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Old 02-07-2019, 08:28 AM
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In Tampa Bay and the nearby Gulf, what winds will keep you home? It's looking like 15kt from the NE for Saturday and Sunday with moderate chop on the bay but I haven't been out in anything more than 10kts with this boat. It's just going to be a cruise so no fishing and we probably won't anchor except at either Egmont Key (south) or Pine Key (north).

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Old 02-07-2019, 10:44 AM
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Depends on the size of the boat and water depth, fetch and tempreture. In my 15’ RIB tender, bayside and in 70+ degree weather, my rule of thumb is 15 kts. To the reefs, or in cooler temps, it’s 10. However, in my 65’ motor yacht, 25 kts would be my limit primarily due to the wind making docking more difficult.
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:57 AM
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I've got a 27' walkaround and the main reason for not going out in high winds is getting her back in the slip, which is really tight. I'm picking up my scuba tanks from getting inspected tonight so maybe we'll make a trip out and see what we can get into. I know there's a wreck outside of the bay in 25' that we should be able to hit pretty easily as long as it sticks to the forecast of moderate chop.
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Depends on your boat and wind direction also. Off shore wind is not near as bad.


im going out Saturday with the family. Taking out the 31 foot scarab the runs faster on a chop so depends.
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Old 02-07-2019, 11:15 AM
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Just remember that in a north-easterly there's almost 30 miles of fetch across the bay to Egmont and that can pick up some pretty decent waves. I would be careful to look at tides, since you don't want to hit an incoming tide with a 15kt breeze blowing over it.
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Old 02-07-2019, 11:27 AM
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It should be 15kts blowing out of the bay while the tide is coming in in the afternoon. That's when I'm most likely to be on the boat if I go. I'm thinking we may have to postpone until Sunday due to being crazy busy on Saturday morning.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:00 PM
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It should be 15kts blowing out of the bay while the tide is coming in in the afternoon. That's when I'm most likely to be on the boat if I go. I'm thinking we may have to postpone until Sunday due to being crazy busy on Saturday morning.
Your gonna get your ass kicked. Sustained 15 with gust from the NE is bad in the Bay. the forecast I have seen indicates some heavy gusts.

If you gonna dive the vis will most likely suck.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:34 PM
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Western GOM can get chitty at 10 Knots of wind, unless of course you have a Freeman and then you make the wind
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SUNDAY: Northeast winds around 10 knots. Seas 2 feet. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
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I have a 54 and going into the wind 15 knots is my limit. With the wind on my stern I will do up to 20 knots. This applies to running offshore

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Old 02-07-2019, 04:53 PM
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'bout 20kn in my 14' wooden skiff

'bout 30kn in my 21' diesel trawler

my or anyone else's standards should not be yours

if you feel the LEAST BIT UNCOMFORTABLE simply stay home

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Old 02-07-2019, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by swoody126 View Post
'bout 20kn in my 14' wooden skiff

'bout 30kn in my 21' diesel trawler

my or anyone else's standards should not be yours

if you feel the LEAST BIT UNCOMFORTABLE simply stay home

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30knts in a 21 got any pics of that?
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30knts in a 21 got any pics of that?
the only one i have taken is of the dink behind her in following seas in the ICW





the rest of the pics were taken in the protected waters of the Laguna Madre in about 15kn - 20kn

this one was taken from a sailboat participating in the Texas 200





kinda hard to take selfies ;-)

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Old 02-07-2019, 08:15 PM
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The wind has never kept us off the water but 15 will keep me out of the open waters of the bay. We will poke around in the mangroves just about any time.
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Originally Posted by KC2OTE View Post
In Tampa Bay and the nearby Gulf, what winds will keep you home? It's looking like 15kt from the NE for Saturday and Sunday with moderate chop on the bay but I haven't been out in anything more than 10kts with this boat. It's just going to be a cruise so no fishing and we probably won't anchor except at either Egmont Key (south) or Pine Key (north).

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This depends on whether you have a power boat or a sailboat. For sailors, there is practically no limit if you are as crazy as I. The more the better. Otherwise, what's the point?

However to answer the intended question, I was out in heavy weather trolling for king mackerel once in my 15" plywood runabout with a Coast Guard point-class 82 footer keeping a serious eye on me, probably deciding whether to board, take me into custody and "commit" me for serious mental problems ;-). We were the only vessels on the water that day. I should explain that I worked 6 nights a week including Sat and Sun while attending college full time, so the window for fishing was extremely limited.

With winds from the NE in T-Bay, it will be calm near the shore and will get rougher as you go farther west. Egmont might be a bit bumpy. But anything else should be fine.

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When I have to ask that Question , and pickup my hat off the ground.
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:15 AM
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Wind never keeps me off the water. The distance traveled becomes significantly less as the wind speeds pick up. If I have a severe itch to fish than weather does not matter unless it’s lightening than I am out.
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Posters, please read the OP's original question: he's asking about a cruise and a spot of diving and that's a very different thing from braving the elements to get your fishing fix. Those of us who ply Tampa Bay know that in a NE blow, with wind over tide, the Bay can get a whole lot nastier than the Gulf.

OP, if you get there then the Gulf side of Egmont will be a nice place to hang, but diving visibility isn't going to be up to much. But, for a nice cruise on a sunny day you're going to have a crappy time driving and trying to keep it fun for your passengers in those nasty short-period waves that the Bay throw up. It's perfectly navigable, but not fun cruising weather.
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What wind speeds keep you off the water ? Is the question the OP asked and the answer is NONE.
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