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Maritime ventures need to be well played and wisely timed, especially during Hurricane Season. Erika, Fred, Grace and Henri and the rest of this season’s blowhards are sure to follow Danny, which is currently breathing down the neck of the Carolinas. No matter what time of year you make a seaward journey, make sure you are well prepared for the high winds, rough oceans, and have everything you need. And for Pete’s sake, look at a map.
For one couple, the voyage from Annapolis to Florida left them shaken and their broken boat beached in North Carolina – and later it was discovered they were unaware of a much safer route along the Intracoastal Waterway. Seaworthy magazine reported that during their trip (which was before Hurricane Season), the rough conditions caused the anchor to damage the prop and left the sails unusable, with the rough waves quickly propelling them to the sandy beaches. A surfer who saw the accident happen was surprised that the man had braved the ocean rather than using the Intracoastal Waterway, but the skipper had never even heard of it.
Crashing in to the shore can be one of the better scenarios. Not having the right communications equipment can leave you lost at sea for days, with the coast guard unable to track and find you. Two young boys learned the hard way, when they were stranded at sea for six days without food or water, and no way to contact the coast guard.
Of course, the safest way to get your ship to Florida from the North East is to ship your boat on uShip. With uShip tracking your boat will never get lost, and your carrier is unlikely to get stranded at sea. If you insist on making the journey, make sure you are well prepared for the high winds, rough oceans, and have everything you need to survive and get rescued, should the worst case scenario happen to you.