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Old 10-12-2015, 04:32 PM   #21
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TF member "Cool Beans" just passed us southbound. Have a good trip. His Manatee is looking good.
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Old 10-12-2015, 04:43 PM   #22
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Having done this trip to FL a number of times, we use the reverse cycle ac and the Mr. Heater is a great extra source of heat. Highly recommend it.
Which Mr. Heater model do you have? The 4-9000 BTU model uses 1 lb propane tanks. Is that the one you have? Are the 1 lb tanks the same as the tank on most marine portable grills.
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Old 10-12-2015, 08:09 PM   #23
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We left Baltimore in November, 2009; parked the boat in New Bern, NC, until January 2010, then left for FL. Long underwear, Mr. Buddy heater, or an electric space heater powered by a Honda 2000. As long as you showered before, or just after the anchor dropped, there was plenty of hot water; in the am, not so much. We rarely RON at marinas', and don't have AC, but all in all, it was a great trip. quite comfortable for the most part. It was still nice to hit the warmer weather.
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Old 10-12-2015, 08:31 PM   #24
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Which Mr. Heater model do you have? The 4-9000 BTU model uses 1 lb propane tanks. Is that the one you have? Are the 1 lb tanks the same as the tank on most marine portable grills.
Yes, the one that uses the same 1lb tank as a grill.
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Humidity is often a problem in winter months. One of very simple and cheap things that make life more enjoyable in cool damp weather is a good little fan directed at the wheelhouse windows. Mine has very quiet leading edge vented blades and plugs into a cigarette lighter receptacle.
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Old 10-13-2015, 12:02 AM   #26
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We left Baltimore last year on Thanksgiving weekend...woke up one morning in the Pongo with frost on the decks. It was a fun run to Punta Gorda.


This year we are leaving next Monday from Baltimore. The bridge in Norfolk that is restricted schedule, then the flooding near Charleston will be something to keep an eye on.


I would not worry too much about the weather as being winter yet - maybe mid-December through March.


Enjoy the trip.
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We were headed home Sunday, north to the Potomac, and I felt like I was going the wrong way on a one way street. The conditions on the Bay were snotty Friday, we were out there in some 4-6 foot seas, and worse Saturday. Sunday saw 2-3+ but manageable. It looked like the Normandy invasion on my radar, all headed south. Mostly sailors, it was their kind of day, but an impressive number of power boats; a Fleming, more KKs than I could count, some Gbs, Marine Traders and an Eastbay. My 2 mile radar search had more than 40 blips. Monday at the office was a real drag.
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Yes, the one that uses the same 1lb tank as a grill.
Thanks Howard, ordered the 4-9000 BTU model yesterday.
And thanks for the heads up about the Dominion LPG dock. Will give it a wide berth this weekend.

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This year we are leaving next Monday from Baltimore. The bridge in Norfolk that is restricted schedule, then the flooding near Charleston will be something to keep an eye on.

Enjoy the trip.
I thought all the bridges around Norfolk on the ICW were high. Will have to check the charts, thanks for that heads up.

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We were headed home Sunday, north to the Potomac, and I felt like I was going the wrong way on a one way street. The conditions on the Bay were snotty Friday, we were out there in some 4-6 foot seas, and worse Saturday. Sunday saw 2-3+ but manageable. It looked like the Normandy invasion on my radar, all headed south. Mostly sailors, it was their kind of day, but an impressive number of power boats; a Fleming, more KKs than I could count, some Gbs, Marine Traders and an Eastbay. My 2 mile radar search had more than 40 blips. Monday at the office was a real drag.
4' is my max and then only if I have to. Can't wait to get out there and join the crowd - maybe. All the good anchorages and marina slips will probably be taken so I'll plan on each days arrival so as to be in position early.
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Tim, the opening restrictions on the Beltline RR bridge does not begin until 10/16.
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