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Glad you got a few suggestions. Hope they work out for you.

One note, if you hit Longboat on the flood watch the current if you have to have the bridge up.

Should be a fun trip.

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I have recently made that trip but started from Skeleton Key in Hudson,FL during our maiden voyage in our Watkins 27. Our first leg brought us to Clearwater Municipal. This leg was AWFULL as we had a severe storm that hit just as we passed Anclote Key. It rained and blew SW @ 18-22+ kts until we reached CW. A night in a transient slip was welcome. Our second leg is what you should be interested in as we traveled from CW to Egmont Key. The weather on the second day of our trip was fantastic. You just have to be carefull on your approach to Egmont as there is a shoal area on the North side of the shipping channel. Make sure you stay close to De Soto and avoid the urge to cut straight across and ground yourself on that shoal. Once you are parallel with the South fishing pier you should be clear to head towards the Key (we stayed on the inside of the Key as winds were from the SW). This made for a nice anchorage and we even scored a nice Spanish Macky for dinner. Another helpfull tip if you plan on a night at Egmont....stay well South of the Pilot station as they go in and out all night to escort the tankers and barges. Or final leg was to finish at Apollo Beach, which we call our home port, was another day of good weather. As for your journey further South, I am afraid I have no advice other than to keep the water on the outside and the big stick pointing upwards!

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Thanks Mster. Tom
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Wait till the end of this week. There should be plenty of wind!
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Tom, here are a few more options.
Clearwater pass anchorages, northern anchorage motor past the Clearwater yacht club and anchor in 8'-10'. easy in easy out! less than 30 min. to the gulf. The southern anchorage is my favorite very pretty at night with all the city lights bridges ext.

Johns Pass Anchorage,6'-10' and other than dealing with the bridge another easy in easy out.


Long Boat Anchorage, The bridge opens on demand and has never been a problem. As mentioned in a previous post be aware of the currents. Also make sure you go north to go south.The deep water to the south east after passing under the bridge looks inviting but the shoals shift with the current. We much prefer Mar-Vista restaurant next to Mores. We generally just land the dingy on the beach. Though Mores does have a nice dock.


Hurricane pass is now well marked, I never saw less than 6 feet. Also the pass between Anclote and Three Rooker carries 9'-10' feet.
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Thanks again and again, I have to go to the boat today and do some last minute things. Will cast off tomorrow morning--have to work with the tide to get out. I will write and let everyone know of my adventure. Tom
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Watch the weather! Gustav is out there.

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Well the trip is over with no injuries, mishaps or misfortunes. I arrived in Venice on Saturday afternoon after some exciting thunderstorms. Not much wind untill Saturday but when it came it was great. I spent the first nite at St. Johns Pass [thanks to billangiep for the charts]. The next nite at Longboat Pass and all went well. Thanks to MSter for the directions around Egmont Key and to everyone else for the advise. I don't think I could have done the trip without you folks. Tom
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35 ft waves off the coast of Tampa Bay at this moment.
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AimnPray...

Glad all went swell (get it?)...sorry...

Now, get back out there and do some sailing!

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