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We left CT at the beginning of Nov, arrived in Norfolk for Christmas, stayed a month and continued down to Jacksonville. We arrived at the end of March, I know it took forever. We took our time, many times had to anchor for three or four days at a time waiting out storms. We have a sailboat with an open cockpit.... no covering at all. That is the way we wanted to do it, however, I realize it is not for everyone. It was a fantastic trip....

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I know of several boats leaving in the next few days from N.C. to head south ... so if you left soon from the Chesapeake you'd only be a few days or maybe a week behind them at worst.

The first time I crewed on a trip south, we left in mid-November and arrived in Marsh Harbour on Thanksgiving (wanted conch, everybody was serving turkey!)

So no, I'd say it's definitely not too late. Just bring some warm clothes for the beginning of the trip.

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Last year we left Annapolis for points south on December 13th. It was quite cold, especially the overnight down to Norfolk. Our boat has heat, hot water and a cockpit enclosure. We bought a small propane heater for the cockpit and went through 4 canisters in a night.

Right now, we're sitting in Haverstraw, NY, up the Hudson a day from NYC. We plan on leaving in about two weeks to head to Baltimore. The most important thing to do is to watch the weather windows - if you can't listen to Chris Parker on the SSB, then use and to look for a good window. The cold fronts come fast and furious this time of year and drive some pretty nasty seas with them. Dress warmly (especially your extremities - face, top of head, hands and feet), know your bailout shelters, etc. and have heat. Don't forget that you will be doing a lot of sitting and standing in place.

Lastly - make sure your engine is in good shape. You'll find that you use it more to get from point A to point B during a good window.

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Heading south in mid November or later can make for a cold and miserable sail down the ICW or outside. A warm cockpit is a must as well as a heated cabin. Once you get past say South Carolina things start to warm up a little each day until you reach south Florida where the sun will be shining and the weather is great.
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