The CHANNEL of the GICW is closed at the Boca Grande swing bridge in Placida, FL. Not only the bridge but the channel itself will be closed to traffic from Feb 1 to Feb 7th. due to large barges located within the channel that will be removing the large steel
structure of the old swing bridge. Traffic under 27 ft in height will be vectored to a non opening secondary bridge 2000 feet west of the non-functioning swing bridge.
I am assuming you have you mast
up Therefore, I would take the following route
; (You're only option)
Naples to Ft. Myers beach. A municipal mooring
field is located beyond the bridge operated by the Matanzas Hotel
or the Moss Marina at $70.00 a night. Get Fuel
, Ice and water
Next day; Depending on weather
, take the inside route
or outside route to Pelican Bay at Cayo Costa, State Park. No fuel
but ice is available at the ranger
station. Enter the bay from the North end and head
south into Pelican Bay. Excellent holding and protection.
Then out of Pelican Bay through the Boca Grande Pass to Maker 7 (in the Boca Grande Channel) and head
directly north to the Venice inlet. Do not attempt the Stump Pass inlet !
Once inside the Venice inlet; Drop the hook at Hiegle park and resupply if required. Although Heigle Park has a dock
county does not allow over night stays at the dock
but you can re-supply and Anchor
Day 3;Depending on weather
You can take the inside route to Tampa Bay or the outside route to Tampa Bay.
Note; The inlets to Sarasota
Bay may not be not properly marked and the latest information can be had on the Sarasota Yacht Club website.
You'll be heading into a mostly north wind
so it sounds like a motor
PM me if you need more. Enjoy the trip and remember when sunset time is.