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We were down that stretch of the ICW last year but didn't attempt Hurricane Pass. The captain I was with, sails those waters on a regular basis and felt Hurricane was too thin for us at a 4 ' draft. Your best bet is to ask around the local marinas there or call the local Coast Guard station. You can also call TowBoat US or SeaTow whichever is in the area and ask for some local knowledge of that pass. Clearwater is only about 6 nm south and the ICW is well marked and a piece of cake to get out Clearwater Pass so why risk it.
I assume you know as well that Longboat Pass is the next inlet south of Tampa Bay that is reasonably accessible to you wth your draft. Both Big Pass and New Pass in Sarasota are questionable and require fresh local knowledge. They manage the markers but they are uncharted as they change so frequently. Be sure to ask around before you try either of them.
You should be able to make Venice on Day 2 if you get off early and get a good breeze right . It's a sweet cruise down that stretch of beach.
Have a great sail down the coast.
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1962 40' Auxiliary Cutter
S.S. Crocker - Design # 330
Last edited by Whampoa; 08-24-2008 at 11:25 AM.