Interesting situation you have here. Sailing down the east coast
on the installment plan.
Here are our suggestions. Keep in mind, this is the way we would do it and not everyone sails
/ travels the same way. In addition, we're going to assume the object is to get to places you've never seen from the water
as soon as possible and overnight sailings are not out of the question.
Our first leg would be from Boston to one of the several nice anchorages
on Long Island
such as Port Washington
Bay, etc. Some excellent anchorages
in this area, well protected and a safe place to leave the boat.
Next leg would be to just get through New York
. Several marinas
, all expensive. Our favorite is the 79th St Marina on the Hudson
River. Pick up a mooring
ball and it's cheap
. Call ahead to get status on availability.
Next Leg would be from NYC
to Cape May New Jersey
. The anchorage is in front of the Coast Guard base. Fairly protected but not great. Marinas in the area and you should be able to secure dockage for the week. I'd call ahead and book the dockage. This leg will be on the outside so weather
is going to be a factor.
Leg 4 would be from Cape May to the Chesapeake. Again on the outside. We prefer this to going up the Delaware River and then down the inside of the "Chessie".
If you prefer, the "Inside" route
through the Chesapeake is fine but I can assure you that you will be seduced by the many stops, anchorages, and places of interest. We spent an entire summer there and didn't see a fraction of it. Fair warning is given,,,, the Chessie is very cool and you may run out of time before you're ready to move on.
Leg 5 would be another long one as we prefer to sail outside instead of the ICW
. For us it would be from the Chessie to Moorehead City N.C. Choosing your weather
here is crucial. Both Cape Hattaras and Cape Lookout can be very nasty when the wind
and seas are up. Moorehead City / Beaufort
offer several marinas and prices are much more reasonable that back north. In addition, it's a good place for most supplies, repairs
Leg 6 is from Beaufort
N.C. to Charleston S.C. Charleston is one of our favorite stops. We sometimes pass on some of the others but never on Charleston. Good marinas, good food
, good bars, and great people.
Leg 7 Charleston to St. Augustine Fla. This is a bit of a reach but we like St. Augustine. Plenty of marinas in the area and the city is cool to visit. If this leg proves to be too much, Brunswick Ga is a good altenative. Not much here. A good marina but that's about it. At night the bugs will eat you alive so make sure the A/C is working.
From here on down, it's just a matter of how far you want to make your legs and how fast you want to get to Miami
. Keep in mind that not all inlets are recommended for first time visitors.
From St. Augie south, we would suggest the following;
Port Canaveral (Cape Canaveral)
(West Palm Beach)
Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale)
In all cases, given that you just want to travel on the weekends, we suggest you book your dockage ahead of time. Many of these places are favorites of ours and to just drop in and then leave is a sin to us. Many have some really cool things to see and do so you might want to figure that into your planning.
If you've never been to Miami on a boat,,, let me tell you, it's a circus. Nice place to visit but you wouldn't want to live here. Never the less, it is one of the three places on the east coast that we would prefer to have work done aboard GAME
PLAN. The other two being Annapolis
you need for the boat is available in these three places.
As for Miami itself, lots to see and do. Several marinas, our favorite is Dinner Key. Anchorages galore and the upper Keys are just a day sail away.
Hope this helps,
Roger & Aleida