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

If you need a closer jumping off point with deep water check out Fishing Bay Marina. Chesapeake Boat Works is located next door and the facilities are close to the Chesapeake Bay with easy entry. Located just southwest of Stingray Point on the Piankatank .
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I think I am sorted. Did some electrical work and preparatory work on the boat. I used the washing machine aboard to do the laundry, but had to walk an hour to get to 7-Eleven that sold me a small bottle of detergent for $7 I still need to put the SSB back in the bracket and that should take me less than the full hour it did last time - it is in a relatively inaccessible location and the 4 mounting bolts need to fit into the right holes which need to be lined up and that is a Sisyphean task.
The weather window still looks good, so I am departing sometime before noon and sailing straight offshore. That will have me leave the Chesapeake sometime before midnight but with radar and AIS I should be able to deal with the big ship traffic on the way out.

I have a NAVTEX device aboard, but that has died on me, but with the cool new PACTOR modem attached to the SSB I am receiving constants WEATHERFAXes and once away from all this interference at the docks I'll also get daily weather routing from Chris Parker.

I hope to have lots of time to read, I've got the Encyclopaedia Britannica Great Books plus hundreds of e-books to choose from.
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Re: Winter sailing from Annapolis to St. Martin - Follow "Zanshin"

Good to hear you ironed out the shakedown squawks. All the best on the passage, Zan.


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

Best wishes for a safe trip,
Zanshin.

Would be interested to hear your strategy for balancing sleep and watch standing as a solo sailor on such a long passage. Iíve done several 24-36 hour solo passages before but never a multi day sail like this.....
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Best wishes for a safe trip,
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Would be interested to hear your strategy for balancing sleep and watch standing as a solo sailor on such a long passage. Iíve done several 24-36 hour solo passages before but never a multi day sail like this.....
Good question!
I've done a fair amount of it and it's very exhausting. I did 20 min of sleep... checked the instruments and the horizon and then back to sleep for 20 min... at night. Day time I tried to stay awake for longer periods and catch a short nap.

Two makes it a bit better but it is still very exhausting... we did 3 on and 3 off for thousands of miles.
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AIS and Radar and guard zones make for better, and longer, sleep periods. I'm out of the shipping lanes and don't expect to see much traffic on this route and in this season. I do 20-30 minute timed sleeps when close to shore, but longer sleeps when way offshore.


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electronics must help tremendously....

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

Fair Winds Zanshin!! Have a great trip, will be watching your tracker and hoping for updates.

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

Electronics are critical. I've not soloed at night. I've heard the thought that it's better to sleep longer intervals, during the daylight, when you can be seen. Interesting thought.


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

I know that I get some good deep sleep quickly and can function on 1-hour sleep intervals, albeit not well. 2 Hours is even better. 20-minutes is just too short to get a full sleep cycle done or to go from light to deep sleep.

Haven't seen a single sailboat, commercial boat or cargo ship since I left. The Chesapeake is dead quiet with not even a little chirp on the VHF to keep me occupied. Hence my going online often and checking mails and internet before I get out of range. I have sailmail going, but that is very bandwidth restricted.


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