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Old 02-08-2019, 04:57 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, 09:39 AM
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:56 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, 08:25 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, 09:53 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, 04:57 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, 07:25 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, 05:50 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, 10:30 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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