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Hi guys, looking for some input into a good sailing area, planning on sailing in June arround Pennsicola, Mobile, or Pannama City. Looks from the map all offer sheltered sailing areas, any input, also anchorages,and marinas offering deep ramps/lift launch facilities. Will be sailing a C & C 25'. thanks..Buck
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I can recommend either Pensacola or Panama City areas. Both have bays and places to go, things to see. Mobile Bay has brown water and no place to go. The water turns from sandy brown to clear at the Florida / Alabama border. Plenty of launch ramps in both Pensacola and Panama City.
I live in the Pensacola area, and have sailed extensively around the northern gulf coast area.
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I sail St. Andrew Bay and the Gulf out of Panama City. Easy access to the gulf from the bay and Panama City Marina. They have a ramp too. The ICW runs through St. Andrew Bay and there are plenty of anchorages around the area out of the channels. If you want more specific info let me know.
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can you recomend any marina's and ramps??
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Fireman 181,
We sail on Choctawhatchee bay, Fort Walton Beach, You shouldn't have any trouble finding a ramp at any of the places on your list. The sailing is really good in the summer we get a sea breeze at 10 to 15kts everyday starting a
little after lunch and lasting until dark. Its pretty reliable Mobil bay is big and there is a lot of traffic there and it can get really rough. Pensacola, Choctawhatchee and west bay,St andrews, East bay, are all connected so the cruising possibilities are huge. all three have gulf access and a lot of back bayous to explore. There are a couple of good guides for the area if you look for them Gunkholers guide to west Florida is a good one. I don't know if I got that title right but its close to that. If you fish bring a rod with you there are red fish, speckled trout, sheephead, spanish mackeral, and others in most of the bays and bayous at that time of year. We have the best beaches in Florida and in a lot of places They can be accessed from the bays. shell island In Panama City is like this as well as Okaloosa island, and Navarre Beach.
Hope you have a good time.
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