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Old 03-19-2007
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I just spoke with some guys that have done that three times. Each time they went across they said they would never do it again???? The worst part is Texas, apparently.

Contact Mfcfdl. I think that is his name here. He just did that trip on a Catalina 400 single handed.

I will give you some advice about the Tortugas, if that is your destination: You cannot go in at night. There are very strong currents and many shallow reefs. I am going off of memory here, so will need to discuss the particulairs with you later, but there are 2 entrances (north and south). The north is pretty much a straight shot in. However, the charts are old and there are many reefs to watch out for. You MUST have your CP working and know when you are approaching. You will go from 130 feet water to 50 (and drop off quickly from there) and still not see any land. Think of the water gardens but shallow. Many, many, many shipwrecks there for that reason. If you hit the area at night, heave to or make for another port. Key west is 61 miles east. Or, you can make for Naples or Fort Myers which can be entered at night (I think Ft Myers or Fort Myers Beach is easier than Naples at night... other may dissagree).

If you want specifics on any of that, let me know. Or, you can wait until it is a bit closer and I will spend as much time as you need to help.

Still look forward to meeting you.

- CD
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