No poisonous snakes or spiders, or even fleas here, the ground is frozen too much of the year.Don't forget the rattlers!
Great tip! Thank you! That might also be a really good option to get some experience while we wait out the hurricanesEast Coast is in the path of Hurricanes... but the further north your chances of avoiding a bad cane improve. You might look for a weather window to move the boat to NE and sail those waters until the time is right. Lots of options in NE or even the Chessie. Making easting is not the easiest from down in FL.
Thankfully I already had the engine go our in San Francisco and learned the hard way - Good experience but I don't want to do it again unless it's voluntary!Welcome, My best advice is know the basics, all the systems on your boat, learn and continue to learn weather and it’s patterns, this is really important, don’t go anywhere without a good weather window, know how to reef your sails and when to do it. Know navigation. And remember to stop and smell the roses, have fun, We are starting our third year, and we understand what starting out is like, your going to have tales to tell in no time, from newbie mistakes, to anchoring under sail for the first time because your engine decided to stop working and chose to teach you how to do it. The adventures are frankly priceless. Again have fun!
Haul out is often the best recourse for a cane.As you move up the East Coast, hurricane odds improve, but no where do they drop to zero. We just had a tropical storm come through last week. All things being equal, I’d rather be up here or the Chessie than FL. However, as I mentioned before, I think having a solid hurricane plan wherever you are is the key. A transient in the Chessie may still be exposed, if they aren’t on a haul out list somewhere or have good place to ride it out.
Oh, no, I wasn't suggesting that they change their plans of where to settle (although they never mentioned a plan to settle in the Keys, or anywhere. If you re-read their post, they only mentioned purchasing a boat in Florida, and then, they said, "Starting off from Florida in September 2020 for destinations unknown.").Regarding the OP, although I agree the Chesapeake is a great place to begin the kind of retirement they are planning, I assume part of the attraction of the Keys for them is the lively gay community there. We don't have quite the same size community to offer in the mid-Atlantic, outside of DC and Rehobeth, neither of which are on the Chesapeake.