier. It's the inlets that are the issues. Study the current and inlet configuration and you should have a great time


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Alrighty then. I'll try to make a compressed video of trip so you guys can pick apart all my mistakes lol
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Re: First off shore coastal run

Looks like about a 45 mile trip. The ocean sailing should be the easy part.

The run from the ocean up the Broad River will be the hardest part as depending upon wind direction you could have breakers washing across the channel from the shoals running alongside the channel in.

If I am reading my charts correctly. Looking at the south entrance of the port royal sound there are substantial shoals on the northern side. Wind from the N/ Ne/ E may cause the swells to real there . Current rips through there at 1.75 to 2.25 with peak ebbing tide from 5-6 Pm depending on the day.

This will present wind against tide probably when you are entering the area assuming you are leaving early in the AM at 5-6 AM. This will make it "washing machine like till you get in the lee of the entrance.

Make sure you have extra fuel filter and can change one easily in case sediment gets stirred up in your tanks and you need to replace it. Also transit the inlet as quickly as possible. If motoring we main/ motor entering inlets if we don't just sail in in case something happens to the engine.

None of this is meant to deter or make this sound bad just looking at possibly scenarios. Your boat can certainly handle it. Have fun.😄😄😄😄


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Lol. Ok to a novice point of view this is what you said. " Becareful wave will be hell coming in. Along with a tide that with slow your boat down to 3-4knts. BTW make sure you hurry as fast as you can to the Lee side of the inlet. Sounds horrific doesn't it? Lol
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But thanks for the advice I would have never thought of the cross wind and current in the bay.
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