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Old 04-28-2018, 10:08 AM
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Hello Boaters,

My wife and I will be moving to the St. Pete Beach area next month and I wanted to get some info on boating in the area.
A little about the vessel I will be bringing with me: It's a 2000 Rinker I/O with a 5.7 Mercruser, it's a 21.5 ft vessel, with an 8 to 8 and a half foot beam, I know this is not the best salt water boat but I'm coming from a fresh water lake.
I'll be launching it at boat ramp in the Little McPherson Bayou by were the Pinllas Bayway meets the beach by the Don CeSar. I've never boated these waters and wanted to get some input from the locals on how you think this vessel will do in these waters and what are the nice areas to boat(sand bars, tie ups, beaches, ect.) to in this area. I guess you would call it the Pass-a-Grille channel area, I don't want to venture too far from this area as I don't exactly have a ocean worthy boat.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-28-2018, 06:54 PM
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You should be just fine. Not sure whether youíll be venturing offshore, but youíll find plenty of places to go in the bay. Probably advisable to have a good GPS given some shallower sandbars in the area, but not really rocket science. Feel free to ask any questions.
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Old 04-28-2018, 07:14 PM
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Congratulations on your move ! Hope it all goes well for you. Below is a link to a map of restaurants on the Gulf Coast can be can reached by water . I am pretty sure I got it here on THT, but don't recall who created or posted it (If the map creator happens to see this, Awesome map !!)

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...15MWBGmD20&z=9
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Old 04-28-2018, 09:55 PM
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The best sandbar close to you will be the one at Bunces Pass. That is the pass just south of the Pass-A-Grille inlet.
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Old 04-29-2018, 06:27 AM
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I tried to post an image of what I thought the Bunces Pass sandbar was but it won't let me post a picture yet because I have not made 10 posts (lame.) Anyways, if it is the area I think it is it looks as though I'd have to go off shore for a bit, have you seen boats like mine (21', bowrider, i/o) make it to that sandbar ok?
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Old 04-29-2018, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain_Crunch View Post
I tried to post an image of what I thought the Bunces Pass sandbar was but it won't let me post a picture yet because I have not made 10 posts (lame.) Anyways, if it is the area I think it is it looks as though I'd have to go off shore for a bit, have you seen boats like mine (21', bowrider, i/o) make it to that sandbar ok?

Bunces Pass is the body of water that separates Shell Key and Ft Desoto. The sand bar west of the beach at Ft Desoto is the only local SandBar (not Island ) that you can drink Alcohol and have dogs .

Iíve been here 5 yrs now , anything I could help with just ask .

Navionics downloaded on on your phone , iPad is very helpful ( updated regularly) and studying google maps satellite views at the area before you go will give you a good idea of sandbars ( there are tons of tricky bars in the area ) the markers can get confusing if not paying attention as they split paths and coming/ going areas.

Great area for boating ! Youíll love it here !
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Old 04-29-2018, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain_Crunch View Post
I tried to post an image of what I thought the Bunces Pass sandbar was but it won't let me post a picture yet because I have not made 10 posts (lame.) Anyways, if it is the area I think it is it looks as though I'd have to go off shore for a bit, have you seen boats like mine (21', bowrider, i/o) make it to that sandbar ok?
You'll be far from the only bowrider there on a nice weather day. Plenty of boats like yours cruising the local waters. Labeled New Island Fort DeSoto on the map.

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Old 04-29-2018, 07:23 PM
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On a good day your boat should do great in Tampa Bay, and you should check out Egmont Key itís a great day trip. Itís right beside the shipping lanes that go through Tampa Bay.
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Old 04-29-2018, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by CalcuttaFishing View Post
On a good day your boat should do great in Tampa Bay, and you should check out Egmont Key itís a great day trip. Itís right beside the shipping lanes that go through Tampa Bay.
One of our favorite hangouts. Water was super clear today too.
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