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Old 24-03-2014, 13:34   #1
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Sailing from key West to Dry Tortugas

I am planning a try to Key West and up to Try Tortugas. Is anyone has any recommendation to sail fromKey west to Dry Tortugas (i.e when to leave, time to cross, where to anchor etc...) This would help me to plan

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Old 24-03-2014, 14:21   #2
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Re: Sailing from key West to Dry Tortugas

Hi Martin: most of the questions you ask have no fixed answers. The time to leave and time to cross will depend on the wind speed and direction and your boat type and length. The general rule is to arrive when the sun is high overhead, or at least at your back, so that you can "read" the water. As far as anchorages go, check Active Captain for locations and other information, like registering your boat. Best, Pete
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Re: Sailing from key West to Dry Tortugas

You will have a great time. About 70 miles if I recall. Pick your weather window and go. If you want a jump pick one of the islands along the way to stage from. Look at the charts and plot your course. Sail outside or inside your choice . Assuming you have a chart plotter arriving near or after dark is not a problem of course use your head, follow the markers in to the fort Jefferson anchorage. Double check your position as u go. The shallow water is brown. Google earth the anchorage and approach will help with you situational awareness . the DT is a wonderful place enjoy.
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