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Old 12-20-2012, 05:56 PM   #152
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Other than a canoe stern full displacement boat, such as you average sailboat, on a typical flat transom "trawler" or (gasp) motor yacht, you will lose less speed going into a current than you gain with a following one.

The ICW inlet phenomenon cam be a matter of some importance in S. Carolina and Georgia in particular. If you are in the "journey is the destination" mode a little trip planning can give you what we call the slingshot effect: approach the inlet intersection at most favorable tide in your direction, hit the inlet close to slack, then have the tide with you on the other side. Over the course of several hundred miles, it gives you what we also call the Everett Dirkson effect: " a couple knots here, a couple knots there and it starts adding up to real money". Similar to taking a trip up the Hudson or Sacramento rivers and back, with the tide up and down.

I think the premise of the OP is one of the silliest things I've read on a boating forum. Yes, if you are just a day or weekend cruiser taking a random walk around your home waters with the only regard being your personal schedule and free time, I suppose you could cancel the current out, dismissing my first sentence for the time being. But for those of us transiting cruises at "trawler speed" measured in thousands of miles, only an extremely rich man and/or a fool and/or someone on a "schedule" (the most dangerous thing to have on a boat) would not use the currents to gain a very significant advantage.
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