Hello all!! I am and old "new boater". What I mean is that I am 48 years old and a side from my Searay 28 that I have had for 1 year (to boot around lake Ontario).
My (and my wife's) intentions are to take every marine
, and captain's course in the next 18 months in order to gain valuable experience and knowledge in preparation for our ultimate goal....a 20 month great loop starting from Toronto Ontario
and weaving through the great lakes
and then going to the Miami
area. from there we would like to move west to Bimini
and through the Bahamas
, then to Cuba
and eventually to Mexico
and the Yucatan
Peninsula in order to check out the Mayan ruins. From there; We would boogie across the Gulf of Mexico
to the Keys, up to Miami
again and finally through the ICW
, Dismal Swamp, New York
and St. Lawrence Canal and finally back home to Lake Ontario
The vessel we would like to use for this trip is from an N37 Grand Banks
trawler(7 knots top speed) or equivalent in respect to space and safety
. Our Ideal vessel is one that has about the same size living space as an N37 GB trawler
but can do 14 - 28 knots at full tilt and have a draft
of 48" or less and dual screws.
Aside from that (which we have over 18 months to get) my biggest fear is the Tenn-Tom route
and the "wing damns". I fear running aground. and from what I have read; the wing damns can change from week to week. I have basically been told to simply stay in the center of the river (and between the day markers...if they are even there) and we should be OK.
Any advice would be awesome.