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I am thinking of leaving my boat in Chesapeake bay for departure to Islands, and the Keyes late January. Is it best to go across the gulf stream or stick with the ICW? Hows the weather that time of year in the area? Thanks Paul
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considering that the icw is constant motoring and any gulf stream crossing south of norfolk will be a complete pain, i recomend bermuda then south, the gulfstream is smaller there and deeper so the chop isn''t so bad, as well as the fact that you will be in warmer waters faster, make as much easting as possible out of bermuda, don''t follow a rum line, then make sown wind on the trades in to the islands of your choice, depending on the water line of your boat and the prevailings the trip will be a wk to 10 days to bermuda and you will be warm then a 10 to fifteen to the islands, with the icw you will be motoring constantly, fighting winter costal storms rain and fog, go out side always better
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Thanks Mr. Tramp!
Now lets see if I have the guts to do it!
Paul
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it is nov 1st i am looking to depart li sound to the top of the icw and then to florida. what kind of time do i need to get to west palm beach. i am single handing 30ft sloop at a top speed of 6.5 knots. i would like to pick the warmest weather window left up here in NY in the next week or so.
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