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CD - any words of wisdom as to the best crossing course? I've been told that the 28th parallel is a fairway, but the chart I was looking at didn't really indicate that.

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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.

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Well, get that boat done and splashed down here and we'll buddy boat across. Since you have 8 more feet than I do, you oughta be able to keep up!

Not really sure about first port of call, will depend on getting the crew back to Alaska, I'm guessing Tampa/St Pete for an airport.

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I hear a race is in the offing... I'm betting on PB over CD... but reserve the right to hedge my bet...

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PB,

That would be awesome if we could buddy-boat across!! Safe that way. But, don't wait on me. Too many things beyond my control here. I am getting there though, slowly.

And SD, the smart money ISSSS on PB. I will be the first to admit that!!

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How can the smart money be on me? I'm the guy that epoxy's his telltales as a method of achieving perfect sail trim.

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Well Pb I am the guy that eases his sheets if it means spilling his drink!!! At least your epoxy gives the apperance of caring how fast you go. My sails flapping in the wind portray just the opposite!!!!!

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Seriously though CD, you looking at any kind of time frame? I'm assuming you'd like to get out before hurricane season starts.

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PB,

I just do not know. I am so frustrated about it I cannot tell you. Things on my business that are restraining me some and out of my control. I will keep you in the loop.

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PS Yes, before Hurricane season or after. Not during. Been there, done that, no thanks.

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Ok, hope it all gets sorted out. If before HS, my departure isn't set in stone. Can wait a week or two, as I would imagine mid May is about as late as you would go.

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