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Old 07-07-2015, 09:28 AM   #21
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From Carabelle to Panama City, do most people take the inland ICW route or go outside if weather is nice.

The ICW route looks kind of interesting-- looks like you go through some swamps.

Are the shoals on the outside a big issue?
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:46 AM   #22
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I have ususally done this the ICW inside route. Easy route and a fair amount of marinas. You can usually go this way in most weather conditions and has some nice things to look at. Also the shortest route. Can make it in a good day. After that you can jump outside at Panama City and run to Destin or Pensacola outside dependent on weather and what you want to do. The inland route is great though. Take it at what ever pace you want to.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:52 AM   #23
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As far as the shoals on the outside I have always avoided going anywhere close to the shore if I go outside between Carabelle and Panama City. I have never ventured in to find out but what is on the charts is enough to keep me out of that area. Panama city to Destin and Pensacola no issue though.
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Ok. Thanks. I like the inside route idea. Want some scenery.
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If you happen to anchor in Saul Creek a little past Appachicola let me know how it is. You can see the reviews on Active Captain. Looks interesting and I always wanted to stop there but never had the time.
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Ditto what Rogerh wrote above (about shoaly places along the stretch around Cape San Blas. The inside route is beautiful and interesting. Appalachicola is always worth a stop. From there, you run short way up the river, then hook a left to follow the ICW. Lake Wimico is a good example of what a lot of the Florida panhandle must have once looked like.

From the lake to East Bay (of St. Andrews Bay) it's mostly a dredged-out ditch. Shoals form on the insides of bends. If you draw four or more, watch your fatho and favor the outside of turns.

An alternative, just past White City heading westbound, is to run down the Gulf County Canal (straight as a rifle shot), come out at the old lumber port town of Port St. Joe, and head west in the Gulf from there. But, paralleling the coast along there the swells come mostly on the beam, so unless you really enjoy rocking and rolling, it can soon get old.
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An alternative, just past White City heading westbound, is to run down the Gulf County Canal (straight as a rifle shot), come out at the old lumber port town of Port St. Joe, and head west in the Gulf from there. But, paralleling the coast along there the swells come mostly on the beam, so unless you really enjoy rocking and rolling, it can soon get old.
This is a great suggestion. Anchor in St. Joseph bay for a day or two and go scalloping! St. Joe's marina is a very nice stop over if you prefer docks..
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If you happen to anchor in Saul Creek a little past Appachicola let me know how it is. You can see the reviews on Active Captain. Looks interesting and I always wanted to stop there but never had the time.

Will do. Thanks.
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Clearwater to Carabelle, then Panama City or Pensacola

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Ditto what Rogerh wrote above (about shoaly places along the stretch around Cape San Blas. The inside route is beautiful and interesting. Appalachicola is always worth a stop. From there, you run short way up the river, then hook a left to follow the ICW. Lake Wimico is a good example of what a lot of the Florida panhandle must have once looked like.

From the lake to East Bay (of St. Andrews Bay) it's mostly a dredged-out ditch. Shoals form on the insides of bends. If you draw four or more, watch your fatho and favor the outside of turns.

An alternative, just past White City heading westbound, is to run down the Gulf County Canal (straight as a rifle shot), come out at the old lumber port town of Port St. Joe, and head west in the Gulf from there. But, paralleling the coast along there the swells come mostly on the beam, so unless you really enjoy rocking and rolling, it can soon get old.

Will definitely stop for some oysters at Appalachicola.

Thanks for all the great details.
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But, paralleling the coast along there the swells come mostly on the beam, so unless you really enjoy rocking and rolling, it can soon get old.
No problem with rocking and rolling. I heard it was one of Cardude's favorite things to do on trip to Key West!
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No problem with rocking and rolling. I heard it was one of Cardude's favorite things to do on trip to Key West!
Larry you are such a gator. Uh, instigator that is.
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Damn Don-I knew I needed to move back down your way-up here in the PNW, the women come wrapped in about 4 layers of fleece!
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Cardude, how are you doing on your journey? Where are you at these days?
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Boat is still Palmetto Fl.

I'm schedule to fly up this Friday the 17th and do the crossing to Carabelle the 18th or 19th or 20th depending on the weather.

Hope to be in Nola by the 24th.

Then maybe another 6 days to get to Rockport.
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If you stop in Appalachicola be sure to eat at Boss Oyster.

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Clearwater to Carabelle, then Panama City or Pensacola

Love that place. Definitely want to go back. Has been 10 years.

I would actually rather dock after crossing at Apalachacola. More to do. Is that like another 25 miles from the St George Sound inlet?

Is that inlet pretty strait forward? Trying to time it so I hit it around noonish.
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:30 PM   #39
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East Pass is pretty straight forward and very deep. There is a shoal on the Dog Island side that sticks out pretty far, but if you don't hug the beach before your turn into the pass you will be just fine.

Boss oyster is the best known spot in Apalach, and it is good, but try out Hole in The Wall, it's not as touristy and has just as good if not better food.

Sauls creek is very nice, though it may very well be buggy this time of year. There is not a lot of swing room but it is plenty deep.

Carrabelle is a great little twon as well, stay at C-Quarters. It is not so well known as Apalach, but is more of a locals place. The Fisherman's Wife has great seafood and Fathoms usually has a good band playing.
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If for some reason you end up outside, in the gulf, west of panama city but east of destin, and are thinking to sneak back in at destin be careful if there are rollers on an outgoing tide. that pass will stand up 4 foot swells to 8 to 12 footers fast. At that point you might want to just keep going to pensacola pass. Also, if the weather is nice, hang that left out of the ditch just past white city, and take that ditch out to port st joe, then punch out there, and go direct to Pensacola. If you need provisions at that point, there is a piggly wiggly two blocks from the port st joe marina. If weather does not look good after you roll out to the gulf at port st joe, then punch back in at panama city. There is a good overnight location just inside pensacola pass, its called fort mccray by us locals, but shows on google maps as robertson island. The north cut is the ICW, but the south is no longer a solid cut, so it gets filled up with weekend boats. Good deep protected water.
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