Re: Ship or Sail the New Boat
Originally Posted by SeaQwest
I am seriously looking at a couple of boats for sale in the Jacksonville, FL area. They are coastal cruisers in the 35 foot range. I recently moved from up north to the southwest coast of Florida near Ft. Myers. As yet, I am not familiar with the sailing grounds of either coast. If I pull the trigger on one of these, I will need to make a decision whether to sail the new boat around or have her shipped across the State. I would welcome any thoughts this forum might have to help me with this decision.
If you have the time, the trip from Jacksonville to Ft. Myers is not difficult and could be quite enjoyable. If the mast height is less than 49 feet overall, you might be able to take the St. Lucie Canal, across Lake Okeechobee, and down the Caloosahatchee River. I made a trip from Ft. Lauderdale through the canal and Ft. Myers in our former boat and it wasn't bad (tho' the canal/river can get a bit boring). Alternately, one can run down to the Keys, cut through the Channel Five bridge and across Florida Bay and back up around Cape Romano. Also not a bad trip but longer. The only question for you will be (other than time), whether the yacht's engine, sails and ground tackle are good to go. If so, with some charts, binoculars, a hand bearing compass and a hand-help GPS you should have little difficulty and an enjoyable exploration.
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