Sorry I haven't been posting much in recent days. When I haven't been working my day job, I've been trying to solve a problem I have.
According to my current insurance I need to be north of Cape Hatteras by the beginning of the dreaded "H" (hurricane) season. This season runs from June 1 to November 1. Originally, we didn't think this would be an issue since we wanted to see the U.S. East coast and this bigger restriction fit with our plans. Of course getting the first house ready to sell took much more time than we anticipated and some other things have conspired to throw a wrench in the works.
The best option for moving the boat north would be to make a few overnight hops "on the outside" (going up the coast instead of the ICW). Unfortunately, my wife is busy and can't come help so I'm by myself in Georgia and needing to move the boat pretty far up the coast in a month and a half. Given my current level of experience, I don't think it would be wise for me to do an overnight passage alone. This leaves me needing to find a deckhand to make the trip(s).
Right now I think I have a friend coming to help me move the boat from Brunswick to Charleston or so. From there, I still need to figure out the best option for continuing the trek north. I thought offering the chance to spend some time on a boat with room and board paid for in exchange for a minimum amount of help would entice some of my friends, but apparently not. Maybe I'm not selling it right...how does "come spend a few days basking in the sun on catamaran instead of shoveling that snow back home" sound?
I also need to figure out my "final destination". I'm thinking somewhere in the Chesapeake. I'd like to find a place that is reasonably priced and near "services" so I can get some work done that I simply cannot handle (I'm somewhat sewing and welding challenged). While Annapolis is probably an excellent location for everything sailboat repair, I think that location usually comes with a high price tag.
So, I have been spending a lot of time looking through Active Captain, checking for marinas and services and their prices and trying to come up with a loose plan for how to get north of our insurance line before the deadline.
On a semi-related note, part of the reason my wife cannot come down right now is good news in that she will be closing the sale on her father's house. Apparently the housing market is pretty good in Denver right now, at least for smaller homes. We had listed the house at what we thought was a fair price for the renewed condition and in less than a week we had numerous offers and were under contract for over asking price. We really need to get our house on the market soon.