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Old 01-24-2014, 03:25 PM   #21
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We were thinking of doing the mini loop. We were going move our Camano up to Stuart and start there, We'd do it over winter since for the most part it's rough in the gulfstream.
Most boats here never need to go in the Gulf Stream to do that loop...but can just to make time and miss the Keys.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:36 PM   #22
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Most boats here never need to go in the Gulf Stream to do that loop...but can just to make time and miss the Keys.
No I'm saying that because the only places we travel are the Bahamas .
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:57 PM   #23
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I'm not sure I would do the mini-loop in the dead of winter either....I would think the West Coast of Florida and travelling the western Keys would get pretty interesting with a lot of Norther's blowing through regularly....
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I'm not sure I would do the mini-loop in the dead of winter either....I would think the West Coast of Florida and travelling the western Keys would get pretty interesting with a lot of Norther's blowing through regularly....
Yeah true, wouldn't anchoring resolve the most part?
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Depends on what kind of anchor and rode, eh?
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Depends on what kind of anchor and rode, eh?
Oh gosh no!
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Excellent info, PSN. Somehow I wasn't imagining that much of a voyage. Yes, I'm also surprised at the mileage, but it could be a good break-in for our eventual Great Loop starting in Spring 2015.
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:24 PM   #28
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So you wish to motor past numerous safe inexpensive inland hurricane holes , to leave your boat in a hurricane target
That's pretty funny... but our insurance company blesses so few spots below Jacksonville it isn't funny.

I've been meaning to drop you a note - any sage advice for crossing the open water route?

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Old 01-24-2014, 06:29 PM   #29
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Excellent info, PSN. Somehow I wasn't imagining that much of a voyage. Yes, I'm also surprised at the mileage, but it could be a good break-in for our eventual Great Loop starting in Spring 2015.
I can't do it yet...but definitely in my future plans...I'd love to add a stop or two in Cuba when that is easier...

I think that trip because of so many remote anchorages and overall length...a buddy boat for parts of it would be a blast...not every night but never be far from each other for help and company but not feeling like every moment depends on herd mentality....
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We're planning on heading down the west coast next winter from Ft Myers. Having lived in the Keys (Big Pine) for 4 years I know about the winds, but we're more interested in working on our tans than making any distance.

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Marathon to gulf

Which is a good channel form gulf to Marathon leaving from Ft. Myers. Thanks. PS. Draft is 4 ft.
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We went straight across, not the rim route. Enough water, our draft was 4 feet. We did dig some dirt on the west end. Markers were far apart so pay attention, plot from one to the next, autopilot was good for that. Dont go through the lock at the end if going west, it gets tight in there. All together a very easy one day transit.
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rking, Head offshore from Ft. Meyers, turn left, keep Florida on your left and pick up the marked channel near Cape Sable.

If you're going to enjoy any time in the Shark River / Cape Sable area, winter is the only time to do it, mosquitos. The fishing in that area is at it's best now.
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We went straight across, not the rim route. Enough water, our draft was 4 feet. We did dig some dirt on the west end. Markers were far apart so pay attention, plot from one to the next, autopilot was good for that. Dont go through the lock at the end if going west, it gets tight in there. All together a very easy one day transit.
Thanks for this info, but how does one "not go through the lock at the end"? We draw 5'6".

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That's where we are storing. We just switched to ghe LaBelle facility.

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Thanks for this info, but how does one "not go through the lock at the end"? We draw 5'6".

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I think he is talking about the lock at the dike going into Roland Martin's Marina at Clewiston. It is at the end of the entrance to the rim canal where you turn right for the canal or straight if you are going into the marina.
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Yep, thats it. We made a mistake and went thru the lock, in a 50 foot boat towing an 18 foot boat. It was tuff turning around.
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Thanks for this info, but how does one "not go through the lock at the end"? We draw 5'6".

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Once in the lake, I never saw less than 10'. Across the lake to Clewiston, turn right into the rim canal, up to and through the Moore Haven lock.

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Thanks all. Looks like it isn't much different from the rest of the ICW. Generally good, sometimes a little skinny, all you need to do is pay attention.

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