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Old 15-01-2011, 05:10   #16
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The Lake Worth inlet is blessedly short, but make certain you have timed it correctly. Wind against tide produces huge standing waves. Study your charts ahead of time as there are some turns to make.
We are not going to discuss how I know about the standing waves.
Fernandina Beach is a longer inlet, listen for calls about subs entering or leaving...they produce huge waves, but we certainly did not find it difficult. Good weather is important for all of them,
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Old 20-02-2011, 21:32   #17
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Re: Florida East Coast - Safe Inlets and Inlets to Avoid ?

I am planning a similar trip but heading on to galveston... I was curious how much the north atlantic current was going to mess with me.
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Re: Florida East Coast - Safe Inlets and Inlets to Avoid ?

Ft Pierce inlet is pretty nice. Very good depth, not very long, not a lot of traffic, well marked, and you have some good anchoring options and a couple nice marinas at the end of it.

Like a lot of other inlets it can be rough when the wind is against the tide, but from the locals I've talked to you really need to watch it when the wind has a northernly component since that tends to put waves against the break wall at the entrance.
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Re: Florida East Coast - Safe Inlets and Inlets to Avoid ?

Originally Posted by Greg S View Post
No wind, outgoing tide and appeared to be FAC. (Flat Ass Calm). There was however a two-three foot swell that we couldn’t even detect rolling in from the east. We and the boat leaving with us both hit the six to eight foot standing waves at the same time... burying the bow a couple of times... You could not see the standing waves until you were almost on top of them.
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St. Marys can get rough the jetty really funnels the water
We experienced this leaving St. Marys yesterday. Very light winds from the south/southeast (~2-4 knots), STRONG outgoing Spring tide and swell directly opposing from the east. We started feeling the swells gently in the inlet, but once we were in deep water (50+ feet) the waves were 5-8 feet, steep and breaking over the bow. Wow! What a surprise. Lesson learned: when you feel the swell on an outgoing tide in a narrow inlet, turn around and go drink coffee and wait for slack tide.
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Re: Florida East Coast - Safe Inlets and Inlets to Avoid ?

Port Canaveral inlet locks closed till March 2020 . .
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I have been in at Jacksonville, Cape Canaveral, St. Augustine, and Ft. Lauderdale. You asked what favorites we might have, and my favorite is St. Augustine. There is no good reason to avoid St. Augustine. Just go in at daylight and in good conditions. You might ask for any station, but remember, any idiot can push the transmit button on a VHF. St. Augustine is a historic city with a lot to see, a number of fine restaurants, and has a decent downtown marina. Cape Canaveral is a commerical port, miles from anything, and you can't really walk anywhere from your boat. It is my least prefered inlet, but it is really well marked if you have to go in somewhere in bad conditions it would be the least risky.
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