Originally Posted by Beersmith
Ok it looks like good weather to head
outside on an overnighter Saturday night. We will leave Gulfport around 3:00 p.m. Can anyone recommend a route
to get south of the bay? Should I go out and west of Egmont Key then southeast, or go south on the channel next to the Skyway, and exit the bay south of Egmont Key? The charts
make the southside look a little narrow, would I have any problems with my 5' draft
Head out via Pass a Grille... It all depends on how far offshore
you want to go before you turn south. I would mosdef stay west of the of the green #1 south of egmont on the SW channel.
My last cruise
south to Fort Myers
was out that channel then south along the coast.
Are you going straight south? Offshore
by 5 miles and you have plenty deep water
. Once you get to Boca Grande you can either go around the main channel or use your chart to pick your way past the shoals. Then continue south.
There is a swash channel just off Mullet Key,but as you are heading south not into the bay I would suggest you head
directly west out of Pass a Grille and then turn south when you are between the NW Channel Green #9 and 11 markers. That will keep you off the Egmont Shoals. Stay At least 5-6 miles off Ana Maria, there ARE rocks out there. Its a great sail.. if you wish to break it up..
Gulfport to Venice... to Boca grande (nothing like anchoring
in 9 feet of water
right off the lighthouse) to fort myers
.. short days and a nice sail.
field in Venice..once you make that turn up the venice inlet channel past the crows nest.. go just along the docks to your right and enter the mooring field that way.. the way marked on the charts
can be a pia.. there is deep water by the docks.
ps..the passagrille channel will save you sailing time..