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Old 09-15-2015, 10:30 AM   #41
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Get a set of radio headsets so that you can communicate when docking.
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:55 AM   #42
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Or at least work out basic, simple hand signals for line handling and anchoring.

I also suggest using a simple number system for your lines. For example. Bow line = line #1, aft leading spring = #2, fwd leading spring = #3 and stern line = #4.

That way the line handler can just flash hand signals to let you know what line is on or off.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:02 AM   #43
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See my comments on the "Are we Crazy" thread from same OP and topic. Maybe Mods can combine?
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:22 AM   #44
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After years on sailboats we upgraded into a trawler (<--- see pic) and our first trip was from Galveston Bay, across the Gulf to Key West. We're in NY Harbor now and will be heading back south in 6 weeks or so. We also brought an experienced friend with us. Learned much along the way, and still are. No other way to gain experience than going out. So if you have a good boat, understand that no "schedule" will work, chose wisely when to wait and when to untie, then go for it! Have fun and enjoy the trip!!

If you make NY/NJ before October 19, let us know. Would love to hear about the trip over a beer, on us. And if you need any work in NJ, Charleston, or Savannah let us know, may be able to steer you into the right people.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:33 AM   #45
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With good weather it's all pretty simple.
Your first leg is down the coast of Maine/NH in open ocean, that will probably be your most challenging, but plenty of bail out harbors.
After that just make sure you have good weather and tide for Buzzards Bay, it does get nasty in a blow and/or against the tide.
Short hop into Newport, then a short hop into protected Long Island Sound, and down into the city.
Get a good window for the Jersey coast and around Cape May.
From then on it's all "keep it between the mud banks" all the down.

Have fun, enjoy.
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Old 09-15-2015, 12:50 PM   #46
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:07 PM   #47
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:53 PM   #48
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I will be leaving from Lake Erie on Friday headed to Florida, I have done the trip from the NE to Florida somewhere around 30 times.

Capt. Bill talked about looking at the markers behind you which is critical, follow his advise.
My short advise is to say "run to the outside of the curve." The water is normally deeper on the outside of a curve in the waterway, it often shoals on the inside. Never cut from marker to marker on the inside of a curve, take it wide.

The other short tip is to take extra caution wherever the ICW meets the ocean. Shoals develop in these places all the time.
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The other short tip is to take extra caution wherever the ICW meets the ocean. Shoals develop in these places all the time.
Like Matanzas inlet!
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"Get a good window for the Jersey coast and around Cape May.
From then on it's all "keep it between the mud banks" all the down."

I must strongly disagree. Having done this trip a numerous times and doing it again this fall, there are numerous other areas that require a sharp eye on the weather and sea conditions. Delaware and Chesapeake Bay can be challenging in the wrong conditions. Some of the worst passages we have experienced happened on Delaware Bay. There are numerous Sounds that deserve caution such as Sapelo Sound and St. Andrews Sound.

It's a fun, fairly easy trip when done carefully but don't underestimate the power of the water in open areas.

Good luck, Howard onboard Magic--keep a watch for us.
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"Get a good window for the Jersey coast and around Cape May.
From then on it's all "keep it between the mud banks" all the down."

I must strongly disagree. Having done this trip a numerous times and doing it again this fall, there are numerous other areas that require a sharp eye on the weather and sea conditions. Delaware and Chesapeake Bay can be challenging in the wrong conditions. Some of the worst passages we have experienced happened on Delaware Bay. There are numerous Sounds that deserve caution such as Sapelo Sound and St. Andrews Sound.

It's a fun, fairly easy trip when done carefully but don't underestimate the power of the water in open areas.

Good luck, Howard onboard Magic--keep a watch for us.
Right on! Throw in Albemarle and Pamlico sounds while you are at it.. definitely places along with your list that merit "waiting for weather". 20+knot winds and "2-3 foot seas" may not sound so bad until you realize it is like running through very closely spaced 2 foot high concrete walls...

Also, the best and most direct route is to go through Cape May, not around it via inlet and canal. And better yet, stop and spend a few days at this delightful destination.
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Right on. Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds are not to be trifled with. However, by watching weather and there will be plenty of dock talk on the way, they can be very passable. One of the advantages and/or curses is that there will be many boats travelling this time of year. We try to avoid these times because of our faster cruising speeds.
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Not much dock talk when you anchor most nights.
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Yeah but you'll often hear it on the VHF. People asking for conditions or relaying them out.
Don't be afraid to use this very helpful tool!
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:35 PM   #56
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This is a great thread with some very good advice. My wife and I leave on our first trip down the AICW on November 1st. We are a bit nervous, but very anxious to start our new adventure. We will be attending a Snowbird ICW Rendezvous in Hampton, VA 15-17 October and hope to learn a lot there as well.


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Yeah but you'll often hear it on the VHF. People asking for conditions or relaying them out.
Don't be afraid to use this very helpful tool!
What's the best channel to monitor (besides 16)?
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:47 PM   #58
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People hail on 16 with their info or request and if further discussion is needed agree to a working channel. While not exactly Kosher, it is common on the ICW to go "up one" to 17 for quick conversations. If one is truly courteous cruiser, and conditions are iffy or visibility bad, advising the world via a securite of the conditions where you are at the moment seem to be appreciated by the CG.
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Mr. FW. Usually the bridge channels. In the north it's 13 and in the south it's 9. To the best of my memory BUT I stand to be corrected.
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I almost hate to broach this subject, but this is how we do it on Moonstruck. I give adamant instructions that it is the captain's job to place the boat in the proper position. No yelling! Our boat weighs 15 tons. At no time is the mate to place any part of the body between the boat and a pile or dock. Also, no pushing off. These are the times when injuries have occurred. Some injuries being serious such as severed fingers and falls overboard. Also I insist on the mate having on at least an automatic inflatable life vest. We operate our boats in an alien environment. We must respect it.

The EMTs coming to the boat usually means a ruined trip or worse.
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