All models of the Nonsuch have easily and happily coasted the eastern seaboard, south and north, since the early eighties with no problems whatsoever. These boats regularly make the annual migration from the Great Lakes
and from the Maritimes and New England
to the sunny south. Maryland
is a comparatively easy trip and Norfolk VA is the north end of the ICW
NC & SC, Charleston SC, and St. Augustine are just several of the ports
of call not to be missed.
These boats have travelled inside on the ICW
or outside, weather
allowing, or combinations of both as the crews prefer.
With ANY coastal cruiser it is important to not sail offshore
beyond the "time window" it takes to reach safe haven should the potential of "weather" arise. Understanding forecasts and being able to accurately interpret how a forecast
will affect your boat where you are and will be has always been a huge part of safe voyaging. Modern weather information resources are so amazing that getting "caught" by adverse weather verges on willful incompetence. Most boats can "take" much heavier weather conditions and for much longer than their crews can "take" it. Knowing one's limits and the limits of each in a crew is critical to safe and HAPPY voyaging.
I would recommend that you and your Admiral should join the Chesapeake Fleet for their 2010 Rendezvous. You both will see a variety of the models, meet crews with a wide variety of ability, and get to sail on at least two different boats. Let me know if this interests you and I'd happily make the necessary introductions.