Hunter specs show 58'6" for that model.
I forgot to mention.....once you pass the 7 mile bridge, it is a crab pot maze (nightmare!) in Florida
Bay, up to Little Shark. Past that, you still find strings of them offshore
. Forget night sailing! I'd recommend having another set of eyes on the boat. It is exhausting seeing and dodging the pots, especially if it's choppy.
I just checked again, and you should be able to get into the Marina at Factory Bay (Marco Island). Also, the inlet at Naples (Gordon Pass) looks sketchy. I'd pass on it.
From Marco, we went to Sanibel Island and anchored. But if you want a marina, Ft. Meyers Beach is right there. We stayed at Moss Marine
Marina on the trip down. It's nice, and they have fuel
and a nice cruiser's lounge. A good place to leave your boat if you are behind schedule due to weather. Actually, you should spend some time there. It's a great stop!
From Ft. Meyers Beach on, you can stay in the ICW (you'll probably be ready by then). After FMB, we anchor at Cape Haze, but there are two marinas 3 miles north of our anchorage.
From Cape Haze, we go to Sarasota
and anchor, but there is a marina and moorings there as well. If you are making good time, you may just make Bradenton (and skip Sarasota).
I'll do my best to give you some ideas of mileage for planning-
Fort Lauderdale-Key Biscayne 32 miles (plus going out and in). Maybe only 1/2 mile outside to stay out of the stream.
Key Biscayne-Rodriguez Key 50 miles
Rodriguez - Marathon 50 miles
Marathon - Little Shark 45 miles
Little Shark - Indian Key (Russell Pass) 35 miles
Indian Key - Marco 35 miles+ You need to go around Romano Shoals. If it's calm, you could just anchor on the Shoals for the night.
Marco-Ft. Meyers Beach 33 miles
Ft. Meyers Beach - Cape Haze 41 miles
Cape Haze - Sarasota
37 miles + 15 to Bradenton (if you don't stop).
These are just what we did. You can adjust to your liking, but at least have a good idea about what is involved. We use 5 knots for planning, and usually is very close for us. You should be a knot
faster at least I would think.
Too bad I'm back in Texas
, or I'd offer to help you get the boat home. It's a nice trip!