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Annapolis to Norfolk...and maybe down the ICW
I'm looking for someone to help get my dream started. In particular, someone to help me sail down the Chesapeake to Norfolk, possibly teaching me along the way. I'm willing to pay for this help. Once I am at the ICW, I can take my time going down the ICW in protected waters.
A little background...I'm one of those dreamer guys who always wanted to bum around the Bahamas/Caribbean on a sailboat. It's actually going to happen! A divorce is in the works and I'm ready to go! I've been outfitting my old 30' Hunter and am ready. Autopilot, solar panels, chartplotter, iPad Nav software, dinghy with davits, 12v fridge, small watermaker...etc. I've spent the last 6 months preparing the boat. I've been unable to make time to get experience sailing though. I knew I would be going down the ICW, so I figured I'd get opportunities here and there to learn, meet people along the way who would want to go out and give me some pointers and such. Worst case, I just rely on the diesel and use it as a motorboat.
Here's the catch...I'm ready to go now (as in right when this snow storm is ready to hit the DC area) and it's f'ing cold. I don't really want to stop along the way as it would be a cold nights sleep. I didn't equip this boat for being at anchor in 30 degree temps. If I had 1 or 2 persons with me, we could easily go straight through. The smarter thing to do would be to wait until the weather improves on Friday.
I'm also still looking for someone who might want to join me in my whole journey south. It's a small boat, no fancy living conditions, but plenty of remote anchorages and warm weather.