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Re: Best way to get Leopard 48 from Ft Lauderdale to Deltaville, VA (or Norfolk, VA)
When I am in the Gulf Stream I stay in the full current but as close to one edge as I can. Going up I would stay on the landward edge in case I want to bail out to the cost with an impending storm.
The reason is that the GS is aprox 50nm wide off Cape Hatteras, middle obviously 25 miles. Its a weird, squally horrible bit of sea and air and if can be hit with some bad bit of weather locally even on a nice day. So to have to go 25nms in wind against current is not good... but just 5 miles, say, is acheivable.
I have now crossed the GS maybe 10 times and on no occasion have I left at all comfortable. Its straight out of SciFi, Bermuda Triangle or a horror movie.
The nicest crossing, no wind, perfect day, clear as a bell, blue sky... but ships just a few miles away were distorted in my brand new Steiners. Truly weird.
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