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Re: Chesapeake to Maine and back for summer 2017?
With a full cockpit enclosure, we are very comfortably sailing in RI waters in May (we launch Apr 1). Nights can be crisp, but tolerable. The water temps, however, are in the 50s. While they warm here to about 70, they stay in the 50s in Maine. That's the attention getter. You must have a liferaft, or you will die of exposure before rescue ever arrives.
On one of our trips to Maine, we were there in late June. It was cold at night, but gorgeous during the day. Our next trip, we went in July.
I can throw out all sorts of random anchorage and town ideas, but a bit more on how much time you have, whether you feel comfortable with an occasional overnight leg, etc, would be helpful. That's a lot of distance, so to coastal hop will take a lot of time. On trips like that, I prefer to knock out the distance at the front end and comfortably hop my way back.
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