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    Default Passage plans - resources

    It's probably not a bad thing for any skipper to sit down and consult the relevant sources 'from scratch' when devising a passage plan rather than rely on someone else's homework.

    However are there reliable sources from which the most common passage plans for yachts could be obtained??
    Last edited by Sea-Fever; 12-05-19 at 10:23. Reason: Bad grammar.

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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    A vote for Roger Gaspar (aka “Tillergirl”)’s “Crossing the Thames Estuary”.

    It does exactly what it says on the tin. Comprehensive passage plans for all practical routes.

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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    A vote for Roger Gaspar (aka “Tillergirl”)’s “Crossing the Thames Estuary”.

    It does exactly what it says on the tin. Comprehensive passage plans for all practical routes.
    Any Solent equivalent recommendations?

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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea-Fever View Post
    Any Solent equivalent recommendations?
    Or for the Southwest?

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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea-Fever View Post
    Any Solent equivalent recommendations?
    Yes,
    HW to LW go West
    LW to HW go East
    MontyMariner.co.uk
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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    A vote for Roger Gaspar (aka “Tillergirl”)’s “Crossing the Thames Estuary”.

    It does exactly what it says on the tin. Comprehensive passage plans for all practical routes.
    + 1, very useful for the Estuary.

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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    Yes,
    HW to LW go West
    LW to HW go East
    Genius.
    Now all I have to do is work out when the tide is in.

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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    I've often found that internet searches turn up local yacht clubs with websites that have passage plans on them. It has worked for me a number of times, sort of local knowledge sharing but instant access once you have found it.

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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    Various pilot books?

    TBH, for the channel and Solent, what you need is a set of tide charts, Wight Hazards, Solent Hazards, Inshore along the Dorset Coast all by Peter Bruce, and Fishwick's West Country Cruising.

    T'other side, RCC Pilot books?

    More detailed info will allow you to get closer to the rocks, but mostly a simple passage plan based on studying the chart and alamanac will see you right.

    Going through the process for yourself is good, rather than borrowing a crib sheet.
    But I'll happily take the crib sheet and try to rationalise against the basics of chart, tide tables, tidal streams.

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    Default Re: Passage plans - resources

    If you are after a printed source, Reeds Almanac is a good one.

    But the tidal streams info is a bit coarse so some printed tidal stream booklets for your particular area are useful. Then you can write in the times for each page of the book and it then is obvious what gates there are, and optimum times to hit them, eg at slack water turning in your favour or whatever. Then you need distances between your start point, tidal gates or headlands (Reeds has some distance tables but a small scale passage chart will be better) and your estimated rate of progress and that will determine start times. But you might also have locks or cills or tidal estuaries at your start or destination. Reeds will have the data you need to work for all these as well.

    It all boils down to a plan that goes I need to start between this time and that, and get to particular points between this time and that, and so if I'm not making enough progress, then the engine needs to go on. Or divert to a convenient spot. Or accept its all gone Horlicks and plod on regardless .

    That's how I do it anyway.

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