Originally Posted by TJR
If you only had 8 days and started in St Pete and wanted to head
south, how far would you go and where to? Assume the following:Cartalina 34, 25 gallon diesel
of 4, early April timeframe.
If your length (8 days) is hard, I would not go for Key West
. That requires a hardovernight sail, or you have to pull in some place like Shark River -- and the mosquitoes are BAD right now. It just hasn't been cold enough. I'm all bitten up right now from mosquitoes and typically I have no problem with them where I am.
When people in the Tampa Bay area talk about going down to the Keys and the Tortugas, they typically allow two weeks.
If you go down toward Cayo Costa there's LOT to explore down there, esp. if you're willing to get out of the sailboat and into your dinghy
. There are a lot of little islands to explore and beautiful waters to sail in. You can pull in at Longboat Key (through Longboat Pass if you're on the outside. Terra Ceia Bay is off the Southeast end of Tampa Bay is beautiful. A lot of people like to anchor
off Fort DeSoto Park, south of the tip of Pinellas Peninsula.
Or, you could go north to Tarpon Springs and Cedar Key but I would go south.
You didn't say what kind of crew you have. Sailing south to the Keys would be really tough with only one or two adult, experienced sailors.
Take an up-to-date chart and I recommend a chartplotter
as well, as you can zoom in on a chart plotter and get important details about the depth
of the water
*exactly* where you are. All down the west coast
-- where, there are no dragons, but there certainly are high spots where you wouldn't expect them.