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Ball park estimate sailing from the keys to Galvaston Bay say 4-5 knots ???
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Ball park estimate sailing from the keys to Galvaston Bay say 4-5 knots ???
About 745 Miles (Rhumb Line) at 300 Mag, channel marker to channel marker. Do the math (with due regard for tacking angles).

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Re: Florida Keys to Galvaston Bay

Are you sailing singlehanded? If so, figure on 50 miles a day - max, and that's if the weather cooperates. If not, well, you might make it a bit faster, but not much.

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5-7 days is the generally accepted time if you can motor some and get your SOG higher. You wouldn't happen to be in Marathon are you? I just meet a gentleman that is in Marathon and about to make that trip.

Personally, as I told that gentleman, I would take the coast. I see no reason to go straight across when the coast is easy and enjoyable and may not even add that much (if any) time to your schedule since you can motor it when necessary. You can get fuel the whole way. I know the route (at least one good route) from Marathon to Pensacola and good places to stop if you are interested.

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Are you still in Marathon? If so, say hi to the ladies at the City Marina for me.

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5-7 days is the generally accepted time if you can motor some and get your SOG higher. You wouldn't happen to be in Marathon are you? I just meet a gentleman that is in Marathon and about to make that trip.

Personally, as I told that gentleman, I would take the coast. I see no reason to go straight across when the coast is easy and enjoyable and may not even add that much (if any) time to your schedule since you can motor it when necessary. You can get fuel the whole way. I know the route (at least one good route) from Marathon to Pensacola and good places to stop if you are interested.

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Can you post that route? I started a thread a while back to serve as a collection of routes (ideally with pics, sail times, pros/cons, etc.) so people would know what's doable.


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Does the Gulf Loop current have enough velocity that a westbound boat could save some time and energy by routing with reference to it (avoiding main current, possibly finding an eddy)?
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Are you still in Marathon? If so, say hi to the ladies at the City Marina for me.

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Sure thing, Gary!! They may call for the margarita recipe though.

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Can you post that route? I started a thread a while back to serve as a collection of routes (ideally with pics, sail times, pros/cons, etc.) so people would know what's doable.
Certainly, Steve. Will put it up in another thread.

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