Originally Posted by crawdaddy282
...She just wants to know when and where, which as others point out is not always exactly how it works. I was just curious if there was something else I was missing for planning...
Not sure if this will help, but it will at least give you one couples perspective.
We planned a year long trip starting out from Harwich Port, MA (where we had left our boat after our 1 month trip) and heading South. We had all the charts
necessary down to the Florida Keys
. We spent a few weeks working our way down each chart. First, we decided how far we wanted to travel each day (time) before anchoring
for the night. If we couldn't find what looked like a good area to anchor
, we would look for a marina or failing that would backtrack until we could find a good anchorage. In many areas, we also looked for and noted a backup anchorage/marina (paid off at least twice)... We did that all the way to the Keys! No, no, seriously we did.
Then our trip started!
We got to Harwichport and found our boat had been VERY poorly taken care of (a story for another day) suffice it to say it took us a couple of weeks before we could head
out. So right off the bat, the schedule was shot... but not really, having laid everything out, all we had to do was shift the dates.
We headed out and got slammed by Nor'easters - more delays!
Hung out in Northport Longisland for a few days waiting for the weather to pass, then anchored in Sandy Hook, NJ for our overnight run down the NJ coast (no anchorages
and no marinas
because of our draft)
We made it to Cape May and loved it, so hung out for about a week enjoying everything this lovely town has to offer.
Instead of mid-September, it was mid-October by the time we hit the Chesapeake; the 17th to be exact. We spent a ton of time in Annapolis
and were in Portsmouth VA, Christmas
day when we decided to leave Rocinante for a few days and went home to NJ to suprise our family!
We loved Charleston, so we spent almost a month there!
This process continued all the way down to the Florida Keys
... every day we followed our original plan, but the decision of when to stop & when to leave was dictated by wind, tide and desire!
For example, on our way to Fernandina Beach, we were running a bit behind and reached a particular bridge after the tide had gotten a bit too high for our comfort; we have a 64' mast
and this was a 65' bridge clearance!
So we dropped anchor
, had lunch, read a bit and waited for the tide to change. Obviously by that time, there was no way we would reach Fernandina Beach by nightfall, so we opted to stop at Jekyll Island instead. You already know how that ended - we loved it and spent a week exploring the island!
Bottom line; by having a rather detailed route
plan, we always had a good handle on when we would be in a particular place. Now this is key! We knew, relative to where we were, not relative to when we started the trip!
So, we knew we'd be in St. Augustine 1 day after we left Jekyll Island... the fact that it was in March instead of the previous November was another story!
Do not let any plan, schedule, etc. dictate your actions - we've seen far too many people get ino dire trouble because they "had to" head out that day...
Enjoy and be safe!