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Old 05-20-2003
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hurricane season and the ICW

We are going to be leaving the Boston areaa around the beginning of Sept.,planning on taking our sweet time, hoping to be down to the Keys in Fla. come November and then the Western Carib. From reading cruising guides of the ICW,etc., my sense is there are plenty of places to lay low, if we need to duck tropical storms or hurricanes, while heading south. We''re hoping to spend some time in the Chesapeake, and then into the ICW at Norfolk. Would be glad to hear some thoughts from folks that regularly make the trip South. Thanks. Barboak
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hurricane season and the ICW

Rule number one is find out what limitations your insurance company puts on your location/time of year, etc.

There are hurricane holes and hideaways and marinas that will put your boat on land all along the coast. The trick is to pay attention to the warnings and do not outguess the weather folks. The locals know the hideaways and will fill them up if you hesitate.

Many folks loiter in the Chesepeake until late Sept or early Oct before heading further South. Many insurance companies demand this as well.

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