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Old 07-12-2012, 01:57 AM   #1
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How far have you been in your Coastal Cruiser?

How far have you taken your Coastal Cruiser?

Have you completed the Great Loop?

Or a long trip on the ICW?

Have you traveled the Pacific Coast into Mexico and beyond?

Have you completed the inside passage to Alaska?

This is a thread to make others dream. Tell all about your voyages so we can dream about that voyage and someday make them ourselves.

I dream of going down the pacific coast into Mexico, then crossing into the Caribbiean if possible. Has anybody done that?

Personally in my Coastal Cruisers I've made the inside passage from Washington to Alaska twice, including two Gulf of Alaska crossings.

This is a trip everybody should take, and the great thing is anybody with a boat big enough to sleep on can do the inside passage. Fuel avaibility is a non issue for almost any size boat, and the scenery is unforgettable.

The gulf Of Alaska is not for the faint of heart, and requires a range of at least 300 NM but the crossing opens up the great cruising grounds of Prince william Sound.

So where have you gone, and how did you like it. Please do tell.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:26 AM   #2
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I'm not retired so our cruising time is limited to vacations. So far we have taken the GB as far north as Desolation Sound. We have no interest in going the other direction--- in fact our engines both die automatically if we try to take the boat south of Anacortes and won't restart until we get the bow pointed the other way.

We have flown the Inside Passage as far north as Juneau more times that we can remember starting in the 1980s so we know what's up there. In fact it's been those flights that prompted us to get a cruising boat so that perhaps someday we can explore the same region by boat. Assuming we ever get the time.

In the meantime we take what cruises we can into the Gulf Islands and other areas of lower BC. And we are able to take our trailer boat up to the north end of Vancouver Island so have explored some of that area as well, specifically Knight Inlet, Blackfish Sound, upper Johnstone Strait, etc.

Since it may be awhile before we are able to take our GB up north we are considering chartering the Gikumi out of Telegraph Cove next year to explore more of the islands surrounding Queen Charlotte Strait. We've flown that area extensively in the plane but it would be great to see and explore it at a more leisurly pace.

While it's anyone's guess how our time for cruising in our own boat will work out, we have no desire to cruise anywhere else other than between the San Juans and Glacier Bay. One could spend a lifetime mucking about just in the region between Campbell River and Cape Caution, let alone on up the Passage to SE Alaska.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:17 AM   #3
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Bought the boat in Annapolis end of November 2008 , brought her home via Atlantic ICW to Lake Okeechobee and on up to Houma, Louisiana. Since then made a trip From Houma to Sanibel Is/ Ft Myers and back in 2009, In 2010 down to the Keys, back up to Okeechobee via Miami, then across to the Gulf and up to Louisiana. 2011 to Sanibel/ Ft Myers and back. In 2012 parents had health issues so no trip this year.
The longest open water leg we have made is the jump across the Gulf from West Florida to Apalachicola's Gov't cut, three times via Tarpon Springs 148 NM, and twice from Tampa Bay 172 NM. Pretty good conditions each time,We enjoy Tarpon Springs and Apalachicola I don't mind waiting there for a good weather window.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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In 14 years we've been to SE Alaska four times and around Vancouver Island once. As far North as Skagway, AK and as far South as Olympia, WA. It's very doable for a cruising couple. We generally plan short day cruises to allow time to fish, crab and prawn. No fixed schedule and we enjoy the lack of distractions like email, politics and other stuff that effects our land lives.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:55 AM   #5
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We bought the boat in Manteo NC, brought her up to the Chesapeake in April and are now discovering the bay. I'm thinking a lifetime is not enough time for that. Ultimately in a few years when I retire we will go south to the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Belize and ultimately through the panama canal. Sounds a little crazy but we're dreaming right?
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:47 AM   #6
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Our "central" ICW location in NC gives us opportunities for good destinations both north and south. The Admiral doesn't like to leave her pets for more than a few weeks at a time, but this has still enabled us to get as far north as the mid Chesapeake and as far south as Georgetown SC. Both our last "long" cruises were intended to get north to Annapolis, and south to Charleston, but weather delays have caused us to abbreviate the trips and turn around earlier than we hoped.

. Still, we have plenty of closer destinations (Bath, Belhaven, Oriental, Ocracoke, Manteo, New Bern, Beaufort, etc. that are only a couple of days away at most.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:02 AM   #7
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Picked her up in Biloxi/Ocean Springs MS and brought her home to Cape Coral. Interesting maiden voyage to say the least!

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Old 07-12-2012, 01:30 PM   #8
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Crossed the North East corner of the GOM from Carrabelle to various destinations between Tarpon Springs and Fort Myers. Then through the Okeechobee Waterway to Stuart/West Palm/Fort Lauderdale, then across the Florida Straits to West End, Grand Bahama, South through the Abaco chain and back to Carrabelle. It is about 1,400 miles round trip. We've done it four times now.

