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Old 04-01-2016, 10:17   #16
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Re: Florida Keys to Ft. Meyers- Best Route??

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I was thinking about stopping at "Middle Cape" or "East Cape" the first day to explore that area, roughly 10 miles south of "Shark River". Is the "Shark River" a better stop??
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I would not recommend "East Cape." It is largely thin sand over coral bedrock and there is significant tidal sluicing and current. If you go further east you can anchor off the park in good holding mud between R "8" and R "9.". There's really not that much there. I would only use it as an emergency stop in bad weather. Good luck and good sailing.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:25   #17
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I've taken that rout in my whatkins with 4' draft. going to Key west tho. I find it better and just as much motoring to go to Mossier channel at the 7 mile bridge and off towards Bullard bank before taking a 350 bearing to just off Marco. it gives a better angle on the wind and less motoring time in the thick of the traps
sorry 'bout this advice, I was thinkin' sunset key...don't know why ;-)

from fiesta key it's a simple rout. plenty of room to sail after the first dogleg in the icw just out from festa key, after you get into florida Bay proper it's an easy sail up to just off Marco then to Ft Myers once you round cape Sable stay a bit off shore to clear Ramono shoal. be prepared for the tidal current coming across that stretch too. I just came down from Ft Myers on the front just before christmas and had a 25 degree drift on 18 knot east winds due to an out going tide luckily the tide went slack by the time the wind clocked further south. Off Cape Sable is where you decide if you want to go to Channel 5... where you are... or Marathon, where I went. used to live in Taverneer and Islamorada and sailed right by you many times with 4 and 5 ft draft, heading up the west coast over the years.

Hope this helps and have a good sail. there is plant to do in the Ft Myers area. good anchorages and if I do the moorings I prefer the Ft Myers Beach moorings in the Matanzas cut Well protected and good Buss survive to all that you'll need and an easy bike ride to mainland shopping too.
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