We sent off the contracts today to have our boat shipped to Havre de Grace the week of the Boat show
- we will meet it down there when our businesses close. Our plan is to get it the water
, do some work on it, take it for a few shakedown trips out of the marina, go to the Boat show
for a day then do some short days down the beginning of the Chesapeake staying in Marinas
and near boat supplies incase anything goes wrong - the boat hasn't been in the water
for 3 years...then a few longer days heading down to the ICW
...we hope to be in the ICW
by Nov 1 or so (no real schedule). Then spend the next two or so months making our way down the ICW to the end of Georgia
maybe to St. Simons Island area - haul the boat out there till next year when we can sail it further South during our time off in the winter.
We want to spend some time in Charleston and Savannah. (We drove the route
last winter so that we could see what the places looked like and get a feel for it).
After two false starts I can't believe we are finally going to make it onto the boat! I am glad we waited though and didn't go in MAy as planned to sail it down the East Coast
and spent the time Chartering then instead it gave us a feel for living on a boat which we had never done. It was good to do it in nice warm beautiful BVIs for the first time instead of cold Maine!
Any suggestions about places on the Chesapeake to stop - we have two dogs
and don't want to go too far off the Channel and add to our days sailing...we are thinking of doing a mix of Marinas
. We plan to stop at Solomon Islands, it looks nice. We are also looking for a place to stay outside of Norfolk to rest up before doing all the bridges and navy
traffic, there are so many choices in the area it seemed hard to tell what was best.
Also any word on the DIsmal swamp? We really want to go that way but have heard it is pretty shallow with lots of deadheads...we draw 5'2 on our 28.5 Hunter
is it doable for us? Any tips for the ICW run? Places to see, stay, anchor
- good dog friendly places...
Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated...