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Help Me Plan my Trip

Good afternoon,

I have found my boat and am in the final stages of purchase. I live in Jacksonville, FL and I will be living aboard in a Marina off Beach Blvd. The boat I am buying is located in Punta Gorda, FL.

So, lets begin with the specifics: I would like some advice on the best time to sail around FL and up the coast to jacksonville. Also, a rough estimation of the time it would take and the usual types of weathers associated with the area and time of year.
I am a fullt-me student so I cannot miss more than 2-3 days of class. Do you think I could make the run in 5 days? The boat has both diesel and an extra 5 hp outboard in case the wind is light. The boat is a 27' Ericson.

If any more information is needed only ask and I will provide it. Thank you all for your help.
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Congrats on the new boat!!

Would you say 5kts is about max? That has to be a 600+ nm trip. Can't say how long you plan to sail each day, but that would not be possible if you sailed 24hr per day non-stop for 5 days. Twice that is more realistic, assuming no serious weather delays.

How will you get back and forth if you can only afford a couple of days at a time? Would it be better to just have it trucked up?
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Like Minne said, that's a long trip and if you have to pay for transient moorage everywhere you leave it for a week or so, trucking might not be all that much more expensive, although not nearly as much fun.

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Thinking in logistical terms (4-5 Kts is max speed & the salt water route is pretty far) Do you really have that few days to sail her around ?
Assuming that the 27' hull might need fresh paint eventually (less than a gallon) you will sooner / later have to haul the boat out anyway- So start Looking now for a galvanized trailer to fit that boat's keel & buy (or borrow) it
Since the best time to re-paint hull is in spring that might be the best time to haul her out, put her on that trailer, borrow or lease an F-350 pickup & drive her (carefully) across the state. When you arrive at "home-port" then have her lifted off - apply the fresh paint & presto you will be ready for leisurely weekend sailing. If you wind up in the Keys in February, send out a request for volunteer crew to do a segmented sail-around but this is time consuming & should be completed before late June (Hurricane season)
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Sailing through the night might not be advisable on a new (to you) boat, especially on a shakedown trip. There's another thread about a guy who bought a boat in New York and headed south about a month ago. I think the boat sank off New Jersey. Cracked hose? Faulty seacock? Stove in by jetsam? Rogue wave? He's not around to say. After you've gotten sufficient confidence in the boat and your own skills, night sailing can be great experience. To make good time sailing 24/7 without tiring yourself & crew out totally, getting four crew - three of whom know what they're doing - to help you bring the boat around might be a good idea. With five people on board you can put everyone on watch for four hour stints, but send a "fresh" crew up on deck every two hours. The "off-watch" standers get six hours off, so they get enough sleep to be alert. Of course you have to feed them. In that case, trucking might be cheaper.
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I live aboard in Jacksonville and trucked my current boat from Tallahassee (Shell Point) 25 years ago. I was also without much time available from work. I can see ten days, as a choice by my style of casual cruising from Punta Gorda with the trip across the Okechobee waterway and maybe fourteen days via the Keys. I would have fovored the longer trip, but I needed to replace the rigging (spreaders and shrouds) on my boat so trucking seemed right. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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If the cost delivery is the issue, try calling ground haulers and see if one from the north is dropping anyone off in southern FL and returning empty. They often discount heavily to have something to haul back.

I agree with the above, best to learn your new boat without being rushed.
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