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Old 02-15-2021, 07:49 AM
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Has anyone made the run from Islamorada to North Captiva? If so; how long would you say it would take running 30 mph? Boat is a 2015 Robalo Cayman 246.

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Originally Posted by illwoods View Post
Thanks for the reply. Leaving Tavernier Creek what route would you suggest?
Cut through Yacht Channel and head north

If wind and seas are calm, set a waypoint for the west side of cape Romano shoals.

If wind is out of the NE, E, or SE, hug the Everglades National park where it will be calmer. You can cut in through Goodland and take the Marco river to Marco pass

If wind is more than 10knots out of the NW or W, donít go. Itís a long bumpy ride
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5hrs roughly.
Old 02-15-2021, 09:13 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Leaving Tavernier Creek what route would you suggest?
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Originally Posted by illwoods View Post
Thanks for the reply. Leaving Tavernier Creek what route would you suggest?
Cut through Yacht Channel and head north

If wind and seas are calm, set a waypoint for the west side of cape Romano shoals.

If wind is out of the NE, E, or SE, hug the Everglades National park where it will be calmer. You can cut in through Goodland and take the Marco river to Marco pass

If wind is more than 10knots out of the NW or W, donít go. Itís a long bumpy ride
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I think BW17 nailed this one!
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Originally Posted by bw17 View Post
Cut through Yacht Channel and head north

If wind and seas are calm, set a waypoint for the west side of cape Romano shoals.

If wind is out of the NE, E, or SE, hug the Everglades National park where it will be calmer. You can cut in through Goodland and take the Marco river to Marco pass

If wind is more than 10knots out of the NW or W, donít go. Itís a long bumpy ride
100%. If itís the summer time, leave at the crack of dawn or youíll undoubtedly hit a storm by 3pm.
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Thanks everyone; yeah trip planning for 7/12
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Originally Posted by tcijoe View Post
I think BW17 nailed this one!
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100%. If itís the summer time, leave at the crack of dawn or youíll undoubtedly hit a storm by 3pm.
Totally agree.. Plus you can almost set your watch by the strong westerly winds in the afternoon in July which almost always start a little after noon once the land heats up. I'd plan to be north of Bonita Beach by then so you can use the ICW for the remainder if needed.
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The route around Cape Romano can be very rough when winds blow against the current. Add in the likelyhood of a sea breeze component and it gets really rough. I would stay with hugging the Everglades Park shore from Cape Sable to Goodland and go into Marco river. I've done both routes before and going around Cape Romano always was a slug fest.
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Originally Posted by bw17 View Post
Cut through Yacht Channel and head north

If wind and seas are calm, set a waypoint for the west side of cape Romano shoals.

If wind is out of the NE, E, or SE, hug the Everglades National park where it will be calmer. You can cut in through Goodland and take the Marco river to Marco pass

If wind is more than 10knots out of the NW or W, don’t go. It’s a long bumpy ride
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The route around Cape Romano can be very rough when winds blow against the current. Add in the likelyhood of a sea breeze component and it gets really rough. I would stay with hugging the Everglades Park shore from Cape Sable to Goodland and go into Marco river. I've done both routes before and going around Cape Romano always was a slug fest.
Just curious why the Goodland - Marco River detour? I mean, If it's rough enough to make this necessary then it's rough before you cut into Goodland and after. This saves maybe 3-4 miles? of rough gulf between C o o n Key Light and Marco Pass. With the idle zones around Goodland and Marco Bridges, then again at Marco Pass this hardly seems worth the extra time. ... Am I missing something?
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Just curious why the Goodland - Marco River detour? I mean, If it's rough enough to make this necessary then it's rough before you cut into Goodland and after. This saves maybe 3-4 miles? of rough gulf between C o o n Key Light and Marco Pass. With the idle zones around Goodland and Marco Bridges, then again at Marco Pass this hardly seems worth the extra time. ... Am I missing something?
Nope!

Leave at first light and try to beat the sea breeze. The place will beat your brains out. Hopefully you have the prevailing SE winds that are common in the morning. Any wind over 10 MPH coming with any westerly component chops that place up pretty bad.

Pay close attention several days leading up to the trip and see what the weather pattern is. The T- storms over that hot Florida Bay are like pop corn and like to throw water spouts and fire.

Been across that place at least 50 times and 50% of the time I have gotten in the rough.
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It's pretty simple. At Romano shoals you are way offshore, exposed to all directions of winds, and the current is much more out there than near shore.
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Originally Posted by nicecast View Post
Just curious why the Goodland - Marco River detour? I mean, If it's rough enough to make this necessary then it's rough before you cut into Goodland and after. This saves maybe 3-4 miles? of rough gulf between C o o n Key Light and Marco Pass. With the idle zones around Goodland and Marco Bridges, then again at Marco Pass this hardly seems worth the extra time. ... Am I missing something?

You're missing the "east winds" component. Hugging Naples, Keewaydin Island, and ENP, the seas can be totally flat even with a 20+ knot wind out of the east. Run around the southern tip of Cape Romano shoals and you're looking at 5 footer quartering seas.

I've made this run at least 20 times, and only once ducked into the Marco River detour when it was blowing 25 knots for 3 weeks out of the southeast. I delayed my trip for 3 days, and finally just said the hell with it. Worst part was south of Cape Sable because there's nowhere to hide from the wind...but it's not too long of a run until you reach Sprigger Bank...about 16 miles.

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