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Old 05-01-2018, 06:57 PM
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Went to Destin to pick up the boat this past weekend. We took the boat out for a few hours to joy ride and check out the local water. Went to Crab Island, ran offshore, etc.. Man, that water is just absolutely beautiful. You guys are so fortunate.

However, I do not envy you at all when it comes to the boaters and the lack of following the "rules of the waterway". Good grief, people moving in every direction. Outside the channel, wrong side of the channel, flying through the bridge into the channel, etc.. Wave runners all around you, people in pontoon boats that have no idea what they are doing..

I felt like I needed a drink after that, and I do not drink.. LOL...

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- weekend -

key word here
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
- weekend -

key word here
Probably right. I wonder if it is like that during the week? I know that is a huge vacation spot/tourist area.. I know I have never been by, during the summer, and it not be crowded.

Crowded is one thing, but crowded and people acting foolish too, is a bad combination.
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hang out around Robinson Island on a weekend now in OBA. It's insane.
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Pontoon and jetski rentals have infested Destin unfortunately. 10 years ago it was much better for the normal boater to go enjoy the area for a week in the boat. Restaurants would actually let you tie up and have lunch/dinner, very few unseasoned boaters on the water, Noriega Point wasn't a real estate grab, and Crab Island didn't have those stupid floating kid's jumping floatillas.
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wait until the kids get out of school and the real summer tourist season starts! interesting times.
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:37 AM
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Its like Dodge City - wild !


Now when a thunderstorm pops up and you have 300 to 600 watercraft on Crab Island (the sandbar in this vid) stampede into the harbor - well, you have seen something
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Originally Posted by trejsic.mejsic View Post
Its like Dodge City - wild !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6nyWwZaUAQ

Now when a thunderstorm pops up and you have 300 to 600 watercraft on Crab Island (the sandbar in this vid) stampede into the harbor - well, you have seen something

It was like that but multiply it by about 5-6...
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Billy Bowlegs... I hate that dumb party. I avoid the harbor and pass at all costs unless I am eating at Boshamp's or The Other End.

I have my spots up in the bayous that we love and there is rarely another boat around us. But crab island is a disaster... can be fun late season though after the tourists have gone home.
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Originally Posted by macabear View Post
It was like that but multiply it by about 5-6...
Roger.

But the peak ? Maybe 4 July or Labor Day ?

Mercy, son....

If there are not 800 boats out there on those weekends, why I'll eat my hat.

Like the man said, interesting times.

But it makes for a curious place to live.
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Last 4th of July weekend I heard of 3 boats sinking at crab island. It's a miracle that you don't read about a drunken speed boater going through the middle at 50 mph.
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Last 4th of July weekend I heard of 3 boats sinking at crab island. It's a miracle that you don't read about a drunken speed boater going through the middle at 50 mph.
Every weekend is this ridiculous. Two Saturday's ago I met some friends down there, we were there for all of 2 hours and I lost count the number of people in rental pontoons just motoring through the middle of everyone, not knowing how to set anchor in the tidal current, and starting motors with the LU out of the water. I watched two such vessels where the people that rented it even put the prop in gear and was revving the motor and stuff wondering why the boat wouldn't move. All the while my entire party is shouting at them to lower the motor into the water.

I hate crab island. I did promise my children that I would take them to jump on that inflatable obstacle course thing, whatever day that is, I will take vacation and do it on a week day, get down there by 10, and be gone by noon... and even then I will be frustrated by the experience.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:02 AM
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Yep the waters beautiful, the sheeple are MORONS!

Jan 2017 my mother and wife colluded and bought a 4bdrm condo on Okaloosa Island without my knowledge. (So 2 weeks later I bought the BlueWave in my signature, "HEY lets go ALL IN on this beach thing!" I told them. ) So I spent most of lastyear finding the good ramps and out of the way places that avoided the Crab Island/Destin traffic. It's beautiful around there and we thoroughly enjoy it. BUT you just gotta know when to go and when not to. Anytime anywhere before 10am is fine. Last 2 hours of daylight is likewise fine on the bay. Unless you just want the traffic and enjoy dodging drunk yankees on rental toons and jetskis, stay away from Crab Island/Destin harbor. The ICW over toward Ft. Walton/Ok. Island is great, anywhere else on the Choctawhatchee is fine most of the time as well. (But I've even had to wheel it over full lock to dodge a clueless rental jetski right out in the middle of the bay, GOTTA keep your head on a swivel ANYWHERE & ANYTIME you have that many transplants and rental watercraft!) Plenty of fine cruising and sundown dinner spots over toward FWB/Niceville side of the bay. Running out of the inlet at Destin is fine as well, but yes you gotta dodge the morons to make it through the inlet. Once you pass the 1 mile buoy out in front, you are golden and will essentially have your own water in either direction!

