Seeking comments, opinions, advice and thoughts for upcoming trip. All are sincerely welcome.
Leaving Easton Md. first of February. Boat
is 50 foot trawler
, 24 foot beam, draws 6 feet carries 1250 fuel
, good for about 2000 miles - about 2 months self contained. 7 knot
or so cruise
The first point of interest is St Augustine. Then Key West
/ Fort Jefferson.
Maybe across to the Bahamas
(Waderick Wells is nice) maybe not.
Have to have someone at the BWI airport
on 28 March without fail.
Pay a lot of attention to weather
. Last year was ICW
, to Charleston to Ft Lauderdale (can do without Lauderdale).
I can go across at Stuart and go around Sanibel to Cayo Costa and then down to Ft Jefferson and then to Key West
. Can go back the same way or north by Miami
and straight home or jump over to Alicetown and across the banks to Chub Cay and down to Exmas.
I do not know anything about Key West (we are in our 70's and pretty quiet) and am not really able to get very far looking at the charts
and AC for working my way north along the coast from KW to Miami
, Lauderdale and so forth. Not really eager to get crossed up with what seems to be a new regime of water
police. Last year caught a nice weather
window and ran from Chub Cay to Beaufort
in about 90 hours.
I know - schedule is the worst thing but you go when you can. Will try to leave around first December later this year.
So any advice about Key West (will use marina there if available) and the keys is much appreciated. If I go from Cayo Costa or Naples I will loop out a bit to give any crab traps etc clearance.
With a bit of luck with the weather gods can probably make it through Okeechobee, down to Ft Jefferson / Key West and over to Bahamas
and then jump straight home.
For all of you who wade through this, thank you.