Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-19-2014, 09:01 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Captain K's Avatar
 
City: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Holly Day
Vessel Model: Marine Trader 44
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 288
Depth, Government Cut St. George Island

Anybody had any recent experience transiting Government Cut through St. George Island south of Apalachicola, FL? Am concerned about shoaling, so would appreciate knowing the most recent controlling depth. We're hoping to go that way en route to the Keys next month.
__________________
Advertisement

Captain K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 10:32 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
jwnall's Avatar
 
City: St. Marks, Florida
Country: US
Vessel Name: Morgan
Vessel Model: Gulfstar 36
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,621
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain K View Post
Anybody had any recent experience transiting Government Cut through St. George Island south of Apalachicola, FL? Am concerned about shoaling, so would appreciate knowing the most recent controlling depth. We're hoping to go that way en route to the Keys next month.
My understanding is that it is not being maintained, and is rapidly shoaling. I have heard reports of 3' and less at points, but cannot verify this from personal experience.
__________________

__________________
John
jwnall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 11:45 AM   #3
Guru
 
ulysses's Avatar
 
City: Gulf Shores, Ala.
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Ulysses
Vessel Model: Romsdal 1963
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 876
I called a local shrimper out that way last night for you and he also stated that it is not maintained and would not recommend it. Were you looking for an anchorage or a way to visit without going all the way to east pass? Also when are you leaving? I will be heading that way on my planned trip to the Dominican Republic.
ulysses is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 01:00 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Captain K's Avatar
 
City: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Holly Day
Vessel Model: Marine Trader 44
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 288
Ulysses--was looking for a way to avoid running all the way NE up to East Pass. Have crossed into the GOM via Government Cut many times, but these past few years it has been mighty thin. Thanks very much for checking with the shrimper. Those guys are what I consider among the most credible sources for such things. Our plan is to depart Homeport Marina on or about 15 November. When do you depart for the DR?
Captain K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 02:01 PM   #5
Guru
 
ulysses's Avatar
 
City: Gulf Shores, Ala.
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Ulysses
Vessel Model: Romsdal 1963
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 876
I am planning on leaving about mid December, probably stop in Marathon then on through the Old Bahama Channel. I will get that wood work you saw sanded, sealed, and varnished down there along with some topside work. Maybe on to the Leeward Islands. Probably see you before you leave, if not safe travels.
ulysses is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 02:24 PM   #6
Guru
 
ulysses's Avatar
 
City: Gulf Shores, Ala.
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Ulysses
Vessel Model: Romsdal 1963
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 876
Gulf County Canal (mile 328) to Port St. Joe might be an option. I have anchored just inside Cape San Blas and waited weather once or twice. Nice, quiet and good fishing. Last pass I made through the canal there was over 10 feet and no traffic. St. Joe Marina is within a block of groceries, beer, supplies, pretty good breakfast too.
ulysses is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 04:40 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Captain K's Avatar
 
City: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Holly Day
Vessel Model: Marine Trader 44
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 288
Thanks. Might go that route...Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, direct Clearwater. See you along the way. Bon Voyage amigo!
Captain K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 04:52 PM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
 
jwnall's Avatar
 
City: St. Marks, Florida
Country: US
Vessel Name: Morgan
Vessel Model: Gulfstar 36
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,621
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain K View Post
Thanks. Might go that route...Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, direct Clearwater. See you along the way. Bon Voyage amigo!
Yeah, if I were coming from the West then that is the route I would take unless you really wanted to spend some time in Apalachicola. Direct across to Clearwater from Port St. Joe should work just fine. Just be cautious about the shoals off of Cape St. Blas, since they go out really far.
__________________
John
jwnall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 05:15 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
seasalt007's Avatar
 
City: Punta Gorda, FL
Country: U.S.
Vessel Name: Aweigh
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 42
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 486
I can't tell you how many times I have bumped there. In the past I've seen boats go aground while the dredge was working. It was always better to follow a shrimp boat.

I now go in and out at Carrabelle.
seasalt007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2014, 10:52 PM   #10
Guru
 
Steve's Avatar
 
City: Thibodaux, Louisiana
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gumbo
Vessel Model: 2003 Monk 36
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3,607
We went through there in spring of 2011 it was about 8' according to my notes. No telling what it may be now, we usually stay at Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola, the folks there usually had a good idea of the conditions or would call a shrimper and ask for you.
__________________

__________________
Steve W.
http://mvgumbo.blogspot.com/
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012