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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

Never easy to make decisions. You could be stuck there for weeks or get the hell outta dodge now and take the 2 days of less comfort.

Going now looks like you can easily get Easting. And that's the name of the game.

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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

Not disputing Chris in anyway, but it always seems like a forecast 9' -10' ends up being 10'-14' , if it has been blowing for several days; which can be really exhausting, especially in these temps. I wish you all the best!
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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

I've been through the gulf stream in 20 knots NE and it's fine. But as you say, maybe days of building. But it's only 50nms. If it was 30 kts I wouldn't do it.

Remember Zanshin is a bloody big boat, 57 feet. No baby.
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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

I work as a consultant. People pay me (good money) for my "expert" opinion. There are few things that bother me as much as giving a detailed report and then having that report ignored because it doesn't fit what my customers would like to hear. For this reason I will not listen to any of my inner voices and heed the expert advice that I solicited. That means another couple of days here in Norfolk. Hopefully it will warm up, as the heating isn't coping with the 0C temps here. But I have warm clothing and thick sheets and single malt aboard, so I can cope...

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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

Really like chris. I use him too. Have an annual subscription and also sign up for daily boat specific emails for passage. Although he is free on SSB find routing not just weather to be extremely helpful. Since I started with him he’s added two other weather people. One’s named Stormy which cracks me up.
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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

Thanks for posting. This was in the first sentence and was enough to get my attention. I'd stay tied to the dock, with the single malt. Especially, single handed.

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...might settle to only [email protected], with 9-10' wind-chop in the GulfStream....not pleasant
Your good judgement is clearly the key to your success. Good luck finding the right window. Since you're so flexible, it will come.


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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

WX has changed today.

Staying in port is highly optimal.

Next good looking day is Sunday morning.

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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

You like passage weather over windy. So do I. Find it easier to interpret for some reason. Especially like low data mode.
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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

Mark - Sunday morning is my current departure date, and even Chris Parker concurs. I'll most likely have 2 or more days of motoring in light winds but it certainly is better than dealing with 30 knots of winds and the associated waves. I finally updated my website with pictures and text (instead of finding and fixing the small leak in the aft head) and am looking forward to getting to latitudes where heating is no longer necessary. I am so very lucky to have found a sponsor that saves me the $150 per day dockage fees I'd otherwise be paying at Hampton! Of course my employer in Europe is also playing along and being very patient about my return to work so for once things look like they are working out. I even fixed my NMEA problem with sending data to SSB and VHF. It turns out that some technical write at Raymarine has problems between "+" and "-" in their wiring diagrams. I'd complain to them, but they've discontinued the model so I'll just deal with it...
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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

Z could you share the details. Currently have RM of various ages.

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