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Old 18-07-2015, 03:44   #31
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Re: So what's the logic to the ICW bridges between Miami & Fort Lauderdale?

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. 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.

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Going from Fort Lauderdale to Miami you will sometimes find a countercurrent due to tides.
I usually ride the current before a Gulf Stream crossing to get as much "Southing" as possible before turning East.
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Re: So what's the logic to the ICW bridges between Miami & Fort Lauderdale?

I lived and sailed out of Ft.Lauderdale for 12 years, almost always went outside to get to Government Cut, ( Miami ). Would sail south about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile off the beach, always had a good sail.

Going north, I would go out about 2 miles or more and ride the Gulf Stream.
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I lived and sailed out of Ft.Lauderdale for 12 years, almost always went outside to get to Government Cut, ( Miami ). Would sail south about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile off the beach, always had a good sail.

Going north, I would go out about 2 miles or more and ride the Gulf Stream.

+1. I am sitting off Elliot Key for a few days got here by heading out Hillsboro and motoring south (no wind and the due S wind). Ran in 60' of water about 1/2 mile or less off the beach.

Not sure what the next stop is, but when I head north - it will be 2-300' of water riding the Gulf Stream. FWIW stream seems to be more west this year. Could be bad mojo for storms!


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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.

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We've made the run outside many times. The Gulf Stream rarely runs that close to shore and if so, it is seldom less than 1-2 miles. If there is a countercurrent(very rare), it will usually be less than 1 knot. I would rather take a rough ride along the coast than to take the "River of Madness." Good luck and good sailing.
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Re: So what's the logic to the ICW bridges between Miami & Fort Lauderdale?

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. We've made the run outside many times. The Gulf Stream rarely runs that close to shore and if so, it is seldom less than 2-3 miles. If there is a countercurrent(very rare), it will be less than 1 knot. I would rather take a rough ride along the coast than to take the "River of Madness." Good luck and good sailing.
Guess I have been lucky then: Out of 50-60 voyages from Fort Lauderdale to Miami I have noticed the counter current about 2/3rds of the time.
On the way back I head East a few miles to get the Gulf Stream effect.
Once from Key West to Fort Lauderdale we clocked 9 knots on the GPS, warp speed for a CSY 33..
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Re: So what's the logic to the ICW bridges between Miami & Fort Lauderdale?

[QUOTE=CSY Man;1871758]Guess I have been lucky then: Out of 50-60 voyages from Fort Lauderdale to Miami I have noticed the counter current about 2/3rds of the time. CSYMan
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As of 20 July 2015, according to NOAA'S National Data Buoy Center, the distance to the West Wall of the Gulf Stream is: 21 NM SE of Port Everglades
18 NM NE of Fowey Rocks
The information is provided by the Naval Oceanographic Office. Is this unusual? Good luck and good sailing.
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18 NM NE of Fowey Rocks
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Yes, very unusual, most of the time the West wall is 4-5 miles from the beach.
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Don't care what they say--- hauled butt yesterday from Gov cut to Hillsboro ran about 3 miles off. SWAG 2+ kt kick for the edge of the stream ( sorry log is broke).


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