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With no autopilot and the Admiral not to keen,, the ICW is the only route I see. If you piss her off, she won't go sailing again. You are smart to keep it light and fun. The ICW is the way to go. Plan on less than 40 miles a day. One can take the ICW from Key Biscayne Bay down to Islamorada. If you draw less than 5 feet very doable now with the extreme high tides. Lots of great anchorages south of Key Biscayne. Word of caution on anchoring here. The bottom is hard limestone covered in about 3-4 of loose sand. Most plow anchors will not hold. Danforth or Fortress anchor here is needed. I put my Fortress in series with my Ronca anchor (tied to the trip line hole with 8" of chain to the Fortress) and have only dragged once with this set up.
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With no autopilot and the Admiral not to keen,, the ICW is the only route I see. If you piss her off, she won't go sailing again. You are smart to keep it light and fun. The ICW is the way to go. Plan on less than 40 miles a day. One can take the ICW from Key Biscayne Bay down to Islamorada. If you draw less than 5 feet very doable now with the extreme high tides. Lots of great anchorages south of Key Biscayne. Word of caution on anchoring here. The bottom is hard limestone covered in about 3-4 of loose sand. Most plow anchors will not hold. Danforth or Fortress anchor here is needed. I put my Fortress in series with my Ronca anchor (tied to the trip line hole with 8" of chain to the Fortress) and have only dragged once with this set up.
That is correct... I don't want this to be the Admiral's first and last trip
Thanks for the tip on the anchor.
We draw 3 1/2 ft so depth shouldn't be an issue.
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And with no autopilot, I will need her to be at the wheel on and off during the night so we can get some sleep.
25 years ago I sold my 27 footer, and always wanted an Autopilot or wind vane because my wife had NO interest in steering. Two years agao I bought an 1984 Etap 26 down on the Chesapeake below Annapolis and splurged on a tillerpilot ($500). I then motor/sailed the boat home 280 miles making the move every other weekend because of my job and the tides. The tiller pilot was fantastic. 10 to 12 hours of sailing or motoring and we felt like we'd just spent a relaxing day.

At one point we were sailing downwind wing and wing with the 150 and a whisker pole. We were doing 7-1/2 knots (well above hull speed and a huge stern wave). I decided to see how hard the tillerpilot was working, by hand steering. HOLY CRAP! It was all I could do to keep the boat going in a straight line and not broaching! I put the tiller pilot back on and started reducing sail.

We used the tillerpilot everwhere, even to keep the boat pointed into the wind motoring while I relaxed and hoisted the sails (life vest and harness on the whole time). I'm not sure if the tillerpilot would come back for me or not, but I know my wife wouldn't!

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25 years ago I sold my 27 footer, and always wanted an Autopilot or wind vane because my wife had NO interest in steering. Two years agao I bought an 1984 Etap 26 down on the Chesapeake below Annapolis and splurged on a tillerpilot ($500). I then motor/sailed the boat home 280 miles making the move every other weekend because of my job and the tides. The tiller pilot was fantastic. 10 to 12 hours of sailing or motoring and we felt like we'd just spent a relaxing day.

At one point we were sailing downwind wing and wing with the 150 and a whisker pole. We were doing 7-1/2 knots (well above hull speed and a huge stern wave). I decided to see how hard the tillerpilot was working, by hand steering. HOLY CRAP! It was all I could do to keep the boat going in a straight line and not broaching! I put the tiller pilot back on and started reducing sail.

We used the tillerpilot everwhere, even to keep the boat pointed into the wind motoring while I relaxed and hoisted the sails (life vest and harness on the whole time). I'm not sure if the tillerpilot would come back for me or not, but I know my wife wouldn't!

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I like your idea. I will look into that in the future to see what it would take to install one.
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