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Old 13-05-2019, 04:33   #1
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Dry Tortugas to Panama via Western Cuba

Any suggestions welcomed and advice on the best cruising guide for this route. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Dry Tortugas to Panama via Western Cuba

Both the Rauscher and Bauhaus guides will be the ticket if you follow the coast down. CMap charts of Cuba are pretty good for that area.
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Re: Dry Tortugas to Panama via Western Cuba

A few quick observations from our experience:

The Dry Tortugas are a great place to hang out and wait for a good wx window. If needed, you can pick up WX on VHF or at the ranger station. The ferry and the float plane that make daily stops there are also good resources.

We were underwhelmed by NW Cuban coast. If planning on seeing any of Cuba along this route, would advise docking at Marina Hemmingway and traveling by land. There are a few cool cays along the way, but the guarda frontera will turn you away from any attempt to land the dink on the mainland (as of Jan '18). Thus you are unable to see much of NW Cuba by boat.

NV Charts were also good for Cuba. +1 on the Rauscher guide.
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