Originally Posted by Captainmeme
NO no no, truck the boat to Duluth Minnesota, launch, then either float down the Mississippi or take the Erie canal then onto Charleston, SC. Less brutal than the Pacific to Panama then across the Gulf. Either way one can get some open water sailing in yet still duck into a harbor when the weather turns nasty.
I'd considered that as well, but such a plan doesn't work very well with a September departure... Not to mention, that option is gonna involve a LOT of motoring, although via the Erie canal, considerably less...
Sounds like he wants to get to the Eastern Caribbean, and Duluth is still a LONG way from there.. His original plan doesn't work very well with the seasons, either - he'd likely be clearing the canal into the winter trades, and only reaching the Lesser Antilles not all that long before the onset of hurricane season... If he wants to do the Caribbean and be back in Charleston within the same year, a departure from the Gulf or East coast would appear to be the only way to do it...