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Old 30-10-2009, 07:06   #1
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Naples to Ft Lauderdale?

Hi Everyone. We're buying our first boat and need to bring her home to Ft Lauderdale from Naples. How much time should we allow for htis trip? Any recommendations? All advice is apopreciated as we are completely green! Thanks
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Old 30-10-2009, 08:47   #2
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40-50 miles is a good 'dawn to dusk' day sail and if inexperienced you do not need to be sailing at night in difficult waters like the Keys or making night entries into places like Snake Creek. (somehere on here there is a description of what happened to an inexperienced sailor entering Snake Creek at night)

Theoretical speeds, 6 knots for smaller boats, are rarely achieved in practice and a few squalls and stormy days will disrupt the schedule even more.

While the trip is only about 300 miles and in delivery mode would take 3 days or less I would plan at least 10-12 days for a leisurely, no stress, trip and make sure I arrived at each anchorage or marina at least 1-2 hours before dark.

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Old 30-10-2009, 08:59   #3
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We started with an overnight sail from Naples to Key West, followed by day hops along the Keys. A week allows a day spend in Key West and short day sails the rest of the trip.

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Naples to Ft Lauderdale?

Have you thought about taking her across the Lake O? We went from port charlotte to titusville in 8 days. You'll see a different part of fl and lots of wildlife.

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