I am based in St Pete and just finished an Indiantown to Cape Coral
delivery- and offer the following current
and relevant experience. Assuming air draft under 55í, the ICW
behind Haulover Beach is tight and shallow- not sure you can get through.
If the air draft is 55-65, the water draft is going to be close going anywhere in the ICW.
Suggest you get another crew person, go down Hawk Channel and anchor along the way. As of a few days ago there were no strings of crab pots, only 1-2 stragglers. So it is a little less hairy. Do NOT take Channel 5 or 7-Mile Bridge to cut across the bay. Once again, your water draft will get you in trouble.
From Key West heading north, you can anchor off the west side of Florida
Bay. But stay clear of the islands. Only anchor off Everglades National Park or elsewhere in the west coast
if you have AC. The no-see-ums will find you even 2 miles offshore
. Donít ask me how, just know it has happened to me.
Once I enter the Gulf, I normally go non-stop on boats without AC.
All that said- if the boat
has not been used, be sure to have plenty of spare filters and experience not only changing the filters, but priming the engine
. Also the ability to quickly set the anchor to keep you from drifting while doing the aforementioned filter change.
Congrats on the new boat!