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Old 14-02-2015, 16:45   #1
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Florida Inlets

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We're currently holding steady in Fernandina Beach, Fla. We plan on leaving soon to head further south. Looking at my chart book, a couple of inlets between here and Cape Canaveral have the advisory- consult with local knowledge before attempting entry. Has anyone had recent experience with entering the following Florida inlets: St. Augustine, Ponce De Leon?
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Old 19-02-2015, 18:50   #2
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Re: Florida Inlets

we live in st. Augustine, its tricky, but do able. Good seamanship with attention, to your charts and surroundings ,you will be fine. Daylight and slack or rising tide. The channel buoys once you get in the inlet FOLLOW, as they direct you do NOT cut corners, keep straight pick up the markers for the ICW to lyons bridge, which only opens I believe on the half hour not on demand.
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Re: Florida Inlets

Ponce inlet is also doable. Entry is straight forward from the sea bouy. Favor the north side of the inlet staying about 50-100' off the north jetty. Follow the marked channel to the south toward the coast guard station and New Smyrna Beach. Do not attempt to take the route to the north of the inlet without local knowledge. It is unmarked and has shifting sandbars.

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You probably left but both inlets run close to a rock seawall, St Augustine's on the South side and Ponce on the North. If you attempt either at night be sure to get a light on the channel bouys. Neither set are lit at night. DO NOT take any shortcuts.

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