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Old 24-11-2013, 13:17   #1
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Appalachicola to Clearwater thru Govt (Sikes ) Cut at St George Island

Anyone been through Govt Cut at St George island lately? I have 5 foot draft and will be going through At -.84 feet at low tide if passable. Please advise on current condition.

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Old 24-11-2013, 14:03   #2
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Re: Appalachicola to Clearwater thru Govt (Sikes ) Cut at St George Island

I can tell you that there are sand bars on both sides of the North end of Bob Sikes cut that extend well into the bay. They are longer than shown on the charts, and move around a fair bit. Large shrimp boats come and go, as do power yachts in the 40' + lengths.

My boat's draft is only 3 feet, so I am not sure about a deeper vessel. Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola should have current information.

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Sorry, nothing to add about the cut. A friend of mine just sailed outside from appalachacola to Clearwater on Saturday night. He had a nice easy overnight sail
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Re: Appalachicola to Clearwater thru Govt (Sikes ) Cut at St George Island

After weather like that predicted this week, the location of the bars at Government Cut are likely to shift. Local knowledge in the Cut means you talked to someone who went through yesterday or today, otherwise it is unreliable.

Both the SeaTow and the BoatUS guys will advise you that it is "closed", especially if you have their towing insurance.

East Pass is the way to go, there is a nice anchorage behind Dog Island, minutes from open water.


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Re: Appalachicola to Clearwater thru Govt (Sikes ) Cut at St George Island

Agree with all above. Government Cut is certainly doable in good light conditions with local knowledge but after dark it's a bitch!..........I have the scars (mental)to prove this.
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Re: Appalachicola to Clearwater thru Govt (Sikes ) Cut at St George Island

The swells will bounce you off the bottom in Government Cut and/or you will find yourself hard aground and in need of a tow. So why do that to your boat and yourself. Go out East Pass and if you want to leave after dark, go outside and come back in during daylight hours and leave breadcrumbs on your chartplotter to follow later. Chuck
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Re: Appalachicola to Clearwater thru Govt (Sikes ) Cut at St George Island

I second East Pass. Anchor off Dog Island and leave from there, or hang out in Carrabelle til you get your window. C-Quarters is a very friendly (and inexpensive) marina. Capn Kim and her husband are very knowledgeable, and helpful (if you need a second opinion on the weather).

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Re: Appalachicola to Clearwater thru Govt (Sikes ) Cut at St George Island

A lot of water runs in and out of Bob Sikes cut.

When the current runs against a strong wind, the standing waves are treacherous, and an outright danger to smaller boats who bury their bows in a standing wave and swamp, boats 16 feet and under.
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm flying back to Panama City this afternoon and will leave there tomorrow and go direct to Clearwater. The weather window looks good and I'll skip Port St Joe and Apalachicola this time. Information gotten off this forum has been great and many thanks to all of you. Had I decided to go through Apalachicola, I'd have skipped Govt Cut and taken East Pass.
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Re: Appalachicola to Clearwater thru Govt (Sikes ) Cut at St George Island

I ran aground there, just north of the cut, in the middle of the channel, with a five foot draft, three years ago. It was low tide when I did it and I floated off as the tide came in.
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