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Old 06-05-2023, 09:04 AM   #1
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New Member - Hello to all

Thanks for the add! Longtime dreamer of the cruiser way of travel.

Can't wait to read through the threads and consume as much info as possible!!


I do have one question to start. My wife is interested as well but brought up a good point - is there a way to 'try it out' for a week or so to see if it is something we would like without having to purchase the boat first (it's good to have a more reasonable counterpart sometimes ). So I suppose there are options to charter a boat tour for a few days to get a feel of the lifestyle right? I am in NC so anything from Virginia down to SC for a touring option is fine.

I have a boat now and fish quite a bit - 22ft - so moving to this size boat will take time. I plan to invest in training captain time for sure.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to being an information sponge!
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Old 06-05-2023, 09:13 AM   #2
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Charter one. Might do Moorings on a power boat.
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Old 06-05-2023, 09:46 AM   #3
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Thanks - is Moorings the name of the company?
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Old 06-05-2023, 10:04 AM   #4
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Not endorsing but know of these guys so it might be an option.

https://www.chitwood-charters.com/
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Old 06-05-2023, 12:02 PM   #5
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Welcome aboard. I don’t have any experience with them but there is a place in Florida, maybe Southwest Florida or something like that, that charters trawlers.
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Old 06-05-2023, 01:49 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard. One comment I would make is that Charter boats are usually maintained with an open check book. A week on a charter SHOULD be flawless without incident.
If you take the leap of faith and buy a boat you need to understand that "sometimes" things happen and the comfort zone of you and your crew will be tested. Ex: Think about how you or your crew would respond to an engine stalling as you pull into a crowded port at sunset?
Captains or knowledgeable friends are a great help.
I personally have no regrets, but I am on my fifth boat over 40 yrs on the water.
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Old 06-05-2023, 02:06 PM   #7
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Good points. I am more interested in the experience of living on the boat for a week or whatever more than anything. As a boat owner I know plan for everything but expect something new to happen enough times that you are always on alert.
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Welcome aboard! Sounds like an excellent approach.
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