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Old 03-23-2013, 12:55 AM   #21
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Don't forget about switching to synthetic oil, adding cetane booster and doubling up on fuel additives to make your trip memorable. Or so the Newbie would be led to believe when perusing TF. While you're at it talk with Galaxy Girl about buying the right vessel for the 400 mile journey.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:13 AM   #22
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Cruising the ICW is not rocket science. Sometime you have to get your feet wet (so to speak), and throw off the umbilical chord. Most of the bottom is soft. With a single screw and full keel with skeg (if you have one) going aground will not be an earth shattering experience. Inconvient? Yes. Watch the gold triangles and squares on markers and bouys. Gold square is green and gold triangle is red no matter what color the marker they are on. If you don't see gold you are lost. Don't be afraid to radio for directional help. Many times there are bored guys around just waiting for such a call.

I envy your first trip. There will never be another first one.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:15 AM   #23
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Trinkets for the natives.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:30 AM   #24
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Did you already started your cruise? Send us news. Good luck

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:53 AM   #25
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I'm with you, Alemao. Go for it.
The risk is mainly financial on the ICF. A great way to learn. Make sure you're insured. and have fun!
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:45 AM   #26
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Geez

Get in your boat and go.

Does it run?
Is it in good mechanical shape?
Do you know how to drive it?
Do you know how to fix it when it breaks?

Drive the boat. Do not let any dock queen owners stop you.
My gawd you're going down a 125' wide ditch. You'll probably experience a 6 inch wave or a boat wake. You might be out of sight of a full service marina for all of a couple of hours.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:23 PM   #27
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More synthetic oil, please

Paper charts always. Ask for local knowledge before you go and drop the lines. It's been said about the necessities, just go.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:40 AM   #28
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Just be careful because you must go in idle or close idle and you must power your engines about 30 seconds to 1 minute a day to clean them.

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Old 05-16-2013, 03:38 PM   #29
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Geez

Get in your boat and go.

Does it run?
Is it in good mechanical shape?
Do you know how to drive it?
Do you know how to fix it when it breaks?

Drive the boat. Do not let any dock queen owners stop you.
My gawd you're going down a 125' wide ditch. You'll probably experience a 6 inch wave or a boat wake. You might be out of sight of a full service marina for all of a couple of hours.
Now that is funny! Sometimes we on the west coast wish we had a ditch to go up the coast....

Love the boating community, but sometimes it is funny to compare the differances between the left and right coast......
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:13 PM   #30
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Yes but we have to respect each one with his cruise.
I have to make a small cruise still before the hurricane season, and I'm talkink about 600 miles of open water.
I think that 400 miles in the IC it's easy because I'm mechanical engeneer, but for the first time cruising maybe not.
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