Hello fellow CF’ers!
I’m looking for some insight to assist us in making our decision regarding the hurricane
season. We are newer to cruising (7 months) and have never left the boat
for longer than 2 weeks in a marina and have never hauled out or ‘closed the boat’ on the hard
Here are the facts:
- we have a 2018 Lagoon
- currently in BVI
season for our policy starts July 1.
- Northern limit is Cape Hatteras, NC.
- Lower limit on policy is 10°
- Premium add-on for 10° - 12°40’ is $1200.00 for the season.
- Premium add-on for above 12°40 is $3600 for the season.
- We took foreign delivery
of a US Flagged vessel and have not paid the duty which would be $10k.
- We crossed the Atlantic, but with crew, heading North would require us to have more crew for safety
. Heading South is well within our abilities without crew.
- we would like to leave the boat
home for part of the season, maybe 6-10 weeks.
- heading North to the US means we have to pay the duty and find friends/crew to assist in the trek up. Furthermore, we’ve heard the trip back SE can be a b*tch. I’ve done some research
and haven’t been successful in finding many places on the East coast
lifts and haul out
- Heading South we are worried about the Summer heat if we cruise
in the Grenadines area. Also concerned about personal and vessel safety
if we head
down to Trinidad for a haul out
- Is it worthwhile to haul out for 6-10 weeks or just grab a slip knowing we will need a new bottom paint
job in Fall and a dirty hull
will be cleaned regardless.
I’m hoping to tap in your brains for some insight on our scenario and some comments/advice on your past experiences. Money
is always a concern but will be ignored for the sake of safe and enjoyable sailing.