Back to Plan – USA Bound

Route planning. Sort of.

For those that don’t closely follow my travels, I laid out my game plan for 2022 in an earlier post.

When I left Lunenburg I wasn’t sure when I’d be back. I was prepared to accept storing the boat on shore in NS and returning in the spring to resume travels.

As a subplan to this, I had originally thought that I’d enjoy living on Escapade over the winter on the south shore of NS. It remains a lovely idea, but I really wasn’t ready for that. I’m too hermitish, and most of my close family and support systems are in Ontario. And my insurance is OK with me living aboard during the winter, but requires daily checks in my absence. It felt like a bad plan to stay in the water there. Maybe another year.

Anyway, the major stop has been entry to the US by recreational boat. We now have credible reports indicating an opening in early November.

I’m slightly intimidated – mostly my fear is unpleasant sea conditions, and when you’re ten hours from nearest shore the safety and survival requirements change a bit. That’s generally not my thing and Escapade – let’s not forget – was not designed as an offshore passagemaker. But we’ll make it just fine. And I’m addressing a few boat prep issues, mostly securing equipment and storage for sea and reviewing/updating safety systems. Should have done this a long time ago.

But I’m not crossing oceans. Good weather forecasts are available. And chatting with Samantha about it I realize that in fact I’ve put Escapade through lots already and she’s passed with flying colours. No boat fears. Mostly I don’t want to be seasick for hours on end.

So off we go. Barring unforeseen events or circumstances, in a couple of weeks I’ll be back underway in Lunenburg, and heading for Florida. I’m busy looking at the route and making preparation notes.

At this point I’m viewing the trip as essentially a dash from SW Nova Scotia to Norfolk. There are no required stops. Weather windows will be critical. Once I’m in Norfolk I’ll relax.

If you’re reading this and you want to come along on this segment, reach out. I like having traveling companions, and could benefit from having a watch stander on the long bits.

Similarly, if you’re one of many who are heading that way on your boat when we’re allowed, pop me a note. I like the idea of a pack crossing the Gulf of Maine. Happy to have a buddy boat.

One thought on “Back to Plan – USA Bound”

  1. Hi Jeff, I’ve followed your blog since the Mainship (I had a 34 hard top once – great boat). Depending on dates and place I would love to join you as crew somewhere along your way to Norfolk.

    Me: 66, retired music professor and performer. USCG 50T Master. US citizen. Lots of sailboats from 1981 till 2017, then a Mainship 34 followed by a Vicem 58. I also have several thousand miles of offshore and coastal delivery experience from Caribbean to Maine and all points in between. I had to sell the Vicem because my heart/ vascular system damaged by Covid, which nearly killed me in March 2020. I’m still weak, cannot lift more than 20 lbs and must restrict exertion, but I can certainly drive, stand watch, cook, clean, chat, navigate.

    I’m helping a friend move a boat from Charleston to Miami in the last week of October. It’s my first time to be on a longer trip. I’ve been along daysailing with friends here in the Long Island Sound, it’s all good as long as I don’t crank a winch or windlass fast. Being retired means I have lots of free time.

    My one other limiting factor – I cannot fly. I cannot go above 3500’ elevation because of my heart. But I drive everywhere. Being at sea level is perfect for me. Bus or train or Uber is how I get around on land now.

    Escapade looks like a perfect boat for your current mission, and I’d love to join for a short while if you were interested and I could arrange the land travel.

    Thanks for the blog – you lifted my spirits reporting your trip up and over NS, and you hit all the places I had hoped to hit some day.

    Rick New Haven CT

    From: Boating Adventures Date: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 12:36 AM To: rickgard@hotmail.com Subject: [New post] Back to Plan – USA Bound Jeff posted: ” For those that don’t closely follow my travels, I laid out my game plan for 2022 in an earlier post. When I left Lunenburg I wasn’t sure when I’d be back. I was prepared to accept storing the boat on shore in NS and returning in the spring to resume “

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