Originally Posted by krlee
Yes, " any advice" is very broad. I will elaborate. Though beginner sailors we have taken quite a few short wekeend/overnight trips before. Last May we made our way down to Hilton Head
via both offshore
and the ICW. We are very comfortable with the boat and living on it. I guess my questions would me more concerned with:
- what are the necessary navigating tools we should have and or sailing equipment
- other than the Gulf Stream on the way down there, are there are other very problem or tricky spots that we should be aware of?
-If we are going to be fishing for food
off the boat will we need to obtain a fishing license
-Any spots that are a must see on the way down there?
Minimum for navigation
. No reason not too have some sort of GPS
I am only familiar with central florida
going south having made that trip numerous times. For north of here someone else would have to chip in.
As I said in my original post, offshore versus inside is a trade
off. Inside, calm, fairly scenic, and besides the ebb and flood near inlets (which can be played to some degree), there is no current
. You also have numerous anchorage opportunities and restaraunt/bars with docks that I enjoy dinghying in to. But the farther south you get the more bridges, most with scheduled openings, you have to contend with. Also if going inside I try to avoid South Florida
on weekends as the boat traffic can be horrendous. Offshore you have the gulf stream and whatever seas are running. Normally June isn't too bad. Also as the previous poster noted it is the beginning of hurricane
season but June storms are pretty rare.
I go inside to Ft. Pierce or Pt. St. Lucie (be aware of the shoaling on the north side if you use it). Then outside to West Palm where anchoring
is easy right inside inlet. Then back out either overnight to Miami
or ducking in at Lauderdale where the marinas
are very cheap
that time of year. From Miami
you can either go outside through Hawk Channel or south through Biscayne Bay and the numerous Sounds before arriving in Florida Bay and the Keys.
Florida does require a fishing license. Do not waste your money
on a crawfish (lobster) stamp as they are out of season until late July.
No "do not miss" spots I can think of. The Keys are great that time of year. If it is really laid down, you can overnight on one of the numerous reef mooring
balls. Nothing better than first thing in the morning diving
before the tour boats arrive.