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Old 20-09-2017, 22:36   #1
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Condition of marinas/GICW Houston to south Fla

We are buying a catamaran in Kemah and will plan to move to ourselves to the east coast in about a month. Plan to mostly follow the Gulf ICW with a few offshore legs.

Was there much hurricane damage to marinas/fuel sources that we need to be aware of for our journey? Travel will be approx Nov - Jan.
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Re: Condition of marinas/GICW Houston to south Fla

Unless it is a Gemini, you can't use the Okeechobee waterway due to mast height. South Florida has adequate fuel.
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Re: Condition of marinas/GICW Houston to south Fla

Have you checked all of the bridge heights along your route?
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Re: Condition of marinas/GICW Houston to south Fla

Mast height 60' so I know there are times where we'll have to be off shore.
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Re: Condition of marinas/GICW Houston to south Fla

a 60' tall boat can't travel the Okeechobee waterway. Bring lots of bug repellant for Shark River when you take the souther route around Florida Cape.

The only other serious problem is just North of Miami - you can't do the ICW leg between Miami/Government Cut and Ft. Lauderdale - 55 foot restriction.

Everything else up to Cape May Inlet is 65' or opening - the ICW is actually fun the first time you do it.

Let me know if you need crew, I love that trip.
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Re: Condition of marinas/GICW Houston to south Fla

Unless confirmed by locals you should assume unmarked shoals/wrecks and closed marinas from Sarasota to Key West to Ft Lauderdale. IRMA did substantial damage. You may be best staying off shore as much as possible.
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