ok everyone should tell there specific situation.
what is cheap
and expensive, how much time you have to be on the boat.
i posted pages back-lived annapolis
now sw florida. charley almost relocated my house.
i get a real kick out of the post from a fl resident that says his area is immune from those little 125 mph storms (just 3 reefs
i guess) the entire east coat of usa has been hit.
anyway i sail charlotte harbor- its a decent size bay with good winter wind
-i like 20+ but there are no anchorages
and i sailed to key west
this season. left christmas
day and returned january 3 just when the long cold spell started.
I have no idea where the people are talking about when they say there is great sailing here east or west coast
of florida. when i went out into the gulf I was heading to the dry tortugas
almost dead south i think it was 170 Magnetic. but we had no wind
and had a 30 hour motor
so went to key west
instead. Then the NE wind hit we had 7 ft waves at the municupal moorage .as i sat and read the cruising guides i realized that there are only a few anchorages
for the entire island chain from Miami
you can sail in hawk channel but protected places are about 5 on the east -ocean side and less on the gulf side. I only need 4 feet if you only need 3 feet or less you have a few more-aside from cats who could do it. oh and i had a 30 hour motor
back north just made boca grande (charlotte harbor) when a NE front of 30 knots hit. that would have been hell because between BG pass and key west there is almost no where to duck into and if you follow a straight route
you get 60 miles off shore.
For me we get 2 or 3 days to sail so we day sail. sometime we sail to the pelican bay anchorage at the "end " of charlotte harbor
. next day we sail home it is 18nm.
someone must explain to me where all this sailing is going on- i met a woman who sailed around miami
area . she said that the sailing was limited to the ocean and was frustrated about it. th
the bahamas- wow i went on a cruise ship
twice. you need to cross the gulf stream
with a w window it is ok but you usually haveto wait a few or more days- then you can cruise
where ever- now i have only read about this cause we only get 3 days except for the annual vacation
. even 2 weeks would not be enough-1 month minimum seems realistic
you know maybe I dont know any thing but this is the way I see it
The north west is great but from all the stuff i have read and my times there-it seems like there is very limited wind.
been in cal rode
a motorcycly right down the coast in 81-then i thought so if i can ride down the coast and look at the ocean where are the inlets for the--you know boats??? so it seems SF bay
is a graet place to sail.-the folks i have met since then basically say yes we have ocean sailing in san diego-
I wll take chesapeake bay
as my compromise at least until the struggle for legal tender
frees me from land.
there is the new england
area and the great lakes
and maybe some other places. I sailed on land in Cal "el mirage" if i rember dry lake that was fun. then of course what i consider the most fun I have ever had (with clothes on) was ice boating-but i had to throw that in.
I am truly confused by what people say here they talk of kids in school
and then going to the bahamas-when.
florida is more young and like a real city sw fl is slower with more retired, but there are still families people keep making babies every where.
florida has changed much in the last 10 years (so has the country) my house is worth squat. there are over 1000 empty houses in north port (it is the next town north) the news told of the vacancy. I can see vacant houses all over. now we have drill baby drill oil
coming-guess what happens when that oil hits the gulf stream
(highway in the ocean) the entire east coast of usa is in danger
anybody have opinions about sara sota (I have my own) it is only 50 mile north of me on the west coast of fl and the water is blue green. charlotte harbor
is dark because of the rivers that feed it like the chesapeake.
i need a nap
keep up the discussion!! with the price
of sailing pretty soon all i will be able to do is talk about it