Originally Posted by greenbean
... [is] three weeks is enough time to get to [sic] Salem Mass to the jump off point in Virginia? I will sit down to do the calculations tonight, but if you already know then I can book our spot now ...
It may not be my place to comment on this aspect of your planning, but here goes. If you start off your trip down the ICW by planning or "booking" specific appointments of any sort, pre-arranging meetings with friends or family
, or in general narrowing your options on schedules and commitments, then you are in for disappointments and fewer "fun" opportunities.
This trip just doesn't work that way. OTOH, if you allow something like
(depending on your experience, boat crew, gear
, and on and on): (1) move two days and then layover one day, (2) plan 50 nautical miles per day (regardless of your boat: big boats just leave later and get to the anchorage earlier), (3) realize that there are not an infinite number of anchorages
, and everyone in general uses the same ones, (4) don't count on going offshore
to make miles (it happens but many trips are ruined when "he" insists on this and "she" decides to abandon ship ASAP).
After all this, look carefully at your "schedule" then multiply by 1.3 to allow the weather to do what it does. Also for best results, get onto the Chesapeake not too long after 01 September, enjoy the two best months on this magnificent Bay, and then bail out of Norfolk a bit prior to 01 November. For many boats it's then around two weeks to Fernandina at the top of Florida, and then a surprisingly longer trip to the bottom of Florida.
These comments are based on 10 or so round trips in a small sailing boat over many years. I suspect they're still valid.