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Old 12-28-2019, 08:20 AM
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Hello all...

Looking at running the boat (26' CC w/ twin 200's) from Stuart down to the Keys in April/May. Obviously, if I can run outside, I will, but the weather is the usual wild card. If we can't run outside, then we'll have to run the ditch the whole way. Here's my questions...

I'm figuring it is about 165 miles to the Islamorada area via the Intercoastal. If we need to stop along the way (at least at or south of Ft. Lauderdale) for the night, any suggestions on where? Obviously need dockage and a room.

Any suggestions on places to stop along the way to get a bite to eat?

Thanks for any/all input...

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Old 12-28-2019, 08:39 AM
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Did this from Boynton on November 14th. Had to run the ditch to Miami because it was really rough outside. It's LONG trip. Tthere are so many no wake and manatee zones you can't get moving. Took us about 6 hours to get to the bridge that leads into Biscayne Bay. You are much farther away and would be a long boring trip running the inside. Once I got to Biscayne Bay I could haul ass to Marathon on the Gulf side running the ICW. If you can't run the outside to Miami, I wouldn't recommend it. But if you have to take this route, you could stop in Pompano at the Sands hotel and marina or the Fort lauderdale Marriot on the intracoastal are just two places to stay on the water or Gilbert's which is at the US1 bridge when entering the keys

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Old 12-28-2019, 08:48 AM
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Have made the trip several times from West Palm to Marathon in a 26 CC, 31 Express and last summer the Cabo. The ICW though Broward county is painfully slow. Have tucked in and out most inlets trying to run the outside as much as possible.

No advice on where to stay as I have managed to make it each time in a single day (even arriving at 11 pm one year) - hate stopping.

Good luck and enjoy the trip.
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SLA1DC/TIME OUT LW...thanks for the info!! I know the No Wake Zones are the brutal part of the trip. Even though we are not really in a "hurry", I don't want to spend all day puttering along either. I'm guessing you are referring to the Rickenbacker Bridge by the new Miami Boat Show location when you say the bridge leading to Biscayne Bay. If so, that would make my trip about 8 hours to that point, then I'm guessing about 2 or so the rest of the way (depending on where we stay). I like the Sands idea. Looks like a nice place. Is Gilbert's marina back up again? Last I saw they were still working on it.

Would prefer to run all the way in one shot and only stop if we have to, but the other option is to intentionally stop along the way and plan accordingly. May end up having to add a day or so to the trip, but that's not all that bad. I'd even consider sleeping on the boat once we got into Biscayne Bay. Plenty of places there to hunker down.

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Knowake app will help. You can run icw pretty quickly til you hit delray beach from there to miami its littered with no wake here and there. As for hotels, Pier 66 hotel and marina and the Hilton on 17st.
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Another marina hotel option is Bahia Mar which has a doubletree.
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Places to stop before ft laud and eat... sailfish marina palm beach (lake worth) inlet. Waterstone bar and grill boca inlet.
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It might be a good idea to look at recent reviews before committing The Sands in Pompano.
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You can do it no problem, pre plan your fuel points and egress points if it gets snotty outside, if it does try to run the ditch as long as you can. I believe someone recently posted a "nowake" application so you can evaluate your time.
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Thanks all for the info!!

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Old 12-29-2019, 09:59 AM
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Plan to run on a weekday. Many of the zones in Broward are no wake on weekends but 25 MPH on weekdays until 4/15 IIRC.
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Originally Posted by captainrich View Post
Plan to run on a weekday. Many of the zones in Broward are no wake on weekends but 25 MPH on weekdays until 4/15 IIRC.
This is good advice.

I've made the run from West Palm to Marathon many times. It saves many a headache and many hours if you can do the outside to Miami. If going ICW, weekday is the ticket.
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
It might be a good idea to look at recent reviews before committing The Sands in Pompano.
The place is a DUMP, the renovation spow and poorly planned. I would go right past it. The only good thing is when tjere are tournament weigh-ins there its a good time, but would never bring my family to actually stay in the hotel.

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I ran on a Thursday with the 25 mph zones in effect which I probably did 40. Ran through a no wake zone in Miami since it was so wide there. I was irritated at that point and no other boats were around since the weather was bad. Still About a 6 hour trip Miami Beach marina to top off. Sea isle is closed for fuel while they are redoing their gas docks.
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I ran from a little north of Haulover to Alabama Jack’s in a little over 2 hours a few weeks ago. Easy ride down the ICW.
You can stop and eat at Duffy’s in North Miami Beach. They have plenty of dockage. You can get fuel at either Haulover Marina or Marina Palms in Maule Lake.

Drove past Gilbert’s on Saturday and it was up and running.
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just did the icw at thanksgiving. LONG trip from Stuart to Ft Lauderdale. Started around 9:30 and finally hit the hotel in Lauderdale around 5:00pm. We stayed at the residence in on the ICW. they have docks out back
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Originally Posted by tcijoe View Post
just did the icw at thanksgiving. LONG trip from Stuart to Ft Lauderdale. Started around 9:30 and finally hit the hotel in Lauderdale around 5:00pm. We stayed at the residence in on the ICW. they have docks out back
which marriott has the docks?
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the residence in ICW

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...tal-il-lugano/

docks are first come/ first serve but nobody was there. take fenders since it is right on ICW.
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Miami Beach Marina has reasonably priced fuel and self-serve fueling after hours until 9 pm with credit card. It's very convenient.
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For those that have made the trip what is the total trip time from Stuart to Islamorada? Also, just curious why not trailer? Thanks.

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