My next time will be to the Exumas, but honestly, that will be with a faster boat.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #9
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Crossed the North East corner of the GOM from Carrabelle to various destinations between Tarpon Springs and Fort Myers. Then through the Okeechobee Waterway to Stuart/West Palm/Fort Lauderdale, then across the Florida Straits to West End, Grand Bahama, South through the Abaco chain and back to Carrabelle. It is about 1,400 miles round trip. We've done it four times now.

My next time will be to the Exumas, but honestly, that will be with a faster boat.
Sounds like great trip, how long did it take for the entire trip and in what time of year did you make it?
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:57 PM   #10
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It the year and a half I have owned Mahalo, I've crossed Monterey Bay, a grad total of 32 miles! Santa Barbara didn't happen for me this season but it will at some point! And to be fair to myself, Mahalo was seriously neglected when I bought her, so for the better part of a year, she was under some form of reconstruction.

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Old 07-12-2012, 01:57 PM   #11
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My favorite time to be there is in May through Mid June. It is warm and sunny, water is nice to swim in, fishing is good, winds (generally) are not as strong as March or April (don't go in March, it blows like crazy) and it is not as hot as in July.

My parents have a dock in Fort Myers, so I usually break the trip up by leaving the boat there for a few weeks/month on the way down and back. We rent a car to get home/back to Fort Myers.

If I did it straight through, with our current slow boat, I would allow at least 4 weeks round trip, but 6 would be much better.

Hardest part is either the jump from Carrabelle to Tarpon Springs, or the Gulf Stream crossing. The stream is shorter, but there are ways to minimize the rough seas in the upper gulf, especially if it is blowing from the NE, which is where the worst winds generally come from in the spring.
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Greetings,
Not meaning to sidetrack the thread but I've heard it said many times to NOT attempt a gulf stream crossing if there's ANY "north" in the wind. Meaning any direction from ENE to WNW.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:33 PM   #13
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Not meaning to sidetrack the thread but I've heard it said many times to NOT attempt a gulf stream crossing if there's ANY "north" in the wind. Meaning any direction from ENE to WNW.
Absolutely correct about a Gulf Stream crossing, never go in anything with an N in it.

But crossing the northern Gulf of Mexico is a totally different thing. I actually like a North wind for the leg from Tarpon Springs to Carrabelle. I hug the 10' depth contour, which means I am in the lee most of the way, you get a pretty good ride in up to around 20 knots.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:03 PM   #14
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Bought the boat in Beaufort, SC. Cruised from Beaufort to the Chesapeake, spent two years there, then Chesapeake to Ft. Myers via the Okeechobee on this boat. On our previous, well too long to post here. Chuck
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:27 PM   #15
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We spent about a month bringing our trawler home to Lake Ontario in 2009 from Portsmouth N.H., down the Atlantic coast through the Cape Cod Canal.... then to Long Island Sound, and up the Hudson River to the New York Canal system to Lake Ontario... a wonderful trip.. but only short hops and day cruises since then.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:31 PM   #16
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2011:

Bought the boat on Lake Erie and brought her back (650mi).

Took numerous short trips up and down the Lake MI coast visiting port cities such as Saugatuck, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, White Lake etc.

Took a 10 day trip north to Leland and Northport (350 mi).

2012:

Again numerous short trips along the lake.

About to take 16 days to go up into the North Channel and around St. Joseph Is. This is our first trip to Canada.

We start the Great Loop in September (5,500 mi).
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #17
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We've been from NC all the way to Melbourne Florida and back. We just got back from an excellent trip from Ocean Isle NC to Cape Lookout and back. If you have never made the trip to Cape Lookout I would highly suggest it -- you must go outside from the ICW about 7 miles to get there.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:23 AM   #18
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Egregious-Do you live in Ocean Isle? My old stomping ground, i lived in Shallotte for 15 years. My son still lives in Sunset and teaches in Holden Beach. We kept our boat then at my ex-wife's uncle's shrimphouse dock beside the Holden Beach Bridge. Great area!
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We have done several posts about our cruises. Our boats have been located at one time or another as follows:

North Carolina (Morehead City/Beaufort)
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South Carolina (Charleston, Hilton Head)
Florida West Coast (Bradenton, Venice, Boca Grande)
Florida East Coast (St. Augustine, Ft. Pierce)
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For over 40 years we have cruised these areas with several trips up and down the ICW and over as far as Louisiana, We have cruised the Keys and Bahamas. Just never got to the Dry Tortugas, but that is on the todo list for next year.
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Not much compared to some, but we have only been boating twelve years and had a trawler for four. Here's the latest:

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