We did purchase
the Towboat US gold package for unlimited everything. We carry 100 gallons. As far as fuel
down the ICW we have enough to motor
approximately 12 to 14 days @ 8 hrs/day at approximately 6.5 to 7.5 knots. Or between 800 to 900 miles between fueling. That was based on my old engine
but with the new Cummins I'm guessing probably 10 to 15% better than that.
What I was talking about was fuel down after we leave Florida
. I hear horror stories farther south and extremely difficult or expensive places to get fuel. Is there a general consensus as to how many miles of motoring in fuel one should have or maybe a rule
The autopilot sucks. For the displacement
of our boat we need a class B drive as it is over 42000 lbs provisioned. The cost isn't a sale
we are waiting for it's the new replacement models coming out this year. Newer model = longer support etc. But Garmin
says around Xmas for those. No matter what I know we are looking around 5k for the autopilot.
It would be nice to head offshore
for 2 day trips or single
over nighters to get the feel of it and ease into it. Just have to plan the best places to do this. I also read a lot over the last few years and long term cruisers of 5 years or more all say the same. Plan your weather
. We spoke to 1 couple that had been cruising for over 20 years and never gotten into trouble by always planning their weather
and sailing plans diligently. Of course I expect the occasional squall, but nothing is perfect and I think we need a few of those to prepare us for our many miles offshore
over the next few years. Especially when we cross the south pacific
. Our boys will be jumping off and on as well by flying down when able to and being responsible for my wife our boys or whoever else might be tagging along is extremely important to me. I take their safety
as paramount above all else. I take my role very seriously. They all trust in their dad/husband/friend to know what to do and to look after them and make sure I have everything covered. So that is my first priority.
That's another reason I'm thankful there are sites like this and people like yourselves that chime in and offer advice and knowledge to help us newbies along. I always treat others as I want to be treated and we are the type of people that would never leave anyone that was in need of assistance no matter what. Life is faaaar to short for anything else.