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Old 01-12-2013, 08:39   #31
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OK, my crew preferred an overnight down the coast from Lake Worth to Miami to two day sails via Ft Lauterdale. Two crazy Fins are joining us, they will make the night watches easier.

Normally we stay well offshore to reduce the chance of hitting things but if we do that here we will hit the Gulf Stream.

How far do east coast FL sailors typically stay off the coast from Lake Worth to Miami? If we stay 1-2 miles off is there anything special we need to be aware of? We are leaving about 5pm today.
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Re: What are the best cruiser-friendly stops n Florida?

Depends. The GS is close to shore at L.Worth and further out further south. I try to get as far offshore as possible without hitting the northerly current. Don't like that stretch close to shore unless wind is westerly.
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Re: What are the best cruiser-friendly stops n Florida?

A bit off topic but why on earth would you go to Fleaport?
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OK, my crew preferred an overnight down the coast from Lake Worth to Miami to two day sails via Ft Lauterdale. Two crazy Fins are joining us, they will make the night watches easier. Normally we stay well offshore to reduce the chance of hitting things but if we do that here we will hit the Gulf Stream. How far do east coast FL sailors typically stay off the coast from Lake Worth to Miami? If we stay 1-2 miles off is there anything special we need to be aware of? We are leaving about 5pm today.
1-2 miles off the shore is fine. We scoot along there often when heading to Miami from Lake Worth where our mooring is. There are some big ship anchorages outside Palm Beach and Lauderdale but you can't really miss the ships if they are there. Along the ICW, we would usually stop at Lettuce Lake a few miles north of Lauderdale or Dumbfoundling bay south of Lauderdale.
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Thanks Vasco and Shakti!

Fleaport?
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Re: What are the best cruiser-friendly stops n Florida?

We have a mooring on Lake Worth just south of the Palm Beach inlet and we tell people to either stop by Palm Beach Sailing Club for about $10 you can get showers and internet or better yet, you can anchor just a couple miles south in downtown West Palm Beach.
You can anchor near the docks or across to the east side. It is an easy dingy ride to the free city docks and you have acccess to lots of restaurants, a free trolley for shopping at City Place and you get free city wiFi.
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Use your depth. Heading south I normally stay around 30 to 50 foot depth until Miami. West palm your pretty close to land but if you time it right there won't be any other traffic.

We normally spend the night in Vero then head out Ft Pierce the next day and overnight making Key Largo the next night.
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We made it to Miami about 5:00am and cooled our heels until 7:30am near the shop anchorage before making it in.

T'was a wet and miserable sail. We soon found 1-2 miles off shore was too far off. Off Palm Beach that put us in a 2.5kt north setting current - not pleasant in a 10-15kt northerly breeze.

But good news - our 4yo puked in a bucket for the first time. Previously he was inclined to puke over his Mum's bedding.

Moved in to about 1/2 mile off shore (about 30-80ft) as suggested in this thread and the seas laid down. Stuck in the 30-80ft zone to Miami. Heavy rain, drizzle, fog and unreliable winds the whole way.

But it was all worth it. The sun is out now, we are on a ball at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club south of Miami and enjoying good food and good scenery.
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