We have a Corbin 39 and are hoping to do our first trip from New England
(RI) to Florida
this season. We may do some 2-3 day offshore
hops but will primarily be exploring the ICW
most nights. For example, we most likely would do a 2-3 day run from Block Island to Cape May, and elsewhere as mood and weather
Since this is our first trip down the ICW
we are interested in some general estimates and comments on the following from those that routinely make this journey.
1) Departure dates, is mid November too late? We are well equipped with a solid fuel
Luke stove for heat and our cockpit
can be rigged with Clears to provide wind
protection on the cockpit
. If you have done this trip multiple times what sort of rough schedule do you like to set for departure before things get too uncomfortable.
2) Trip duration. We are in no real hurry but are looking for general estimates for the duration needed to get to south Miami
. In reading around, is our rough estimate of 6 weeks reasonable? I would imagine a typical week to be 4-5 days moving out of 7 to allow for weather
, fun, etc.
3) Timing to return north. Most conversations I have found focus on the autumn Nor' Easters and not so much on what to plan for in the spring. We are not familiar with the March / April weather on the SE coast of the U.S. Assuming a 6 week run back up the coast with an arrival in RI by early/mid May would yield a departure from Miami
in early April. Comments?
Thanks in advance.