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08-15-2012 01:44 PM
WanderingStar
Re: Buying and Heading North?

Smaynard, you should start a new thread.
08-13-2012 02:29 AM
smaynard
Re: Buying and Heading North?

what would you suggest if sailing North to South early October with a planned 'layover' in NC or SC for a couple of months.
07-16-2010 12:42 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by CindyLee View Post
Thank you for taking the time to reply. I love these boards! I am heading down on the 21st for a pre-purchase inspection, sea-trial, and if we get to it...a survey. I would enjoy talking with you as we get closer to closing. Is there any chance I should consider leaving the boat in Ft Lauderdale waters during hurricane season? I think too risky...Regards!
I wouldn't leave the boat that far south during hurricane season. First, you're far more likely to get hit. Second, you're going to be paying through the nose for insurance, since you're in the hurricane box. Move it up to the Carolinas or Virginia instead.

Good luck with the inspection, sea trial and survey. What kind of boat are you looking at?
07-16-2010 12:07 PM
speciald Up the coast to Charleston, there are alot of good inlets to duck into should a storm threaten. You can ride the stream all the way to Hatteras. Depending on the weather, I would agree with going ouside to Cape Fear, then back out at Mayboro Inlet (Wilmington). If the weather is good, I would avoid the intercoastal North of Mayboro. The outside route will save you 2 or 3 days. There are few stopping places along the New Jersey Coast for easy sailboat entry - Cape May, Atlantic City.
07-16-2010 11:49 AM
CindyLee
Thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to reply. I love these boards! I am heading down on the 21st for a pre-purchase inspection, sea-trial, and if we get to it...a survey. I would enjoy talking with you as we get closer to closing. Is there any chance I should consider leaving the boat in Ft Lauderdale waters during hurricane season? I think too risky...Regards!
07-14-2010 09:09 AM
WanderingStar I used chartkits for the coast, noaa ocean charts for offshore. We took fixes on a handheld garmin 400 which included color charts. We found Reeds Almanac helpful, there is a 2010 edition out. Weather forecasting was from noaa radio, with the usual variability. Inside we piloted by eye, with the charts and gps to confirm. Off shore we steered by compass, taking a gps fix every three hours. All of the crew had cruising experience. I'll answer any questions you have, we can talk on the phone if you like. There is a wide range of experience and philosophy on this forum.
07-14-2010 06:48 AM
LarryandSusanMacDonald Sailingdog said:

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...stopping at Cape Fear, and then continue to Beaufort Inle...
Save some time by going on the inside up the Cape Fear River (try to catch the current right) through Snow's Cut and on to Wrightsville Beach and then back outside to avoid Frying Pan Shoals - you need to go out about 50 miles or so to get around that.

Saltwater Suzi and I much prefer the inside route with occasional outside (like from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale or West Palm - on the inside there are bridges about every fourteen inches or so.) because it can be very beautiful and we get to rest every night. If you're in a hurry, and have enough crew - outside is the way to go. If you have plenty of time and like to see the countryside at its very best - inside is the way to go.

Good Luck.
07-13-2010 12:31 PM
sailingdog I'd highly recommend getting the Maptech cruising guides and chart kits and the Captain Bob ICW guides. I'd also point out that you need to get Eldridge, as Reed's has gone out of business.
07-13-2010 11:32 AM
CindyLee
Thanks WanderinStar

Do you recall or have some input regarding your chart/chartbook/cruising guide inventory? Perhaps what services you used to help you with weather forcasting?

Regards, CindyLee
07-13-2010 10:42 AM
WanderingStar I did this trip a year ago in may. We started offshore, were driven inside at Ponce de Leon by adverse weather. Five days motoring (no shore leave, anchored at night) brought us to Charleston where we went back off. Stopped in Cape May for the night, then sailed along to NYC and up the Sound. Took 14 days. We had uncharacteristic weather for May: two tropical depressions, record rainfall. We had four people to start, finished with three. (One was called home) It was hard work, but I would do it the same way again. Keep us posted.
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