Key West it is! - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By billsull
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 05-25-2012
Silvio's Avatar
Battered and Bruised
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 488
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Silvio is on a distinguished road
Key West it is!

I have been talking to several Sailnetters by e-mail and PM regarding my trip from Destin, FL around Key West, over to Bimini and eventually up to the Chesapeake. I thought it would be nice to check in with everyone at once by posting this thread.

Last I talked with many of you I was in St Petersburg where I left my boat at St Pete City Marina while I went back to another semester of law school (mid life crisis? probably). Anyway, I departed from St Pete Marina around 1000 making for the ICW to Sarasota. It was an easy trip motoring through a scenic area. I anchored just inside the Boca Grande pass. Not the best choice of anchorages. Wind and current were counter each other. Thought about setting two anchors and at about 0100 I regretted not putting out a second one. Woke up because the boat motion was odd. Current had shifted and spun the boat around the anchor rode. Had a nice tight wrap around the keel. Fortunately it came loose pretty easy by letting out another 100 feet or so and working it free with a boat hook. Raised the anchor and moved a mile or so in from the entrance and current was much milder. No more excitement.

Early next morning I stowed the dinghy on deck and secured the outboard in the cockpit locker and headed out the pass into the Gulf of Mexico. Made the 30 mile run outside to Sanibel Island near Ft. Meyers. Was nice to finally sail a little. Had a beautiful and quiet anchorage by Matanzas Pass.

Next Morning it was up and out around 0800 for the run outside to Key West. Weather called for east wind 5-10 kn and a slight chance of thunder storms over night. Pretty typical for south Florida this time of year. I should have played the lottery because I caught at least a half dozen of those "slight chances" over night! All in all it was a mild run to Key West. The night time thunder storms in this area kind of materialize in place so they aren't easy to predict or plan for as if they were a line of storms with a track to follow. Mostly they are pretty mild, occasionally heavy rain for 15-20 minutes and sometimes a lot of lightening. Wind usually kicks up to 20-25 knots and dies back down after the storm passes. I am a pretty conservative sailor so I rig the boat in preparation for the storms and plan to sail slow. I am making this trip single handed and don't go out on deck unless I need to and try to keep the boat set up to minimize deck time at night. So, as the sun set I rolled the genoa in and reefed the main in anticipation of the weather as forecast. Was able to maintain around 3.5 -4 knots and when the storms would hit I had nothing to do but go below and wait it out and let the auto pilot steer. During the storms I would pick up speed to 6-6.5 knots then drop back to 4 or so afterwards. It was all in all a pretty easy run to Key West.

I tried to Anchor near Wisteria Island as I have never seen the area. Found a couple of good looking spots among all the mooring balls only to find that the holding is horrible. Being as cheap as I am I couldn't bring myself to pay $10 a night for a mooring ball when the Navy Base is only 8 miles away and I can get a slip there for not much more. So, off I went to Boca Chica where I am writing this from. I will stay put through the weekend and make a grocery run and do some sight seeing by land before I make my way up to Biscayne Bay next week to pick up a guest for the run to Bimini.

A couple of specific questions that I was asked to keep an eye out for. I am on a Catalina 310, mast height is 47'8" plus instruments brings it close to 49'. I am conservative and will not go under a bridge which is lower than 50' The ICW between Destin and Ft Meyers has a couple of 50' bridges, they were easy enough to go around between Panama City and St Joe Bay and again just inside the ICW entrance at Charlotte Harbor heading across the Okeechobee Waterway. The 49' lift Bridge in the Okeechobee keeps me from going that way.

My boat has the wing keel and draws 4' 8". The only skinny water that gave me any trouble was near Wisteria Island in Key West. There were plenty of sand bars and shallow places. I bumped bottom twice while trying to anchor. Grabbing a mooring would not be a problem though. Coming down the ICW between St Pete and Sarasota I did see several places in the center of the channel that were marked as 8' but I was seeing 6' at most. Keeping to the outside of bends helps keep deeper water underneath so anyone going this way might want to avoid hugging the insides of turns.

Hope this is helpful to anyone thinking about going this way.
Cheers!
Silvio
__________________
SV S.S.R.I
It's my happy pill
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 05-26-2012
billsull's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Old Saybrook, CT
Posts: 183
Thanks: 2
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 8
billsull is on a distinguished road
Re: Key West it is!

Thanks Silvio,

Your post was very helpful, but not because I need to know bridge heights and depths...

I'm many years away from following in your wake, but reading this gave me a chance to imagine doing the same trip and that made me smile!

Thanks again and fair winds,
Jane.Joy likes this.
__________________
Bill Sullivan
----------------
Allied Seawind 30
Bristol 24
Old Saybrook, CT

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 05-27-2012
Silvio's Avatar
Battered and Bruised
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 488
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Silvio is on a distinguished road
Re: Key West it is!

Bill,
Glad to have brightened your day a little. That is a large part of what sailing is all about to me.

I will be leaving Boca Chica soon and making a 3 day run up to Miami stopping in Marathon and Key Largo along the way. Hopefully Hurricane Harbor will have cleared out from Memorial Day crowds by the time I get there. Then it is over to Bimini and the Bahamas for a couple of weeks.

Cheers!
Silvio
__________________
SV S.S.R.I
It's my happy pill
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Win at Key West YachtRacerMan Racing Articles 5 11-19-2013 11:05 PM
West Seattle Saturday: Boats, schools, owls, treecyclingâ?¦ - West Seattle Blog (blog NewsReader News Feeds 0 01-07-2012 02:20 PM
Hi from West Aus BunyipDreaming Introduce Yourself 7 12-07-2008 04:56 AM
Key West maestro Racing 0 01-03-2005 03:36 PM
North West Passage East to West krissteyn Crew Wanted/Available 0 03-28-2004 05:45 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:03 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.