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Labatt,

This is the sort of weather I worrried about (see link below) when you were considering taking the off-shore route. Even the coastal route is dicey this time of year. Watch the weather window carefully.

How's the planning coming?

https://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/651/236966/


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I just saw the thread and I can't say that it makes me more comfortable about moving Pelican in November. We're most definitely taking the inside route, regardless of the weather forecast. Unfortunately, if something isn't predicted, even trying to duck into Manasquan, Atlantic City or Cape May in foul weather is a difficult option, but it's better than nothing.

The planning is insane. We're trying to compress what people normally prepare for over a several year period into 4 weeks. It's taking a toll on our family for the moment (stress and temper-wise) but we all know what the reward is. Between homeschooling, medical and dental visits (and now a big problem we're having with our son that was discovered at a dentists visit - he needs to have some orthodontist type work and nobody wants to do it since we're leaving), selling stuff, renting our house, outfitting our boat, getting major work done to it where it currently is (an oxidized ballast issue), business transition stuff, packing, etc. life is very insane!

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When the dust (or spray) has settled, I'd love to hear how your house rental plan came together. Until then, fair winds and try to avoid schedules.
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Labatt,

Sounds like you've got a good plan there. Glad to hear about all the help you'll have. Must be hectic right now, but once you hit the Chessie, you'll be home free -- you can take a load off and pace yourself a bit.

I'll be out sailing with some of my brothers and my Dad, Nov 7-11. If you make it to Annapolis by the 11th, we might just see you there! - JRP


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Labatt, I tried going south last year at about this time (started Oct. 20th or so). I have to say that it was cold and parts of ICW in North Carolina ranged from unfriendly to downright scary. I had no kids on board at that point but if I did - I'd be really not happy.

That said, I met people that sailed with kids down ICW - the key was taking their sweet time. They'd get one day of sailing to 3-4 days of sitting in a marina waiting. That's the only way during this time of year, I think.

Also, having a heater on board that can keep you toasty in a marina and at anchor is very important (I didn't).

How old are your children?
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Once we're on our boat in Annapolis, there is no time schedule. Everything will be weather permitting. I ordered a Rocna 25 (55lbs) so I can sleep well at night. We have a Webasto diesel forced air heater on board, and it can get the interior temp to over 100 degrees. I'm more concerned about getting snow and ice on our teak decks - the thyocol needs replacing. We'll be more than happy to spend as long as we need to in order to have safe hops. Our kids are 7 and 11 - the ages should be perfect for cruising. They are both really excited to get going! I'm really hoping we get to Annapolis since we're hoping to have a generator and A/C installed, plus a trysail and track and a renewal on our sails between when we drop her off and December 1st. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we just won't make it. We're not going to push our luck. Being from upstate NY, we don't mind getting cold, but we do mind gale force winds and/or large waves with short periods.

With regards to our house rental, we're contracting with a local real estate agent to find a renter, qualify them, and get them in. My parents-in-law will be dealing with the maintenance of the house while we're gone. The agency is charging one months rent for their service, but we're using the same agent that sold us the house and she was awesome! Supposedly, the rental market is a good one right now since mortgages aren't as easy to get.

We'll post our plans and progress here as we go. I'd love to meet and greet many of the people here when we arrive in Annapolis. I have yet to figure out where we'll be keeping Pelican while the work is done, but there may be a couple of cheaper marinas (relatively speaking) on the Eastport side of the creek.

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Labatt-

Good choice on the anchor... You do have a windlass though, right... Can't imagine trying to haul that monster up with 40+ lbs. of bottom on it by hand.

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SD - We have a manual windlass, and my wife did an IronMan over the Summer. I offered to get an electric windlass but she refused. We'll see what happens after we have to do a few sets in a row...

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Well, good luck with your trip! I certainly envy you May be when my kids grow up a bit more we'll try again.

BTW, if I were looking for a place to do any work on the boat, I'd go for Zahnisers in Solomons, rather than anything in Annapolis itself.

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LOL...she's probably in better shape than you are...
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