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Old 06-03-2011, 19:59   #1
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Going to help deliver a baot from Sarasota to Fort Lauderdale.......anyone have any recomendations as to best route for a fast as possible transit. Any short cuts to be taken?
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We like the cut from Little Shark River by Schooner Bank and through Yacht Channel to Lower Matecumbe where you can cross under the 65' fixed bridge to Hawk's Channel and up to Miami or stay "bayside" and into Biscayne Bay. During much of this passage you can stay within the Everglades National Park boundry where trap floats are not allowed. This route requires a draft of less than five feet. You may wish to list your clearances for the best advice.
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Re: Sarasota to Fort Lauderdale

How 'bout I-75?
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Re: Sarasota to Fort Lauderdale

If your air or water draft doesn't prohibit it, go through okeechobee
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We like the cut from Little Shark River by Schooner Bank and through Yacht Channel to Lower Matecumbe where you can cross under the 65' fixed bridge to Hawk's Channel and up to Miami or stay "bayside" and into Biscayne Bay. During much of this passage you can stay within the Everglades National Park boundry where trap floats are not allowed. This route requires a draft of less than five feet. You may wish to list your clearances for the best advice.
This +1. I've run the Yacht Channel with close to six-foot draft, but it was touch and go, so to speak. Better off with less than 5 feet. If you can't do this I would just take a straight shot to the NW Channel at Key West, or maybe leave from Ft. Myers Beach and do it in one overnight. Hawk Channel up inside the Keys is fine sailing and somewhat sheltered, depending on wind direction, but sort of difficult to follow at night. If you're in a big hurry just go through Key West and get back out in the Gulf Stream and ride it on up to Ft. Lauderdale.

Unless you can clear the 49-foot lift bridge at Port Mayaca you can't do the Okeechobee Waterway that runs from Ft. Myers across the middle of Florida to St. Lucie. Also, Okeechobee can have lock closures and shallow problems at times--not sure of the current situation.
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If your air or water draft doesn't prohibit it, go through okeechobee
Besides, this is a wonderful trip which is not to discount the more southern route.
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Re: Sarasota to Fort Lauderdale

The OP wanted fast... Okee is not nearly as pretty as the southern route, but it's a damn sight quicker!
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