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Transit Time?

I'm working to estimate how low it will take to cruise from Key Largo to Jupiter on the ICW, estimating cruising at 4.5-5 knots.

The big question is waiting for bridges. I require 39' of clearence.

If you have cruised this span, how long did it take for you?

Although I've motored in these waters for years, this will be my first trip aboard a sailboat in the area.
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Re: Transit Time?

This is not an answer based n the experience of your particular passage, but rather on those that have any degree of complication.

Take the actual distance and divide it by your speed. Use 4.5 in your case. This will give you the straight out time. Then double it, if you feel lucky. Triple it, if you don't.
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Re: Transit Time?

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...................... Although I've motored in these waters for years, this will be my first trip aboard a sailboat in the area.
Of course, if you're taking the ICW, you will still be motoring except for the Biscayne Bay. We've taken this route many times,- more often southbound as we would be fighting the current offshore. Wether you're starting from Buttonwood Sound on the bayside or the Port Largo Canal area on the ocean side, you'll have an easy day to Miami or you could push to Ft. Lauderdale. You don't mention wether you plan on marina stops, anchoring, or traveling into the dark. Let's assume that you plan to take moderate days and anchor out. This would result in a very easy three day trip by anchoring at the Marine Stadium just north of the Rickenbaker Causway; anchoring at Pelican Harbor at Highlands Beach and then to Jupiter. If you were to take longer days and make the trip in two days; then, Lake Sylvia in Ft. Lauderdale would likely be your best one stop. You also have a good anchorage option at Lake Worth, but that;s getting pretty close to Jupiter. Most of the bridges on this route that are on a restricted schedule are opening every thirty minutes. You'll time some well and just miss some. Call each bridge on VHF 9 when your still fifteen minutes away to check their opening schedule and share your intentions. When they are aware of your approach you might get a few minutes grace. You can best calculate your average bridge wait time by adding ten minutes for every one you need to raise.
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Depends on time of year and how hard you want to push. In the winter I plan no more than 8 hours, and if a lot of bridges, maybe 6 hours X speed. In summer, I can allow 10 to 12 hours X speed.
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Re: Transit Time?

IIRC they are playing with bridge hours on one of the casueways due to road construction around Fort Lauderdale, so it really would pay to check the charts and call ahead, yes, to every blasted bridge authority to confirm what the schedules are for anything you can't slip under. Unless you can find someone who is in the area and Real Damn Sure about them. And of course, weekend hours are going to be different from weekday openings that give higher priority to rush hour road traffic.
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Re: Transit Time?

Thanks to all for the insights, especially CaptainForce.

I plan to leave Islamorada on July 29th. Depending on the weather, I may skip the ICW and go outside. The current would be in my favor, afterall. I'm researching the inlets now to create a list of the good, bad, and ugly for re-entering the ICW.

I'm looking to cruise for 12 hours per day during this trip, since I've got plenty of daylight available. I'm planning to stay on the hook or mooring ball.
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Re: Transit Time?

For easy inlets while northbound from the keys I would favor Governors Cut in Miami, Port Everglades at Ft. Lauderdale and Lake Worth Inlet at Palm Beach.
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