I suppose the original Floridians and old timers down there might complain but considering just how many damned tourists are in Destin proper, it's pretty easy to get away from them and enjoy the water outside of 2-3 miles either side of Destin. Moderately heavy water traffic doesn't bother me tho, I'm used to it on my homewaters of Pickwick/KY Lake. Luckily there are ALOT of USCG and FL Game Wardens patrolling the area and they really keep tabs on the hell raisers and rentals acting fools. I can go months at most bodies of water without seeing law enforcement on the water, down there it's a constant in the Destin/Crab Island area and thank God they are there! Just knowing I can get away from most of it via leaving the Destin/Crab Island area makes it seem much more tolerable IMO. The bay is a BIG body of water and certainly the gulf is limitless. We truly enjoy our time down there and will do so again in a couple weeks. Our youngest turns 18 this weekend so that old, "Empty nest syndrome" is full on standing on the porch and ringing the doorbell so the wife and I will be spending weeks down there from next year on. I'm looking forward to putting even more miles and touring on my BlueWave down there in the area. I honestly feared it being to busy of an area, I assumed everywhere would be like Destin but thank God it's NOT. You just gotta be willing to burn a little extra gas and go exploring. I can think of MUCH WORSE things to do in the panhandle of FL than riding around in your boat with plenty of tackle, ice cold beer, a good gps map chip in the machine and a few days of time to kill just looking around enjoying the sights and sounds with the wind in your hair and the wemunz in their kinis!!!
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Originally Posted by macabear View Post
Probably right. I wonder if it is like that during the week? I know that is a huge vacation spot/tourist area.. I know I have never been by, during the summer, and it not be crowded.

Crowded is one thing, but crowded and people acting foolish too, is a bad combination.
Add alcohol to that mix and you have an insane situation waiting to happen, but I learned a long time ago to go early and stay late and avoid most of the madness.
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Easy to categorize the idiots on the water in Destin.

1. Jet ski first timers. They have no idea where they're going, no idea what the rules of the road are. It's a wonder more of them don't get run over. Had one come to a dead stop 200' in front of me, I'm running 22 knots in the pass. Hard reverse, barely missed running over him.

2. Pontoon boat first timers. They have no idea where they're going, no idea what the rules of the road are. But, at least they are somewhat slower.

3. Para-sail boats. They know the rules of the road, (or supposed to). Don't give a d**n about anyone else on the water. All about the quick turnaround of paying customers.

4. Other "pleasure boaters". Some are good boaters, some should stay on a small lake.

5. Seasoned fishermen. Most are good boaters.

6 Charter/head/commercial boats. 99% are top notch, know where they are going.
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Originally Posted by Sea-r-cy View Post
Easy to categorize the idiots on the water in Destin.

1. Jet ski first timers. They have no idea where they're going, no idea what the rules of the road are. It's a wonder more of them don't get run over. Had one come to a dead stop 200' in front of me, I'm running 22 knots in the pass. Hard reverse, barely missed running over him.

2. Pontoon boat first timers. They have no idea where they're going, no idea what the rules of the road are. But, at least they are somewhat slower.

3. Para-sail boats. They know the rules of the road, (or supposed to). Don't give a d**n about anyone else on the water. All about the quick turnaround of paying customers.

4. Other "pleasure boaters". Some are good boaters, some should stay on a small lake.

5. Seasoned fishermen. Most are good boaters.

6 Charter/head/commercial boats. 99% are top notch, know where they are going.
Concerning mandatory watercraft operators licensing - with right seat check ride - many folks are vehemently against "just another government intrusion" into their private lives.

And with good reason. I am of that bent myself. However....

...if you could just take a look at the unmitigated ignorance, apathy (rental business owners), and prodigious stupidity (drunks) on display in and around Destin's pass, I truly believe you might see the wisdom of Florida effecting a licensing policy.

Destin pass is much like a busy, congested regional airport where a quarter of the pilots are trained and licensed, flying in and among three quarters of aircraft where the pilots are - well, not.

Someday, somebody is gonna get hurt, and somebody else is gonna have their lives changed forever, in a bad way.

But, back to the thread title, the water here is eye popping beautiful !

Cheers, T.
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Originally Posted by trejsic.mejsic View Post

Destin pass is much like a busy, congested regional airport where a quarter of the pilots are trained and licensed, flying in and among three quarters of aircraft where the pilots are - well, not.

Someday, somebody is gonna get hurt, and somebody else is gonna have their lives changed forever, in a bad way.

But, back to the thread title, the water here is eye popping beautiful !

Cheers, T.
You just described flying around the area too! It's the price you pay to live in a beautiful area within an easy and cheap drive of far less beautiful places. I guess the solution to that problem is live on an island far, far away!
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Anchor on the outside of the island and watch the show.

If you want front and center you better have thick skin and be drunk as a skunk.

Sandbar 101 nationwide.

Last week some guy motored through some kids drunk as a skunk.. Dad walked up, pulled his plug and threw it(guy had an arm). Wasn't right but it was if you know what I mean(guy had to drag his boat way up the bar to keep it from sinking and got arrested by FWC for DUI).
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Oh man, we were thinkimg aboutmtrailerimgmmboatnp to Destin the end of June for a long weekend away. You guys aren't making it sound very appleaing.
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Oh man, we were thinkimg aboutmtrailerimgmmboatnp to Destin the end of June for a long weekend away. You guys aren't making it sound very appleaing.
First... laughing at your mobile phone typing there.

but about your comment. That is a very small and concentrated area, there are tons of places to take the boat here where nobody will be near you. Come on down.
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