Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-13-2020, 08:01 AM   #1
Member
 
City: Plantation
Country: United States
Vessel Name: Fancy Nancy
Vessel Model: Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 5
Cruising the ICW east coast

Because I'm still working, our time on the boat is limited to weekend excursions to a local marina, and, if the seas are calm enough, out to the reef for a little snorkeling/diving/swimming enjoying the ocean.

I've got a vacation coming up and would like to head north from Ft. Lauderdale up the ICW at a pace similar to my ultimate travel plans of getting up north for the summer and back down here to FL in the winter (the reverse snow bird syndrome).

My question is this: what's the "average" distance/time traveled on a daily basis when making the trek north or south? This trip i'd like to try to mimic that time table. No criteria on where to get to. Trying to make getting there the experience.

Boat is a Meridian 411 that can travel as fast as 20+ MPH, but our plan is to keep it down to the <10 MPH (Trawler speed).

As always, any info would be appreciated.
__________________
Advertisement

Captankirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 08:11 AM   #2
Guru
 
menzies's Avatar
 
City: Jacksonville
Country: USA
Vessel Name: SONAS
Vessel Model: Grand Alaskan 53
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 6,659
It is likely that you will cruise slowly the first or second time you do it, then afterwards, unfortunately, you will feel you have been that way before and rush through it!

We have been running Jax to West Palm near annually since 2001. Because our aim is the islands we want to get there soonest to maximise our time there so we usually run around ten hour days. So that is around 80-100 miles.

We went to the Chesapeake two years ago and, similarly, our aim was the bay. So we kinda rushed there and back. We had already "done" between here and Charleston before anyways. See below for an idea.

http://atanchor.com/chesapeake-the-o...along-the-way/

The first couple of times you do it I wouldn't worry too much about daily distances. I would lay out what towns and anchorages you want to see, then plan your day as long and short as needed. Stopping at some on the way up and leap-frogging to others on the way back.
__________________

menzies is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 08:44 AM   #3
Guru
 
kchace's Avatar
 
City: Brookline, NH
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Blue Heaven
Vessel Model: Albin 43 classic double cabin, twin 135 Lehmans
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,907
There are many parts of the ICW where you can’t go fast, then there are of course bridges to have opened. If you’re in a hurry you can do long days and push it and we sometimes do that too, but it can be exhausting and hard to sustain if you’re going a long distance like say 1000 miles of ICW. We like to stop at interesting places and see what they have to offer, get off the boat, walk, bike, sightsee etc. Then of course there are weather considerations. When we become snowbirds and start doing our annual 1700 miles to Fort Myers we expect 50-60 mile days on average.

Ken
kchace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 09:04 AM   #4
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: AICW
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 21,877
Ultimately it is about what you like.

It's easy to calculate how far the boat will go, but what do you want to see along the way?

It's also about stopping for the night...what marina or anchorage do you want to see, or even is available?

30 to 50 miles was my usual after about 25000 miles back and forth between NJ and Florida....based on a 6 knot boat and what I wanted to see.
psneeld is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 11:25 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
PJHoffnet's Avatar
 
City: Merritt Island, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Changes in L'Attitudes
Vessel Model: 1999 Maxum 4100 SCA (not a trawler)
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 106
To answer your question about how far to travel everyday, based on personal experience on the AICW, and from what I've seen others who ply those waters frequently, thirty to fifty miles a day seem normal.

As has been noted above, there are many factors - speed restrictions in channel, weekday vs. weekend, 'tightness'/'shoaliness' of the area, and weather are some of the major ones I look at when doing voyage planning - that affect how far you go everyday. I typically don't strive for 'mileage' but look more towards time underway each day. We don't like to get up early, but can 'get moving' fairly quick after we're up. We always strive to be moored/anchored at least an hour and a half before sunset.

If you're a FaceBook sort of person, I think you'll find Bob Sherer's ICW site full of information, and lots of answers to any questions you might have. The members are a well behaved group ranging in experience from delivery captains who have been up and down the AICW for over fifty years to the guy/gal who just splashed their first boat this week and are ready to start their adventure.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ICWCruisingGuide/
__________________
Paul
Changes in L'Attitudes
1999 Maxum 4100 SCA
Merritt Island, FL
PJHoffnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 11:32 AM   #6
Guru
 
Sealife's Avatar
 
City: In transit
Country: From USA
Vessel Name: Sea life
Vessel Model: Krogen 42 #61
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 558
We used the 1 hour in a car is 1 day on the boat for rough estimates
__________________
Scott

www.caribbeansealife.com
Sealife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 12:55 PM   #7
Guru
 
hmason's Avatar
 
City: Stuart FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Magic
Vessel Model: Grand Banks 46 Europa
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 2,296
After 12 trips up and back from CT to FL we pretty much averaged 60 miles per day. Normally we anchor for the night well before dusk. Marinas only if we need fuel or want to stay and sightsee for a day or two and visit family or friends along the way.
__________________
Howard
Magic, 1996 Grand Banks Europa
Westport, CT and Stuart, FL
hmason is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 01:01 PM   #8
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 9,342
At a 7 knot cruise, <50 miles or so per day works well. Some areas may require more or less depending on chosen anchorages / marinas, tidal water depths, and weather.

While I have lots of favorites that I try to stop at each time, finding new places to explore on each subsequent trip keeps the trips from becoming boring. There are also a great many places that deserve a days deviation. As an example, you go by Jacksonville, but taking a day or 2 to explore the St. Johns river is well worth the effort and a nice break from the AICW.

I like to think of my trips as cruises between evening points of interest.

Ted
__________________
Blog: mvslowhand.com
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
O C Diver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 01:32 PM   #9
Guru
 
High Wire's Avatar
 
City: Cape May, NJ and Englewood, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Irish Lady
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 3,434
If we’re going into a destination town then the preceding day can be long so that the next day run is short to arrive around noon. Remember winter daylight hours are short. The number of miles is secondary to being positioned for your plans.
__________________
Archie
Irish Lady
1984 Monk 36 Hull #46
Currently in New Jersey.
High Wire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 05:30 PM   #10
Guru
 
caltexflanc's Avatar
 
City: North Carolina for now
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Small Incentive
Vessel Model: Boston Whaler 130 Sport
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 6,240
A lot of good advice given so far. The points about determining what your destination objectives are, are all very well taken. Everything pretty much flow from there. For the first leg or two of that trip, bridge opening schedules will call the tune more than anything else. After your first trip up and back, you may very well understand why repeat voyagers go outside for as much as possible, the "been there, done that" syndrome.

Get a Waterway Guide for starters, study the Cruiser's Net website, and most importantly determine what you want to accomplish. Even going inside, a schedule can be the worst thing to have on a boat.
__________________
George

"There's the Right Way, the Wrong Way, and what some guy says he's gotten away with"
caltexflanc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2020, 06:11 PM   #11
Guru
 
JohnP's Avatar
 
City: Toms River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: V E N T U R E
Vessel Model: 1996 36' Island Gypsy Classic
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,268
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sealife View Post
We used the 1 hour in a car is 1 day on the boat for rough estimates
Same here. 40 miles short day 80 for a full day.
JohnP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2020, 07:47 AM   #12
Guru
 
ranger42c's Avatar
 
City: Maryland
Country: USA
Vessel Model: 42' Sportfish
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 5,273
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captankirk View Post
My question is this: what's the "average" distance/time traveled on a daily basis when making the trek north or south? This trip i'd like to try to mimic that time table. No criteria on where to get to. Trying to make getting there the experience.

Boat is a Meridian 411 that can travel as fast as 20+ MPH, but our plan is to keep it down to the <10 MPH (Trawler speed).

We usually averaged somewhere between 35-60 NM per day, often at 7-8 kts when possible, sometimes at 20 kts when called for. Most of our legs were based on interim "destinations" along the way.

We haven't always traveled every day on these trips; sometimes those interim destinations kept our attention for a while... and then sometimes weather has held us down. Or sometimes we'd insert a lay day (or two, or three) just because we could.

-Chris
__________________
South River, Chesapeake Bay
ranger42c is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2020, 06:11 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
PJHoffnet's Avatar
 
City: Merritt Island, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Changes in L'Attitudes
Vessel Model: 1999 Maxum 4100 SCA (not a trawler)
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 106
Adding to the rule

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sealife View Post
We used the 1 hour in a car is 1 day on the boat for rough estimates
1 hour in a commercial jet = 1 day in a car
__________________
Paul
Changes in L'Attitudes
1999 Maxum 4100 SCA
Merritt Island, FL
PJHoffnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2020, 06:33 PM   #14
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: AICW
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 21,877
Cruising the ACIW should be approached like General Eisenhower thought or repeated....

" Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. '

Knowing whats ahead in detail let's you adjust to all the factors that will by default change the amount of miles you do each day....and enjoy the flexibility.
psneeld is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2020, 06:46 PM   #15
Guru
 
Comodave's Avatar
 
City: Au Gres, MI
Country: US
Vessel Name: Never Say Never
Vessel Model: President 41 DC
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 9,024
We like to do about 5 hours a day but some days can be as much as 10 to 12 if circumstances require. We run about 9 knots.
__________________

__________________
Boat Nut:
If you are one there is no explanation necessary.
If you arenít one, there is no explanation possible.
Comodave is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012
×