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Re: Zanshin's trip from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD

outbound - when I headed down to the Caribbean after picking up "Zanshin" at Annapolis, I wanted to go via Bermuda. But the weather was pretty bad (early December) and the winds adverse so in the end my course was pretty much a straight line to St. Martin. It took just under 8 days from Norfolk to Marigot. I might take "Zanshin" down in November and store her at the North Sound yard in Antigua until I can cruise in March; otherwise wintering in Annapolis but I doubt that I'd want to start cruising there in March...


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I am surprised our winds are so different as we are only a few miles apart as we’ve experienced the normal dull wind July days , but most of the time we’ve had pretty fair sailing this summer. Maybe it’s because of the narrowing of the Bay up here by Annapolis and all the river ends which generally funnel winds. Also change our sailing times a little to later in the day when the temp difference between land and water produce the rising air over the land filled by cooler air off the water.

We also change to a lighter weight 155 in summer from our usual 135.

But we are through July and the fall winds marked by the 3 day frontal passages and beautiful fall colors are around the corner for the next 3.5 months.
A typical summer day in Herring Bay is 4-5kt winds, often less. Once a week, maybe, 8-10, once a month, 10+. We do see an uptick later in the day sometimes.

I think you're right that the narrower bay in Annapolis makes for stronger winds. My wife and I did our training out of Edgewater, and the winds were always stronger there.

Looking forward to the transition winds. Now that I'm on electric propulsion, I can take advantage of good sailing days, even in winter, since I don't have to winterize the motor. A few years back it was 75 on Christmas Eve. Had the boat not been closed I would have gone out.
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outbound - when I headed down to the Caribbean after picking up "Zanshin" at Annapolis, I wanted to go via Bermuda. But the weather was pretty bad (early December) and the winds adverse so in the end my course was pretty much a straight line to St. Martin. It took just under 8 days from Norfolk to Marigot. I might take "Zanshin" down in November and store her at the North Sound yard in Antigua until I can cruise in March; otherwise wintering in Annapolis but I doubt that I'd want to start cruising there in March...
Depends. Spring weather in MD is wildly unpredictable. Record lows in March touch single digits, record highs hit 90. One year we had both our first real snowfall and first 80+ day in the last week of March.
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Re: Zanshin's trip from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD

Zan,

I saw you post in another thread and wondered how your refit is going in Annapolis.


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Re: Zanshin's trip from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD

The refit is coming along, but delayed. Sparcraft promised 10 weeks but it is has been over 25 weeks for the mast. It has finally arrived and is being mounted this week. I might be able to sail away at the end of the year (there's no space left on the hardstand so it is either sail to the Caribbean or leave it in the water somewhere in Annapolis).
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The refit is coming along, but delayed. Sparcraft promised 10 weeks but it is has been over 25 weeks for the mast. It has finally arrived and is being mounted this week. I might be able to sail away at the end of the year (there's no space left on the hardstand so it is either sail to the Caribbean or leave it in the water somewhere in Annapolis).
Neither Jabins or Port Annapolis has space? That’s unusual.

We have our boat in the water on a creek nearby ( Whitehall). It’s about 2.5 nm away. Deep water. 11 ft at our slip.

There is both water and land space I think. Hinckley has control of the yard. Whitehall Marina in charge of the docks (John White)


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I might be able to sail away at the end of the year (there's no space left on the hardstand so it is either sail to the Caribbean.... .

Get the hell down south to the warmth. And send us some photos because it's cold here!


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Re: Zanshin's trip from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD

Omen to cruise New England next summer.

Sorry to hear about the delays.


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Get the hell down south to the warmth. And send us some photos because it's cold here!

Going around Hatterass this time of year is probably not a great move.
There has been a steady steam of nor’easters . This could continue through March with fronts moving through every few days through winter.

I think his draft precludes him from doing the inter coastal in many spots.
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Re: Zanshin's trip from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD

I want to get back to warm waters as soon as possible. Considering my last trip from Norfolk to St. Martin was done in early December and I averaged over 8 knots sailing speed on that trip and still have the (now fixed) engine and 1000l of diesel to burn I think that if I wait in Norfolk for a weather window I should be well offshore and can avoid the worst of northeasters. I have a SSB and used Parker's weather information last trip and will do so again this time. But all this is still not certain since it all depends upon the schedule for the refit.

There was a lot of work done:
  • Complete tenting and repainting the hull
  • All new deck hardware (lifelines and stanchions)
  • New mast - painted white because the 2 castings didn't match in color
  • New mainsail
  • Lots of new electronics from chartplotter to next-gen radar
  • New cutlass bearing as the old one turned out to be badly installed
  • New rudder bearing
  • 1100Ah of batteries plus new bowthruster battery bank
  • Lots of new teak on deck - rubstrike, rubrail, etc.
  • New bimini with reinforced solar panel areas
  • Many, many items of "small stuff" which doesn't look so small on the invoices


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