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Thanks . We are planning on getting to Georgetown and an abundance of kids boats will make that more of a priority. We have moved up our departure date so that we can attend the cruisers seminar in New Bern. That location works very well for us as that is the airport we will fly into to get to the boat.
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Kev...congrats on the escape! When you are at the cruisers reunion...be sure to look up Dick Giddings and say hi from Cam!!
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We'll do Cam, is there any sights worth seeing while we are there and have a rental car?
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Purely in the interests of being contrary have you considered going offshore? From New Bern head out across the Gulf Stream and hang a right aiming for Georgetown. I saw your comment about short hops, but why? Everyone has their own priorities of course. A relatively short passage will save you a ton of motoring down the ICW.
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Come on SVA...2 young kids aboard and 4-5 day crossing open water in November including the Stream and against the trade winds?? I'd do that coming back in the spring maybe...but not at this time of year. Remember the Bahama 500 rally that used to do that out of Charleston every year till the fleet got smashed???
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Come on SVA...2 young kids aboard and 4-5 day crossing open water in November including the Stream and against the trade winds?? I'd do that coming back in the spring maybe...but not at this time of year. Remember the Bahama 500 rally that used to do that out of Charleston every year till the fleet got smashed???
He said four adults for the crossing to Bimini and on to Marsh Harbour. Presumably they'd be able to have four adults for a passage that ultimately would be shorter.

My pilot charts are on the boat (I'm out of town this week), but isn't NC well above the trades?

I just looked at the NOAA 7-day loop of the W. Atl Surface Analysis and the NavOcean and DEOS Gulf Stream Analyses. There were a couple days of NElies that might have been lumpy, but a long window of SEly that would have provided for a NE close-reach to beat to cross the stream. Then a nice eddy to give a Sly close to beam reach a boost followed by a nice counter current as you get South. Very doable.

My principle point was that getting to the Bahamas does not necessarily require endless days of motoring down the ICW. Four adults allows for a pretty easy watch schedule. In a day and half you're across the GS.

I don't think the race experience is relevant. Unless the forecast is really awful, races start as scheduled regardless of the weather. For a cruise you go when the forecast is good.
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Travelling with children a trip down the ICW is a must. There is so much history along the route. Not to mention all the scenic stops with alligators in the water and wild horses on the islands. The kids will love it. Much better than a week's slog to get to the Bahamas.
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SVA....KMClarke says "We are doing it with our two sons
ages 9&10" in post #1 ...that is who I am responding to.

The Bahamas are essentially due south of southern NC...with prevailing SE winds...it is a bash in that direction. I know a lot of folks that leave directly from the Bahamas in the spring but very few arrive in the winter by the same route for good reason.
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SVA....KMClarke says "We are doing it with our two sons
ages 9&10" in post #1 ...that is who I am responding to.
Me too. In post #7 of this thread, kmclarke said four adults for the crossing.

I have not made that trip. I have crossed the GS a few times and I did cross the Atlantic on a route that had us on the wind most of the time (I think we had the chute up for a grand total of four or five days) and was quite content. Maybe I spent too much time on the race course, but I don't find beating offshore in a well-found boat a bad thing. Isn't it always upwind to where you want to go?

I don't mean to be argumentative on the subject. I apologize if I have come across that way. Although I haven't done the ICW, I've done my share of motoring in channels, and listened to a *lot* of whining from people who are tired of weeks chugging down the ICW. The point above about the sights on the ICW and the benefits to the kids is well taken. Perhaps the ICW *is* something that everyone should do at least once (well, everyone but me, I don't like steering that much).

Going offshore is an alternative, and like the ICW it has it's positives and negatives.

For my part, I like setting the autopilot and "standing" my watch under the dodger with an iPod or a book or a movie. That's a little tough on the ICW. I also love the dolphins and turtles that come visit, and the big fish that often lurk under the boat. Offshore has real appeal.

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