You need to ask some questions about the boat. Does it have a dodger
, a working autopilot
, and a heater which works off the dock
?? If the answer to all 3 is yes, it could be a great trip. Even without the heater, keeping the engine
warm helps and the oven
or an upside flowerpot on a propane
stove burner will give you a place to warm up.
I think you have already figured out it will be a better trip if you plan for a month instead of 2 weeks.
One of the coldest nights I ever spent at see was between Charleston and St Augustine--25 degrees and 30 knots. I dressed like I do for racing
off San Francisco
in the summer--heavy polypro under foulies with boots, watchcap, and neoprene gloves, and was surprised at how warm I was--I think the water was a lot warmer than the air.
Now about the wife--if she's new to sailing, this may not be the best introduction
unless she has a spirit of adventure.