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Old 31-03-2020, 14:44   #1
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Messed up plans, advice needed!

Good day, fellow cruisers!
We’re a family of 6, 2 adults and 4 kids, for now have been full time cruising around Caribbean for 2 years.
At the moment we’re staying in USVI. We had been planning on sailing to Bahamas and spending some time there. Then return to Florida and sell our catamaran there, to live some time on land. If we don’t have to sell it before the hurricane season starts go up North along the east coast and go on cruising a little more.

As it’s true for many of you, COVID-19 have messed up all our plans.
Bahamas is closed.
We’re not sure if it’s possible to sell the boat now.
According to our insurance police we have to be at 35-36 latitude North.
We still need to pick up some of our belongings from South Florida.

There are too many questions to figure out.
First, when it’s better time to leave USVI, now or wait till May when the weather or situation with virus might got better (or worse) For now situation in USVI looks better than those in Florida. At the moment, we don’t have problems with fuel, groceries, laundry, for example. And it’s more quiet and less crowded than in Florida.

What route do you think better?
Try to sail to South Florida or head to Georgia or maybe South or North Carolina then try to return to Miami to pick up our things from storage before sailing North for hurricane season.
If possible, making 7-8 days long passage, we’d prefer to go further offshore because there is less traffic, fishing net and wind changes. Go through all the islands including Bahamas without opportunity to drop the anchor and take a rest is tiresome.

What route from Florida and place is better to spending hurricane season with good, hopefully safe and free anchorages?

We’ve got 40 feet catamaran, 24 beam and 67"mast.

We’re appreciate your advices, opinion and experience. It may help us to make more adequate decisions.

Thank you in advance! Stay safe!
SV ManaKai.
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