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Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

It would be great if you can chip in for food also. Not looking for a wizened captain, but it would be nice if you have a little sailing experience.

I'm buying a 28 ft sailboat from my aunt who has it in Chesapeake Bay. I'll be sailing it around FL to Corpus Christie, TX at which point I'm renting an F350 pickup and a trailer to drive it to Long Beach, CA. You'd be welcome to join me for all or part of the journey, looking for a hand to keep her sailing 24/7 and have the shortest possible trip. My name, sean lograsso at gmail.

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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

Shortest possible trip (if that is your objective) would be to put the boat on a trailer from the get go and forget about cruising from Maryland to Texas.
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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

Where's the adventure in that?!? Besides, it's darn expensive to ship a 28' boat across the country. This is going to cost about 2k, lowest bid I got from a shipper was 7.7k.
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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

If it's adventure you want, then by all means, go for it. If you are looking to reduce cost and/or time, then this is not the answer. Any idea how long it will take you to sail from the Chesapeake to Corpus Christie? Also, there are expenses associated with sailing this far, let alone preparatory costs for a voyage like this.

I'm not saying not to do this, but if you are looking to save time and money, I suspect your plan will end up costing more than simply putting it on a trailer to begin with.
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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

So who will rent you a F350 one way and if you don't mind, whats the cost?
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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

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I'm hoping for 15 days, but would not be surprised by 19 or 20. I'm quite certain this trip will not cost me 7 thousand dollars, but I will post what it costs all in once the trip is done and I've tallied it all up. Time is not a huge deal, though I'd rather not spend a month with it.

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The f350 is from Hertz equipment rental and I will need to round trip it back to Corpus Christie, I will need to return the trailer in town as well so it works out and saves quite a bit of money. I'll need to find a ride to LA at that point though.

Two key points for me; save money and have an ADVENTURE! :-)
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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

Oh, $845 a week for the f350, a total of about 1500 with millage overages.
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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

I don't want to burst your bubble on this. I think this is a great idea. In fact, last year, I seriously contemplated moving from DC to Houston. In the process, I considered sailing my boat around Florida, as you are considering. For me, opportunity cost alone made shipping the boat far more economical, but as you state, "where is the adventure in that?"

Your choices are basically transit the ICW down to Florida, or sail to Bermuda and then around Florida. I don't think bucking the Gulf Stream all the way to the FL Keys is really an option. The recent Bermuda Ocean Race had boats in Divison 4 finishing in about seven days. Say another seven days to round Florida and say six more days to Texas is 20 days non-stop. The canal route would take, I dunno, three weeks? Understand it is possible to cut across Florida via the canals, which would help cut down travel time.
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If you stay close to the coast, a countercurrent to the Gulf Stream
runs south along the south eastern states. I have done that trip numerous times. Better be ready to use the engine and have plenty of fuel on board.

By the way, on a long trip like that you should be covering expenses and at least pay for the food. You get what you pay for.
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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest

This sounds like a great adventure. However, if I read it right, the boat is a 1977 Newport 28. Do you really know what kind of shape she is in? Before setting sail, you need to do a thorough check of the boat, ie: engine, sails, hoses, gps, radio, safety equipment, etc. Also, you will need to make sure you have the latest charts for cruising area, and tools and any necessary spare parts to do emergency repairs at sea. Make sure the boat registration is current and a membership to Towboat US or SeaTow might be a good insurance investment. Plan the trip carefully and take your time to prepare the boat and yourself for the trip and you can have a safe adventure. Good luck and enjoy.
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