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Re: Nervous Annapolis to Stuart Florida in new boat
You'll need to check masthead height against intracoastal clearances. August is going into prime storm/hurricane season in Florida so you MUST be flexible about scheduling with the weather. If necessary that means being all set to go...and then going home for two weeks to try again. Doing a shakedown cruise (48 hours) in Annapolis, and planning to perhaps need another week or two up there to deal with issues, another thing you won't regret.
Between ICW depth clearances, bridge clearances, inlets being outright lethal in bad weather, possible storms, possible mechanical issues even if you do shakedown cruise, I would suggest that you need to get the charts, go over them carefully, and look at all the what-ifs. The trick should be a wonderful ride with no worries, and for many people it is. It is just what you don't plan for some crazy contingency that you find out, you're going against the Gulf Stream, and those waters can be outright hostile if you get caught short.
Plan ahead, shake down, keep a flexible schedule, and you should have a great ride.