first mate wants Catalina 42 and I want Hans Christian 38
Just because you think you are the captain
does not mean you get to pick the boat.
Actually it was a bit brief for a first post but you start where you find yourself and go from there. Lots here in CF to explore possibilities and options. Just get the idea out of your head
that you get to pick the boat - even if it is five times the boat the Catalina ever will be. For the ICW
I'm more of a Skipper
Bob fan even if poor old Bob died last year the family
runs the place.
FWIW, I would start collecting many sources and then as you begin the trip you get more updated information along the way. The best places and options change. The world moves on and on some occasions what used to be good is not so good any more. Try to come up with as many options as you can so you can weed out the stuff that does not work and still find a place to land.
If you start cruising a long way and have a detailed agenda it has a way of becoming an itinerary and suddenly you find yourself with a deadline. Being in a hurry with any boat is always bad and adding a deadline often causes you to reach - the deadline. You do things an ordinary person would not do when not faced with a deadline. You reach beyond reasonable limits and suddenly you find out just how much you can't do. No one needs to prove what they can't do. Just because you think you can do something does not mean you can. But you can still have a good time doing what you can and you can always learn to do more.
Enjoy the place and browse around and ask plenty of questions. For the most part folks are pretty nice and having relatives from Canada
myself and of course we have Gord too so we and the rest of the folks will watch out for you.