Howard, With plans to keep the conversation here instead of with email
, so that all on the forum can share ideas; I'd still ask about your draft and mast
clearance as these data will determine many of your choices. Also, will you be expecting overnights offshore or short day hops? What about your expectations regarding motoring and sailing? Are you planning to accept motoring for some inland passages or are you more inclined to sail only? If you are planning to do significant motoring, what is your cruising speed under power? Also what are your time constraints for reaching the Keys? We don't often cruise
with deadlines and sometimes take as long as two months for this route
with many stops. Our first ports
out of Boston are usually Provencetown, Plymouth, Onset and Newport
. We find that Plymouth and Newport
have moorings available at a cost with little space for anchoring
, while Provencetown and Onset give us safe anchorages and dinghy
access without costs. This brings up another question. Do you plan to make choices about your route that would allow for the least expense?
As I see Capttman's post above, those other resources are great!