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Re: New and with a lot of questions
I think you'd have to define "ocean cruising". I've only once been on a lake. We sail only the Atlantic. The differences would be weather/wind/waver reports, proximity to safety and experience. I wouldn't bat an eye at sailing out of the bay on a nice summer day with favorable reports. But, if there's a squall line coming, rising seas, increasing winds, white caps, small craft advisory, I'd stay at home. Heck . . . rain??? Count me out!
The folks cited; new crew, home built boat, raging storm winter storm? They had no business being where they were. Experienced crew, proven boat, plying their trade and get caught with their shorts down . . . different story!