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WINDWARD 11-30-2012 10:04 AM

Cruising the Keys
 
I own a Hunter Legend 35.5 1995 in excellent condition now located in Charlotte Harbor on the West Coast of Florida.

Looking for an experienced sailor for cruising the Florida Keys from January to March 2013.

night0wl 11-30-2012 08:05 PM

Re: Cruising the Keys
 
I'm not looking to crew with you...but can you tell us more about your experiences in Charlotte Harbor sailing? I've contemplated moving to that area.

WINDWARD 12-01-2012 01:07 PM

Re: Cruising the Keys
 
Charlotte Harbor is shallow but great for sailing with care of depths.
Stayed last year at Fishermens Village Marina. Excellent marina, great service, great location. Excellent for live aboards. Good access to the Gulf in three or four hours. Most popular destination is Pelican Bay, close to Cayo Costa State Park and Boca Grande Pass.

night0wl 12-01-2012 03:44 PM

Re: Cruising the Keys
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by WINDWARD (Post 955565)
Charlotte Harbor is shallow but great for sailing with care of depths.
Stayed last year at Fishermens Village Marina. Excellent marina, great service, great location. Excellent for live aboards. Good access to the Gulf in three or four hours. Most popular destination is Pelican Bay, close to Cayo Costa State Park and Boca Grande Pass.

How shallow? We have a 4'9" keel...is that safe for the whole harbor in the winter blowout tides? Or will days be off limits?

WINDWARD 12-01-2012 04:01 PM

Re: Cruising the Keys
 
With a chartplotter, you have plenty of room for good sailing; you just need to be careful. I have 4'6 draft on my Hunter and never needed....SeaTow !!!!
There is a say in the area: if you never got towed, you are either a liar or you don't get out....
One more thing, forget swimming in the harbor and there is no beach around; not that the water is dirty but simply dark brown...

Sumner10 12-01-2012 04:48 PM

Re: Cruising the Keys
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by night0wl (Post 955313)
I'm not looking to crew with you...but can you tell us more about your experiences in Charlotte Harbor sailing? I've contemplated moving to that area.

We have our Endeavour in a yard there and sailed our Mac there twice. Here is a link to those 2 trips, one of which ended up over in the Keys...

Macgregor Trips-1 Index

We don't plan on moving there, but if we did that would be the place we would end up.

http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sum...nchorage-5.jpg

The red line above is the route we took from the boatyard to Pelican Bay about 25 miles and there is deep water (by FL standards) in almost the whole bay on that route and also east over to Punta Gorda. We like the area and also the west coast south to 10,000 Islands and the Everglades and on to the Keys. We haven't gone north from there yet. You have more or less protected water in the whole bay and then the Gulf is very close.

Lots of homes on canals, but a number are not deep enough for any kind of draft.

Good luck,

Sum

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Our 37 Endeavour --- Our 26 MacGregor --- Trips With Both

http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sum...avour-sm-1.jpg

Capt.aaron 12-01-2012 07:56 PM

Re: Cruising the Keys
 
The anchorage off Cayo Costa is great. Cabbage Key is a great place to tie up for lunch or dinner, and Gasperilla key is a nice place to dine or breakfast, I rented a golf cart when I was there.

Mahnoo 12-12-2012 07:51 PM

Re: Cruising the Keys
 
Hi, I will have time off from Jan to Mar 2013. I own a 36' S2 sailboat that I keep in lake Ontario Canada. I live on the boat 5 months a year and am quite handy with repairs. I have a lot of sailing experence in fresh water, also I was part of a delivery from miami FL to lake Ontario. I am a 50 year old strait male, fit and healthy. Can you tell me more about your self. Ed


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