About a month ago I chose to jump from Anclote Key to Cedar Key. It seemed too far for me to make Carrabelle single
handed. But I'm limited in average speed as well in a 32 footer. Some of the old salts in St. Pete said head
straight for St. George Island. But single
handed on my first off shore cruise
I didn't agree. Too long without sleep.
No docks in Cedar Key, and limited anchorage locations. Usually in a tidal wash so some issues when wind
is against tide.
The approach through a winding channel deserves attention but it's deep and not a problem in the day.
says 15 minute limit to tie up, but if you tie up well back of the end of the dock
out of the way nobody cares how long you stay tied there. I stayed several hours at a time with no problems.
Waited a week on weather
and then left in the afternoon, sailed all night and most of the next day for Carrabelle. It was a great overnight sail.
Just to be clear, East Pass is on the west end of Dog Island. The approach is deep and well marked. I spent a month in Carrabelle. I guess the "settled weather" warning is because it can be a bit of rock and roll on approach when the winds are strong. I was dodging storms coming to the bell marker, at an angle to the swell, motoring, and it wasn't exactly comfortable after an all-nighter. But with plenty of room and depth it was not a cause for concern. This is on my first off shore cruise
, so maybe I'm naive.