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Old 22-06-2009, 17:26   #1
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Where are the Cruisers?

Hi all,
New to the site and new to cruising aboard our Freedom 32 electric powered sailboat.

We started cruising from Mobile in mid-feb. and are now hunkered down in Fort Myers FL. Yes, we were moving slow - 600 miles in 3 1/2 months.

Where do cruisers hide during hurricane season? Are we missing a prime spot to gather with other cruisers?
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Old 22-06-2009, 17:37   #2
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Fiji, Vuda point Marina.
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Old 22-06-2009, 17:43   #3
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Cool, diesel free, wow we have bunch of questions for you, but will save that for later. In Florida I'd say the Okeechobie inland? might be better one. very helpful people here I'm sure you'll get more places to hide out.
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Old 22-06-2009, 17:43   #5
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Chicago has a good record for hurricanes...Been through 4 hurricanes in the mangroves in South Florida without a scratch.

Just arrived in Trinidad this morning which is where my insurace comapny told me to go. We went to Nova Scotia last year and still had to dodge a hurricane!! It has more to do with good preparation than where you are.

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Hi all,
New to the site and new to cruising aboard our Freedom 32 electric powered sailboat.

We started cruising from Mobile in mid-feb. and are now hunkered down in Fort Myers FL. Yes, we were moving slow - 600 miles in 3 1/2 months.

Where do cruisers hide during hurricane season? Are we missing a prime spot to gather with other cruisers?
Welcome to the cruisers forum. We are hunkered down in Tampa Bay area for hurricane season, but Florida isn't a popular destination in the summer. Many cruisers put their boats on the hard in Florida until the end of hurricane season, but it's awfully hot to do any cruising and thunderstorms can be pretty violent.

Many of the full time cruisers head north to Chesapeake or New England for the summer or head to areas south of the hurricane belt such as Venezuela or Rio Dulce in Guatemala.

Ft Meyers is a nice place to hang out so have a good time exploring the area and enjoy your new-found freedom. Pine Island sound and Charlotte Harbor are close to you and are really nice cruising areas. If you travel in the mornings and plug into a marina for air conditioning in the afternoon you can still enjoy cruising in your local area.
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Old 22-06-2009, 19:47   #8
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Hi.
Were in s carlina at Folly beach. If one heads our way were heading up cooper river and spiderwebbing everything we've got to a large swivel and riding it out. Some of the old bends in the caloosahatchee/okachobee where they straightened the river out might be decent places to ride one out. If Nico the pirate is still hanging out there (ft meyers mooring field) tell him steve and Kim say hi.
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Hi all,
New to the site and new to cruising aboard our Freedom 32 electric powered sailboat.

We started cruising from Mobile in mid-feb. and are now hunkered down in Fort Myers FL. Yes, we were moving slow - 600 miles in 3 1/2 months.

Where do cruisers hide during hurricane season? Are we missing a prime spot to gather with other cruisers?
Looking forward to hearing about your electric power. Fascinating. You must have a pretty big battery bank and some serious solar panals. Any pictures? Any shortcomings? New England is beautifle cruising for the next couple of months....then go south.
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Looking forward to hearing about your electric power. Fascinating. You must have a pretty big battery bank and some serious solar panals. Any pictures? Any shortcomings? .
If you click on the picture in my latest blog entry at: www.risingstarsouth.blogspot.com you will see a 200 watt, 48volt solar panel which is my "fuel filler" for sunlight.

Shortcomings? Sure! Just not as many as diesel. There the fight is started....
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You've gotten a lot of answers already.
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