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Sebago...I would go offshore if you have good weather from Palm Beach/Lake Worth to Ft. Lauderdale then also from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami regardless of mast height. Ft. Lauderdale however , is simply too much fun to skip by doing just one offshore jump to Miami! Just too much traffic and too many long waits at too many bridges to do it inside. Ft. Lauderdale's Los Olas Marina is wonderful and close enough to the beach and attractions to walk but also has bus service for exploring annd provisioning.
In Miami I would agree with lonebull and head to dinner Key and Coconut grove and the rest of his daily plan looks good to me!
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Thank you all! Very much appreciative. And, ice water balloons... hmmm, can I bring some down from Maine? Love to... Anyone every use dry ice in their cooler (we lack a fridge)? Off topic but just wondering.

Thanks again all, I'm cutting and pasting all the info into one doc we can review, this is a big help :-)
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Dry Ice can be a royal pain to use.... it will generally freeze stuff so solid that it takes a day to defrost it... Regular ice is a far better bet...just get it in block form, or get a few one gallon bottles and fill them with good spring water or filtered tap water and freeze solid. Not only will they last as ICE for a fairly decent amount of time, they won't soak everything as they melt and you can drink the water afterwards. I usually do the same thing with a few half-gallon bottles of gatorade or iced tea... it lasts a bit longer, as it freezes to a lower temperature...and is great to drink once it melts.
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Sebago,

On the dry ice, I do use it at times. My little trick is to buy it just before we go offshore, wrap it in newpaper, and tear a small hole in the newspaper. I have refrigeration, but this helps to keep it from running all the time and will save you some amps offshore (since this, radar and autopilot are going to be your two biggest electrical needs).

Dry ice is cheap and works as a nice temporary solution.


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Thanks again to all - we've just received our charts and are pulling a *very* lose plan together. We have zero time contraints besides getting from Lake Worth to Marathon in two weeks... this seems very dooable at a very leisurely pace. If I'm way off, please feel free to throw some cold water on my theory. Again, thanks very much. 5' of snow and 90 MPH winds on the top of Mt. Washington today ;-)
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