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Old 04-13-2015, 01:28 PM   #21
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Leaving Marco before daylight, and running 7 knots should get you to KW with plenty of daylight in June.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:11 PM   #22
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Again, the mosquito issue is on the cusp in June, especially early June. I'd call the folks at the Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City and at the ranger station in Flamingo to see how they are. One early June, we had a beautiful stay in Shark River. I don't know, going straight to KW from Marco and missing some beautiful cruising grounds seems like a shame to me. Might as well take the ferry, IMO. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:48 PM   #23
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Again, the mosquito issue is on the cusp in June, especially early June. I'd call the folks at the Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City and at the ranger station in Flamingo to see how they are. One early June, we had a beautiful stay in Shark River. I don't know, going straight to KW from Marco and missing some beautiful cruising grounds seems like a shame to me. Might as well take the ferry, IMO. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

Good idea. I'll call them.
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:14 PM   #24
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The mosquito problem is related to the weather and more specifically to rain. The Florida monsoons normally start in late May or June. One year they didn't start until July and there were many wildfires in the state. There is a lot of humid weather and rain this week so the mosquito's may come out early. Best thing is to watch the weather patterns. When the afternoon showers start, the mosquito eggs will be hatching.
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:59 AM   #25
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I agree with rardoin, forget first light and watch the sun rise with a few hours under your belt, makes your chance of getting in with enough light to keep the pucker factor low much better.



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Yes and if you want some professional help at a reasonable cost, contact Chris Parker. He is currently the "go to" guy for weather forecasting for the area. He can give you detailed weather for your route, for a day, week or your entire trip if you want.

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Old 04-14-2015, 11:15 AM   #27
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Here's the wind for June.
Which website or product produces these wind prediction percentages? I've seen this in books but haven't seen a website that gives them. It's the perfect thing for a lot of things I'm playing with now.
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Which website or product produces these wind prediction percentages? I've seen this in books but haven't seen a website that gives them. It's the perfect thing for a lot of things I'm playing with now.
Visual Passage Planner. It's a great tool for $119. Digital Wave - Home
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Pilot Charts. Google it, you can download them for free. Great tool.
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Yes and if you want some professional help at a reasonable cost, contact Chris Parker. He is currently the "go to" guy for weather forecasting for the area. He can give you detailed weather for your route, for a day, week or your entire trip if you want.

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Chris Parker's service is good. Although I use Commanders' Weather routing service these days. Commanders' Weather

But for a simple trip like that you could just use Passage Weather and one or two of the many marine weather apps available.

I like PocketGrip, WeatherMap + and any one of the several real time weather radar apps.

Bouy Weather is great too.
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