"Nobody but me noticed? that doesn't make sense! MD is south of NY...duh!" Well, OBVIOUSLY <G> if the ice buildup was on the starboard side of the boat, he made a wrong left turn and wound up going north from Maryland!
Happened to Wrong-Way Corrigan, didn't it?<G>
I'd take a look at the options for either trucking it to clear water
down the Mississippi
(no idea how far down that is) or ask a trucking company if they can get you to any port on the East Coast
for a reasonable fee, i.e. instead of sending an empty truck to make a pickup there. Tell them you need to get anyplace south of NYC
, and ask what they can do. Annapolis
maybe? Remember, their rates can drop steeply if you let them know you are FLEXIBLE and they can haul your boat instead of running empty.
And from there down, you can sail. Just bear in mind, with a "new used boat" you are going to want to do some shake-down cruising with the option to duck back into port for repairs
& spares for a week or two if needed.
St. Lawrence & the North Atlantic in winter in a new used boat
? UH-UH. I'm not that brave.
You've got *some* time left for the Erie Canal:
"please call 1-800-4CANAL4
and press option 3.
Hours of Operation for the New York
State Canal System for 2006:
September 16 to October 15 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
October 16 to November 15 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
They say a five-day transit time (optimistically) but I'd say getting into the Canal by November 5th would be cutting it close with an untried unfamiliar boat.
Parlez vous "zoom zoom" ? <G>