Smooth Sailing

October 22, 2016

 

Distant outline of land on the horizon.  Can you see it?  The haze grey of the mountains as they cast a faint, dim shadow over the surface of the water and sky, clouds billowing over top of the warmer land surface.  A familiar site for the US Coast Guard Mohawk, a 270' Medium Endurance Cutter on patrol in the Caribbean.  One that I had the honor of serving with, back when it was one of the newest ships in the fleet. Not always a smooth ride, especially in the Florida Straits. In an instant; wind can shift, backing or veering, coming from the North East.  Opposing the flow of the Gulf Stream, creating something just short of "Hell on Water".  Waves rapidly rising as short period, large troughs, cresting over top of some of the tallest ships that ply those waters in these adverse conditions. Also the birthplace of some of the strongest storms and tropical systems on the planet. Migrant rescue a frequent mission in this area, foul weather always complicating the situation.

 

Crossing the Straits is a true adventure all to itself. Imagine cruising to the Island of Cuba by boat, visiting ports of call that have been hidden in plain sight for over 50 years. That's is permitted now and the area is beginning to come to life with activity and commerce. The destination may be close in distance to many ports in the United States but there is one primary thing you need to safely transit...Experience. That is available  in a variety of forms; hire a professional Captain with a USCG License or attend the training yourself, learn from professional mariners and instructors.  It makes a huge difference in every aspect of navigation and delivers an incredibly positive, safer voyage.   

 

Take time to learn and understand boating.  Make your next journey...Smooth Sailing.    

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