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Real Life Coastal Cruising - First Time - Bent Rudder

Howdy all at Sailnet. I figured I would post a quick blog about a trip my wife an I just took on our 45 Coronado. We are very new to coastal cruising. Our plan was to travel down the west coast of Florida starting at Panama City Florida where we keep our boat. Only posting to help others know about trusting charts about depths.

Here is a quick rundown.

Day 1: 6 foot waves in the Bay in Panama City. Anchored for the night. Figured the ocean would be rougher.
Day 2: Made it to Cape San Blas. Spent the night.
Day 3: Tried to leave but waves were 9 to 11 with some 13 footers.
Day 4: Went to St George Island and Ran out of Diesel. Figured out that nothing was connected to aux fuel tank. We were told Perkins and Generator were connected to two different tanks. Got towed in by seatow. What a fantastic Investment. Bill would have been $1000.00. Muck and water were now in all the fuel filters.
Day 5: Met Harry, A semi famous local repair guy. He helped us go through fuel system and run each engine from a different tank. Had to empty aux tank which had 40 years of fuel in it.
Day 6: Finished up boat and toured the area
Day 7: Headed out to Carabelle
Day 8: Decided to head back because of coming bad weather.
Day 9: Ran aground right off the tip of cape san blas. Chart plotter said 14ft deep. Two hours later seatow arrived. We bumped the ground over and over waiting on them and hence the rudder problems.

They towed us back to Cape san blas and the next day to Panama City. Total Seatow bill would have been $3900.00. Three cheers for seatow membership. $169.00

We made it back safe. After a few weeks we got a quote from the boat yard for roughly $8000.00 to replace the rudder. Boo. We didn't have our tranducer installed and we were going by the chartplotter and we were trusting the depths. When a map says shoals...... Go waaaaay around. That means the sand moves. Very expensive lesson learned. Hope this post helps someone in the future. I still love sailing and I will do it again.
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Ouch - that hurts. Sorry about your troubles.


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Where did you go to on St George Island? There are no facilities there nor harbor except a place at the State park with very shallow water.

How far off Cape San Blas were you when you went aground? Notoriously unreliable soundings there.
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most important instrument is the depth sounder, but I doubt you don't know this now

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As this is an area I cruise, I would like more info. What pass did you take to get "inside" to Carrabelle? Was it Sikes Cut to Apalachicola, the pass tween Dog Is and St George or what?
When you went aground, where you really off Cape San Blas or the west end of the St, Joe peninsula?

Going back from Carabelle, why not go to Apalach and thru the ICW to Panama City? That section of the ICW is true wilderness and Apalachicola is cool..
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You are now officially a cruiser. Welcome to the club!

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As they say, "Cruising is the art of fixing your boat in inconvenient places".
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Where did you go to on St George Island? There are no facilities there nor harbor except a place at the State park with very shallow water.

How far off Cape San Blas were you when you went aground? Notoriously unreliable soundings there.
We got towed thru the pass between St George and little st Georgia. Was supposed to be only 5 ft deep but seatow got us thru. We draw 5.5 ft. We were towed to apalachicola.

We looked to be 3 miles off of the tip of San Blas

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As this is an area I cruise, I would like more info. What pass did you take to get "inside" to Carrabelle? Was it Sikes Cut to Apalachicola, the pass tween Dog Is and St George or what?
When you went aground, where you really off Cape San Blas or the west end of the St, Joe peninsula?

Going back from Carabelle, why not go to Apalach and thru the ICW to Panama City? That section of the ICW is true wilderness and Apalachicola is cool..
Seatow brought us thru between st george and little st georgia to apalachicola. From apalachicola we went down that narrow channel all the way by Dog Island. Btw,... Harry from apalachicola is a great guy. Best mechanic I have ever met. Great local character too. He lives at Scipio Creek Marina.

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Sounds like quite an adventure. Where did you spend the night on day 2?
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