Aug 09, 2021
In Near Bahamas
Senior Chief Tom’s advice on crossing the Gulf Stream: 1. Have access to current weather: internet(cell phone or hot spot) satellite (iridium go), winlink hf grib / Computer, Sirius wx via chart plotter. Time frontal passages and do not go if the wind is anywhere out of the north. 2. Plan on waiting on a weather window on BOTH SIDES of the stream. 3. Do not go on a schedule. 4. Buddy boat if possible. 5. Carry an EPIRB 6. Carry life jackets and flairs. 7. File a float plan with a trusted friend. 8. Carry a life raft. Tom Kjerulff QMCS USCG ret. Former Operations Center Supervisor/Senior SAR Coordinator Coast Guard Group Miami 1993 - 1999 S/V Moondancer KG4SUS Thoughts? Should explorer charts consider these recommendation in their guide to crossing the stream? if not, why not?