Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SF Bay area
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How fast do you generally go?
I keep a log of all my sails so I know what my average cruising speed is. I can make little adjustments if I know the wind will be strong or the current in my favor, etc., but generally speaking I like to use a conservative estimate of 3.5 knots for figuring my expected travel time.
If I know I'll be going upwind, I add an extra 50% to me expected time.
For more complicated routes, I use Google Maps to plot a reasonable course and just take that as the distance.
If you know the tidal currents in your area, you can plan your trip to take advantage of them.
Don't forget to add in prep time. Working alone it takes me at least half an hour to get the boat ready to sail. Can be up to an hour as there are always nagging little jobs to do.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch