Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-18-2022, 07:04 PM   #1
Member
 
City: Woodbridge, CT
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 6
Fall Departure dates for cruising south

Hi, thinking about taking the boat (SeaRay 440 Aft Cabin) from CT to SC this fall. Is there a thread that addresses when the best/latest time to head south? I would take the ICW after getting to Norfolk. Is early November too late?
Awsmits is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2022, 07:32 PM   #2
Guru
 
Sailor of Fortune's Avatar
 
City: St Augustine,Fl
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,683
No problem at all... Just go
__________________
Jack ...Chicken of the sea! Been offshore 3 miles once
Sailor of Fortune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2022, 09:59 PM   #3
Guru
 
hmason's Avatar
 
City: Stuart FL
Vessel Name: Lucky Lucky
Vessel Model: Pacific Mariner 65
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 2,547
We always left CT for FL on October 2nd. YMMV.
__________________
Howard
Lucky Lucky
Stuart, FL
hmason is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2022, 04:51 AM   #4
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: Ft Pierce
Vessel Name: Sold
Vessel Model: Was an Albin/PSN 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 25,621
I delivered boats and did a decade of my own trawler between NJ and FL from 2003-2019. Most trips left in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

Many of the deliveries were in Sea Rays capable of 20+ knots as I worked for a Sea Ray dealership.

The rule of thumb for snowbirders often spoken was to be to Norfolk/south by Nov 1st.

I can verify that Nov and Dec can be tough but are mostly doable (especially for faster boats as weather windows are getting shorter and shorter.

Many marinas start to turn off water and some even electric in late Oct...fuel is usually no problem.

By mid Dec, the chances of snow, sleet, freezing temps and harbor ice in the upper Chesapeake starts to increase significantly.

I would have no problem leaving CT in early Nov. In a vessel that I wouldn't mind running on plane a few days to get to critical safe harbors. Just make it to Norfolk in a reasonable time without too long of delays. I don't say as fast as possible because a few stops will be memorable if this is your/crews first trip south.
psneeld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2022, 05:25 AM   #5
Guru
 
ranger58sb's Avatar
 
City: Annapolis
Vessel Model: 58' Sedan Bridge
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 6,196
Quote:
Originally Posted by Awsmits View Post
Hi, thinking about taking the boat (SeaRay 440 Aft Cabin) from CT to SC this fall. Is there a thread that addresses when the best/latest time to head south? I would take the ICW after getting to Norfolk. Is early November too late?

We left here on 11/14 in 2017 headed for Charleston, and that worked well enough... previous boat with planing hull, but mostly at trawler speeds...

-Chris
__________________
Chesapeake Bay, USA
ranger58sb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2022, 11:00 AM   #6
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in the Great Lakes
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 11,073
Imo, once you reach Delaware bay, it really doesn't matter prior to the 1st of the year. There really aren't magic dates before the 1st of the year. Go early and you may be dodging a hurricane. Go after hurricane season and it Northeasters may have you hiding for days.

While North of Norfolk you may have to look a little harder for marinas with water and pumpout services in late October, November, and December, finding marinas with bathhouse facilities isn't difficult.

I left in late January from the Crisfield, MD in 2016. Was able to fill the water tanks and use their bathhouse. It was miserable sleeping on the boat as the water was starting to freeze. Norfolk water temperature was over 10 degrees warmer and from that point cruising is reasonable.

Probably the bigger question is whether this trip is sightseeing or a delivery run? If you plan to stop along the way and sightsee, late September and October are very comfortable on the Chesapeake. I did this last fall and enjoyed several nice days at St Mary's city.

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 08-03-2022, 08:40 AM   #7
Guru
 
City: Savannah, Ga.
Vessel Name: Indigo Star
Vessel Model: 2006 Mainship 400
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 527
Wow, I was just about to ask a very similar question. We are in Portland Maine, (and thinking of going a little further north) and I quess we have about 6 more weeks until we turn south?

We left Savannah in early April and we are trying to determine when to head south...
jefndeb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2022, 10:16 AM   #8
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: Ft Pierce
Vessel Name: Sold
Vessel Model: Was an Albin/PSN 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 25,621
Quote:
Originally Posted by jefndeb View Post
Wow, I was just about to ask a very similar question. We are in Portland Maine, (and thinking of going a little further north) and I quess we have about 6 more weeks until we turn south?

We left Savannah in early April and we are trying to determine when to head south...
As can be seen by the variety of opinions above, one needs to know if are you cruising south (leisurely), or are you getting south as fast as possible?

If cruising, the nice weather on average is over Mid-Oct around Delaware Bay and around Mid-Nov in the Norfolk area. After that you get cold, but it's rarely a show stopper unless you love outside cruising.

If you are just rocketing south, and the boat and you are set up for cold weather cruising, as Ted posted....leaving even Jan 1st from the Jersey area is doable...but your weather windows start to shrink dramatically on the front side of Thanksgiving.
psneeld 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


» Trawler Port Captains
Port Captains are TF volunteers who can serve as local guides or assist with local arrangements and information. Search below to locate Port Captains near your destination. To learn more about this program read here: TF Port Captain Program





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012