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Re: Nervous Annapolis to Stuart Florida in new boat
One of the best resources for that transit can be found in the (click on) Blog of the yacht Fleetwind
. In particular, the 2017 ICW Cruising Guide
offered on the site.
Note, however, that the merit of such a transit is questionable unless you're doing it for the sake of entertainment (although that, in mid-hurricane season may not be wise either). Some years ago we purchased our current yacht in Annapolis with the intention of bringing her south on her own bottom. After extensive research and careful planning, however, it became clear that the cost of that effort, to say nothing of the time involved, would equal or potentially exceed the cost of shipping. Accordingly, we contracted with A&B Marine, working out of Bert Jabin's yard on Back Creek, to transport the boat to Florida and we were very glad we did so. The total cost was about $3,500 including haul and relaunch and preping the boat for transit. The trip itself took only two days from Annapolis to Bradenton, Florida. It was worth it!
That is probably a good option to consider given the inexperience of the crew. However, given an experienced captain and crew with unlimited time, delivering the boat offshore should be much less expensive. Regardless, if you go in hurricane season, work out a bunch of places you can have the boat pulled, or hide if things get nasty.