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Old 24-03-2012, 10:50   #1
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Coming up the East Coast

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I bought a Searunner 37 and plan to bring it to Newport, RI from Miami the first few weeks of May. I will have four aboard, me planned route is Miami, Charleston, Morehead City, Newport. I don't have refrigeration, only ice.

Can anyone give me any outfitting suggestions, navigation warnings, route modifications, etc? I have only gone south, never north, so any help will be appreciated.

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Re: Coming up the East Coast

Are you planning to go inside, outside or a combination? Can your mast fit under ICW bridges? Looking for a quick trip or a relaxed one? Morehead City to R.I. is a long stretch.
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Old 24-03-2012, 15:50   #3
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Are you planning to go inside, outside or a combination? Can your mast fit under ICW bridges? Looking for a quick trip or a relaxed one? Morehead City to R.I. is a long stretch.
This is going to be a quicky, offshore the whole way. Miami to Charleston is about 425 miles, Charleston to Morehead City about 250 miles, and Morehead City to Newport about 450 miles. That is why I am seeking advise for the trip. The only consideration for inside would be through the dismal swamp if the weather is too bad around Cape Hatteras.

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Early May you are very likely to have some cold fronts with northers still coming down, and that 450-mile run from Morehead to Newport puts you off of Hatteras and so far offshore you really can't run back in if a front is coming. By the way, check your mileage. I'm pretty sure it is around 500 NM from Beaufort offshore around Hatteras to Newport. My druthers would be to go inside from Beaufort to Norfolk and then outside to Cape May, and then from Cape May to Block Island and Newport, or go direct from Norfolk to Block if the weather permits. It will be cold for that last stretch and heavy long underwear, ski hats, etc. will be what you need at night. Do you have a nice thermos for middle of the night warm ups?
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Re: Coming up the East Coast

Dismal Swamp is scenic, but not the quickest way through Virginia. There's a route called the Virginia Cut that you might want to consider.

My advice on the stops is to be flexible. The reason being is that you will want to stay in the stream as far as you can and with its easterly bend, ports become further and further away from the stream as you go north. If weather, crew and provisions permit, stay in the stream. Charleston is pretty far west of the stream. Miami to Morehead City is a nice quick run in the stream — as long as you have a good weather window.

Make sure you have a good list of all acceptable ports on the coast in case you have to duck in.
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Old 24-03-2012, 16:20   #6
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Make sure you have a good list of all acceptable ports on the coast in case you have to duck in.
It goes without saying that you should have onboard all the charts you'll need for both intermediate stops and the ICW, because you never know where you'll actually end up.
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Mate-

I looked at that boat when it was for sale. It is completely unsafe to take offshore.

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I would add Fernandina Beach and Lewes, DE as possible intermediate stops. Get yer motor on!
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Early May you are very likely to have some cold fronts with northers still coming down
???? Not really...
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Judging from the questions you asked I suggest you hire a professional captain to go along with you.
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Judging from the questions you asked I suggest you hire a professional captain to go along with you.
Why? I think this seems like a reasonable trip provided he picks his weather windows and that the boat is in set up to deal with anything that might come up.
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Old 25-03-2012, 05:39   #13
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Dismal Swamp is scenic, but not the quickest way through Virginia. There's a route called the Virginia Cut that you might want to consider.

My advice on the stops is to be flexible. The reason being is that you will want to stay in the stream as far as you can and with its easterly bend, ports become further and further away from the stream as you go north. If weather, crew and provisions permit, stay in the stream. Charleston is pretty far west of the stream. Miami to Morehead City is a nice quick run in the stream as long as you have a good weather window.

Make sure you have a good list of all acceptable ports on the coast in case you have to duck in.
Can you tell me more of the Virginia Cut? I was perusing the charts and really couldn't find the best route.

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Can you tell me more of the Virginia Cut? I was perusing the charts and really couldn't find the best route.

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Goes up through Currituck Sound (a little cut thrugh Coinjock, Va) then up the North Landing River to North landing, Va then west through Great Bridge and into Norfolk.

One lock and a couple Fixed and swing bridges. Much better for depth than the Dismal Swamp route (though the Sping is usually OK for that route).

Then all the bridges through Norfolk that you would usually encounter either route.
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I don't think you need to worry about draft in a Searunner! Definitely consider the Dismal Swamp Canal unless you're in a crazy hurry (which is not a good idea)...much more scenic, pretty much the same distance, just one extra lock compared to the other route.
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