Originally Posted by telecam
I am taking delivery of a new Oceanis 41 from Beneteau SC factory late september and sailing her to her home port in Annapolis, MD. I have never been on the ICW before. How many days should I reasonably plan the trip to take (i.e, not sailing 24/7, more like 12/14 hrs/day). There will be two of us taking turns and I assume it will be mostly motoring until at least we get to the mouth of the Chesapeake.
Originally Posted by telecam
I don't have all the details yet but Moorings (I bought her through them) told me they do most deliveries by water. They (or Beneteau) must have a boat yard on the ICW. Once it's at Moorings Annapolis base, they'll be responsible for fixing any issues and repair/replace items under warranty.
The Moorings does indeed have a practice of delivering boats all over the place on their own bottoms.
I wasn't aware of a factory delivery program for Beneteau USA so I called them and asked. They do not have such a program but will work with the selling dealer (in this case Moorings, who after all carry a lot of weight with Beneteau) to make it work.
The corporate sales guy I spoke with said that he suspected a facility would be selected in Charleston SC for commissioning and delivery. I asked about Georgetown and Wilmington; he said that could be worked out but he didn't sound too excited about the idea.
I took delivery of my boat at the factory in Europe and sailed back to Annapolis, so I'm predisposed to your idea. That said, what are you trying to accomplish? What do you want to experience or see?
For myself, on that boat, I'd head out from Charleston and run offshore to the Chesapeake Bay and on to Annapolis. Probably four days.
On the other hand, you can run up the ICW as you seem to be planning. The classic cruiser average is 50 miles/day with stops for a day or so in some places. If you push you can make 70 miles/day. Charleston SC is about ICW MM 570. That's between twelve and eight days to Norfolk. Norfolk to Annapolis should be 18 to 20 hours sailing time, or one to three days.
If you use the ICW you'll want to check weather on the VHF each morning. I strongly recommend some mobile Internet or one of the ActiveCaptain-enabled navigation packages on a laptop or smartphone. You MUST have a Boat/US towing policy.
The key to getting high mileage days on the ICW is to get everything ready for breakfast before going to bed. Get moving at dawn and eat breakfast underway. You'll lose two hours over coffee and breakfast before you know it, which is 10 to 15 miles. Fuel is another time killer - on your Oceanis 41 you'll have to stop for fuel every two or three days and will lose another couple of hours. Plan fuel stops ahead at places you want to stop anyway - like Coinjock.
Are you local to Annapolis? I'm happy to sit down with you and walk through charts, options, and realities.