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So was sitting on the boat last night after several beers and started contemplating what this winter is going to be like and how I am going to cope with COVID and being confined to my house with cold nasty weather. The whole COVID thing sucks but the fact that its happening during the summer is my only saving grace! Then I had this crazy idea, what if I take my boat down to Florida for the winter? Anyone having the same thoughts or have experience doing this? Is it better to ship it on land or run it down the coast? How long of a trip in days , on average, is it? I would be staying at marinas along the way as I don't like boating at night. What are some thoughts on where to stop along the way to break up the trip? Starting from Milford, CT on a Pursuit OS355 and thinking the Stuart or Jupiter area as a destination.

Am I nuts?

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From where?
What boat?
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I mean there's videos all over YouTube of people running from up there to our East Coast, so why not. One guys posted his whole trip from NYC to Lauderdale I think?
As long as you plan your fuel in advance and connect with the marinas you plan to overnight in now, to reserve your slots, then...YOLO.
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Miford CT to Jupiter area on a Pursuit OS355
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Probably cost the same in gas vs paying someone to trailer it. It’ll take longer to drive it down especially stopping for weather windows which will allow you to see more areas. Where as paying someone to trailer it’ll be in Florida faster.
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north palm beach marina , or old port cove be my choices ,,,, its a great ride , lots of cool spots on the way , and maybe make stops after you settle in ,keys head around to naples , bahamas is only abt 60 miles from previous mentioned marinas
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It's about a 1,300 mile trip. Could you average somewhere around 6 hours per day and 20 mph? If so, it would be a 10 day trip. You'd have to assume that you're going to run into some bad weather, so there may be several days when you wouldn't be able to travel.
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I've got a snow machine,4 wheeler and when the lakes freeze, I'll walk on water..
I like our part of the universe just fine..
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I used to snowmobile 3k miles a year through Canada. Just done Witt the cold weather now. Want to boat year round.
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A couple of things to think about:

- I find that it is a lot more fun if you are not in a hurry. Smell those roses along the way.

- Check you insurance coverage. Hurricane season is one of the things that drives timing of leaving the NE to head south. You probably are not covered south of some point during hurricane season.
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You would really have to watch the weather, & not leave the N/E too late in the year. We drive an RV to Fla every year & leave NY on New Years day, we have been stuck in south Ga & had to lay over an extra day because of ice on Jan 3rd.
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Originally Posted by JToys View Post
So was sitting on the boat last night after several beers and started contemplating what this winter is going to be like and how I am going to cope with COVID and being confined to my house with cold nasty weather. The whole COVID thing sucks but the fact that its happening during the summer is my only saving grace! Then I had this crazy idea, what if I take my boat down to Florida for the winter? Anyone having the same thoughts or have experience doing this? Is it better to ship it on land or run it down the coast? How long of a trip in days , on average, is it? I would be staying at marinas along the way as I don't like boating at night. What are some thoughts on where to stop along the way to break up the trip? Starting from Milford, CT on a Pursuit OS355 and thinking the Stuart or Jupiter area as a destination.

Am I nuts?
I know tons of people that do this every winter

I think you are nuts if you can't figure out bold though

You should know your cruising speed, range, etc

You can plot a course on webapp.navionics.com

Depending what speed you cruise at, your fuel range, and how many hours a day you can handle driving (whether you want to rush or get trip done quick), there are variables

Weather will play a role

Most insurance companies won't let you below the Carolinas until after Nov 1st

There are plenty of places to stop along the ICW except for a couple areas. You can see marinas on the Navionics web page
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Miford CT to Jupiter area on a Pursuit OS355
Bucket list boat for me.
Go for it!
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Funny, I was thinking the same thing and would love too, but I have to much work going on. So instead, this winter we are redoing the interior(salon, galley, two staterooms and two heads) replace all the rugs, wallpaper, new countertops, and revarnish all the woodwork.
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Originally Posted by JToys View Post
I used to snowmobile 3k miles a year through Canada. Just done Witt the cold weather now. Want to boat year round.
ya gotta do what you love, ive been doing this 65 years and there is no place I'd rather be,I enjoy the changing of the seasons, love the serenity of a cold frozen mountain lake when its 14 below, as the sun comes up ,coyotes howling in the fading dark..I like the cold of a full moon in January., it makes me feel alive. I enjoy the prelude to spring and the change to summer, storms, crazy people and snakes are. Not my thing..I wish you the best of luck, !follow your dream..you can do it.
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Do yourself a favor and have the boat hauled down by a professional. Then make a few flights down each winter for however long and still spend some time here. Less stress, less fuel, less hours on your motors etc. 6am flight. On the boat by 10 am same morning.
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I'd see it as a waste of hours and wear on the motor. Unless your boat is too big for trailering
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Do yourself a favor and have the boat hauled down by a professional. Then make a few flights down each winter for however long and still spend some time here. Less stress, less fuel, less hours on your motors etc. 6am flight. On the boat by 10 am same morning.
this. I’ve shipped my boat (including the one I have now 40ft) every year. love having it in Florida would never take it by water. If you work it’s hard to justify the 2 week time in each direction. Ship it and enjoy it. Plenty of trips to take while it’s there.
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Originally Posted by JToys View Post
So was sitting on the boat last night after several beers and started contemplating what this winter is going to be like and how I am going to cope with COVID and being confined to my house with cold nasty weather. The whole COVID thing sucks but the fact that its happening during the summer is my only saving grace! Then I had this crazy idea, what if I take my boat down to Florida for the winter? Anyone having the same thoughts or have experience doing this? Is it better to ship it on land or run it down the coast? How long of a trip in days , on average, is it? I would be staying at marinas along the way as I don't like boating at night. What are some thoughts on where to stop along the way to break up the trip? Starting from Milford, CT on a Pursuit OS355 and thinking the Stuart or Jupiter area as a destination.

Am I nuts?
You got the time? If I had the time and wife to say okay, i would go for it.
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Originally Posted by Takes Prizoners View Post
I'd see it as a waste of hours and wear on the motor. Unless your boat is too big for trailering
i dunno. Any time on the water is never a waste for me. Better story than trailering.

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