Join Date: May 2002
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Islandman...I agree with the advice you've gotten so far but would add a couple of thoughts:
1. I would start your trip south by 10/1. You can hole up somewhere in the Chesapeake or NC or SC if a late named storm crops up, but yo will have better weather for the trip.
2. I would not go offshore in a 30' cat until Beaufort NC...going out at Norfolk leaves you exposed to Cape Hatteras and nowhere to duck in if it turns stinky! By all means, do as much offshore as you can since you won't be limited to daylight as you pretty much are on the ICW. Just stick close and be prepared to duck in.
3. Get a copy of Steve Dodge's Guide to Inlets of the SE United states. Has everything you need without the need for a ton of charts! Also recommend Skipper Bob's Guide to anchorages along the ICW...invaluable!
4. Once you get to S. FL...you can probably cut across the Okeechobbee waterway to the west coast and save a bunch of time. How tall is the mast?