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04-17-2012 06:04 PM
creedence623
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

I think I'm getting a rough iteinerary together. I am going to head out from Tampa Bay and stop over at Captiva then on to Key West. From there we will island hop up the Keys to Marathon where I will make the jump to the Abacos Islands. Any thoughts or feedback on that routing, and suggestions on what to see while there would be greatly appreciated!!
04-17-2012 05:23 PM
creedence623
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

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Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
I'd take the 5 weeks and do SW Florida (Clearwater, Charlotte Harbor, Gasparilla, Cayo Costa, Sanibel, Captiva, Naples/Marco) and the Keys they way the sailing gods intended...at a nice slow pace. Take it slow, get to know the boat, get know your "home" waters.
Great minds think alike. I did that trip last month. I took about 2 weeks and sailed down to Key West then took my time coast hopping/ ICW motoring back up. There are some really great inland waters on the west coast of Florida, and a lot of "old Florida" still to be found.

Now it's time to go farther afield! I figure with 5 weeks I should have plenty of time to go somewhere a bit more unfamiliar.
04-17-2012 09:14 AM
kwaltersmi
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

I'd take the 5 weeks and do SW Florida (Clearwater, Charlotte Harbor, Gasparilla, Cayo Costa, Sanibel, Captiva, Naples/Marco) and the Keys they way the sailing gods intended...at a nice slow pace. Take it slow, get to know the boat, get know your "home" waters.
04-16-2012 11:32 PM
travlineasy
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

Key West, Marquesses, Dry Tortugas, back to Key West, then Marathon, and maybe a quick shot over to the Bahamas.

Gary
04-16-2012 11:27 PM
Mystic1
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

I'm ecstatic just to make it out of my slip without hitting anything!
04-16-2012 10:26 PM
creedence623
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

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Originally Posted by ftldiver View Post
looks like 3 days. -wife might think its work... have her fly down if your set on either... (.02).
You must know my wife .

I agree single handing to Cancun may be a bit ambitious. Even though I do most of my sailing, including longer passages than the Cancun run singlehanded, I think it may turn this trip into more of an effort than I'd like it to be.

I wish I could go to Cuba, but that's not a possibility for me. Having said that, I will be among the first in line if they ever open it up!
04-16-2012 08:59 PM
TQA
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

Key West then Cuba.

You would have time to do a quite a bit of the south coast. Get there before it gets spoilt.
04-16-2012 08:52 PM
ftldiver
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

RTIA! Regatta Time In Abaco, Bahamas - Sailing Regatta, Competition, Parties

marco, marathon, key west, back to marathon, up to coconut grove and restock, over to abaco, harbor island, exumas.

you may never come back.

how long to cross to cancun? the bahamas are less than 24 hours per hop.
but you have the $300 permit to pay.

looked at the map, you'll need crew to make cancun, and should with jamacia even if you go down the bahamas..

looks like 3 days. -wife might think its work... have her fly down if your set on either... (.02).
04-16-2012 08:49 PM
creedence623
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

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Originally Posted by bigdogandy View Post
Wow - beautiful boat! If I had the time and the boat you've got I'd probably spend it all behind the wheel chasing horizon!

On my boat with that kind of time I'd take my time getting from Bradenton to the Keys, stopping off for some good food and fun at Captiva or Sanibel, exploring the Harney River with the dinghy, etc. then head for Long Key and the Channel 5 cut to look at the weather and make the decision to head west to Key West, the Tortugas and beyond, or head east and north up the Keys and over to the Bahamas. If you're a diver there's a solid month's worth of great diving up and down the Keys and it's just a short hop over to the Bahamas.

Good luck with the trip and keep the group posted with tales of your adventures!
Wow, that's a great itinerary, thanks for the suggestion! The Bahamas are the most likely destination based on the fact that it seems like a series of easy coastal hops to get there and back. I love the diving over there too (pretty excited about the using that open transom for diving too).

I think I am going to hit activecaptain.com pretty hard over the next few days and see what's doable, and what's stretching it. Not sure how seasonal weather is going to impact us, but once I've narrowed it down a bit I can look at that a bit more in depth.

THanks again!
04-16-2012 08:43 PM
bigdogandy
Re: Planning a Trip. Where would You go?

Wow - beautiful boat! If I had the time and the boat you've got I'd probably spend it all behind the wheel chasing horizon!

On my boat with that kind of time I'd take my time getting from Bradenton to the Keys, stopping off for some good food and fun at Captiva or Sanibel, exploring the Harney River with the dinghy, etc. then head for Long Key and the Channel 5 cut to look at the weather and make the decision to head west to Key West, the Tortugas and beyond, or head east and north up the Keys and over to the Bahamas. If you're a diver there's a solid month's worth of great diving up and down the Keys and it's just a short hop over to the Bahamas.

Good luck with the trip and keep the group posted with tales of your adventures!
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