Originally Posted by akaretirement
My wife and I are going to retire in two yrs. We want to buy 45' to 52' yacht and cruise ICW from NC to Chesapeak and NC to Florida. Are there requirements
for operating a boat this size? We have only owned up to 18' boat.
Welcome to Cruiser Log Al,
With 2 years to choose, you will have plenty of help. Before you start on the process, others have used a check list - which starts off with a section determining own needs, "must haves" , limitations and most importantly, what will it be used for most of the time ?
Would it be correct from the outset to assume that it is a sailing
yacht that you want to buy in the range of 45' to 52'. ?
As a multihuller I am biased in what I believe would suit the ICW - but, that is because the couple of days I spent with a friend on his keel boat, we spent a lot of the time, aground. Therefore, disregard what I might suggest being suitable - apart from the draft factor.
A couple of books to swot up on are :-
Diana and Mark Doyle's "Managing the Waterway : VA to Biscayne Bay"
Tom Neale's " Cheasapeake Bay Cruising Guide Vol 1 : Upper Bay : Susquehanna River
to the Patuxent River and Little Choptank River"
Besides swotting upon these, they will always be useful on the boat you choose.
In the meantime, our members will be around to steer you away from bad choices.