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Old 14-02-2013, 11:25   #16
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Yea I've worried about that.

Hopefully the prop won't be turning!
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Yea I've worried about that.

Hopefully the prop won't be turning!
That is the best way.
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Old 14-02-2013, 12:13   #18
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So FWIW I just finished charting the keys passage and the Okachobee cut through (which looks like it could actually be fun)....

Anyway going from Clearwater to a spot between Pompano and FLL (just off the coast - done for average because I haven't found a marina yet) its coming up to just about the same distance +\- 8 NM.

I can probably do 5 kts continuous under power, but if I get 15-20 kts of wind with a decent reach and minimal tacking, I can do 6.5 - 7 kts on the open water.

That combined with the draw bridge timing and lock operation, I'm guessing the saltwater route will end up being the shortest by a little.

Nice to know I can go via Okachobee if the Wx isn't cooperating though.
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So FWIW I just finished charting the keys passage and the Okachobee cut through (which looks like it could actually be fun)....

Anyway going from Clearwater to a spot between Pompano and FLL (just off the coast - done for average because I haven't found a marina yet) its coming up to just about the same distance +\- 8 NM.

I can probably do 5 kts continuous under power, but if I get 15-20 kts of wind with a decent reach and minimal tacking, I can do 6.5 - 7 kts on the open water.

That combined with the draw bridge timing and lock operation, I'm guessing the saltwater route will end up being the shortest by a little.

Nice to know I can go via Okachobee if the Wx isn't cooperating though.
I went across the Okachobee in a powerboat once (I can't take my sailboat through because I have a 62 foot mast height, but I think yours will fit). It fun. It's a little confusing when you are going through Fort Myers, especially at night. Indiantown used to let you tie up at their small city dock for free.

There are two routes, the rim route and the straight across route. I took the straight across, but I think the rim route would have been more fun.
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If you're not in too big of a hurry, just head on down to Key West and spend a little island time there.

Then you can mosy up the outside or do hawk channel...so much to see and if you like fishing, well no more needs to be said.
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