PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many boaters have simply packed up for the season.  But some of the most dedicated are now underway, heading to warmer climates.

Cruising south these days, you can see small fleets of recreational boats steering a course for winter homes.

Some are headed to the Caribbean.  Others, like live-aboard couple Trina and Joe Armand of Chester County, Pa.,  are heading for a marina in Marathon, Florida.

I contacted Trina via cell phone as their trawler, the Snow Goose, was piloting down the Intracoastal Waterway through South Carolina.

Trina said she’s looking forward to reaching their destination.

“We look out the back of the boat onto the Gulf of Mexico,” she said.

It takes about 24 days for the Snow Goose to travel from its summer home in Maryland to its winter berth in Marathon, in the Florida Keys, traveling 50 to 100 miles a day.  Along the way, nights are spent in colorful towns or quiet anchorages.

Next May, the Armands change course and move Snow Goose back north. And they always enjoy the beauty of waterfront property.

Reported by Jay Lloyd, KYW Newsradio 1060

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