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Re: JAX, FL to Norfolk, VA in December

Nt going to offer specific advice, I will add in general that I made the trip this summer from NAS Jax to Norfolk NAS and on to Solomans Island, MD. I went inside some and outside some, and if I were to do it again I would have gone outside the entire way and avoided the ICW all together. The ICW was neat and I'm glad I saw it but it is not for a sailboat with 5 foot draft and 5-7kn of boat speed motoring. I entered the US from the Bahamas at Jax and left my boat for a week at NAS Jax then returned solo to continue the trip north. Sailing with the Gulf Stream pushing was MUCH better than motoring 10 hour days in the ditch. There were several days when I would have preferred to continue beyond the anchorage or marina that I chose for a day's travel on the ICW but there are so many stretches that offer no anchorage or marina that would be reachable before well after dark, and as others have said it really is unwise to run the ICW in the dark (I did the stretch from Destin to Panama City overnight once and learned to never do that again).

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I stayed at the Norfolk Base Sailing Center for a couple days and it is really a nice place if you will be keeping your boat there. typical NAF funded MWR activity, great facilities but you are on your own for getting info and learning your way around it.
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I stayed at the Norfolk Base Sailing Center for a couple days and it is really a nice place if you will be keeping your boat there. typical NAF funded MWR activity, great facilities but you are on your own for getting info and learning your way around it.
Skipper Bob has a restricted distribution guide to Military Marinas on the Great Loop. Send them an email with you military affiliation and they will send you an electronic copy for free. It is printed by them and updated by us old military cruisers.
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Re: JAX, FL to Norfolk, VA in December

I usually travel from FL to Beaufort Inlet in a series of overnight hops (singlehand). Once you get up on the Nuese River, you can run on autopilot for much of the trip through Carolina. So you're not stuck behind the wheel all the time.
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