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Old 12-17-2018, 12:15 PM   #21
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The locks are very straightforward. Minimal elevation change, 2-3 feet at most, and no turbulence in the locks. At every lock there are lines you can grab that hang down from the top. All you have to do is figure out what side you are going to hang on to (ask the lock master if one side or the other is required) and deploy a couple of fenders accordingly. If your timing is good it is a 15 minute process.

We left Stuart at daybreak and tied up to the dolphin pilings on the west side of the Ortona lock the first night. Anchored next to Useppa Island the second night. Third day was half day trip to Long Boat Key.
The locks can be quite a bit more than 3 feet. St Lucie and Franklin are both subject to tide level. St Lucie can be 8'+

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Old 12-17-2018, 08:10 PM   #22
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I am at River Forest in Stuart and have to go thru 1 lock to go east. I am leaving on the 27th of December and wonder if the government shuts down will the locks be operating. Any of you remember if the Corp operated the locks in the last government shutdown. I guess that was around 98.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:15 AM   #23
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Don't know about locks specifically, but I do know that during the last "shut down" not everything was shut down. Things that were considered "critical" were still operating.


And, of course, the decision about what is "critical" or not is made entirely based on political considerations, not on the actual criticality of it.


Oh yeah, and all the talk about federal employees losing money... No, that doesn't happen either. As soon as they come to a budget agreement everyone gets all of the back pay that they would have gotten, so it just turns out to be an extended, paid vacation for those that don't have to work. My sister-in-law, who works within the federal court system, is desperately HOPING for a "shut down!"
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"My sister-in-law, who works within the federal court system, is desperately HOPING for a "shut down!"


Along with a million other federal employees.
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:36 PM   #25
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I just came across the OWW 2 days ago in our DeFever 44 and had no issues with water depth. The controlling depth is in reference to some skinny spots along the rim canal. The depth in the lake (Route 1) is fine.

St Lucia lock had a 8’ lift the day we went through, the others were minimal.

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Old 12-21-2018, 05:50 PM   #26
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Just a quick question for "Firstbase". Please tell me your wifes name is not Susan!!
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:09 PM   #27
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Just a quick question for "Firstbase". Please tell me your wifes name is not Susan!!
Nope! Sheree. When we named the boat we didn't have a clue that virtually no one except Maryland'ers would know that a Black Eyed Susan is the State Flower of Maryland. When we are both on the boat everyone who passes by gives me a nasty look and whispers something about "that poor woman". Maybe I should name the dinghy Wife-Beater. Really get them going.

Sorry, that was insensitive and inappropriate.
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Old 12-21-2018, 08:21 PM   #28
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I just came across the OWW 2 days ago in our DeFever 44 and had no issues with water depth. The controlling depth is in reference to some skinny spots along the rim canal. The depth in the lake (Route 1) is fine.

St Lucia lock had a 8’ lift the day we went through, the others were minimal.

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The USACE quotes controlling depths separately for each route. Route 1 is the trans-lake route, 2 the rim route.

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The USACE quotes controlling depths separately for each route. Route 1 is the trans-lake route, 2 the rim route.

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The 2 routes combine at Clewiston and follow the rim to Moore Haven.
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:36 AM   #30
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The 2 routes combine at Clewiston and follow the rim to Moore Haven.
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Indeed. What's your point?
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:46 PM   #31
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Indeed. What's your point?
The 6.7 controlling depth was not in the channel that crosses the lake but after Clewiston where the two routes join and follows the rim

What was yours?
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The red tide was along the western shore of FL.Not in Lake O

Mostly caused by iron laden sand dust blowing from Africa.

We are a mile short of the Ortona Lock when westbound.

Have a modest amount of power woodworking equipment if you wish to dock overnight , free of course.
A little late to the party but Africa remains off the eastern shore of Florida. Don't know about Africa's effect on the Gulf. Don't mean to be unctuous . Possibly a typo or oversight. Yes/No?
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A little late to the party but Africa remains off the eastern shore of Florida. Don't know about Africa's effect on the Gulf. Don't mean to be unctuous . Possibly a typo or oversight. Yes/No?
No typo. Here is a link to an article on how iron rich dust from the Sahara affects Red Tide in the GOM. Red Tide.
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Saw this thread. Came through April 21. No noticeable issues and I am a rookie through Okeechobee. Depths shallow leaving Clewiston going West to East. But once in the middle of Okeechobee, 8-10 foot. I was more scared because of the horror stories, but no ground-related incident. (I lost an engine for mechanical reasons, but not the lake’s fault unless bad Karma counts),
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Saw this thread. Came through April 21. No noticeable issues and I am a rookie through Okeechobee. Depths shallow leaving Clewiston going West to East. But once in the middle of Okeechobee, 8-10 foot. I was more scared because of the horror stories, but no ground-related incident. (I lost an engine for mechanical reasons, but not the lake’s fault unless bad Karma counts),
Ben, what was the lowest you saw and where?
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Ben, what was the lowest you saw and where?


3.8 outside Clewiston. But new boat to me, no chance to check calibration or offset. Think I might have an extra foot built in.
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I went around the Keys starting May 1st. I didn't like the 5.1ft control depth on Route 1. Funny though, inside the Keys there are several 5.5 spots. Went outside at Miami and in at Lake Worth to avoid all the bridges. Got almost 2 knots from Gulf Stream 3 miles offshore.
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