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Re: Nervous Annapolis to Stuart Florida in new boat

Did a delivery trip similar to this in 2012 but in November. Met up with Sandy coming up the coast. So it's hard to predict what is best when it's Hurricane Season. No matter what time of year you make the trip it will be arduous. I would suggest that you take the ICW from Norfolk and then go outside at Moorehead City and Sail/ Motorsail to Charleston to refuel and take a break.Then outside again to Fernandina Beach where you can stay in the ICW or head offshore depending on the weather as long as you stay close in to avoid the Gulf Stream.
This is not a trip for a novice even in the ditch. Make sure that you have all the necessary navigation tools and know how to use them. Also a good idea to stay current on the Notices to Mariners. The aids to navigation are not always where they show up on the charts if there has been serious weather. A good possibility this time of year.
Chefs recommendation of a delivery captain warrants consideration. You might also consider posting in the crew wanted section of this forum as well to see if you can find members who would accompany you for segments of the trip. You might luck out and find folks that are really helpful, there are some folks on here that know their stuff but then again you might wind up with Knuckleheads. (no disrespect to the knuckleheads... you can't help yourselves it's just in your jeans)
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