Thanks for the note. It sounds like Roosevelt has shoaled a fair amount as well. (Did you get into the Lagoon
at Buck's Key?)
On your way south it's almost inevitable that you'll run into squall lines between Cape Romano and Smith Shoal. They usually come off the Cape around 1800-1900 and reach the rhum line between 2030 and 2100 being ranged in an echelon left all the way down (we usualy see an average of 5 coming off the Everglades). We try to leave a wide margin at Cape Romano and keep an eye on the radar
. If you haven't got radar
your first warning of the onset will be a cool breeze from the east that will come on quite suddenly to replace the sea breeze. As soon as you feel that first easterly cool draft
, roll up your headsail and be ready to blow the traveler or mainsheet. We usually set the first reef but since your boat is a bit more stiff, feathering the main may be all you need do. Frankly, I hate that stretch of water
as we've never been able to get through there without playing dodge-squall.
Good luck and have a safe trip.