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Old 26-07-2016, 15:15   #1
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Offer accepted now where to cruise?

I have an accepted offer on a HR 352. Very excited (thanks for your advice in my earlier posts). Assuming that the survey does not reveal anything dire, I need to make some cruising plans. I thought I would run a few of them by you all and gather your input.

The boat is in Florida and I will accept the vessel August 7-ish.

Plan 1. Pull and leave the boat in the yard until the weather cools down - October?

Plan 2. Ship the boat to Long Island, NY and sail there until heading back down South to the Caribbean for the winter. I don't want to head North on the ICW because it will be like the African Queen trip.

Plan 3. Ship back to Seattle and finish the season there.

I am leaning towards Plan 2. I got a quote of ~$12k to ship back to Seattle. NY should be way cheaper and quicker. I can get a few months of good sailing experience then head South in October. I live in Seattle but just finished up a rental and do not need to be in WA per se. I thought sailing the East coast for a while would be great and the boat is already there.

I went to flight school in FL and do not want to sail there until it cools down and I don't want Zika!

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Old 26-07-2016, 18:51   #2
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Re: Offer accepted now where to cruise?

Hard to beat the NE Coast in the summer time and it gets you out of the hurricane zone.
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Old 28-07-2016, 13:47   #3
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Re: Offer accepted now where to cruise?

You'll have a pretty short season in the NE. If you head to the Carib where do you plan to leave from? Many leave from the lower Chesapeake direct to the BVIs. You could do a fairly quick trip up the coast from Fla doing part offshore part ICW keeping a really good eye on the hurricane weather. That would be a good shake down and you could put the shippong money into the boat.
The heat and humidity on the Chesapeake can easily be as brutal as in Fla at that time of year.

Another alternative would be to stay in Fla and wait for the end of hurricane season a d then spend a season in the Bahamas. Head north at end of the season and explore theNE. Then leave the following year for the Carib from there.
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Re: Offer accepted now where to cruise?

You must at least sail the Bahamas before coming to Seattle. Shipping is going to be very expensive.
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Old 28-07-2016, 14:25   #5
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Re: Offer accepted now where to cruise?

Thanks for the replies.

I am going to stay on the East coast. Question is whether to head North at all. I got a quote of $5k to ship from FL to Sandy Hook (I would transit the East River then to Long Island Sound). I have mucho family in Sag Harbor but figured shipping the boat to Sandy Hook would be cheaper. I would sail LI Sound until late September or early October and then head South.

I would definitely love to sail North but I would need to hire an experienced captain to help with the offshore parts. I have no idea what this would cost. This would be a great trip weather permitting and I would much rather spend $ on this vs shipping. But shipping would get the boat up the coast in 3 days vs ?? Decisions decisions.

Can anyone recommend a licensed and experienced captain that they have used?


Thanks,

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Re: Offer accepted now where to cruise?

Shipping in summer is expensive. Lots of roadworks leads to rerouting and delays for the truckers.

You should expect a better deal later in the year.

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There are many good delivery skippers. Ask your broker.He has an interest in making sure you get a good one
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Re: Offer accepted now where to cruise?

Congrats on your HR 352. I have the predecessor, the HR 35 Rasmus. HR makes top quality. I doubt the surveyor will find anything.
I would opt for Seattle and cruise that area for a few years, then do Mx.
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Hey Boatie...are ya there now mate?
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