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Old 07-18-2016, 07:29 AM   #21
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When I travel I generally "plan" on 6 hours of running x 6 knots (easy calcs) = 36 nautical miles.
Some days will be longer maybe 8 or more, some will be less depending on currents, locations, etc., but I've found the 6 hours plan seems to work for me without being a "job".
Leaves time for exploring at the anchorage, resupplying, repairs, etc.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:21 AM   #22
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but I've found the 6 hours plan seems to work for me without being a "job".

Valid point concerning "job". Here on the east coast you may develop what is sometimes referred to as the " ICW hunch". After a week of 8-10 hour days you find you develop a white knuckled grip of the wheel as your eyes dart ahead, to the chart plotter, ahead again, to the depth finder, ahead again, to the engine gauges and back to the chart plotter. Cruising is no longer fun. Put in a long day from time to time when you have to, but don't let it become a job.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:37 AM   #23
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East coast. Scroll down to geographic area.
Distances Between US Ports - Tug and Barge Solutions
Can't help but note that that source dates to 2002. Is it still reliable, global warming and all?
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:42 AM   #24
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Remember your 6K boat will do about 7 lubber miles per hour , what the ICW is measured in.

Weather will play a large role , so the best is to guesstimate a distance , say 60 miles then look at the chart to see where that distance gets you.

Locate a Marina or anchorage as near as you can and use that as a target.

Bridges may add big time , as well as bogus Manatee zones and endless no wake zones.

So look 2 or 3 hours shy , say at 40 milers and see if you can find an O nite spot.

Many parts of the ICW connect inlets , so what you loose to current one portion of the day you may gain later.

Gas stops are best done at mid day, the dock is usually empty , and the hose monkey is not busy , so it goes quick if desired..

We prefer anchoring out , so stopping at 11am, doing a wash , walking to a grocery and taking on water as well as fuel can all be done in an hour , or an hour and a half.So most spots are happy to have you.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:47 AM   #25
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IMO the fastest way to assure your crew won't want to ever get on the boat again is to follow your plan. Slow down spend time in closer places. The closer place can be just as interesting and enjoyable as the farther places.
Spending a month without ever leaving the Chesapeake and it rivers is easy and would be a lot of fun.
Cruising is different than driving where you zoom past everything. pick places to stop whee you can walk to local towns. They are often interesting if you ask around.

The interesting thing about coastal towns is that since they grew up on the water they are what i call half towns with the old center right where you can dock for easy walking exploration.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:00 AM   #26
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Garmin's Blue Chart app has a simple distance measuring tool. We use it extensively for trip planning. It's not as precise as using mile markers (which we don't have on the Gulf coast ICW), but it is sufficient for planning.

Great app, BTW.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:01 AM   #27
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It's not as precise as using mile markers (which we don't have on the Gulf coast ICW), but it is sufficient for planning.

Great app, BTW.[/QUOTE]

My NOAA charts do show mile markers along the Gulf coast.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:20 AM   #28
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Just a note: The ICW and inside rivers and lakes are in statute miles and MPH , ocean outside is nautical miles and knots. We switch our instruments when changing areas.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:22 AM   #29
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I second Google Earth. Extremely accurate. Use it quite a bit while daydreaming at my desk. Of course it doesn't take into current and tides into consideration.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:23 AM   #30
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We plan 25-30 miles days. Pleanty of time to relax.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:42 AM   #31
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I'm surprised nobody has said this yet. The most dangerous thing you can have for a trip on your boat is a schedule
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Old 07-18-2016, 02:16 PM   #32
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Can anyone tell me how I could figure out distances ( by water ). My problem is we are planning a trip in the early fall but only have a certain time to do it. I know there are a lot of things that can throw things off such as weather, break downs, etc. We're figuring on doing sixty miles a day + or - .So I'm looking at 20-25 days ( that's round trip ) but am trying to figure how far we might be able to get. I know there will be a lot of different opions about this but that's why I'm asking. Thanks in advance.
That would be 1,200 to 1,500 miles total. 600 to 750 miles each way.

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Navionics app on iPad. A great tool for planning.
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Old 07-18-2016, 02:33 PM   #34
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I'm surprised nobody has said this yet. The most dangerous thing you can have for a trip on your boat is a schedule
I need to retire, so I can follow that advice.
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Old 07-18-2016, 02:41 PM   #35
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Active Captain is easy to use to measure distances. Then there is:

http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/n.../distances.pdf

That's a good reference for a broad stroke. Won't have all the stops.

I just decided to look at the portion of the loop we're doing this year.

We travel 67 out of 154 days, so one out of every 2.3 days. We travel an average of 5.16 hours per day. Now our speed is a bit faster, so we do cover 5363 nm in those 67 days, averaging 80 nm per day, so averaging about 15.6 knots (includes locks, canals, etc. as we cruise at 26 knots or so. I've excluded breaks and boating we do at home during them.

We enjoy our stops and find that a comfortable pace. We have a few places we just get a half day, but most places we spend at least one full day. Then there are those places where there is much more to do and we stay longer. Now, the exploration at each stop is more important to us than to many of you.

I think if you cruise at 7 knots, then 50 nm per day and every other day is a reasonable pace, but pushing it too much beyond that would make it feel like work. I never want to feel like "oh darn, I have to go 14 hours today or I'll be behind schedule. I don't look forward to this." You should look forward to each day. We try to keep it in a pattern that we feel like we can't wait to explore the next stop but then we're anxious after to get on the water and move on. A long day, an overnight even, are fine to me, on rare occasions.
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Old 07-18-2016, 03:23 PM   #36
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I second the comment about Navionics as a planning tool. it will create a route for you if you just provide the start and end points. It is a great tool for exploring new areas. The charts tend to be very current and generally are more current than Garmin BlueCharts.
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Old 07-18-2016, 05:12 PM   #37
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Drake: Mile Markers are on the GICWW. If I remember correctly Houston Ship Channel is close to MM350 W. They start at the Mississippi River and go east or west.
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I have read it before but have yet to see where the tool is on Active Captain for measuring distances....any tips?


On the regular Active Captain website....or is this an app/chartplotter that supports Active Captain?
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I use Active Captain for trip planning. Attached is plan for my initial purchase shakedown run. This was a 200 mile run from Portland Maine to Niantic CT. 60-70 miles a day. I have a Mainship 30 which cruises comfortably at 15 knots.
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willpep...how did you do that? What machine? Program? Website?
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