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Old 04-18-2011
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My plan was to do 6 months down in the US and British Virgin Islands... St John, Tortuga et al.

Follow all the Moorings boats around =P
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i'll have to google Marathon.

I've only been as far south as Venice. I love the blue water and white sand. Used to vacation in Jamaica and Mexico often before i got a wife and then the kids.

Now Florida is my best bet clear water and white sand.

I'd love to put in at Charleston and sail down to the keys but that would be one rough and long ride in a Venture 21.

I'm very new to sailing, the thought of the currents coming out of and around all the rivers and ICW's all along the atlantic coast are a bit much for me to want to deal with.
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I agree. If you're looking for frequent anchorages and sailing the ins and outs hugging the coast and taking some of the ICW, sailing will be limited by all the tides and currents. If your'e choosing a segment of time in the Lower Keys, I'd select spring or fall. You get a lot of tiresome northers in the winter and too many still days with the afternoon thunder squall in the summers. Maybe it's best to trim a little off the first of fall too, so you're past the higher hurricane risk, maybe mid-october, if the tropics have settled, until december or march through may. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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i was thinking jan-march as thats my slow time of year (i repair lawn equipment)

I would love the keys in the mid of summer. For me the hotter the better and i only plan on sailing mornings anyway. I grew spending all my summers on the beach and although i was never on the water the strong afternoon storms always put a damper on my beach activites. I've been in tents and pop up campers while waiting on what was left of tropical storms to blow by. I'd hate to be on any boat in unprotected waters during situations like that.

I've seen 6-8ft waves on the west coat of florida during weak tropical storms. Waters that are usually as calm as glass, i grew up visiting myrtle every early spring and those waves in the gulf were violent enough for me to want to stay away from the water. It takes a pretty sizeable (eastcoast) wave for me to want to keep clear of the water.

I definately need to look into the weather patterns of the keys much more in detail before i set a trip in stone.

Spring is out as this is my busiest time of year and i will be busy all year until july or aug (depending drought conditions) and anytime before x-mas is pretty much out because of family traditions.

I'm guessing if i plan a trip during the winter months i really have to watch for weather patterns of the jet stream

This year we started having insanely warm weather in march with only a few cold spells dipping into the south every few weeks just to remind us it's still not spring just yet.

Id hate to waste a trip down there only to have the cold weather follow me south.

My last winter trip to florida was in the winter of 88. I don't remember much about it other than everytime we'd stop to set up camp the next morning the cold front would have moved farther south.

We spent the entire trip trying to stay south of the cold front.

by tiresome northers i'm guessing you mean cold fronts that bring bad weather and attract surfers to the gulf.
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We're cruising the Caribbean with 3 boys

It doesn't look like the original question about cruising with 3 boys was answered.

My suggestion, try it and see if you can make it work. It worked well for us. We also met another boat with 3 girls this season. I'd say that in both cases there were great things as well as challenges. Each family is different. The stories of the Copelands' circumnavigation (Liza & Andy Copeland - Cruising Authors) gave us the courage to give it a try. And it worked! Let me know if you want to know more or have any other questions.
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Still looking for kids

I'm still trying to find a forum where cruisers with kids can talk and share experiences and give suggestions on home schooling, etc. We are heading south with a just turned 13 year old girl and would love to find cruisers in similar circumstances
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Have you looked at this website?
Kids4Sail

We managed to find one other boat using this site this season. We found that most of the kid boats we me we just ran into along the way. Only a few had heard of this site. We found that most families are on rather short timeframes (as we are) and so just go out there and do it and see who they meet along the way.

We're heading north, where abouts are you now?
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Scote, I hadn't heard of that site, but will have a look. We are in Florida, boat is in North Carolina and we aren't heading south until late Fall. I'm fine with just running into people along the way - I was mostly interested in having my daughter see that she is not alone and that people CAN actually survive without FACEBOOK and the mall. Thanks for the info and we'll see you out there sometime. 47' Leopard Cat name TBD
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Be sure to keep a lookout for the cat Day Dreamer. They are north of you now but should be heading south again in the fall.
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Children, specially boys love to imagine adventures of pirates and islands, bring them games related to these subjects, play doh to build things and for sure the legos that are boat related. A lot of kids books about island adventures. Get them notebooks to write imaginary adventures of what they would catch fishing or about finding a treasure in a island or a treasure boat. Bring movies like goonies or movies that are related to ocean and island adventures.
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