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Getting ready to do the last leg of transport of a lepord 39 from Savannah to Marsh Harbour Bahamas. Headed down to the boat 11/24 hope to leave 25th or 26th. Looking at projected wind next week starts out wsw and swings to north mid week. I know you don't wantbto do a crossing from mid coast FL with a north component, what are thoughts about doing it further up FL Ga line area where the stream is a little slower? Lets here thoughts pros/ cons
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Re: Gulf stream crossing

Try to never cross the stream with wind opposing current. Anywhere.


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Re: Gulf stream crossing

How strong is the northerly?

If it's mild, 15 knots or less, it's fine.

15 to 18 knots it picks up a chop.
20 knots for a few hours and you regret the decision.

25 knots for 24 hours you die 🙃
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Re: Gulf stream crossing

We crossed once in an eddy, with current running against about 20 knots of wind. We ended up with what seemed like an 8' chop. We were beating, doing about 8 knots, and despite the helmsman's efforts, about every 20 or 30 seconds the boat would sail straight out of the wave and drop 8' straight down. Off watch we had to sleep on the cabin sole to keep from being thrown up against the underside of the deck in the berths when the boat dropped. This went on for about half a day. The carlins (where the cabin trunk attaches to the deck) started to leak, and the captain worried that we'd pound the mast through the bilge, but we got through. The navigator said we'd gotten pushed 40 miles to windward by the current.

Wind with the current is a lot smoother going.

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