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Old 29-03-2012, 15:09   #1
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Pensacola > Venice Inlet FL

I have an owner-aboard delivery this week from Pensacola to Venice FL. I am very familiar with the West Coast south of Cedar Key, and have some 20 year old memories of the Appalachicola area, but I got zippo of Pensacola and its inlet. Anyone care to share some local knowledge?

I haven't seen the boat yet, but I'm assuming I'll need some stores and chandlery. Any recommendations in that area are welcome too!
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Old 29-03-2012, 19:18   #2
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Re: Pensacola > Venice Inlet FL

Your familiar with Activecaptian aren't you? It has a number of comments on the inlet.
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Re: Pensacola > Venice Inlet FL

Pensacola will be a cake walk for you. It's wide, deep and well marked with range lights on tall lattice towers easily seen during the day.

However, if you're then going west through the Pensacola land cut take care to reach Pensacola-Mobile Bouy 1 before you turn west. It's an unlit can.

The lit Entrance Bouy 13 just south of there has fooled many into thinking the west turn can begin there, but that puts you on shallow water.


The East Pass entrance at Venice is another story. I haven't been through it yet. But it's shallow with shifting shoaling that is best to have conditions that allow the water color to aid navigation. The bridge there is 48 feet also.
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Re: Pensacola > Venice Inlet FL

It looked easy on the charts, but it never hurts to ask!

How about provisions in the area?
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Re: Pensacola > Venice Inlet FL

I'm about three hours west by boat, so can't say much about provisions in the Pensacola area.

Member s/v Faith lives there and posts fairly regularly, maybe he will chime in. He probably wouldn't mind if you shot him a PM with questions.
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Re: Pensacola > Venice Inlet FL

Check out the SAILING PENSACOLA site on the web. Plenty of local knowledge there.

We have sailed the Pensacola cut for many a year and it is really pretty easy, as cuts go, deep and wide and well marked. For many years it was used almost daily by the Navy for large carriers and therefore is near perfect.

If you are heading east and plan to enter or find a need to do so, use all of the caution possible at the Destin Inlet. This is a very nasty one, probably the worst one on the Northern Gulf Coast. As I understand, this pass has rolled a 41 foot Coast Guard boat in the past and is well respected by locals.
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