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How long would it take to sail from Houston Texas to Cancun Mexico in a 35-foot yacht?

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A sail craft's hull speed, its maximum theoretical speed, can be calculated by multiplying the square root of the length of waterline (LWL) by 1.34. If your boat is 35 feet long from stem to stern, the LWL will be less than that. So, if we assume the LWL to be 30 feet, the boat's hull speed is, therefore, 7.34 knots. The distance from Houston to Cancun is about 688 nautical miles, as the crow flies, so if you manage to sail the entire distance at hull speed, it will take you 94 hours to make the trip. But it's not realistic to assume that. You may encounter light winds that prevent you from sailing as fast as you might. Tacking and course corrections add miles. If you manage five knots, you might make it in 140 hours. And it might be safer -- and far more interesting -- to hug the Gulf coast and port hop all the way down, which will add considerable distance to the trip.

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