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Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas
I don't know how xsboats did it, but I've done that run more times than I can count over the past 22 years and your description is how I usually do it. I start my crossing about 10 miles west of the marquesas. I have left out of the Fort however. When you do that, just head for Isla and you will end up on the west end of Cuba, then head for Cozumel, and you'll end up in Isla. When I let out of Key West ,I sail west till I pass the Marqueses, when they are just out of sight behind me I head for the west end of Cuba, Cabo Antonio) and I end up about 30 miles west of Havana. When the Gulf stream is at it's strongest I just start heading due south to get more speed over the ground and lose a little westing, I make up for it the next day with the counter current just out side the reef on the north coast of Cuba. I leave Key West at noon, this will put you with in sight of the mountains of Cuba at sun rise and it is a sight to behold. Each time I run down that coast I do it a little closer. The sun will set on ya as your running down that line, but the reef is well marked with a bunch irradically flashing white's. I'm usually makeing 7.5 knot's when I sling shot around the weat end Of Cuba, head south for 8 or 9 hours and make a rhumb line for Cozumel, that will put you in Isla the next morning. My record is 3.5 day's my longest is 5, but that was in late hurricane season with squirlly winds and ofcourse, I have no engine so there is that.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 11-21-2012 at 08:16 AM.