OK, so we've about got "the plan". Thought I would share it and get opinions. (this has been really fun for me)
Leave St. Lucie with the tide. Heading due east until the depth
reaches at least 60 feet. We'll turn south and follow the contours between 60 and 100 feet. Just before Miami
we'll get a little farther out to avoid traffic and stay outside until Fowey Rocks. There we'll cross over into the Hawk Channel.
We'll stay with the Hawk Channel until we hit Key West
. There we'll overnight (or longer) in Key West
Leaving Key West Bight we'll head
due west then turn NW once we reach G17. Follow the channel out until we hit G1....
Then Depending on the status of the Gulf Loop Current
at the time we'll either turn north or hit the rhumb line to a way point approximately 100 miles southsoutheast of Galveston. Head
north from there into Galveston as conditions permit
My only concerns are 1. Staying out of trouble in the Hawk Channel. 2. Staying out of trouble in Key West. 3. Getting the ice maker onboard working and 4. Having enough rum
onboard for the whole trip.
With 5 souls aboard and two of them dedicated beer
drinkers I'm thinking a gallon of rum
per day for the remaining crew. Better to have to much than not enough. Now the only question is do we mix with carbonated beverage or take the health food route
and mix with juice? Any comments from the professionals in the forum with regards to this important last decision? (I know 16 different ways to cook spam so not to worried about the food provisioning
part. I'll also make Cabbage Soup for the first 2 or 3 days until everyone gets finished working the rail. Then we'll switch to potatoes with the spam. Also know 16 different ways to make potatoes.....)