Originally Posted by joshash
I am waiting to start planning a sailing trip with my wife and another couple from Lantana fl to key west and this will be are firs time sailing the icw and donít really know anything about icw or keys sailing but not planning on going till mid January so my question is where and how do I even start ?
Hi all, CaptVR here. Been running the waters your talking about for 50 of my 72 years. Number one GET ALL CHARTS
WAY GUiDES FOR YOUR CRUISE
, check notices to mariners, mark your charts and guides accordingly, it will save your ass.......Garmins good, you can't mark themmmmm. Besides, your electronics
fail, your paper is worth a million bucks.
If your leaving Lantana, you might as well go down to Lauderdale on the inside. You did not mention your draft nor height. But if your over 55' you might as well go outside from Lauderdale down to Gov.Cut. There is one lower bridge in downtown Miami. You could go back up to WPB and go outside, but you will probably have prevailing winds on the nose, and don't forget the Gulfstream is 1 - 3 knots against you. I lived in WPB and took boats south, you will find yourself motor
sailing with maybe 3 knots over the bottom, long trip down at walking speed. Inside, if your good at math, you can time the bridges pretty good and have little wait at them. Before entering the cross state canal
, you have a railroad bridge that restricts you to 49'.. They also had some shoeling at areas of west side of the lake with controlling depth
of 4' about 6 months ago. We had to backtrack in an 85' motor yacht that drew 4' they were reporting 6'. Long way back out to the gulf and south around via the keys. And that's also a motor, if you can make the lake, you can sail for a couple hours, but if you continue to motor around the canal
at the bottom, it's like Disney with all the wild life. By the way, that is a total motor across the state. Bulk of that canal is maybe 150' wide with 10-20 foot bluffs on each side. No sailing it at all. After coming out by Stuart, try to make it to Pecks Lake in the ICW, great anchorage... With a full run the next day, you can make WPB..