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Old 05-01-2011, 15:07   #1
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Saint Augustine, Florida to Lake Worth, Florida

I am helping a friend take his Manta 42 from Saint Augustine to Lake Worth next week. Can we get just off shore and sail outside without trouble from the stream? Any tips, advice, etc is appreciated.

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You have to say close in-shore to avoid the stream, not quite on the beach but certainly from 1 mile to 1/2 mile from it especially when you get past Canaveral.

Just donīt get too close in a bad gale with east or north in it. All the east coast florida entries become dangerous in any bad onshore weather.

However we have done the trip 5 times without problems.
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It gets in close down south. Check passage weather. It has the Gulf Stream shown on some maps. PassageWeather - Sailing Weather - Marine Weather Forecasts for Sailors and Adventurers I may have a better link. I'll look.
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Phil,

Thanks for the quick response. Weather the first of next week looks like Northwest wind. Looks like it is about 200 miles, so just one overnight. Does that sound right to you?

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Thanks for the link.

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The best current found in the southbound eddy between the beach and the Gulf Stream is found along the 10 fathom curve. You will be out of reach of the ebb and flood of the inlets that you pass . I have found as much as .5 knots of southbound current there on the numerous deliveries that I've done on that stretch of coastline.
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I always tried to stay inside of 100 feet, to avoid the Gulfstream current. Sometimes you get lucky and get some counter-current. As you get further south, it is more important.
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Phil,

Thanks for the quick response. Weather the first of next week looks like Northwest wind. Looks like it is about 200 miles, so just one overnight. Does that sound right to you?

Larry
200miles in 36 hrs is doable with 15+ NW winds. If you don't make it to West Palm, I would use the Ft. Pierce inlet as a secondary option. I've done WP inlet at night, but I know the inlet, anchorage is right inside. After pass St. Lucie inlet (GS is 12 miles offshore, you will have to tuck in close to shore. With NW winds the water will be choppy as you approach WP.
Remember you will be heading SSE, so NW winds be on you back quarter, so you'll need 15 knot winds to make time unless you have a Spinnaker.
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The weather channel on your VHF will report the approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream. It moves around a bit. Probably the 10 fathom line recommended above is a relatively save bet.

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George,
Thanks for the info. The weather looks OK for a Tuesday departure. My friends boat is a Manta 42 Cat. He has a spinnaker. We will play it by ear and do not intend to try a entrance at night. We have built in a couple of days extra to play with. Any suggestions for marinas in the area? We will be there while waiting to cross to the Bahamas.
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Sorry my last post was in response to Tom.
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There is a marina very near the West Palm inlet. I think it is called Rivera Beach. If you can get buy without a marina, there is a great anchorage about 1/2 hour north at North Lake Worth.

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We are anchored in Lake Worth now, doing a bit boat work and getting ready to cross. it looks like Monday pm would have been a decent departure time, but I have pulled my back out of place and we will now wait for the next window while I remain confined to my bunk. Looks like the weather window is closed from Wednesday onwards. Anyone else waiting to cross?
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Hi Tayzach -

Having made this trip repeatedly in the last six years we understand the desire to minimize the impact of the stream.

With the weather as unpredictable as it is, we, as TJE above suggested, recommend the Fort Pierce Inlet. We found it to be a straight forward and comfortable inlet to enter/exit. Your minimal draft offers the use of a convenient anchorage on the north west end of the inlet at the intersection with the ICW.

At Lake Worth, we've docked at The New Port Cove Marina and the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina. We've a monohull with a 6' draft so depth dictates much.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable trip.

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