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Looking to sail from Tampa Bay to Key West

Looking for general information and recommendations for any good anchorages or marinas from Tampa to Key West....And any insight to the waters!!! Thanks for any information....I am sailing a 30-2 Ericson with 5' draft..
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Any particular reason not to go direct?

I went out of John's Pass to Venice, then I anchored off the SE corner of Sanibel Island. From there, if I was going to Key West, I'd do an overnight.
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florida bay is a long day sail, but shallow enough if you want to anchor. There is nothing to hide behind from a storm on anchor thou.

As was said, do it in an over night, then skirt down the chain. Lots of nice places to stop once you get to the chain.

5 feet will not much be much of an problem until you get close, but there are spots that are shallow so watch your charts.
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