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Me thinks Cam is confusing Newport News with Newport...

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Oooops! Cut that back to 30 days!! ...and forget the offshore to NJ!!

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Sounds like the reeeeally long route to Newport News.

You might think about the Cape of Good Hope. Either that or transit through the Panama Canal. What I'd do is see which is the more direct route, and take that. The St. Lawrence Seaway is going to be a cold sail as well. Mabye Lake Powell? I don't know. I feel like I"m just guessing now. Hope I've been helpful.

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I'm the last person that should be giving this advice as I was in a similiar situation last Oct. - Dec. & it wouldn't have made any difference if the boat had a hole in it the size of a Buick Electra I would have untied the lines & raised the sails . If you do go ahead & attempt the trip my advice would be to leave family home & try to get 2 willing crew guys to help you gut it out & let weather be the critical mass issue for all decisions . Feel free to ask me to help you sail her. I understand . And thank you for your service . You're short timing it there . Keep your head down .
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I'm the last person that should be giving this advice as I was in a similiar situation last Oct. - Dec. & it wouldn't have made any difference if the boat had a hole in it the size of a Buick Electra I would have untied the lines & raised the sails . If you do go ahead & attempt the trip my advice would be to leave family home & try to get 2 willing crew guys to help you gut it out & let weather be the critical mass issue for all decisions . Feel free to ask me to help you sail her. I understand . And thank you for your service . You're short timing it there . Keep your head down .
I'd second that advice. I might be able to lend a hand for a couple hundred miles from Georgia to Charleston.
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What about the ICW

Does the boat have a good, reliable engine. You might want to try going up the Intra Coastal Waterway. Still cold and windy if a front blows through but will be protected. If you see a good break in the weather you can always go offshore for a bit. Just make sure you have an option to get back inside if the wind pipes up.
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Sounds like an ICW trip all the way. Don't forget that the ICW is a daytrip only and the days are very short that time of year.
How long has the boat sat before you bought it? often a boat for sale will have sat for a year or more. That leads to lots of system failures. Especially think about the fuel that has sat in the tank for a while. It will be dirty and once you get going that gunk will get stirred up and into your filters. Have the fuel polished at the least and carry a lot of filters. Do you know how to bleed the fuel system?
This can be done but you are really, really pushing the envelope. What is your plan if the boat does break down and you don't have time to finish the trip? You must be prepared with alternates.

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I'd probably go ICW as well. Think of it as a shake down cruise. Something's going to break...always does on an unfamiliar boat.

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I finally made it home.... woohoo...Fellas, Thanks SO much for the great advice. You all are the greatest. I think the ICW is the way to go and shooting out in the event of good weather. I would much prefer to wait till spring, It would make the trip a thousand times more enjoyable, however I will be in training all spring preparing for our next deployment, and I will not get that much time all at once to do the move.

The boat has sat only about 3 months before I bought it. The previous owner lived aboard the boat with his father till he was 18, then went to college. His father passed away 2 years ago and he moved back aboard and lived there till about 3 months before I bought it. I have pictures of the boat underway from July 08. The Isuzu Diesel was rebuilt about a year ago. My wife, while I was deployed, went down and looked at her. Hers being the final "Yes I will live on that" or "no way find another one." Although she is not as nautically inclined as I am, she has a great eye for things that don't look right and she was satisfied that this would be a great home. I know that is different from being seaworthy, but I also know her. If there was anything majorly screwey going on, she would have known. When my leave starts, we will head down there and start the pre-underway checks, make final runs to boaters world and the like to get extra fuel filters and last minute doodads and take her out for a day sail to make sure that everything is going to work before we push off for the trip. That final go-round will be the deciding factor. Again thanks for all the help...
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Good luck... and keep us posted.

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