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Old 07-07-2015, 10:57   #1
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Any Okechobee Canal/Lake experts?

We're hoping to go up from Lucie Inlet to go see the lake and perhaps haul out at Indiantown; the 50-odd foot bridge clearances are no problem but with our 6' draft we're worried about depth? The latest water level report says the lake's currently at 12.15' and says 'recommended maximum draft @ 12.06' is 6', so theoretically we're OK, but will that hold true in reality? Also, as we're heading into the middle of summer, I'm assuming that evaporation is likely to exceed rainfall, so the level could go down? I'd hate to get up/in there and then find that we can't get back down again.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:08   #3
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We're hoping to go up from Lucie Inlet to go see the lake and perhaps haul out at Indiantown; the 50-odd foot bridge clearances are no problem ---
Port Mayaca railroad lift bridge is 49'.
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Port Mayaca railroad lift bridge is 49'.
That's OK still, I only need 48' - one of the jobs-to-do is fit a new VHF aerial and cable, so I guess I could even do 46'
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You shouldn't have any trouble from St. Lucie to Indiantown. The controlling depth for Lake O is the approach to Clewiston.
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This is the only spot where I picked up bad diesel during perhaps 10 ICW round trips. Also back in the day, these folks had their own brand of hospitality: obnoxious.
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That's OK still, I only need 48' - one of the jobs-to-do is fit a new VHF aerial and cable, so I guess I could even do 46'
A 46' bridge might help with the removal of the old antennae. Save you a bit of work.
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A 46' bridge might help with the removal of the old antennae. Save you a bit of work.
Indiantown Marina and others used to provide a service to heel sailing boats who wanted to get under the RR bridge. They'd suspend a dinghy from a whisker pole or similar, fill it with water until the boat listed sufficiently, and then try to pass under the bridge. Never saw this myself, but heard it many times along this route. Others simply hoisted crew to the masthead and then tried to see if it was a "go."

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