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Old 11-05-2017, 06:57 PM
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Default Best route orange beach to Tampa bay

How far is it? 34ft Silverton draws 39inches and has a 200nm range between fills. What is the best, safest route?
Old 11-06-2017, 05:13 AM
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ICW the whole way along the panhandle. You'll have to jump across from either Apalachicola or Carrabelle to Tarpon Springs. With the boat you have, you'll want to wait for favorable conditions to cross.
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It's 155 miles from Appalachicola to Tarpon Springs. If you have a 200 mile range I wouldn't push it any further than that.
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I found out this weekend (the hard way) that the channel coming into Apalach has shoaled bad in one spot on the red side. I don't remember exactly what # it was, 14 or so. Hug all of the greens on that stretch and you'll be fine. Luckily there was already another boat grounded or we would have hit it at speed. We also smashed both props on a log a couple months ago in the ditch about 2-3 west of the PSJ canal. Other than being aware in those 2 spots you should be fine.

As said, take the ditch from OB to Aplach. I'd probly get fuel in Destin and then Apalach. I'd head from Apalach, out of sikes, straight to Clearwater - depending on where your destination in TB is. That course will let you easily divert to Tarpon if needed but will be a better course to get further south.
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I've never been to panhandle. Why do you recommend the ditch vs outside if weather is acceptable?
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outside if weather is good...easy peasy.
Old 11-06-2017, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by knightmoves View Post
I've never been to panhandle. Why do you recommend the ditch vs outside if weather is acceptable?
If you have good weather, no reason not to run the outside. I have gone Destin to PSJ canal then the ditch to Apalach. I'd cut through that way to keep from having to go all the way around the cape shoal to sikes cut. I absolutely would not try to run through west pass in that boat. Apalach will be your closest jump off point to cross to the west coast with a 200nm range.

I'd personally shoot for Apalach the first day then stay the night there. You can pretty much dock for free at the city docks or stay at Water Street hotel if you are not planning to stay onboard. Plenty of good food joints in walking distance. Then have a full tank and full day to cross.

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Psj to cedar key if you're concerned about your range?
Then jump out and head south...
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That would add a lot of unnecessary miles to the trip and you're just as well jumping off from PC as PSJ by the time you backtrack. With all the snaking channels, oyster bars, shallow water... no way I'd try to run that boat into Cedar Key without having done it before.

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