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SVSoundWave 06-22-2016 04:29 PM

Baby step in the ocean
 
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!

DonScribner 06-22-2016 09:09 PM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
We sail 5 to 10 miles out all the time. Watch the weather, keep your radio on and enjoy the ride!

svHyLyte 06-23-2016 09:56 AM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SVSoundWave (Post 3550594)
Bought a boat in Miami and now get to cruise north back home (NC) mostly in the ditch.:cut_out_animated_em

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 ActiveCaptain.com 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...

rnixon 06-23-2016 12:07 PM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SVSoundWave (Post 3550594)
Bought a boat in Miami and now get to cruise north back home (NC) mostly in the ditch.:cut_out_animated_em

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!

I don't know that area, or your level of experience.

What I would suggest is that you check all the equipment very carefully before heading out (including radio checks) - don't depend on anyone else to do this - it's your safety at stake. Make sure that everyone uses a tether that won't allow them to go overboard, always wear a PFD on deck, leave a float plan etc. Lastly, have fun!

Stu Jackson 06-23-2016 12:47 PM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rnixon (Post 3551554)
(including radio checks) ............. Lastly, have fun!

And don't do a radio check on 16, puleeze.

And do have fun and be safe.

ajoliver 06-23-2016 02:15 PM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
Be very certain that you have a good weather window, and be prepared to wait as long as necessary to get one.

I'm involved with a historic 30 foot ketch (VFP Golden Rule) that makes use of a high
quality weather routing service to wait for windows when it is safe to sail.

This is what happens often to boats that do not do this . .
(we were waiting in Eureka for a window when this much bigger
vessel got in trouble)

Coast Guard finds missing hiker, saves 3 aboard sailing vessel

SVSoundWave 06-23-2016 09:02 PM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by svHyLyte (Post 3551378)
What is the level of your experience/sailing skill?

Intermediate experience/skill. Sailed about 1500 nm total, owned 3 sailboats in 26-38' range. Worst we've endured is only 30kt winds, 6' seas
Sailed Chesapeake, Albemarle, Pamlico and Charleston no offshore.

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This is exactly the kind of recommendation I was hoping for. Wasn't aware of the southerly counter current. Thank you.

SVSoundWave 06-23-2016 09:12 PM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Stu Jackson (Post 3551634)
And don't do a radio check on 16, puleeze.

1+
The chatter this past weekend (Father's Day) on the water made it sound like VHF16 was the official newble radio check channel.

aloof 06-23-2016 10:17 PM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by svHyLyte (Post 3551378)
...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.

That there is excellent advice. Do not be scared of darkness. Much of the best weather is at night. A night at sea is much preferable to darkness, or even a low sun, in shoal water.

Double check all the nav lights and the coffee machinery.

eko_eko 06-23-2016 11:43 PM

Re: Baby step in the ocean
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SVSoundWave (Post 3552370)
This is exactly the kind of recommendation I was hoping for. Wasn't aware of the southerly counter current. Thank you.

Before you leave, listen to the weather radio for the current (no pun intended) location of the Gulf Stream. It moves.

If you don't want to try Lake Worth, Port Everglades is a pretty easy inlet and there's a good anchorage near by (Lake Sylvia).


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