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Old 02-08-2019, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by bsh102 View Post
What wind speeds keep you off the water ? Is the question the OP asked and the answer is NONE.
If all you read is the subject line then you are correct. Usually people add a first post with some clarification as the OP did in this case. He wants to know if he should take a cruise across Tampa Bay this weekend and the answer is that it won't be much fun.

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Old 02-09-2019, 08:39 AM
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:56 AM
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KC2ote did you get out this weekend?

Saturday was nice! We went to the sand bar all day. Decent crowd for February. Short clip shows seas where not to bad but the bay would have been a different story I’m sure.


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Old 02-11-2019, 07:25 AM
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We actually spent Saturday boat shopping with the in-laws but went out on Sunday for a short ride to Pine Key aka Beercan Island. In 10 kt winds and slack low tide the ride up there was really nice and it was sunny and warm. We left Beercan around 1500 with the tide moving in and the winds out of the east (the forecast for Sunday changed dramatically from when I made the original post) and had a really nice ride home too. Even the dogs were very happy with how nice of a ride it was.

Next weekend we hope to be heading out of the bay and south. The plan is to stop in a couple small towns and end up in Port Charlotte with an overnight stay on the boat mixed in. We haven't done any longer trips yet and this will be the first overnight on the boat and we're hoping it's the beginning of our new cruising lifestyle. The ultimate goal for me being the Florida Loop with a stop in the Bahamas.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by KC2OTE View Post
We actually spent Saturday boat shopping with the in-laws but went out on Sunday for a short ride to Pine Key aka Beercan Island. In 10 kt winds and slack low tide the ride up there was really nice and it was sunny and warm. We left Beercan around 1500 with the tide moving in and the winds out of the east (the forecast for Sunday changed dramatically from when I made the original post) and had a really nice ride home too. Even the dogs were very happy with how nice of a ride it was.

Next weekend we hope to be heading out of the bay and south. The plan is to stop in a couple small towns and end up in Port Charlotte with an overnight stay on the boat mixed in. We haven't done any longer trips yet and this will be the first overnight on the boat and we're hoping it's the beginning of our new cruising lifestyle. The ultimate goal for me being the Florida Loop with a stop in the Bahamas.
Sunday was a lovely day to be out for sure.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:57 PM
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As someone who lives in Tampa, it is not just wind speed but the direction and where I am going. If its 15-20 mph winds coming from the east, no big deal I can just hug the shore of the GOM even if its a trip down to Sanibel. If its from the W then I stay in. So it depends. But to generalize I'll go out anytime (I have YF 42) but prefer if its 15 or less.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:25 AM
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It looks like we'll have a good weather for our cruise down to Port Charlotte this weekend. Low winds from the south and west, warm temps and low rain chances should make for a fun ride. Of course that's all subject to change. It's the longest trip, and the first overnight trip, we've done on this boat as we get warmed up for burning our vacation days doing long cruising weekends and part of it is figuring out what conditions we can handle.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:50 PM
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The wind speed coming from my wife's mouth keeps me off the water more than any other. I love my wife. She keeps me safe.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:30 AM
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Some days I wish I had that problem. In this case my wife bought the project boat and wants to go out on it every chance we get now that it's in the water.
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Old 02-23-2019, 05:53 PM
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Unfortunately I’m unable to post links till I hit ten posts.

Up to 10 knts = Awesome
10-15 = getting bumpy
15+ = uncomfortable to saftey issues

found windfinder to be a better app as it gives you two models, I think the gfs and euro model (“super forecast”)

what worked best for me to was to check out the actual wave height on the eggmont and west central NOAA bouys when I returned from a trip to see what the actual reported was. I have been out with experienced rec fisherman that felts we were in 5-6s that now look like and are reported as 3s. Helps calibrate what you are comfortable in.
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:26 PM
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Above 25 knots on my boat starts to get a bit uncomfortable, but I'm sure others would be throwing in the towel before that. In Florida and the Bahamas I've fished several billfish tournaments that were significantly worse. The word "enjoyment" falls out of the vocabulary at that point.
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:48 PM
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I have a Cat style boat, So unless it is a named storm, were on the water.
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Actually we can go any day, so we have gotten spoiled. 10 or less we go. 11-15 we will go but only if it is the only day of good weather surrounded by worse weather. If we had and can get our fix in on either side of that 15 MPH day, we do and skip it. It seems like 12 mph is the cut off between a all out fun day, and we will just go tomorrow kinda day.

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Worst seas I’ve ever encountered were in Tampa Bay
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Old 02-25-2019, 05:34 PM
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I run a YF36, steady 15kt winds for any length of time is my limit...with long runs of 35-50 miles or more out there’s too many nicer days to go where we can run further & faster. If it’s blowing 15-20 I’d much prefer to be kitesurfing vs fishing anyway so we’ll take the boat to the sandbar instead.

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