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Old 20-09-2009, 07:50   #1
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Cheap Stops from Nova Scotia to Florida

Hi, We are currently travelling on our C&C29 from Nova Scotia down to Florida and beyond to escape the cold.

We are on a very tight budget thanks to the Canadian authorities refusing to allow me to work temporarily (I am a Scottish boat builder and repairer) So we are looking for some extremely cheap places, or better still, free places to stop along the way and if there is a chance of a few boat repair jobs in that area all the better!

Got any ideas?


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Old 20-09-2009, 14:51   #2
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Uhhhh.....can't you just anchor out? Especially if you take the ICW.
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Old 20-09-2009, 14:57   #3
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Plenty of places to anchor for free once you rech the ICW.
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Old 21-09-2009, 04:38   #4
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We went from CT to FL (via ICW) and anchored about 75% of the time. Get Skipper Bobs book on places to anchor along the ICW. There are even a number of docks along the way where you can tie up short term for Free. ie.
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Old 21-09-2009, 05:07   #5
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Comming south from Halifax and too big for the ICW we anchored for free at:
Bar Harbor
Swann Island
Then due to the 4,000,000 lobster pots in Maine we crossed directly to
Provincetown Mass where we anchored and then crossed to the Cape Cod Cannal
Duck Island
New Rochelle
Paid at 79th St Marina in NY
Cape May
Sassafrass River having gone up the Delaware and down the Cannal to the Chesapeake
Paid at the City Dock in Baltimore but there were two Brit boats anchored in the basin right down town
Round Hattaras and then anchored at the following
Beafort NC
St Fernandino Beach FL
St Augustine
Lake Worth Inlet
Miami, outside No Name Harbor, off Richenbacker Causeway, outside the mooring field at Dinner Key Lots of place to anchor in Biscayne and the Keys
Once on the various Bahama Banks almost anywhere
Gt Inguana Key
San Juan PR
St Martin and you are now in the Caribbean and can anchor somewhere off almost any island

Good luck, when you get down Island we are a big blue 'Gin Palace of a cutter...come over for a beer.

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Old 21-09-2009, 06:10   #6
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Originally Posted by s/v Moondancer View Post
Comming south from Halifax and too big for the ICW we anchored for free at...
Add Elizabeth City and Edenton, NC to the list your list of free docks (as opposed to anchorages).

Side note: The grocery store in EC will come pick you up and drop you and your groceries off. There is a plexiglass covered bullitin board with the sign and number. I confirmed the sign as of early Sept 2009.


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