Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Route

Now that you know we are moving from Miami to New York, and that we're taking Sea Gem with us, you surely have at least a few questions.  How will we afford a marina in new York?  How will we stay warm?  Are we crazy?  We'll answer those questions and more, but first things first: the route.  How will we get from Point A (Miami, Florida) to Point B (New York City)?

The short answer is that we are sailing Sea Gem ourselves (with Krissy's dad as extra crew).

The longer answer looks like this:

There are three main legs to the trip.

First, we will sail in the Atlantic non-stop from Miami to Beaufort, North Carolina.  That is 603 nautical miles (about 700 of your landlubber miles), and will take about 3 1/2 or 4 days. This leg will almost certainly be the hardest part of the trip.  More on that later.

Second, we will take the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) from Beaufort to Norfolk, Virgina.  That is 188 nautical miles.  We will travel about 50 miles a day (taking another 4 days or so), anchor or stay at marinas at night, and generally have a nice time.  Leg 2 should be the most pleasant part of the trip.

Finally, we will sail in the Atlantic non-stop from Norfolk to New York City (our marina will be across the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey).  That is 267 nautical miles and should take 1 1/2 to 2 days.

In total, we are looking at just under two weeks for the entire trip, but we are giving ourselves an extra couple weeks before we need to start work in New York in case of weather or technical problems or other delays.  We'd rather wait a few extra days than have to push through miserable weather.

So, that's the route.  Stay tuned.

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