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Old 03-07-2018, 12:01 AM   #21
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:40 AM   #22
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Healhustler - where abouts in long boat key? We are hoping to get from Cape Coral to Tarpon Springs in one day but you never know what the weather will bring. If it’s calm enough, we plan to run on the gulf side to make some time.
Yes, I suppose you’ll be zooming by here (Sarasota) on plane if you want to make Tarpon Springs, but it took us about 8 hrs. from Cape Coral to Sarasota with our slow trawler on the ICW. Lots of bridges to stop high boats, you know. Best of luck outside....could be chalenging and costly on plane.
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:51 AM   #23
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Congratulations! Safe travels. Looking forward to hearing about your travels.
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:38 AM   #24
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Congratulations, nice big boat. Have fun and keep us up to date.
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:08 AM   #25
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Thank you all for the congrats. We are super excited but I am also a bit nervous. The weather windows are very tight on the forecasts and I have only minimal confidence all the timing points will work out. It is very possible we may have to leave her somewhere for a week and come back later to finish the trip.

Larry- yes, fuel cost is going to be an eye opener. . But priorities are
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Fuel economy is last on this particular trip. We really want to get her (and us) home in one piece over the next week if at all possible.

If I read the bridge information right, I think there are only two we would have to call to open. The other look to be at least 23ft clearance or more and we are supposed to be 16.5ft but I’m not sure if that includes the satellite dome or only to the radar arch top. Gonna have to measure that. Based on latest forecast I’m about 70/30 that we will have to stay ICW to TS or Clearwater to stage for a Saturday jump. If we miss Saturday, we are hanging out until Monday or Tuesday before we could cross.
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:55 AM   #27
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Thank you all for the congrats. We are super excited but I am also a bit nervous. The weather windows are very tight on the forecasts and I have only minimal confidence all the timing points will work out. It is very possible we may have to leave her somewhere for a week and come back later to finish the trip.

L. Based on latest forecast I’m about 70/30 that we will have to stay ICW to TS or Clearwater to stage for a Saturday jump. If we miss Saturday, we are hanging out until Monday or Tuesday before we could cross.
Like I said before if you get stuck in the Tarpon Springs area and need some help let me know I live nearby.
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Thanks Jay. Much appreciated.
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And also thanks Larry. Weather window might drive a mini TF meet up. Lol
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Congrats sir! What type of boat?
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Congrats and get back home safely.. Lot's of good times on the Lake this summer....Look forward to enjoying a Saturday with y'all
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If I read the bridge information right, I think there are only two we would have to call to open. The other look to be at least 23ft clearance or more and we are supposed to be 16.5ft but I’m not sure if that includes the satellite dome or only to the radar arch top. Gonna have to measure that.
I did the trip from Tarpon Springs to Fort Myers in November. With a 15' air draft, my recollection is 3 or 4 bridges going the GICW the whole way. There are a couple of small town bridges that are easy to miss on a chart. All were on demand with my air draft.

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McGillicuddy...you’re speaking his language. I better try to keep him away from that bakery. He has zero will power.
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I did the trip from Tarpon Springs to Fort Myers in November. With a 15' air draft, my recollection is 3 or 4 bridges going the GICW the whole way. There are a couple of small town bridges that are easy to miss on a chart. All were on demand with my air draft.

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How long did the trip take you? Did you do it one day?
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We have done this trip several times. On the last, the weather forced us to do Tarpon springs - Steinhatchee - Dog Island. Easy days trips, with the waves on the nose, instead of overnight (at our speed) and beam seas.

Try make Sea Hag Marina during high tide. At 3 1/2 ft draft we had no issues. You have to use the fuel dock so call ahead.
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How long did the trip take you? Did you do it one day?
Slow Hand cruises at 7 knots. I did one day from Tarpon Springs to Long boat Key. 2/3 of a day to Cayo Costa state park. Half a day to Fort Myers. There are some sections where you can go fast. There's less than half where it's displacement speed. I'm guessing that you would do it in a day and a little.

Cape Haze marina in Englewood is a good fuel stop (Currently $2.68). It's just off the GICW and a little tricky getting in, but a good fuel stop with a helpful crew.

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How long did the trip take you? Did you do it one day?
Wifey B: I still don't understand why Tarpon Springs. Why not just Clearwater. Makes your trip shorter getting there and your crossing from there shorter plus easier in and out.
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Wifey B: And your 16'5" is without the electronics on top I'm betting, so add some more to it.

I know the ad says bridge clearance of 16'5" but sure seems too low to me. Measure before you end up topless.
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