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Yes, those tables are a PITA to read. You would think they would be able to make them easier. They show time of slack water, max. current time, and then either a + or - for incoming or outgoing velocity. So your table says slack at 2:55, max at 5:38 running out at 5.2 knots max. It's all on a circular 24 hr format, switching days when the earliest slack occurs on the next day.

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Basically you can figure slack to be near high tide and low tide but after. As stated above current tables are far better for your purpose and there are current tables for Pablo Bridge. It is also good to know whether your facing an ebb or a flood and which direction each is. Current can be your friend or your enemy. Last time I went through Pablo Creek bridge we were doing over 10 knots, my wife says she saw 12Kts, which is pretty loft stuff for a 36 foot sail boat.

Today as an example there is a low at 0608 with slack at 0717. The max. ebb at 0417 is 5.2Kts and that would be against you. So you will have to get it right.
So I can figure slack will be about an hour or hour fifteen minutes after low and high?

ill def call passing boats I think. that will probably be easiest. I think my first anchorage is RIGHT before that bridge in the little cut. So I will hole up their thurs and on friday morning low tide should be at 9 am around with slack around 10:15 and a flooding current?
The anchorage is close so I will be able to watch the water and run the gauntlet in the half hour or so I should have.

If I am wrong please point out where and thanks. You are all giving me great help. These insights will be used a lifetime so thanks and sorry if I am annoying or being dense.

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Just made that trip. We left Friday from Palatka and anchored out at the Buchman Bridge in Orange Park. Saturday we we left at about 8:00am and docked at Comanche Cove in St Augustine around 5:00pm. Saturday we were against the tide and only avg @ 4.5 knots plus we were held up by a freighter being pushed out at Dames Point. Sunday we left St Aug @ 9:00am, made the 9:30 opening at Bridge of Lions. Cresent Beach Bridge opened as hailed. made it to our home port in Flagler Beach @ 4:00pm. Very nice and relaxing trip.
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Just made that trip. We left Friday from Palatka and anchored out at the Buchman Bridge in Orange Park. Saturday we we left at about 8:00am and docked at Comanche Cove in St Augustine around 5:00pm. Saturday we were against the tide and only avg @ 4.5 knots plus we were held up by a freighter being pushed out at Dames Point. Sunday we left St Aug @ 9:00am, made the 9:30 opening at Bridge of Lions. Cresent Beach Bridge opened as hailed. made it to our home port in Flagler Beach @ 4:00pm. Very nice and relaxing trip.
How was going under the San Pablo Bridge? That is the only place I am having concerns. How wide is the channel for going through? God forbid I run aground trying to go through because my 8 HP motor gets pushed by the current too far to either side.
I dont have a big engine like 90% of other boats. I am undersized and under powered so I have to get this right the first time.

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So I can figure slack will be about an hour or hour fifteen minutes after low and high?

ill def call passing boats I think. that will probably be easiest. I think my first anchorage is RIGHT before that bridge in the little cut. So I will hole up their thurs and on friday morning low tide should be at 9 am around with slack around 10:15 and a flooding current?
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If I am wrong please point out where and thanks. You are all giving me great help. These insights will be used a lifetime so thanks and sorry if I am annoying or being dense.
here's what I have for Friday June 14th at Pablo Creek bridge.

slack 0334
max ebb 0621 5.2kts
slack 0921
max flood 1147 3.1kts
slack 1556

So you're good to go through anytime after morning slack.
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I have always hit that bridge the wrong way everytime I have made the trip around. I'm in a 27' w/ 15 hp outboard but have never had a problem getting thru.
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I once went through the San Pablo bridge on my 26' gaff rigger with a very old 9.9 hp outboard. I dropped the jib and left the main up so I could motorsail through. The current was so strong and my engine so weak that I actually tacked once under the bridge to get through. That bridge seemed very narrow that day lol.
Long as you aren't fighting an ebb tide you'll do fine.

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