Lots of questions Johnny. How many crew on board? Do you wish, and are you able, to travel off-shore? I''ve gone from Florida to the Norfolk off-shore. Also have done the intra-coastal. Bought my boat in Tampa. Crossed Fla via Lake Okechobee canal. Went off-shore on east side; six days to Norfolk. Had an easy trip in June....but we stayed in the Gulf Stream and got quite a boost. BUT, if the wind comes out of the North, seas get very rough in a hurry! Figure 3-4 week trip up the intra-coastal. I''ve done it in 13 days, but is really pushing it.
Were I you, I''d cross Okechobee, go north on Intra coastal to Norfolk. Up Chesapeake bay to Baltimore...c&d canal into Deleware bay. Go offshore at Cape May Deleware and 36 hour passage to Block Island NY. Thru Cape Cod canal and then day trip up to Maine. I''d want radar in Maine. (My boat is a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34.)
INSTEAD OF GOING OUTSIDE TO BLOCK ISLAND YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER GOING INTO NEW YORK HARBOR, UP THE EAST RIVER (THROUGH HELL"S GATE--GO THROUGH ON THE EBB OR SLACK) AND INTO LONG ISLAND SOUND--GREAT CRUISING AND GUNKHOLING. OYSTER BAY, LLOYDS NECK, PORT JEFFERSON (BEHIND THE SAND SPIT),MATITUCK ALL ON THE NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND. ON THE CONNECTICUT SHORE TRY PILOT''S POINT, MYSTIC SEA PORT, ESSEX, STONINGTON THEN SAIL OVER TO NEW HARBOR IN BLOCK ISLAND. FROM BLOCK SAIL TO NEWPORT< R.I. AND ALSO EXPLORE NARRAGANSETTE BAY. THEN OFF SHORE TO MARTHA''S VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET GO BACK THROUGH WOODS HOLE PASSAGE (WATCH CURRENT & TIDES)THROUGH CAPE COD CANAL TO GLOUCESTER, MA. TRY LITTLE HARBOR,NEW HAMPSHIRE--STAY AT WENTWORTH BY THE SEA MARINA--BEAUTIFUL!! SAIL ON TO PORTLAND, ME AND THEN SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS YOU HAVE AVAILABLE CRUISING "DOWN EAST"--INCRDIBLE SAILING. WARNING--LOTS OF UNPREDICTABLE FOG JULY AND AUGUST--RADAR IS GREAT BUT GOOD NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS WILL HELP IF YOU DON"T HAVE IT. ALSO YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER A SPUR CUTTER--LOBSTER POTS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE INCLUDING MOST OF THE CHANNELS. IF YOU SAIL AT NIGHT YOU WILL GET HUNG UP ON THE POTS, SOONER OR LATER. ALSO GET A COPY OF THE MAINE CRUISING GUIDE--ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED AND VERY INFORMATIVE. I KEEP MY BOAT IN MAINE AND WOULD BE MORE THEN HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS.
TIME AND DISTANCE IS GOING TO BE DETERMINED BY THE ROUTE YOU DECIDE ON. DO YOU HAVE OFF SHORE EXPERIENCE? TO STAY OUTSIDE WITH ONLY TWO CREW CAN BE PRETTY STRESSFUL. ASSUMING YOU HAVE THE TIME, THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT PLACES TO SEE ON YOUR WAY TO MAINE. SEE SHIMSHON''s MESSAGE OF 2/2/01. ONCE YOU GET TO MAINE--CAMDEN AND OTHER PORTS OF CALL ARE JUST A MATTER OF HAVING ENOUGH TIME AVAILABLE.
Response to Jim Lehr:
Answers to some of your quetions...
Re: Crew..(Me and Wife..wife a novice)
Haven''t traveled off-shore...would like to.Have taken 41'' Morgan from Jacksonville, Fla. to New Bern, N.C. via ICW..wife accompanied me from Jacksonville to Charlotte.
#2.. To SHIMSHON:
That sounds great! I am from Queens, NY and all those names brought back such memories!
Wife wants info on ...Food, what kind, organizing boat ..Clothes, same questions...She is also reading Chapman''s Pilot...a first..and checking into GPS. She just retired from professional office career so this a a new challenge (adventure) for her and she is really going for the gold! We would appreciate ANY INFO!
We eat the same food as we eat at home--maybe better. Sailing certainly brings out your appetite. Pasta, risota, chicken, fresh fish any meat dishes. I am assuming you have refrigeration if not ice in a properly insulated box can last a long time so long as it is regularly replenished. On our smaller boats we would keep a large Igloo filled with dry ice out on deck--properly secured--dry ice needs ventilation and can burn if handled--lasts for7 to 10 days. You will find fresh produce as well as fish etc. available as you travel--talk to other cruisers as to their source. Certainly buying fish and lobster from the boats is always an option and usually inexpensive. In some harbors--boats will come along side and sell everyting from the New York Times to pastry and ice cream. We often set up a trolling rig when offshore and more often then not catch blues or other schooling fish--doesn''t get any fresher then that. Restaurants are also an option and other cruisers can tell you about their favorites. We also bring charcoal and barbecue utensils along with a small Hibachi to cook on shore. I don''t particularly feel comfortable in barbecuing off of the stern rail. Certainly your favorite beverage--wine or otherwise compliments a meal in that beautiful anchorage and why not finish the evening with an Irish Coffee--we never drink while underway, even if offshore for several days.
Clothing wise--use a layering technique and make sure you have a polartec outer garment ie LL Bean. Of course proper foul weather gear for ALL crew members is essential. Casual dress is appropriate anywhere on shore unless your a guest of the NEW YORK YACHT CLUB in Newport.Iwould strongly reccomend the following pubs which are available from BOAT US or the ARMCHAIR SAILOR:
Northern Waterway Guide 2000-2001 Edition
A Cruising Guide To The Main Coast by Hank and Jan Taft--This is an exceptional publication and is fun to read even if you don''t get to Maine
Since your mate does not have a lot of sailing experience I would ease her into any mutiple days off shore--mal de mer is a terrible way to be introduced to extended sailing and could certainly effect your sailing future together. Actually, you could day sail up the New Jersey coast depending on your draft and mast height. Just leave early, watch your weather and always have an alternative plan in place. Once you get to New York the longest stretch would be to Long Island Sound. Once in the Sound everything to Maine could be a day sail assuming you have the time. Just keep in mind that anchorages and moorings tend to fill up very quickly on weekends--so either get there early or make reservations.
Any other questions please don''t hesitate to ask.
Thank you...More "talk" later...just glanced over your reply...THANK you..I have had enough "mal de mer''s and look forward to learning and enjoying...Will look over list for more of my concerns and questions..
Again, thank you for your most informative responses.
SLIPS CAN RUN ANY WHERE FROM $1/FT to $2/FT DEPENDING ON MARINA AND POPULARITY OF THE AREA.
MOST MOORINGS ARE$25-35 FOR THE NIGHT. TYPICALLY, IF YOU HAVE RENTED A MOORING, WHOM EVER MAINTAINS OR RENTS THE MOORING WILL HAVE DOCK SPACE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR TENDER. IF YOU HAVE ANCHORED AND COME IN WITH A DINGHY YOU WILL BE CHARGED ANYTHING FROM ZERO TO $5.00, ONCE AGAIN DEPENDING ON THE AREA. DURING THE SUMMER IT IS BEST TO HAVE ADVANCE AND CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS FOR BOTH SLIP SPACE AS WELL AS MOORINGS. IF YOUR THINKING OF GOING I WOULD MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW-MOST MARINAS WILL SEND YOU WRITTEN CONFIRMATION IF YOU MAKE THE RESERVATIONS FAR ENOUGH IN ADVANCE. JUST REMEMBER THAT MOST MARINAS ARE IN BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY DURING A VERY LIMITED SEASON, THAT DOES NOT EQUATE TO UNFRIENDLINESS. MOST ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR COMING BACK AND WILL EXTEND THEMSELVES--THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS< BUT THE WORD GETS OUT VERY QUICKLY. ALSO MANY OF THE REALLY POPULAR AREAS PROVIDE LAUNCH SERVICE FOR $4-$5/PERSON, ONE WAY.
Shimshon - Thanks for the reply. We are looking for the shortest/quickest route. No offshore sailing experience. I realize that I am asking somewhat vague questions, but I just want to get a feel for how long and difficult a trip this is. Thanks again for your help.