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Old 01-22-2018, 06:43 PM   #1
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City: Florida
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Mersea
Vessel Model: Marquis 59
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 164
West Coast of FL (GICW)

Hi all,

Looking for some input on the gulf ICW, specifically between Sarasota and Fort Meyers.

Working on the plans for a trip in late Feb/early March and asking for some input.

Currently keeping our boat in Clearwater area. In the last month have gone as far south as Sarasota in the GICW, wondering if there was much difference in controlling depth going south from there to Ft Meyers area.

We have gone from Fort Meyers north to Boca Grande in the past, not sure if the storm this past summer created any problems.

Have 5.5 ft. draft. Have looked at Active Captain, didn't pick up any trouble spots. Know that we will have a few bridges.

Also any local knowledge or experience with Longboat and Venice inlets?

Have been advised that both of the Sarasota passes are very much local knowledge. Will be avoiding them.

I expect it will be a combination of "inside" and "outside", just identifying options.

Thanks in advance,

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