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Old 01-27-2014, 07:41 AM   #41
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That's where we are storing. We just switched to ghe LaBelle facility.

Stop over , its a 5 min walk,
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:33 AM   #42
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Crossing the lake today. Stopped overnight at Indiantown Marina. Basics but great people and very nicely maintained. We hit the Port Mayaca lock at 8:30 and were able to pass right through with no level change at all plus we saw manatees in the lock. Slight under 1 foot chop and beautiful day on the lake.

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Old 03-28-2014, 11:00 AM   #43
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Looks like a nice day for the trip. Have fun.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:52 AM   #44
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Just coming into Clewiston. Started to blow 10-15. Not a bad ride just made it work coming down the skinny channel with a 2-3 foot chop hitting abeam. Nice and quiet in the canal heading north.

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Old 03-28-2014, 12:01 PM   #45
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You are getting into the best part of the Okeechobee Waterway now in my humble opinion. Well, not immediately, but after you really get into the Caloosahatchee River. Be sure and wave to FF as you go by!!
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:00 PM   #46
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cool pic's, safe passage!
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:09 PM   #47
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One hassle with the mini loop is the lack of anchorages after Stuart till south of Miami.

Low bridge after Low bridge after Low bridge after Low bridge makes for a slow passage but fantastic sightseeing if you like HUGE houses.

In the 60-s the homes were fine ,and large , but the big buck boys buy 3 or 4 , knock em down and build a monster!

All for a 3 day vacation some winters.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:02 PM   #48
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In the 60-s the homes were fine ,and large , but the big buck boys buy 3 or 4 , knock em down and build a monster!

All for a 3 day vacation some winters.
I always thought those homes looked like they were designed by Disney and built by Fisher Price.
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Old 11-01-2014, 04:20 PM   #49
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I'm planning on crossing the lake early next week and the winds are forecast to be 15 to 20 out of the northeast. What kind of water conditions will that create for me? I've read that it kicks up more than you would think for an inland lake. Should I consider the rim route instead of straight across?
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I'm planning on crossing the lake early next week and the winds are forecast to be 15 to 20 out of the northeast. What kind of water conditions will that create for me? I've read that it kicks up more than you would think for an inland lake. Should I consider the rim route instead of straight across?
With a 5' draft I would not consider the rim route. Lake O will build a short, steep chop. It will probably be on your starboard quarter. The Krogen is great in a following sea, so should not have much problem I would think it would give you a little twisty motion. When you make the turn toward the channel at Clewiston the seas should be more squarely on your stern which should be comfortable. When you get in the narrow channel be sure to stay in the center. The channel is cut out of rock.
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Thanks, I'm probably over thinking this. The only other time I crossed it was dead calm.
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Which direction are you crossing? On one way the seas will be on your stern for most of the way other than a relatively short stretch. The other direction on your bow of course.

The lake can get pretty snotty when the winds pipe up. But in a boat like yours it shouldn't be a problem.

Where are you planning to stop after you cross?
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #53
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We are west bound headed for Punta Gorda. Not sure where we will stop. Depends on how early we can get through.
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Rim Route is a NO NO for your boat. Wait the weather out. It is blustery all over Florida now. We are pinned in at South Seas Resort on Captiva. Not a bad place.

A sailboat tried to come in last night via Redfish pass and missed.
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Well there is Roland Martins just after you cross the lake. You go in through the flood gate to get there as opposed to turning right to head toward Moore Haven. Then the docks at Moore Haven just after you go through the lock there. After that there is not much till you get to La Belle.

If you stop at Roland Martins in Clewiston I recommend calling the Clewiston Inn for dinner if you don't want to eat on the boat. They normally will send a car to pick you up. In some cases it will be your waitress. :-) The foods not gourmet but cook home cooking. The bar at the inn is worth checking out. The walls are covered by a large mural that depicts Florida wildlife. It appears to have been painted in place. But if you look closely you can spot the seam the reveals that it was painted elsewhere and installed after the fact.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:56 PM   #56
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We just got to Roland Martins this evening after a run from Cabbage Key. It was a windy day. We think we'll wait another day for the wind to swing NE, then cross. We draw 3.5" and we're not sure about the rim route as it is reported at 5.5" deep.
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Crossing the lake in a northish wind like that, you need to pay attention to if you are really in the channel by looking backwards a lot; it is easy for the wind to "crab" you out of the channel while looking straight ahead the bow appears pointed between the markers. Kind of like what an ebb current can do to you along the Miserable Mile.
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