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Old 09-16-2020, 07:02 PM
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Im thinking of trailing our family boat (23ft cc) from Maryland to Florida for a week or two. Thinking of going to the Keys or making a trip to the Bahamas. Anyone else try it? What was your experience?
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My buddy drives to Indian rocks with a 24’ Parker 4-5x a year. He’s leaving out of Delaware. Not sure how long it takes but he says it’s no problem.
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I can't speak to trailering but I can speak to speed traps throughout the keys. Make sure your rig is right and obey the speed limits or you'll wish you left that boat at home.
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
I can't speak to trailering but I can speak to speed traps throughout the keys. Make sure your rig is right and obey the speed limits or you'll wish you left that boat at home.
Emporia Va is known for it's speed traps. They've been doing it for the last 50 years as far as I know, probably before that
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Why not? Make sure your trailer is well maintained, spare parts, enroll in trailer assist with your insurance/ SeaTow/ BoatUS. Have fun!
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I have made that trip many times. If you don't have a problem driving at night I would get through the DC area at around 21:00 and that gets you into Florida around sunup. If you are going to sleep, I would do it in South Georgia somewhere (Brunswick?) and continue your trip down I-95 after 17:00. You miss most of the worst traffic that way.
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Old 09-17-2020, 08:41 AM
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I used to take 95 now I take 81 all the way to the South Carolina southern border
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Old 09-17-2020, 09:11 AM
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If you take 295 around Richmond VA (which I recommend) DO NOT SPEED. And, as you go around the east side of town, you will cross a big suspension bridge over the James River, known locally as the Varina-Enon bridge. It's one of my favorite fishing areas. The water you can see might well have a 100 lb. blue catfish. It certainly has several over 50 lbs.
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Not a problem, you just get onto the highway and drive. Should take you about 1.5 days to get to the Keys with an overnight stop.
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Old 09-17-2020, 09:55 AM
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I did it without a boat in July. 16 hours wheels moving from NOVA to key largo. We broke it up in to two days and stayed overnight in Walterboro SC. It can easily be done in a long day without stopping to sleep, though. It's an easy drive. All highway. Watch for speed traps in Emporia and the GA/SC line. 2200 miles round trip and the only traffic we hit was around Fredericksburg, VA - 40 miles from home. Go figure....
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The 95 trip is not real bad except the roadway in SC; maybe it's better now than last year. WRT the Keys, even though you're not oversized, make sure your trailer is legal where its registered just in case you're stopped for any reason. Nothing I can tell you about going to the Bahamas on a 23' boat.
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Old 09-17-2020, 10:32 AM
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Watch your speed in the Keys for sure. Lots of speed traps and the limits drops many times. Fist ticket in 20 years down there.....50 to 30 and they were pulling cars over left and right.
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Originally Posted by drumsfield View Post
Im thinking of trailing our family boat (23ft cc) from Maryland to Florida for a week or two. Thinking of going to the Keys or making a trip to the Bahamas. Anyone else try it? What was your experience?
washington is the big headache if you hit it at rush hour it can ruin you whole trip. I always go on Sunday mornings leaving at 3am. I am in my pool in fort pierce around 8 pm. If you want to stop Santee SC is perfect
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DC sucks to get around and northern VA is a cluster
Take 295 around Richmond
NC is pretty easy cruising on 95, when you get around Brag you will have a lot of young idiot drivers going in and out of traffic trying to get ahead. Just hold course
Don't waste your time stopping at South of the Border, The exit after that has great fireworks.
95 in SC sucks, you will run into some accident that will hold you up.
GA is like a godsend after the two-lane hell of SC, it opened up into 4 lanes you can see the clouds parting the sky, the angels singing and a bean of light from god releasing you from the clutches of 95s in SC.
FL is decent. I get off at Jax to head for Gainsvills so I can't comment on anything south of that.
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Make sure your trailer is in tip top shape and bring a spare (or two) and an extra hub just in case. Last thing you want to do is to blow a tire or hub out in BFE and have to deal wit getting a replacement.
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
Make sure your trailer is in tip top shape and bring a spare (or two) and an extra hub just in case. Last thing you want to do is to blow a tire or hub out in BFE and have to deal wit getting a replacement.
Yes, I learned this the hard way. Hub, map gas torch, two spare tires.
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Towed a 23 from the Eastern shore of VA to Key Largo last Feb and will be this Feb...no problem...ez drive...especially since we went down 13 and didn't hit 95 till Emporia. Carried 2 xtra hubs, a spare, all kinds of tools and made sure everything was in order prior to leaving. Fishing down there is a game changer.
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I did it once MD to WPB and back, will never do it again. I have over two million miles driving a Mack tractor/trailer so I don't have a problem pulling trailers.
We fly to FL and have friends with boats or we'll rent one before I'll tow our boat to FL again.



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Originally Posted by Halfmoon View Post
I did it once MD to WPB and back, will never do it again. I have over two million miles driving a Mack tractor/trailer so I don't have a problem pulling trailers.
We fly to FL and have friends with boats or we'll rent one before I'll tow our boat to FL again.
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Any particular reason you hated it? Is renting cheaper than towing?
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Yes, I learned this the hard way. Hub, map gas torch, two spare tires.
What's the torch for?

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