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Ive got a buddy asking me to help him bring his 30' Hunter all the way down from the DC area to Miami... for planning purposes and not dawdling on the way, how long would a trip like that take? Ive got 2 weeks vacation coming but I doubt I could do that entire trip in 2 weeks... any thoughts from those of you that have made the trip?
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Re: Southbound in the ditch

REalistically, you're going about 1200 miles. If you're doing the ICW, at 5-6 knots, 50 miles is a good day. Depending on when you're going, you're going to run out of daylight to do more. Figure 25-30 underway days if you anchor every night. If you're going offshore and can count on 125 miles per day running 24 hours and the weather is perfect maybe maybe you can do it in 2 weeks.
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Re: Southbound in the ditch

23.71 days. Don't forget the ICW miles are statute miles. Could be 21.25 days, assuming 8 hour days of course, but depending on the time you leave in order to maximize the push from currents as you go steaming by the inlets. But, if you break down and need a tow and repairs..... (oh gosh, there are to many ifs here....)

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Re: Southbound in the ditch

i did the trip. not sure about the hunter. but, realistically your going to avg about 30-35 miles a day on the inside.

people talk of 50 miles a day, but i'd say if your going to anchor, and arrive at a suitable anchorage an hour+ before sunset (so you have time for an alt). 50 is tough. doable yes, but probably not.

plan for shorter days. if you get a string of weeks doing 50 great!

1200/50 = 25
1200/30 = 40
1200/35 = 34ish

that's not including the day or so for weather included...

if you've only got 2 weeks, i'd opt for helping him on the jumps outside. as stated that cuts your time down. however, be prepared to hang out on the hook waiting for the weather to make the jump(s).

also, i'd get on board at charleston, or further south... warmer :-)

let us know your progress... i'm doing the same again in mid-Oct.

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We save time by going offshore overnight beaufort nc to charleston and offshore one night charleston to fernandina. Last trip south was all motor in flat calm. Ran into charleston for fuel and right back out to fernandina.
This was a few weeks after sandy. During sandy...hunkered down inland for a whole week.

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It could very well take 5 days from dc to norfolk
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Re: Southbound in the ditch

All sarcasm aside, I made the ICW trip from Rock Hall, MD to Melbourne, FL (total of 1082 statute miles) in 23 days. I left Rock Hall on June 7th and arrived in Melbourne on June 29th. I did spend 2 1/2 days in Jekyll Island for repairs, so roughly 20 days enroute. I motored at 6K or 7mph, sometimes motor-sailing with the genoa where possible. Spent nearly every night at a marina along the way. It was not a 'smell the roses' trip, but a relocation upon retirement trip.
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Re: Southbound in the ditch

2 weeks is tight for sure. Jumping offshore would save time, but if you are pressed for time you may end up going out when you should not. You can run the ICW at night and the advantage is the bridges open on demand after 7 for the most part. I like running the ICW at night as you can see lit markers way off. This is what gets people in trouble though is pushing for time and because of that they make bad decisions about weather and such.
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Re: Southbound in the ditch

I've made the run south in late May and because days are longer at that time of year I was able to make a few runs in daylight of 80 miles in a sailboat. Other than weather, the biggest problem in makeing mileage are bridge schedules. Going offshore at Beaufort, NC can cut down the time if willing to sail 24/7 provided good weather and avoidance of Frying Pan shoals.
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Re: Southbound in the ditch

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What!? I was about to argue with you and say that the trip should take 22.68 days. Darn.
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Re: Southbound in the ditch

We've done a dozen trips on the ICW over the last 15 years (6 up, 6 down) and have a lot of tips to share here.

Having a schedule is ALWAYS a bad idea. Too many ifs. If the weather is bad, if you run aground, if the boat breaks. If you get your buddy halfway there and have to abandon him, it probably wouldn't be fair to him, unless he has enough experience that can single hand.

First time down the ICW as a single hander is not wise. It's hard to watch the waterway and the charts at the same time, its hard to anchor an pull up the anchor by yourself, and the worst? If you've got to poop, you've got to drop the anchor or use a bucket. It's possible to single hand down the ICW - many have done it - but by yourself the first time is a dubious venture.

Maybe a second crew mate to meet partway down?

Also - don't leave to late - mid October is best.
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