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08-20-2012 10:33 AM
PBzeer
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

Here's some outside hops you can do overnight.

Beaufort Inlet to Charleston,SC, (or if you make good time North End of Hilton Head Island) is the one two nighter. I would at least though make the long day's run to Masonboro Inlet (Wrightsville Beach).

If you go to Charleston, you can go outside to Hilton Head in a day. Or 3 days inside.

Hilton Head to St Augustine.

St Augustine to Fort Pierce.

Fort Pierce to Miami. I go past the Government Cut (port entrance), to Cape Florida)

There are marinas and anchorages at each stop.
08-20-2012 09:38 AM
wingNwing
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

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A good strategy is push for 3-4 days, then stop for 2-3 days. Using this as a guide it will take you 6-8 weeks, but it will be a very enjoyable trip vice a slog.
This is pretty much the strategy we use on the ICW also; 50-mile days when we're going, then stop to explore, or just hang out in a great anchorage & enjoy the scenery. More and more places are getting cellphone coverage so you can stay very up-to-date on all your communications & weather easily.

If you want to get from Annapolis to Marathon quickly just take on crew and go outside for a night or two - you get the biggest bang for the buck in terms of time saving by skipping the stretch from Beaufort, SC to St Augustine. We do that in the spring when the days are long and the nights are warm; generally stay inside southbound in the autumn.
08-20-2012 09:22 AM
bvander66
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

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Thanks for all the help and advice! I will definitely check out the guides.

For those who have done Norfolk to Miami.....how long should I allow for the trip?
How about Norfolk to Charleston SC?
We have friends who do Annapolis to Marathon in 21 days. We take considerably longer as there are so many great places to stay and explore.
A good strategy is push for 3-4 days, then stop for 2-3 days. Using this as a guide it will take you 6-8 weeks, but it will be a very enjoyable trip vice a slog.
08-20-2012 09:14 AM
smurphny
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

I have messed around with Polar View a bit. Will have to check that out. My old Jeppesen charts are starting to get long in the tooth (although I really like the Sailcruiser nav software).
08-19-2012 10:44 PM
eherlihy
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

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Ditto on Active Captain. They seem to have a good list of problem spots. I just finished putting every one of them, from Norfolk to Beaufort, as markers in my plotter. There were 19 just from this section. I make text notations right on the charts so as not to need to wonder why I marked a spot.
Note that if you use PolarView Navigation Software ($39) it downloads ALL of the markers, and all of the other crowd sourced data automatically, and keeps it up to date - In addition, it makes a pretty good chart plotter too!
08-19-2012 09:41 PM
smurphny
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

Ditto on Active Captain. They seem to have a good list of problem spots. I just finished putting every one of them, from Norfolk to Beaufort, as markers in my plotter. There were 19 just from this section. I make text notations right on the charts so as not to need to wonder why I marked a spot.
08-19-2012 09:23 PM
ParadiseParrot
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

Nice Link Article and Picture.
Thank You
08-19-2012 08:54 PM
JonEisberg
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

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I am guessing that there are some good places to go outside. Any recommendations? How long do you usually stay outside? Is there any anchoring or docking available outside or do you just sail through the night?
Uhhh, given that query, I'd politely suggest you stick to The Ditch on your first trip south... (grin)

While I actually have anchored outside on a number of occasions, it's not something routinely done, and the conditions and location have to be pretty ideal...

Enjoy, it's a great trip... Here's one guy's take on it...

An Insider's ICW | Cruising World

08-19-2012 06:37 PM
Seaduction
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

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I am guessing that there are some good places to go outside. Any recommendations? How long do you usually stay outside? Is there any anchoring or docking available outside or do you just sail through the night?
The "Waterway Guide" is a very good guide-book.
[url]http://www.waterwayguide.com/publications
08-19-2012 04:55 PM
blowinstink
Re: ICW in a Nutshell

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I am guessing that there are some good places to go outside. Any recommendations? How long do you usually stay outside? Is there any anchoring or docking available outside or do you just sail through the night?
There are plenty of places where you can go outside. Maybe the biggest obstacle to doing so is the distance you must travel to get from the seabouy to a suitable anchorage -- in other words, the distance in and out. In many places, it can take a couple of hours to reach the seamarker. If you spend 2+ hours at both the beginning and end of the day not making progress, you won't make much progress on the "outside". On the other hand, there are a few spots that set up nicely for runs on the outside (Beaufort / Wrightsville, Cape Fear / Little River come to mind as good day runs on the outside).

One way to make some time is to make an occasional 24-30hr run on the outside. If you run outside for 30 hours instead of 8, you significantly lessen the impact of the time heading in / out and the number of possible outside runs increases greatly. However, you need to factor in the fatigue that accompanies coastal over-nighters - particularly if you are solo or 2-up, it may take you time to recover from short overnight trips.
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