Don are you still considering carrying on? I lost
track of the timeline when you decided to take a break. You should do exactly what you feel like doing, and perhaps after being tied up a while, you'll get restless and move on. The poster who said cut down on miles was right on, and honestly the winter chill and higher winds will wear you down after a while.
Heading south is more of the same,(love it) and passing trouble spots on a rising tide, in fair weather
, and with plenty of time to kill is much easier than trying to get to a far off marina. If you go slow you can just toss your anchor
out when you ground and kedge off when the water comes up. Do you have a modern chartplotter
? Mine is basic but really puts you in the channel. I use it because I don't have a working depth sounder
. Staying in the channel can be a real art. Do you connect the dots or stay off them, imagining the channel from an aerial view? Getting a feel for marking conventions, and being able to read channel changes, or to pick the right marks sequentially when there are sharp course changes in wide open but shoal water takes some experience. Or taking the outside of bends, which are usually deeper, and watching for current
streaming through the deeper sections of the channel when there is a breeze.
Everything is a lot easier singlehanding
when the weather
is nice...docking, weighing anchor
, etc, and hanging out is more relaxing. I think you will really like Charleston or St Simons, or Fernandina Beach for that matter and is well within your skill level should you feel restless and take your time. HAve you put a call out for some crew to help you out? I'm sure someone will hop on if you pay some expenses or even more $ for someone with real credentials who would really focus on teaching. Could be comparable $ to sailing classes
, but potentially more useful, and takes you south. Having them help you anchor saves you $40-$80 a night, too.
Give yourself a pat on the back, Cap'n. You covered a lot of miles by yourself and I was worn out following your trip. I sail up and down the coast there, often singlehanded, and I am always exhausted after a few days passage
or day after day powering down the ICW
. Lying around for days at the other end is SOP on the good ship Cheoah.