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  1. It makes me wonder if it is ever bad on a “nice” boating day. I mean I know it can get super bad, and there have been 12 foot waves, but it’s not like I would pick such a day to boat. Also there are marinas as both ends, and they are both in protected waters. The part that has the potential for the stacked-up waves is well outside of the area that you would ever have to go to to get back to the ramp.
  2. I did it yesterday and today. Went well today. I left Taylor point 1.5 hours before slack and started West before turning and going Far East and back.
  3. Plan is leave from ramp at West end two hours before the min Ebb. Head West out to sea against the current and go to end of the jetty. Against current is good for this segment because it means no standing waves against wind. Then turn around and head down current and go to the East end to the jetty. I should reach it at min Ebb. Current will then change, and I head back to West ramp with tail current. Total trip 25 nautical miles. I plan to do it Saturday.
  4. This is freshwater lake in MA. No idea what these things could be.
  5. If the wind is blowing West to East, is it really best for me to be going East to West with the flow of the current? Sure that is more efficient, but doesn't that make for the wind against current effect that makes the larger waves?
  6. That OffShoreBlue description doesn't work for both directions in the same trip, so SalmonAndStriper Stalker's plan is best, though this time of year, it won't work for starting in Sandwich because if I plan to reach the West end and turn around at SWF begins, it would have to be in the dark - around 6am or 6pm. If I start on the West end, I can time it so that it switches around noon. What is a good boat ramp that is around the Onset area or outside of the West end?
  7. https://www.offshoreblue.com/cruising/cape-cod-speeds.php https://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/1190.html#:~:text=Cape Cod Canal%2C east end%2C Massachusetts Current (8d),Begins 2020-10-31 Sat 10%3A51 AM EDT Full "Timing Your Passage Obviously, timing the currents is pretty much mandatory for low powered vessels and would benefit even faster vessels with fuel savings. So when is the best time to make the CCC passage? When Westbound Here you will be looking for Slack Water Ebb Begins (SWE). Like the flood, the ebb begins on the eastern end of the canal and builds to the west although over a much smaller time period. In fact there is only a 12 minute difference between either end of the Land Cut section of the canal. Entering the canal westbound about 5 minutes after SWE for low powered vessels and 20 minutes after for faster vessels will give you the best odds for a fair current passage. Entering westbound between 2½ and 2¾ hours after SWE should result in taking advantage of the maximum fair current velocities When Eastbound The key here is to be looking for Slack Water Flood Begins (SWF.) Due to the fact that the Flood starts from the eastern end of the canal, if you time your passage for the exact time of SWF there is a possibility that you could out run the fair current. This is especially true for higher speed vessels, but could happen to even low powered vessels during times of higher than normal current velocities. To provide your best opportunity for a fair current eastbound passage the window would begin about 20 minutes after SWF for low powered vessels and 1 hour after SWF for vessels capable of higher speeds. To truly maximize the fair current you may want to consider timing your passage for 3½ hours after SWF."
  8. That hour before is a good plan. They have radar so they can see speed even before you see their boat. https://www.offshoreblue.com/cruising/cape-cod-speeds.php
  9. Looking at that current chart - it goes from max in one direction to max in the other within three hours. So there is only about a 60 minute period of low current, which makes it impossible to have low current on both ends. But there are marinas inside both ends that are protected. Where do the waves form on the West end?
  10. Makes sense.
  11. I plan to just go out into the ocean and turn around and go back in. If I am exiting the canal and it is too rough as I am existing, then I would just turn back in right then. Is that the best plan? Is it ever too rough on a day when the wind is under 10 kts?
  12. The part I am still not clear on is - what is most optimal: Option A: Being at an inlet when the current is minimal because it is in the process of changing. Option B: Being at an inlet when the current is maximum but in the same direction as the wind.
  13. I don't have to. I want to. I have owned this boat for a while, but kept it on a freshwater lake. Putting it in the ocean is new to me as of October. I am trying to accomplish some boating goals before the end of the season for the experience. So far in the last few weeks, I did Plymouth to Provincetown, Falmouth to Martha's Vineyard (during gale warning), Hingham to Boston, Plymouth to Duxbury in total fog, etc. A canal pass in each direction is just something I want to try this year.
  14. Boston Whaler Montauk 150, 15.4 feet. Largest waves I have been in have been maybe four feet, though it is hard to really know. Also I don't know if I am overthinking this. People told me how the North River inlet was like 8 foot waves, and I did it and it was nothing. On a normal day where there is no small-craft advisory and wind is under 10 kts, how bad are the Canal inlets even if you hit the currents at the exact opposite of optimal?
  15. I want to go through the canal for the first time. For the smallest inlet waves, is the goal to have the current and wind in the same direction? And is it more optimal to pass through the inlets when the current is changing from ebb to flood, or when at the most current, providing the wind and current are the same direction? What is a good public boat ramp near the end to launch from? Here are some current predictors: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaacurrents/Predictions?id=ca0101_20 https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaacurrents/Predictions?id=COD0901_2