Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank
Thanks everyone for the excellent advice. It was and is priceless and insightful.
Boat is currently on the hard in Port Washington. All systems are off and freezer is shutdown for the first time in 6 months. Only the onboard webcam is on. All liquds are removed from the boat, including the fisrt aid kit and it's saline. After 26 gallons of antifreeze, everything is winterized -- 4 water tanks, 4 toilets, 4 holding tanks, 2 fresh water pumps, 7 faucets/shower heads, 4 shower sump pumps, 1 fridge sump pump, 1 washdown pump (as best I could).. and the engine sucked up 4 or 5 gallons of antifreeze out of a clean garbage can. The antifreeze sample from the engine exhaust is in the home freezer at -1F and is still slushy -- tests ok.
Hugo helped me out and we ended up doing a shakedown cruise. It revealed that I need to stock spares for some thing that I didn't have, a thermostat specifically, but other things in general.
We got a new house battery (wet cell) at Defender. I put a new starting battery in before the trip. I'm planning new hoses and some other things. Would very much like to get an AIS transceiver too.
Our "shakedown" also revealed that a larger crew would be better. I can see hopping down the coast solo, but being able to enjoy good company means enough crew that more than one person is awake at a time. (In other words, I enjoy Hugo's stories way too much to get the required rest for the next shift.)
Also prep time close to home would be better. If doing this next year, it will be earlier in the season, and I'll move the boat to Port Washington in September, so we can easily outfit her close to home. We spent time fixing things from my not being on the boat for a few weeks. Next time, the boat will be closer.
For the upcoming family vacation? We rented a house in Marathon, and saved enough money so we'll be doing snorkling trips and other side trips that were the important parts of the trip for us. (We are travelling in our 14' Honda Odyssey, down the interwater coastalway. The car was in great shape already, but we asked our mechanic to go over her and get her ready for this long trip. We spent over $1K -- new starter, battery, wipers, belt, etc. Already have 4 new tires. Joined AAA to.)
We'll be in the keys for New Years. If anyone knows of a good place to join the festivities, please let me know.
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Last edited by Bene505; 12-17-2013 at 09:34 AM.