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Old 06-17-2017, 03:43 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

Does anyone have any experience sleeping overnight on their boat on the water. I would like to launch my boat at the Ft Desoto ramp in the evening with my wife and son and stay the night on the gulf. I have an open bow without a cuddy. Do bugs (mosquitos/noseums etc.) fly over water and there a certain distance from shore I would have to be to avoid them? Anyone know of any good places to anchor or any other tips?

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Keep lights on all night.I spent many nights on the boat offshore.Have a flashlight in case you lose power.Safety equitment.eprib stuff like that.
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Keep lights on all night.I spent many nights on the boat offshore.Have a flashlight in case you lose power.Safety equitment.eprib stuff like that.
I'm good with the safety equipment. Do you sleep in the open? how far offshore do you go and do you run into any bug problems?
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Bugs are not a problem once you get far enough out.

Generally speaking, someone should always be awake when you are offshore. It is not a good idea from a safety standpoint for everyone to go to sleep in open water.

Just my .02.

We spend the night offshore from time to time on a 31 foot center console. Usually everyone just takes turns sleeping up front on the bean bags.

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I have spent the night on my boat the bay side of Egmont Key. Was a great night. I woke up with Dolphins making their breathing noises.
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We rigged out boat several years ago so we could do overnighters..

I added led strip lights to the T-top, changed all the spreaders and other lights to led's and added a house battery...which my boat did not come with.

We are usually bottom fishing so are at least 25-30 miles out and have not had a bug problem.

Along with our anchor light, we leave the T-top strip lights on when snoozing..
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we just slept at the new sandbar in front of ft de soto two weeks ago - was beautiful.
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Leaving Ft. Desoto consider Shell Key? It's just N of Bunces pass and you can camp there. OR Like Lobster said, inside Eggmont.

Be prepared to wake up covered in dew if you're sleeping on a CC.
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Just north of Clearwater there are numerous small islands along with 3 Rooker bar. Every time I head out early to fish I see boats everywhere that either spent the night on the hook or camped on the islands. You might want to try your first overnight where you can walk around,swim,and fish while being by other boats doing the same thing.
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Safer to anchor in a cove to overnight. 3 rooker is a good option for this. Maybe shell key around the Pass a grille side. Have a feeling it's not going to be as enjoyable as you might think. November - April much more comfortable than summer time.
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I was thinking of the same question, only want to do it at the Tortugas. Anyone slept on their boat at anchor down there?
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Spent many nights on the hook off St Pete, from close in, out to 52 miles. I have a 30' walkaround with genset, etc. You need to either set up a guard zone with your radar or even better, have someone on watch. I get up every couple hours and check a 64 mile radius on radar for cargo ships, etc. Had to pull anchor at about 3am one time to get out of the way. Watched it come in on radar and they never altered course. 90' wide cargo ship ran right over my numbers. Asleep at the wheel... Leave as many lights on as is practical.

Slept on the hook in the Dry Tortugas several times as well, in the harbor in front of Ft Jefferson. Very secure. Just set your anchor well and make sure you have room to swing at tide change. My favorite place to be. Make sure you take everything you think you'll need with you, because there is no place to buy anything, except maybe a souvenir t-shirt. Also be prepared to take your trash home with you. Contact the rangers on VHF when you get there and they'll walk you through it.

If you go to cruisers.net there is a wealth of information on safe anchorages all over, including all of Florida. It's primarily a sail boater forum, I think, and those guys know their stuff. Lots of good anchorages all along the gulf coast, if you need to take shelter.
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cruisers.net = cruisersnet.net
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Thanks! Great resource, whether you're a sailor or power boat guy.
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Slept on the hook in the Dry Tortugas several times as well, in the harbor in front of Ft Jefferson. Very secure. Just set your anchor well and make sure you have room to swing at tide change. My favorite place to be. Make sure you take everything you think you'll need with you, because there is no place to buy anything, except maybe a souvenir t-shirt. Also be prepared to take your trash home with you. Contact the rangers on VHF when you get there and they'll walk you through it.
Beautiful spot to overnight. The one provision you can get is ice - the fast-cat people sell it while they are tied up there (grab some while you are using their toilets!). Apparently there are bioluminescent scorpions in the fort at night, but we didn't have a chance to check them out.
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Beautiful spot to overnight. The one provision you can get is ice - the fast-cat people sell it while they are tied up there (grab some while you are using their toilets!). Apparently there are bioluminescent scorpions in the fort at night, but we didn't have a chance to check them out.
Great tip on the ice. They're also kind enough to let you take a hot fresh water shower on board, even if you aren't a passenger.
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Apparently there are bioluminescent scorpions in the fort at night, but we didn't have a chance to check them out.
Have not seen those but have seen many of the rats that will eat your stuff unless you hang it on the pole.

Beware of the shrimp boats. Numerous times they have come within a 100 yds on AP and everyone asleep.
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As a previous sailor overnights are the best and not a problem.
Anchor light on all night at a minimum. Bugs are usually only feet away from shore so 100 yards or more is perfect.
The fort is great and a very good anchorage. Can be crowded at times. Take rum and beer to trade the commercial fisherman for fresh fish if you are not catching.
Last trip I paid a twelve pack and a pint of rum for a 20# grouper and a dozen bugs.
Highly illegal to use the fort area or anchorage for a bathroom if you do not have one on board. Used to be that they would board all boats and close and tag all head through hulls to make sure no one was dumping overboard.
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Leaving Ft. Desoto consider Shell Key? It's just N of Bunces pass and you can camp there. OR Like Lobster said, inside Eggmont.

Be prepared to wake up covered in dew if you're sleeping on a CC.
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LOL! I'd be more concerned about dew too than bugs on water unless it's still night there won't be any bugs. There will be dew issues furesure!!!

To OP, I'd suggest getting electric lantern like Coleman 700 lumen electric lantern and use it as your anachoring light (2 mile visibility) instead of using your boats electrical system, redundantly is nice plus lantern is nice to light up boat decks at night.

Desoto park boring to me, I'm more a Gulfport/johns pass kinda guy...
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I did it once a couple years ago on my 31ft cc. Everyone was fishing and I was tires from prepping the boat the day before so I told the other 3 crew that I would take the first nap. I woke up around 2a to everyone on the boat sound asleep and no anchor down. I checked my surrounding and my gps and luckily there was no current, we hadn't moved but a few feet in several hours.
I didn't like it. I can't stay up late anymore, the little sleep I got was crap and I was uncomfortable all night.
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