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ICW and sailing
Paul, the entire 1500 NM length (from the top end of the Bay) will be ruled by frontal wx systems, meaning several days of less harsh conditions and then several days when you''ll need to tuck in, keep the heat up, and tell yourself you''re having an adventure. Making miles is difficult because of the short days, so it can be a long trek in days/weeks/months. While it''s almost all motoring (with exceptions in large bodies of water, conditions and wind direction permitting), the frontal pattern may give you a shot at lots of sailing if you can stand the temps and precip when the winds are out of the north, so perhaps you''ll have more sailing (and be colder) than most of us have experienced.
I''d encourage you to have an abundant, reliable source of heat (vented to the outside), good protection in the cockpit if you''re a sailboat, and unquestionable ground tackle. Oh, and with lots of motoring you''ll have lots of amps, so perhaps some good videos, too. <g>