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Old 04-07-2019, 04:37 PM   #1
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Novice question...advice?

If all goes well we will be the proud owners of a new to us 27’ Ranger Tug soon. Based in NC we cannot wait to set off exploring. Our not so well researched plan is to leave NC end November direction Florida...maybe do a bit of the Gulf Intra coastal...if we need to be back in NC end Feb, what route could you recommend? Is it doable plausible? Never ventured this far off, any suggestions will be most welcome!
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Old 04-07-2019, 05:01 PM   #2
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Congratulations! "Our not so well researched plan..." Sometimes, those are the best plans, up to a point. You have from now until your departure to actually do some more research. Watch the weather and the tides, get tow insurance, current charts (paper chart books or charting electronics of some sort) and maybe take a few USPS courses. Do a bunch of day/weekend trips. It will all come together. Enjoy!


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Old 04-07-2019, 05:23 PM   #3
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While I, personally, would like to have a little bit bigger boat, it is doable in the R-27.

There is a video posted on , also can be found on the Ranger Tugs website, about a retired couple in Annapolis, MD, who have made the trip to Florida three times in their R-27.

Hope you enjoy your new boat.

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p.s. if you haven't been there yet, check out the Tugnuts.com website. A lot of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater owners post on the site. The only caveat is that it is sponsored by the manufacturer of Ranger Tugs/Cutwaters, so any highly critical posts are sometimes removed.
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Greetings,
Congratulations! "Our not so well researched plan..." Sometimes, those are the best plans, up to a point. You have from now until your departure to actually do some more research. Watch the weather and the tides, get tow insurance, current charts (paper chart books or charting electronics of some sort) and maybe take a few USPS courses. Do a bunch of day/weekend trips. It will all come together. Enjoy!




Many thanks Firefly! Absolutely will follow all your suggestions.
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Old 04-07-2019, 07:54 PM   #5
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While I, personally, would like to have a little bit bigger boat, it is doable in the R-27.

There is a video posted on , also can be found on the Ranger Tugs website, about a retired couple in Annapolis, MD, who have made the trip to Florida three times in their R-27.

Hope you enjoy your new boat.

Jim

p.s. if you haven't been there yet, check out the Tugnuts.com website. A lot of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater owners post on the site. The only caveat is that it is sponsored by the manufacturer of Ranger Tugs/Cutwaters, so any highly critical posts are sometimes removed.


Thanks Jim, I will scout out the video on YouTube, happy to know it is doable. Hopefully I can one day afford a somewhat bigger boat, but for now small will have to do :-) I do belong to TugNuts, however I rather like to hang out here with the “big trawlers”, I have received invaluable advice here in the past few weeks. Thanks again!!
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The entire ICQ is really just a large collection of day trips strung together. The only difference is, on the morning of day 2, you don't turn around.

The only 'route' is going to be whether there are sections you would prefer to run on the outside vs the ICW. If going to the Gulf, then across Lake Okeechobee or around Key West.
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