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Old 13-05-2021, 06:32   #1
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WPB Fl to New Orleans

Hello yíall, does anyone have a few canít miss anchorages along the west coast of Fl? I am debating anchorage hoping my way there or going straight across. I will be single handing this trip.

I know the big bend area of Florida is pretty shallow and a long hop from Tampa to Panama City is likely and what many people do/recommend.
It also seems like a long hope is necessary after Moser Chanel up to Ft Myers unless anyone can recommend an anchorage near Marco or Naples that accommodates a 6í draft.

This begs the question do I just do a really long hop from Marathon directly to the panhandle or Alabama. (I say panhandle as to try to avoid the offshore oil rigs/commercial traffic out of New Orleans area)
The idea of heaving to in the middle of the Gulf to grab sleep isnít the most appealing thing but I know plenty of people use this technique.

Iíve lived in Florida my whole life and Iíve been almost everywhere in the state so nothing about this is a ďsite seeing tripĒ.
Time isnít really an issue either.

Any advice someone could give would be appreciated. Thanks!

Boat is 37í monohull with a 6í draft and 50í clearance. Has autopilot, AIS, and Satellite communication among all the other usual things.
Oh and I am hoping to Sail this journey and avoid motoring.

Thanks again for any input.
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Old 17-05-2021, 13:41   #2
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Re: WPB Fl to New Orleans

Your 6' draft will likely limit some of these places. But there are so many places to stop on the west coast, you could really spend a month or two just getting from the Keys to Tarpon Springs.

Little Shark River
Turkey Key
Indian Key Pass
Marco Island
Fort Myers Beach
Cayo Costa
Boca Grande
Longboat Pass
St Petersburg
St Pete Beach
Madiera Beach
Clearwater Beach
Caladesi Island

Most are only a few hours away from each other or maybe a day sail.
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