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Old 04-05-2006, 09:50   #1
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Caribbean or FL Keys on Limited Time

How much time do you need to be able to do a worth while cruise to the Caribbean or Florida Keys from the Chesapeake? I would love to do this before I retire, but time is limited. I would be hard pressed to have more than 9-10 weeks available if I go after hurricane season this year (a little more if I wait another year). Should I forget it for now or is this possible/reasonable? Retirement is still at least a couple years off

If it is at all reasonable I would appreciate any advice for planning, suggested destinations, recommended reading, etc.

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Old 04-05-2006, 09:57   #2
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You should have enough time for Northern Bahamas - 2 weeks to get there, 2 weeks to get back, 2 weeks in the Bahamas and another 2 weeks for weather delays. The same for the Keys. Nov crossing is best.
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:11   #3
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I'm planning on making a Bahamas / Caribbean trip in 2008-2009. This a strictly personal choice but I have no interest in sailing the Gulf to get there. So I plan to ship my boat to Florida from Texas. Granted this idea is is more expensive but it will extend the time you have sailing in the south.
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