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Just bought a sailboat in St. Pete and need to get it to St. Augustine. The waterway is an option for us (draft and height are ok), just wondering if the heat, mosquitos, and extensive lock closings in the summer make it a bad idea. Advice anyone?
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I brought Scallywag to St. Augustine in August 2000. I think 2000. I do not remember any bugs. We left the marina on the West side and arrived at a marina after dark on the East side of the lake. Great trip and many animals. Enjoy... I am thinking of making a trip back to St. Pete. Check the depth of the lake before your trip. Lately, the lake has been higher than other years.

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Jacksonville District ? Okeechobee Waterway (OWW)

will answer all your questions I think
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Just bought a sailboat in St. Pete and need to get it to St. Augustine. The waterway is an option for us (draft and height are ok), just wondering if the heat, mosquitos, and extensive lock closings in the summer make it a bad idea. Advice anyone?
Mosquitoes ? Oh yes indeedy, you will need screens and bug spray.

Do it in summer and it will be HOT! Have fans handy.
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I found that route from one side of Florida to the other to be the prettiest of all the places I have visited in that state. Plus the alternative, going around, is much longer and you will encounter a lot more traffic in narrow channels.
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check with the district but should be no problem. will be a little buggy but a lot faster than going south 80 miles to cross through the keys. you also avoid Miami with its many draw bridges. if you do go the long way , you should consider staying offshore until Ft. Lauderdale.

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When it comes to bugs, here's something that will save you lots of grief.



Here's the link: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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