11/30/2005: "An offer to go sailing"
I have been fortunate to receive one of those offers that just can’t be turned down. One of the boats in the marina has been sold and the new owner wants it delivered to Miami FL. I have been offered the position of “crew” for the trip. We are planning on leaving next Monday and try to make the trip offshore rather than travel the ICW. We are figuring four to five days of travel if all goes well. Obviously the weather will determine our schedule.
This will be my third time making this run, but this time we will be traveling south and staying in closer to shore to avoid the Gulf Stream. My first trip was in 2003 when I helped deliver a 40’ Tashing from Daytona Beach FL to New York City NY. The second was December2004 when we brought Hi Flite up from Florida.
Tomorrow we will be checking out the boat and seeing what we need to do to get ready. There is also the job of figuring out what gear and clothes will be needed.
I will be updating here as preparations continue.