The weather report stated wind from the northwest at 17 to 23 mph, gusting to 34, with seas of 2 to 3 feet — borderline conditions for a boat like mine. But I balanced this against my years of experience operating small craft. Besides, my John Dory skiff is seaworthy for its size. I had made all preparations and communicated my plans to my wife and friends. I had plenty of fuel, oars, a GPS and waterproof VHF, required safety gear, good ground tackle, and even a drogue/sea anchor, should that be needed.