I've made the trip 5 times including twice this spring. I have probably seen the blog you mention but don't know its whereabouts. Get one of the guidebooks
(Embassy Guides, Waterway Guide, Maptech
, etc.) I've used all three mentioned and any one will be enough. I like the Maptech
the best. A guidebook and a phone
connection is enough, though if you are like me you can go whole hog and get several guidebooks
, paper charts and multiple electronic charts. But a single
guidebook, a chart plotter with current
charts and a phone
is certainly enough.
There are spots that shoal and they move around. Pay attention and respect the navigation
aids. Where there are no nav-aids stick to the center of the channel. I like to run outside from Beaufort
, NC to FL. You can make that in a single
jump or two or three smaller jumps. Running inside from Annapolis to Beaufort
and from the FL-GA line to West Palm Beach is easy. Between Beaufort and FL there are more areas with thin water
. Beyond West Palm the number of bridges gets crazy.
Of course you have to take Active Captain reviews
with a grain of salt
but I find it to be invaluable for choosing an anchorage for the night. Don't wait till too late in the day to plan where you will anchor
as there are some longish stretches where there is simply nowhere good to anchor
If you want to buddy boat
and are flexible (i.e. want to match my schedule) we will be leaving Hampton between the first and tenth of November (we haven't planned that far yet), then PM me.