What a great forum. Thanks everyone for there advice. A captain
on the first day is something I had not thought of. I will definitely look into that. I have requested a list of the equiptment/electronics on board so that I can download manuals
now and start understanding them.... the last thing I want to be doing is to be learning
how to operate the GPS
(or whatever) during a storm or at night
. Since my houseboat has very little draft
(less than 12") and high sides, it doesnt react well to winds over 8-10knts.... Over the years I have learned to appreciate the art of setting anchors in different wind
situations. I am truely a newbie at sailing but feel I have a solid understand of boating
basics (house boats with a 12 ft beam dont park themselves in a 15 ft wide silp in a crosswind in a crowded marina
). That being said, I can understand the frustration of seasoned boaters with renters. The area that I boat in has a heavy rental boat population and they can be sometimes less considerate than one would like. No worries about the critical comments. I am a big boy and can take it. It may be your boat that I drift into though. Just kidding.
Great tips on not trying to cover too much ground! At first I was hopeful to make it down to Elliott Key, but there is no need to worry about how far down to make it. I am trying to make it fun for the kids
too and am breakinig the trip up with some land activities. Here is what I have so far:
Sunday - provision and motor
south on the ICW
to pelican harbor or north side of the Venetian Causeway as George mentioned.
Monday - make our way to crandon park marina. We will walk to the miami
seaquarium as my kid are huge into marine
biology and learning
about sea life and will spend some of the day there.
Tuesday - sail some and then make our way over to either hurricane
hole or no name harbor and take in the park/beach
Wednesday - day of sailing, snorkleing, fishing
in the bay. Not sure where to do the snorkleing yet though. Spend a couple of hours heading north back towards south beach area.
Thursday - Head
north back up ICW
and stay somewhere within a 3 hour motor
of the charter
Friday - return charter