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Old 12-02-2014, 21:21   #1
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Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

I'm picking up a new to me boat in Coconut Grove next week, and bringing it to Tampa.

Taking a quick look at the charts it looks like going up the ICW in the Miami area towards Stuart will be a zoo, and I'm thinking of going outside.

Any thoughts or comments?
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I'm picking up a new to me boat in Coconut Grove next week, and bringing it to Tampa.

Taking a quick look at the charts it looks like going up the ICW in the Miami area towards Stuart will be a zoo, and I'm thinking of going outside.

Any thoughts or comments?
A lot depends on what type boat you're in. Perhaps we can answer better if you share that.
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Old 12-02-2014, 22:24   #3
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A lot depends on what type boat you're in. Perhaps we can answer better if you share that.
It's a Lippincott 30 and considered quite seaworthy. A lot more than me
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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

This time of year, it's all weather dependent and how far offshore you go. That being said the ICW shouldn't be too bad during the week. Nothing but little pink tourist on jetskis this time of year, so don't sweat it if you have to drop a few in your wake.
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Old 13-02-2014, 02:45   #5
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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

Ive been out the inlet a few times with no problems. The fishing along that stretch rocks, Dont forget to bring the poles. Thats a leg of my annual trek from tampa to charleston and back. Last time I went nonstop from ft pierce to a little place I stop outside of stiltsville. Winds for going south are great this time of year along the coast. With the fuel costs and waiting for the timed bridges south of there I for one would definately opt for the outside.

Edit, My bad Im not familiar with coconut grove. I was thinking you were headed south. I take it your taking the ditch instead of going around thru the keys?
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Old 13-02-2014, 04:10   #6
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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

St Lucie Inlet can be difficult, get local knowledge, maybe call BoatUS or Seatow.

I would plan a one night sail outside to Lake Worth Inlet, then take the ditch from there.

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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

When are you leaving? We will be at Dinner Key/Coconut Grove area until at least next Tues then waiting for good weather to sail outside up to Lake Worth inlet. I may be easier than dealing with all the bridges and traffic in a new to you boat. We also have a 30ft hunter that is going with us so we could be a small fleet
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I guess it's safer with a "new" boat to motor up and across the lake but the stretch from Miami to St Lucie annoys me no end on the ICW. It's been a bit since I made the trip but I'd bet it isn't any easier now. Definitely want to go outside for that.

Sailing down Hawks Channel and around to Tampa is a beautiful trip and would be my choice.
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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

If you can't motor at 6.5 knots it will be a frustrating trip up the ICW, unless you're a patient man. You have to do at least 6.5 to catch a lot of bridges. They're mostly on a schedule and every time you miss one you lose at least half an hour. Even the stretch from Lake Worth to the Crossroads (St. Lucie River) has 7 bridges.

But motoring might be better than waiting for weather. Rather than wait a week for weather you can motor from Miami to the Crossroads in 3 days, it's about 100 statute miles. And good anchorages on the way.
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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

We live and sail out of Coconut Grove and we have gone north and south many times but never inside, just too many bridges.

The edge of the north going current generated off the Gulf Stream is often within a mile of the beach so going north you stay 1-2 miles offshore and coming south there is a counter current usually within 400 yds of the beach.

In the Keys, south in Hawke's Channel and north just outside the 200 ft line.
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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

I would say northbound outside is great with good weather. Leaving out of Governors Cut in Miami gives you a very short twenty mile hop to Port Everglades with an option the anchor overnight at Lake Sylvia. It's easy out there to Lake Worth Inlet and not nearly as many bridges from there up to Stuart. St. Lucie Inlet is also acceptable, but not as nice as the earlier choices.

If you cruise inside overnight anchorages are easy at Lake Sylvia, Pelican Harbor, Hobe Sound and many places up the St. Lucie River.
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If you can't motor at 6.5 knots it will be a frustrating trip up the ICW

This is true. We had to push our 30ft mono trying to make the bridges and usually failed and waiting, holding position which gets tiring. It isn't so bad from Lake Worth to Ft Pierce but you could hang out in LW for another weather window if needed.
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When are you leaving? We will be at Dinner Key/Coconut Grove area until at least next Tues then waiting for good weather to sail outside up to Lake Worth inlet. I may be easier than dealing with all the bridges and traffic in a new to you boat. We also have a 30ft hunter that is going with us so we could be a small fleet
I'm coming down from Tampa either on Sunday or early Monday. (I know, I'll miss the boat show, but I went last year and I can't get out of here earlier). The boat is moored at Dinner Key. It would be great to connect with you then. Gladly join the "fleet".
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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

Cool. Pm myself or Shaktisboy on here. Our guests fly out Tues morning and we will look for our window after that.
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Re: Anyone familiar with Coconut Grove-Stuart ICW?

I forgot to mention a favorite and usually empty anchoring spot for us. If you decide to come in a Lake Worth Inlet (West Palm Beach) and take the ICW north from there, there is a good spot in North Lake Worth just a bit due west of green marker #9.
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