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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

Inside till below Hatterass. Then maybe....just maybe outside hops. Going offshore....you’ll have plenty of time AFTER you have gaining experience and time learning your new boat .

Even an experienced sailor with a well founded Boat going around/ through Haataress is sling for trouble. One good North Easter comming up the coast from SC and it’s good night Irene.

Going offshore to Florida is like buying a 10 year old stock car , getting your learners permit, and taking it on the Daytona Track.

Do things safely and you have plenty of stories and time to sail offshore. Take a risk, no more posting on Sailnet for you
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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

Take it out on the bay sail 4 hrs by yourself then 8 hrs. then 12 hrs. single handed. If you survive that then down the bay to Norfolk. It is much more difficult to single hand down the waterway than offshore. I'd rather wait 5 days for good weather off shore than be were I would be after 5 days alone in the ditch. Stuck on a sand bar!


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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

Something to consider.

Some people have said that when you get further south you can just duck out and sail in the ocean.

Conditions on a given day may be benign in the ocean but getting in and out of Atlantic inlets can be tricky, even dangerous depending on the wind and tide. And you won't have the benefit of local knowledge.

Something to seriously consider - there are some experienced delivery captains here on SailNet; you can also find them through the grapevine on the Chesapeake.

A delivery captain will have the sailing and navigational knowledge to get you there safely and they'll know how to deal with the things that break (and things will break).

Sailing with a professional delivery captain will also be an incredible learning experience, the right captain can impart a tremendous amount of knowledge just in the normal course of the day.

There's no shame in asking for help.
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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

I'm not even sure I believe the OP is for real. If so and you must go now, get competent help.

If it can wait until fall, use the time to learn to sail the boat within the relative shelter of the Chesapeake, in all conditions. There is 100% probability of a gale between now and the end of October. If you can handle it, alone, great.

There's tons of folks on Sailnet that will help a budding sailor on the Bay. Heck, I will.

Going round Cape Hatteras at an unstable time of year with no experience is to invite tragedy.
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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

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Going round Cape Hatteras at an unstable time of year with no experience is to invite tragedy.
The key to going round Hatteras, we have done it four times, is to stay out of the Gulf Stream by keeping inshore on the red markers on the 10 fathom line. The markers keep you just outside the dangerous shoals. However, you need two days of reasonable winds, preferably from the west and a reliable engine. It works going both north and south. It is about 220nm's

However, not something to be attempted by a novice or in anything but perfect weather.

We are too big for the ICW so going south it's on the markers or 200nm off-shore out of the Gulf Stream...going north I would ride the stream in good weather.

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[QUOTE]We are too big for the ICW so going south it's on the markers or 200nm off-shore out of the Gulf Stream...going north I would ride the stream in good weather.
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You're not new sailors who've "taken a sailing course," and "sailed a few small boats."

Big difference here, really.
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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

Has the OP disappeared?

Either way, there's some great advice in this thread. I agree with most everyone.
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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

Ok thanks everyone .I am going to start researching the ICW , any suggestions about where to look for the information needed for that journey ,
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Ok thanks everyone .I am going to start researching the ICW , any suggestions about where to look for the information needed for that journey ,
Good to hear back from you. I can't speak from experience, but it appears there's lots out there to choose from:


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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore

Assuming your draft is under 6' and your height is under 65' I agree with MarkofSeaLife and others who suggest at least ICW until Beaufort North Carolina and then hops outside when the wind and weather are favorable. I've single handed the ICW and found no issues with it, though an autopilot is a great help. Do you have a chartplotter at the helm? If not I suggest at least a handheld chartplotter along the lines of the Garmin 78sc (or a laptop/tablet with appropriate software and GPS). Navigating while singlehanding can otherwise be challenging particularly around unfamiliar inlets (and worse in the dark with poor weather).

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