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Selene Trawler 48 Heads South for the Winter Season
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Sometimes as a boat owner, you don't have the time to relocate your boat to the warmer southern climate. Captain Chris has a solution and the owners of this gorgeous Selene trawler now have their boat in Florida, ready when they are!

You want to make the trip south with your new boat. You dream of making the trip and maybe have even cruised it a few times already but this time life gets in the way. For some it's business that calls, for other owners a new grandchild or daughter's wedding...regardless of the why, Captain Chris will deliver your boat to her final destination and have her ready at the dock whenever you are.

This Selene left the chilly Chesapeake Bay in December, ice on the deck many mornings. Brrrrrrr! Her final destination is Fort Pierce on the Treasure Coast where owners, Doug and Michelle will meet her early in January after the holidays.

Plans were to make a few over night runs off shore in the Atlantic but plans often change with winter weather fronts. The smart and safe choice for Captain Chris and his crew is to take the inside route and enjoy the protection offered by the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). Definately a longer delivery but a decision that this crew would be proud of at the end of their trip.

Yes, tides and currents can be a challenge for a deep draft, slow moving trawler and the shallow water often found in the ICW makes an ocean run more inviting. Wind and fog created additional delays making short days through the Carolinas. But, safety is always the first consideration for Captain Chris, whether we are on your boat or ours. Safety first!

Another boat made the decision to jump out into the ocean, rather than deal with the delays found when traveling the inside route. Read this short account from the St. Augustine Record and maybe you will understand why we sometimes choose the inside slower route when we are on a delivery. The inlet at St. Augustine is not a commercial inlet and is often rough from shifting shoals. Add fog and a northern front and we'll take the inside route every time.

Of course, Captain Chris keeps in touch with you throughout your delivery when you are not aboard. As long as we have cell service we'll keep you apprised of how the delivery is progressing. This owner was well aware of our decision to cruise the ICW and supported our choice....even with a 6 foot draft! Attention to tides is always essential but a full keel helps to protect the rudder and propeller.

These photos below capture some of the delivery experience. Maybe next time we'll be aboard with YOU as you bring your boat south for the first time! Give Captain Chris a call- 772-205-1859

 

The crew takes turns in the engine room checking fluids and making sure things are as expected.
Winter time in the northeast requires coats, even in the engine room early in the morning.
This terrific Selene trawler waits for us to bring her south sitting at a dock in Solomons MD.
The Chesapeake Bay is mirror slick so we press on at dusk, deciding to head further past Norfolk while we are fresh and the weather is good.
Heading into the lock at Great Bridge VA.
Captain Chris snaps a photo of the crew managing lines in the lock.
Next we head through the Great Bridge bridge preparing to tie up south of the bridge at the free dock. We manage to get a few hours of shut eye before the sun starts to peak over the horizon again.
FOG!
Fog....
...and more FOG!
Lots of high tech equipment including cameras for the stern of the boat and the engine room. We are looking at the remoteness of Adams Creek in North Carolina.
Oops...this sailor neglected to consider tides which can be as much as an 8 foot change in this part of the ICW.
Submarines at Kings Bay GA sit quite close to the waterway but boaters must keep their distance.
Crossing the St. John's River you can see a number of shipyards working on commercial vessels.
Shrimp boats waiting for the right time to lift anchor and head out to work.
Crisp and clear view from the pilot house.
We stop to take on fuel and pump out the holding tanks before we bring her to her winter home port.
Soap suds aplenty to remove the salt we picked up along the way.
Home sweet home! Ready for her owners to join her in sunny Florida for the winter.
 

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