Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-12-2014, 06:53 AM   #1
Member
 
City: Orlando
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sharon Ann
Vessel Model: Kadey Krogen 48AE
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
Tampa Bay to Dry Tortugas

I am currently planning a trip from Tampa Bay direct to the Dry Tortugas for this winter. At my cruising speed of 8 knots the trip is about a 24 hour run non stop, requiring an overnight passage. My previous overnight passages are all associated with the Atlantic ocean side of Florida: crossings to the Bahamas or coastal passages all in relatively deep water with few "obstacles" (crab pots) to contend with.

A question to the Forum: for a direct non-stop direct run from Tampa bay to the Dry Tortugas is there much to worry about in the way of either crab pots or floating debris in that area??

Alan Williams
M/V Sharon Ann
Kadey Krogen 48AE
__________________
Advertisement

Alan W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 07:47 AM   #2
Guru
 
siestakey's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota,FL/Thomasville,GA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Steppin Stone IV
Vessel Model: Marine Trader Kelly Trawler 46
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,271
Send a message via Skype™ to siestakey
From One Alan to another

Now this is only my experience but from eggmont key to Venice yes on the crap pots

with the bulk of them near Bradenton and Venice
__________________

siestakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 08:04 AM   #3
Member
 
City: Orlando
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sharon Ann
Vessel Model: Kadey Krogen 48AE
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
That has been my experience as well when only 2 to 4 miles off shore. I'm curious how many obstacles exist when out 15 to 25 miles in 50' to 150' of water. The last thing I want is to snag a pot at 2:00AM while the Admiral is on watch
Alan W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
City: Jacksonville Fla
Country: USA
Vessel Name: The Office
Vessel Model: Marine Trader
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 157
Dry Tortugas from Tampa

Made this crossing 7 times in past . Last trip was 2005 always in sailboat. Watch for Shrimp boats going in huge circles with no one at the wheel. The Navy towers are marked on charts but were unlighted. We went from Tampa to Venice to stay a free dock near Yacht club and then usually met other boats going to the Tortugas at the Crow's Nest Marina. the distance to Key West and Turtle Crawl Banks is almost the same as going to the Tortugas. Enjoy the ride!
Here is what happened to us on last trip down

@ TheOffice: Cuban Landing @ The Dry Tortugas

HTH,
S
Autoteacher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 08:57 AM   #5
Member
 
City: Orlando
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sharon Ann
Vessel Model: Kadey Krogen 48AE
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
Thanks, good advice. My main concern are those things that radar probably won't pick up, as opposed to shrimp boats and towers.
Alan W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 09:20 AM   #6
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 Alan W View Post
for a direct non-stop direct run from Tampa bay to the Dry Tortugas is there much to worry about in the way of either crab pots or floating debris in that area??
My experience, making the same run, is that if you head out the
Tampa Bay ship canal to deeper water (around the place where ships anchor awaiting their turn to go in) and then do a straight shot down to the Tortugas, then no problem with crab traps. The crabbers tend to put their traps in relatively shallow water, since they are a lot easier to harvest.
__________________
John
jwnall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 10:02 AM   #7
Member
 
City: Orlando
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sharon Ann
Vessel Model: Kadey Krogen 48AE
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
John- Perfect! Thanks for the response- that's what I was hoping to hear. If we have a mild Florida winter I'm hoping to do a run about February and since it will be the Admirals first overnight passage I want it to proceed without a hitch.
Alan W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 10:39 AM   #8
Guru
 
siestakey's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota,FL/Thomasville,GA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Steppin Stone IV
Vessel Model: Marine Trader Kelly Trawler 46
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,271
Send a message via Skype™ to siestakey
Alan

the 100' plus water almost nothing
siestakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 01:04 PM   #9
Guru
 
Brooksie's Avatar
 
City: Cape Cod, MA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Island Seeker
Vessel Model: Willard 36 Sedan
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 954
Done it a couple of times. No problem on my boat with crabpots, goes right through them. But shrimpers are hard to tell which way they are circling as floodlights obscure running lights.
Brooksie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 01:59 PM   #10
Guru
 
timjet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,905
Done Venice to the Torturgas a couple of times in the late 90's. No problem with crab pots but keep an eye out for shrimpers and recreational boats running without lights.
__________________
Tim
Tampa Bay
Carver 355 ACMY Twin Cummins Diesels Sold
timjet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 03:29 PM   #11
Guru
 
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5,422
Quote:
Originally Posted by siestakey View Post
Alan

the 100' plus water almost nothing
What 100+ water? Between Tampa and Tortugas you will most likely never see even 100 feet of water. :-)
Capt.Bill11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 03:31 PM   #12
Guru
 
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5,422
If you bring some extra beer, booze and coffee you can most times find a shrimper who will trade you for a bunch of fresh caught shrimp.
Capt.Bill11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 03:35 PM   #13
Guru
 
siestakey's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota,FL/Thomasville,GA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Steppin Stone IV
Vessel Model: Marine Trader Kelly Trawler 46
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,271
Send a message via Skype™ to siestakey
Capt Bill read his post above so he is planning on going way out
siestakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 03:36 PM   #14
Guru
 
siestakey's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota,FL/Thomasville,GA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Steppin Stone IV
Vessel Model: Marine Trader Kelly Trawler 46
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,271
Send a message via Skype™ to siestakey
years ago from a run from St pete to Key west I got offered real cheap fuel

pirate fuel
siestakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 03:40 PM   #15
Guru
 
siestakey's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota,FL/Thomasville,GA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Steppin Stone IV
Vessel Model: Marine Trader Kelly Trawler 46
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,271
Send a message via Skype™ to siestakey
Capt Bill if your on the correct coast side when he makes the run you and I could take our buts out and have a beer with him
siestakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 03:43 PM   #16
Guru
 
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5,422
Quote:
Originally Posted by siestakey View Post
Capt Bill read his post above so he is planning on going way out
Ah, I see. He's going in a straight line.
Capt.Bill11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 03:50 PM   #17
Guru
 
siestakey's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota,FL/Thomasville,GA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Steppin Stone IV
Vessel Model: Marine Trader Kelly Trawler 46
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,271
Send a message via Skype™ to siestakey
He does have a KK
siestakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 04:28 PM   #18
Member
 
City: Orlando
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sharon Ann
Vessel Model: Kadey Krogen 48AE
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brooksie View Post
Done it a couple of times. No problem on my boat with crabpots, goes right through them. But shrimpers are hard to tell which way they are circling as floodlights obscure running lights.
My biggest concern are the stabilizer fins grabbing a floating net or line. I have a Spurs line cutter for the prop, but hope to not have to test it, especially at 2:00AM.
Alan W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 04:34 PM   #19
Member
 
City: Orlando
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sharon Ann
Vessel Model: Kadey Krogen 48AE
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by siestakey View Post
He does have a KK
Being a KK I'm not concerned about fuel, water or ice. (My rough calcs indicate I could do 7 round trips from Tampa to Tortugas if I start out full of fuel). BEER, on the other hand, could be an issue especially if I were to use some in a trade for shrimp.
Alan W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2014, 05:03 PM   #20
Guru
 
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5,422
Quote:
Originally Posted by siestakey View Post
Capt Bill if your on the correct coast side when he makes the run you and I could take our buts out and have a beer with him
Count me in! Just depends on timing.
__________________

Capt.Bill11 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 05:29 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