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Old 02-24-2013
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Re: Corpus Christie to The Bahamas!

Congratulations on your boat and trip.
I just made the trip as you have described it except I left from Destin Florida. I was bringing our boat from Destin to the Chesapeake and arrived in Solomons Maryland last August.

I mad a few stops inside as I was mostly single handing and I took advantage of inside stop overs.

I went outside from Panama City (nice municipal marina there) to St Joseph Bay and then I holed up in the ICW at the free White City dock for a few days while waiting for weather. I decided to make the easy run inside to Apalachicola and waited another two days for weather before jumping across the Gulf to Tarpon Springs. From there it is easy to jump outside and back inside for anchorages all the way down to Port Charlotte.

I went directly from Port Charlotte to Key West. Anchoring in Key West sucks but there are a lot of moorings available for cheap. I recommend grabbing a mooring and not trying to get an anchor set. From key West it is beautiful sailing either inside the Hawke Channel or outside to Miami if that will be your jump off to the Bahamas. Personally I was in Miami to pick up a guest so I hung out at No Name Harbor for a few days before heading to Bimini and checking in. Last July Bimini was awful for entering as they were scraping the entrance and had removed ALL of the buoys. At least the bar in front of the entrance is sand and not coral 8-)

Well, That is way more of my own story than I intended to share on your posting, sorry for the hijack. Just wanted to say good luck and fair winds, and I am looking forward to reading your blog.
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