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Old 07-12-2021, 20:36   #1
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Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

I may be entering Port Everglades Florida in strong easterlies about a week from now. The chart and pilot book describes this as a deep all weather entrance. Any specific guidance for this entrance from a sail boaters perspective?

I have run many of the inlets on the US east coast, but this will be my first Port Everglades entrance. We could be in 20 knot easterlies or north easterlies, based on the forecast. Obviously wind against tide will make for rougher conditions, but frankly this looks like a straight forward entrance.
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Old 07-12-2021, 21:05   #2
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Re: Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

In the conditions you described, Port Everglades is the second safest inlet in Florida. Well marked, very deep, straight shot in. Watch the tides as a swift outgoing ebb tide could result in breakers stacking up at the entrance in a strong east wind.
The safest Florida inlet in those same conditions is Port Canaveral.
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The entrance is no warries, even for cruise ships. Once you get in and under the bridge, however, you need to be mindful of your draft and the tide.
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Thanks for the prompt replies.
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Re: Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

That one happens to be the only place in the world that I have gotten seasick, and it was just that - easterly wind against ebb tide. On the other hand, it was really straightforward, wide enough and straight enough to hold no surprises.
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Re: Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

Just don't cut over the spoils islet north of the shipping channel.
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Re: Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

The only problem you might have is a cruise ship coming out.
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I’d rather enter with strong easterlies than in the weekend when the idiots are out
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Re: Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

It can get hairy at times. I witnessed a 27 footer get completely rolled over at the entrance.
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Re: Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

Not Port Everglades, but Lake Worth inlet, which are comparable. Coming in with a honking east wind, in the wee hours. Thought I had everything well planned, but experienced an unintentional jibe upon course change at the entrance. Nothing broke and no one hurt. After the heart rate returned to “normal”, I glanced to starboard and the heart got to racing again: the waves breaking on the rip rap at the northern side of the entrance looked to be as big as a house. Made me feel pretty insignificant. The helmsman has got to be steady at that point.
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Not Port Everglades, but Lake Worth inlet, which are comparable. Coming in with a honking east wind, in the wee hours. Thought I had everything well planned, but experienced an unintentional jibe upon course change at the entrance. Nothing broke and no one hurt. After the heart rate returned to “normal”, I glanced to starboard and the heart got to racing again: the waves breaking on the rip rap at the northern side of the entrance looked to be as big as a house. Made me feel pretty insignificant. The helmsman has got to be steady at that point.
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Re: Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

Like everybody says - not gonna be a problem for you with prudent navigation. If you go in with the flood the biggest thing will be looking for fishermen drifting around and zooming in & out. Going in on a strong ebb (why?) will be slow and uncomfortable, but shouldn't be hazardous.


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Re: Port Everglades entrance in strong easterlies

Why would you pilot your vessel in such poor anticipated weather ?
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Why would you pilot your vessel in such poor anticipated weather ?
Since when is 20 knots poor weather?
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Why would you pilot your vessel in such poor anticipated weather ?


A 20knot easterly is poor weather?

Must be hard for you to venture out past the breakwater.
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