Originally Posted by bobnlesley
That said, get out of the ditch an take the ocean- much less stressful. And you can actually sail.
Sound advice! I'm just a whinging Pom for whom circumstances dictate having to stay off the ocean for a few more weeks; but once cleared for sea, I'll be straight back out there where it's stress-free and safe - the ICW's just scary!
Well, you also could have simply waited until those bridges went off restricted operation, generally sometime between 1800-1900... That's a pretty straightforward section to run at night anyway, and this time of the year chances are you could make it thru before complete darkness falls, anyway... :-)
Originally Posted by Cheechako
I've sailed from Lauderdale to Biscayne a few times outside. Always a nice sail. Would never do that portion inside if weather permits.
If one does have to do that stretch inside, one of the nicer anchorages
in S Florida is the one at Oleta State Park, behind Baker's Haulover Inlet... Haven't been in there in a few years, but it's a beautiful spot, and was always hassle-free, certainly a consideration given the climate prevailing in FL lately...
Also, if you're already inside at Lauderdale, and are bound for one of the anchorages
behind Miami Beach near Venetian Causeway, there can be some logic to just running down inside... If conditions don't favor sailing outside, by the time you come back in at Government
Cut and go all the way around Dodge Island and back up behind MB, it wouldn't necessarily be any shorter than coming down the ICW from Port Everglades...
Originally Posted by RTB
The same can be said about going outside, if you are southbound. Running against the gulfstream doesn't make much sense to me. I'll deal with the bridges.
Yup, as jaybird has already noted, you were too far out... WAY
too far out...
In favorable conditions, you want to run that stretch with 'one foot on the beach'... Generally speaking, the only significant current
you should see will be from around Hobe Sound/Jupiter Inlet to just a bit S of Lake Worth
Inlet, and it's rarely more than 0.5-0.75 knot
or so if you're close enough to shore... For sure, you'll get into some water
depths some find disconcerting in the ocean, and you'll have to watch out for some mooring
buoys for small boats placed along sections of the reef, but in ideal conditions it's very do-able... My favorite sail in S Florida can be to leave Palm Beach right on the heels of the passage
of a cold front, before the breeze moves around to the NE. It can be a spectacular downwind sail in flat water
By the time you get down around S Lake Worth
Inlet, you shouldn't notice any adverse current at all... And, by the time you're down off Boca Raton or thereabouts, there's a good chance of picking up some counter-current... A couple of weeks ago, I ran into a surprisingly strong S-flowing current from Hillsboro down to Port Everglades, and at that point you don't even need to be that close to the beach...
It's understandable that some folks can be timid about running so close to shore... But when you grow up sailing in a place like New Jersey
- with its arrow straight shoreline coupled with relatively consistent depth
contours along much of the coast - you learn to get comfortable sailing just outside the surf line when the conditions are right...