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Old 12-02-2020, 14:59   #1
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Room for one or two from Pensacola to Clearwater

I am sailing out on the 21st of march from pensacola to clearwater if anyone wants to go for a ride! Have room for two. There will be me, my aussie mini and my friend from PA. Your share of food and fuel is all I would ask.

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Re: Room for one or two from Pensacola to Clearwater

Keep a close eye on the weather. In late march we can still have some ripping cold fronts. Easy to predict happening around every 7 to 10 days but not something you want to be offshore. Safe travels.
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Old 14-02-2020, 06:29   #3
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Re: Room for one or two from Pensacola to Clearwater

Straight line on that run sends you through the oil leases. Radar? I would not want to dodge them at night. Or during the day, for that matter. Making a dogleg to the east over to Big Bend leaves you only with anchored barges and a few Air Force towers to dodge, and you can even anchor yourself at night. I like the eastern run; there are just two of us, and we like our sleep.

Make that a front every 5-6 days this time of year. The one yesterday damned near drowned my car enroute from Tallahassee to Carrabelle. They often have cells in them with 100 mph winds; you do not want to be caught in that.

To get a detailed look at the weather for this run, get Weathertap.com. It shows you the individual "microburst" cells, with their wind velocity, path, and tendency to become tornadoes/water spouts. Also get Windy, which has been recommended on this forum before.
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Re: Room for one or two from Pensacola to Clearwater

I forgot to say, have a wonderful trip; I wish I was with you. And, please don't become a grill ornament on an oil rig!
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Re: Room for one or two from Pensacola to Clearwater

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Straight line on that run sends you through the oil leases.
If the OP runs into an "oil rig," then he either sailed west toward Alabama or southerly for 100 miles before turning East. Not the most efficient way to get to Clearwater. A lease sale area exists on paper only and does not have infrastructure on the ocean that would be needed for an oil or natural gas drilling project, which has never been permitted near Florida. Of course, one often begets the other, but they're not the same.

Here's a map: https://images.app.goo.gl/5FD56oC2EfSHCpFp7. Platforms are the red squares to the west of Florida.
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I forgot to say, have a wonderful trip; I wish I was with you. And, please don't become a grill ornament on an oil rig!


That would be quite the detour to hit a production platform on that route!
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There are no drilling platforms off the Florida coast. Only military radar towers. And there wont be ... https://www.wptv.com/news/protecting...das-west-coast
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You jumping across from there? I can go April 4, 5, 6...
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