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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Still planning



Yesterday we got an inch of ice on the roads around here. The lake shows no signs that the ice will leave it any time soon. My poor wife has the flu, so I'm taking care of her and the housework. It's only natural that my thoughts would turn to sailing adventures in warm climates.

We came back from Florida early this year to help out family. They've been warned that we plan on heading south in the fall and not coming back until spring. That's still the general plan. However, we've been thinking about changing the way we do it.

Originally, we'd planned on leaving New Hampshire in October. We want to do the ICW (Intra Coastal Waterway) We'd tow the boat down to Virgina and sail down to Florida. Someplace safe would have to be found to store the van and boat trailer. We'd either sail back to Virgina in March or rent a car to fetch van if we didn't make it all the way back.

Crummy April weather has me thinking that the end of March is too early to come home. The end of April would be a much better time. My lovely wife says 6 months is as long as she cares to be away from the kids and grandkids. Fair enough. That's why we planned on an October through March trip.

November through April would be better in many ways. October is drop dead gorgeous in New Hampshire. The weather is often mild. The foliage is brilliant, and it's the start of hunting season. The problem is that November is a bit late for sailing from mile marker one in Virgina. Odds are pretty good that there'll be some cold miserable days on the water.

Then it struck me. We could leave in November and tow the boat all the way to Florida. We could launch from Florida's Nature Coast. (Gulf side north of Tampa) and leave the vehicle at my dad's. From there we could sail down the coast. There are a lot of cool things to see in a small sailboat with a shallow draft: Florida Bay, the Okeechobee Waterway, the Keys, maybe even the Dry Tortugas. Eventually we could make our way up the East Coast using the ICW. Spring is a good time to take the ICW north. We could sail north until we either get to the end or have had enough.

All we'd have to do is find a good place to keep the boat for a few days. Then I could rent a car and go get my van and trailer from my dad's place in Florida. Looks like a good idea from where I'm sitting now. (looking out the window at the snow and ice)

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. I imagine it DOES look good from there. Hope it works for you!

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    1. Thanks. Some sort of plan will come together.

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  2. Sounds to me like you have several back up plans and really, they all sound good!

    I know you are ready to get back on the water again!

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    1. I must admit, the crummy weather lately has gotten to me.

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  3. For a long time I couldn't figure out why people "flocked" to Florida in the winter. As I get older and the winters seem colder and grayer I know why. Hope you can follow your dream.

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    1. If the cold didn't mess up my damaged lungs winter would not be so bad. When you can cross country ski, snowshoe and ice fish, the winter passes just fine. Stuck inside while coughing my lungs out is no fun.

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  4. Do your kids ever try to meet up with you on your sailing adventuress? It would be a great vacation for them to get away from the ice and snow plus allow the wife to get a grandchild "fix". A condo in one of the small towns out of season shouldn't be that expensive.

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    1. We've talked about it and it might happen one day. Till then we Skype a lot.

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  5. Now you're think'n! You would have a great winter down in the keys and all the small islands around them.

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    1. I've barely sailed the Keys and there is so much to see there in a shallow draft boat.

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  6. See, told you I'd be around....hope the wife feels better very soon.

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    1. Welcome! Fever's broke and she's eating and drinking again, so I think the worse has past. Thanks.

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