Testing the waters
I am wondering if there would be any interest in trawler flotillas in the Great Lakes and Canadian Maritimes, down the Mississippi in the fall to the Florida Keys (or Bahamas) and back up the East Coast in the spring. Folks would be able to join the flotilla for any segment they pleased, or remain with the flotilla as long as they wished.
For a small weekly fee, there would be morning pre-voyage briefings with route planning, current/tide/weather information, and a discussion of the evening’s stop, be it a marina or anchorage, with the security of knowing that the information supplied was from a professional mariner with over 5 decades of seafaring experience.
The basic idea is to voyage to the less traveled (and more interesting) areas, spending more time at anchor than in marinas, with a small group (maybe 10 boats max) of like minded individuals. Getting together for beach barbecues (especially if someone has a guitar), nature walks and tours of local attractions could be fun group activities, but attendance would not be required or pressed on those who prefer time alone with their significant other. Transportation, most likely at a discount, for provisioning trips could be arranged.
Arrangements for marinas, national park mooring permits, locks and fuel would be handled for the flotilla members, by the flotilla leaders, at discounted prices when possible.
Light mechanical repairs and fault finding (engine jump-starting, impeller changes, refrigeration system charging, etc.) and maintenance (oil changes, battery watering, etc.) by the flotilla leaders would be available to flotilla members at a greatly reduced hourly rate. Help docking in difficult circumstances would also be available to flotilla members, at no charge.
As the title states, this post is just to test the waters, so any suggestions from you all about what would make this idea more appealing to you, would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Andrew & Nikki