Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal - Page 3 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 22 Old 03-28-2002
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 132
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 16
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

Join a towing service ,sea tow ,tow boat US (cost is around $95 a year )and coverage is usually east coast and some parts of caribbean. This will cover you in case of engine breakdown running aground, etc. Like halyardz says you will motor quite a bit, I say the whole time.Mama, chill pill. No thanks what else you got?Duffy , cabin fever . More like exopy fumes.
thomasstone is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 22 Old 03-30-2002
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

As you can see, everyone has their own opinion. Big versus small, full keel versus fin keel, deck stepped versus keel stepped. I bought the perfect boat FOR ME, the right charts FOR ME, and went down the ICW sometimes and outside sometimes. I would talk to as many (experienced) people as you can find, take everything they say with a grain of salt (including my opinions), and after a while, you will befriend and trust those who do things (right or wrong) the way you think they should be done. After a trip down the ICW, you will have your own opinions, and think like the rest of us, that everyone else is doing it wrong and you are the only one with his head screwed on right.

My opinion:

I am too much of a coward to go down the ICW without charts, so I bought a good chart book, a good companion book, and asked those I trusted to mark down their favorite anchorages. If you draw more than 6'', you will want to sail outside more than if you draw less than 6''. Everyone occasionally runs aground on the ICW, and I have never seen anyone go to the extremes of getting unstuck like you see in the sailing magazines (filling the dinghy with water while suspended from the boom, kedging off with another anchor, etc.) The first time it happens you will think the world is ending, the 10th time you will swear, hit reverse, and either back off the mud or wait an hour or two for the tide to come in.

The experience will come - the most important thing is to JUST GO!

Happy sailing!
Raindance is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Florida Keys Cruising Guide scubaman Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 09-21-2012 09:11 AM
Beneteau Club FLorida Invitation Jeffrey123 General Discussion (sailing related) 0 09-11-2004 12:40 PM
Florida to Bahamas cruising egallant Crew Wanted/Available 5 06-11-2004 05:20 PM
Boot Key Harbor Marathon Florida lowryjim Living Aboard 3 11-11-2003 07:38 PM
Cruising North Florida w/kids jdmsail31 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 0 06-09-2001 10:05 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome