Hi all, new to this group but I'm hoping you "experienced" guys can help me out with a few questions.
I live aboard my Bertram 46.6 Motoryacht
and have so for 6 years now. I currently live on the Chesapeake Bay
and plan on following my dream of moving south to the keys, Marathon to be exact.
First off, I will be making the trip by myself (and the dog). She is a big boat but handles well but how much of a pain will it be going through the locks single
handed? I understand it mostly depends on the winds and currents at the time, but how many of you have done it single
handed in a motor
yacht / Trawler
? I read all about sailboaters doing it all the time but cannot seem to find anything on powerboats.
Second, I plan on leaving around mid April and staying the first few months in Boot Key Harbor on a mooring
till I find a job and hopefully be able to move to a marina. So my question is how many of you have lived/stayed on a mooring
in a boat similar to mine? I do not have solar panels
only a genny but I do not plan on being inside all that much so I am not to worried about needed a lot of power. I will just run the genny here and there to keep battery
Third, The boat does not have holding tanks
, only Lectra San systems and I understand I cannot use them in Florida
. I do not want to go through the ordeal of installing holding tanks
, so if I lockout the through halls and use a porta potty in place will that be compliant enough? I do not want to start a huge debate over this like I've seen on other threads, just curious what others have done in this situation.
I really appreciate any feed back and look forward to hearing what you guys have to say.