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Naples to Key West

Hello. I recently moved my 21-ft. shoal keel to a slip in Naples. I'm interested in sailing down to Key West and back. I've been told that it's a 2-day trip each way and that a good place to stop for the night is Cape Ramano. I'd appreciate any comments, advice, or general information anyone would offer.

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Re: Naples to Key West

I would think it's more like 3 days each way, sailing dawn till dusk.

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Re: Naples to Key West

If you are going to do this, take an overnight sail to Fort Jefferson.
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Re: Naples to Key West

That run is as straightforward as it comes. Assume you are coming out of factory bay? Anyways, head out of naples, turn left, and do an overnighter.

Cape romano is shallow with shoals. I stay away from there. I plot just west of a 10 foot shoal and make that my mark.

From fort myers it is 121 miles. From naples i guess 100. Wind is nice and blowing from east right now. Beam reach down.

I would go to key west first and then tortugas. That is only 70 miles. Tortugas from naples is all offshore. Not a good trip with an inexperienced crew. You will have no phone or vhf for much of it.

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Re: Naples to Key West

I don't have any first hand experience, but it's about 120 miles it looks like as the crow flies so either you take a longer route closer in and stop or sail straight through, but either way I agree it looks more like 3 days each way.
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Re: Naples to Key West

If you're wanting to stay close to shore and only sail during daylight, then it will be a 3 day trip each way ( more like 2 1/2 days). Took me about 22 hrs to go from Sanibel Is. to just north of the Yacht Channel (that leads to the Channel 5 bridge).
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Re: Naples to Key West

Thanks to everyone for your replies and advice. Should anybody be headed for that trip, let me know and maybe I could follow along in my boat. I won't be back to Naples for a couple of months, so I have time to keep checking things out.

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Re: Naples to Key West

When are you planning to go?
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