Originally Posted by CaptJB
Don't know whether to chaulk it up to excitment of the new boat or the recent winter weather inthe mid-Atlantic coast tugging at my desires to get sailing again, but I am already planning the move of my (new to me) Catalina Morgan
43 from Jupiter Fl to Norfolk Va. Is there a migration window for boats making that trek? I was thinking of doing most of the transit outside. Thought was to sail outside to Southport (with occassional duck-in stops along the way) then use the ICW
from Southport up to Wrightsville Beach, then go outside to Beaufort
, then back inside up to Norfolk. I figure there is probably too much north wind
and weather for the outside run until the mid-April timeframe. I have a bridge clearance (mast and antenna) of 63 feet. Looking for any advice or recent experience to assist with this planning.
Congratulations on your new boat!
Your overall plan is good.
Hundreds of boats, literally, make that run annually. April-May is a bit early. May-June is ideal.
If you have an SSB
aboard, check out the Cruizheimer's Net on 8152 kHz daily beginning at 0830. You'll hear dozens of boats. Also, the ham net: Waterway Net, on 7268 kHz LSB daily beginning at 0745 ET.
Another way to check: the Waterway Net has an online database which allows you to search between dates. It can be found here: https://waterwayradio.net/boatdb/
By studying the FROM and TO reported positions of boats checking into the Net, you can easily identify the dates with boats heading north in the spring/summer and south in the fall.
Example: this database entry for Marie on Second Sally last spring:
2014-04-25 KC3MAR Marie Second Sally 3133N 7948W Norfolk VA eventually Wind W@8kts C340M @ 3.5kts No ETA yet
She left from the St Johns River in FL headed to Norfolk offshore
, on April 24. (She made it just fine, and is now in Miami
waiting for weather to cross back to the Bahamas
Hint: Ignore the "Login" button....that's for database administrators. The database is fully functional with no need to log in.
Hope this helps a bit.