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Old 02-02-2018, 06:34 AM
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Default Anyone going from LA/MS/AL/FL to FL? Buddy boat / Gulf crossing tips welcome!

Hello THT'ers,

I am going to be moving my boat from Nola to the east coast of Florida in a couple weeks (pushing off Fri Feb 16). Looking for a buddy boat or tips on the Carrabelle to Tarpon (or similar) crossing. I.e. how to check weather to know conditions in the Gulf to know they are good, etc. Can cruise around 20 knots if conditions allow.

Thanks!
Old 02-02-2018, 07:17 AM
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Best is to run the river and hop out Baptiste Collette and then run east to Mobile Bay, Orange Beach, Pensacola Pass or Destin if the weather is good. If not great weather you can run in protected water from mobile bay all the way to Apalachicola.


Definitely plan around a weather window this time of year. You can run the intercoastal if necessary until Apalachicola/Carrabelle...its is pretty straight forward.


Leaving Carrabelle, we usually run down to Clearwater. This will be your only real open water jump if you choose to stay inside for the rest of the trip. Clearwater is the best spot to stop for a night to rest. Their Municipal marina has good facilities. If the weather is bad, you can always bail out to Steinhatchee, but keep in mind that this side of the gulf is very shallow and so can get squirrely. I'd say Cedar Key is a no go unless you are really familiar with it or have an emergency. From Clearwater, it is a fairly easy jump down to Fort Meyers and then across the man made canals to Lake Okeechobee (plan this to be a full day to cross, as their are locks, etc.). on the east side of Lake O, Stuart isn't a bad spot to stop. From there you have intercoastal or the Atlantic depending on where you are going.
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thanks. just plotted the course. if weather is perfect going to try to go from New Orleans to Charleston in 7-8 days. if not, will see how far i can get.

anyone note any major changes from Irma or things that might not be on charts yet?

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