I have to tell you - this is one of those catch 22 scary deals....
Low Tide - hopefully won't hit the cables but will most likely bounce of the bottom.
High Tide - won't run aground but that much closer to the cables.
Running aground isn't a terrible thing but taking down those lines - even though they are just data cables - still wouldn't be a good thing for anyone...!
Our cat is 44' with a 70' mast + 2' antenna
. We called a number of places before we came though including the coast guard and Boat US. Everyone gave different numbers... kind of like - search the internet
enough for the review that you want to hear... I want to read a great review about the new Chevy or Ford... you can find it.... so this is kind of the same - I WANT to believe that the lower cables - which people have said they are sagging - are 76'.... and as luck would have it - both the Coast Guard and Boat US had the same number. The gentlemen in the bridge house said he sees cats our size come through...
When we went through it was raining and I was concentrating on the bridge opening - everyone else was watching how close we were to hitting the wires - and of course - from the deck it looks wwaaaayyyy close! But we cleared under them fine.
Originally Posted by Dulcesuenos
Steve hello! you say youve done the creek before was that on your cat? Draft is no biggie at mid tide + but it could be close with the cables at high tide. Best to check. What size cat do you have and hows bridge deck clearance? You can be pretty close to land most of the way on the oceanside. Heading to Upper keys. Where are you going from there back towards Tampa?
From KW on the "bayside" your out a ways and could get some wave action heading towards Marathon. With a true N wind we would sometimes run hawk channel to marathon or Long key then head
the backside but with your mast height.your.kind of.sol.