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Nah, they weren't looking for anything at all, our boarding was obviously nothing more than a training exercise, they were walking the new guys through the process, as have been the overwhelming percentage of boardings I've been subjected to over the years... One thing they definitely missed, however, they never bothered to inquire whether we had any weapons aboard, before stepping aboard themselves...

I'm guessing that nearing the end of the year, they might have also had some 'quota' of boardings to meet... The older guy in charge practically admitted as much, suggesting that they usually took advantage of the increased number of boats passing thru Charleston this time of year... Each CG Sector's budget for next year is likely to be somewhat dependent upon how 'busy' that unit was the previous year, after all...

If they were actually "looking for something in particular", I doubt they would have been stopping the Cabo Rico 42 I was running, while a couple of hundred meters away, the DNR was doing a "Safety Check' of a an 80' Azimut motoryacht...
If it's the end of their budget year, that's it. I used to work at a NYS facility. At the end of the fiscal year we did all kinds of useless tasks to use up every last penny of the budget in that same mindset: use it or lose it. It's a sad commentary on wasteful government practices.

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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

So, after all this input, did he go south or haul the boat for the winter?
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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.

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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.

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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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Not sure what's in store next, but I'm wanting to do a longer trip than the 100 milers that I seem to be doing.

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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

Was wondering how you made out. Glad to hear all is well and that you and family will be in the Keys over the holidays despite not moving your sailboat.

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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

I just shipped a 38 Irwin that I purchased from Stuart, FL to NJ. I went to Fl to prep it for shipping. The prep time was 1 week. When I arrived on Monday the boat was still in the water. It was hauled and I did the rest myself, the crane arrived on Thursday to un-step the mast. By that Friday all was ready for the hauler. He made it to NJ in about 2 days. The coat was $4900.00 for the haul there was another $1000.00 for the yard and crane. When it arrived in NJ it went to my house so there was no fees. It ain"t cheap and for a short time the cost is hard to justify. Also keep in mine that the road height has to be under 13'6" The boat height alone was 12'6" . The hauler had a drop keel trailer which lets the keel drop to 6" off the road. I have friends that have smaller sailboats that they haul themselves.
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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.)

mmm...That reminds me of a story...did I ever tell you
about the time...

Enjoy the keys!
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