Re: Annapolis, MD to South FL on ICW & Outside
All - some great advice.
Jon, your awesome article was one of the ones I found in my search of info recently, it was very helpful.
Also I had read travlineasy thread on his experience on the ICW (which gave me some pause due to the risks eg. Powerboaters wake, running aground, etc)
I must took my distance figures from the coast pilot charts wrong, I believe its in nautical mileage. But total distance is about the same
SVAuspicious is correct we were going to bring some additional fuel cans, to extend the stops. However I had calculated GPH at 1.5 based on the engine HP rating. So that would give me 24 hours running under motor. Not 54-60, I am hoping his number is correct, that would be a major improvement.
I had already decided that I would take the ICW at least to Beaufort for the reasons listed, even with a some pre-sailing experience I would rather play it safe around Hatteras. And nice to hear, that this is a sound option.
Post that assuming all is good, ill look to take outside route at Beaufort down, and will have a look at some of the guides etc.
And, yes true, any plan needs to adjust according to the conditions on the day, I have been caught times before in very changeable conditions in NZ.
Keep in mind, the trip won't be for a few months and in the interim Ill be taking the boat out as much as possible so should be familiar with her after a few solid months of sailing, plus will give me the time to work out any kinks on the boat.
All thanks for the great input, really helps.