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03-27-2012 09:52 AM
creedence623
Re: Sailing from Tampa to the Dry Tortugas

Made the trip, and had a great time. Thanks to everybody who offered advice.

I ended up sailing down and back with my wife on board. She even pulled a night watch so I could get an hour's sleep. The crab traps are REDICULOUS. Even after my years in the Chesepeake, I'd never seen anything like that.

The weather was okay. We did get some stormy weather at night (of course it came while we were in the middle of crab trap alley), and the wind eventually clocked around from the south-southwest which was pretty annoying. Beyond that, everything went smoothly, and we had no issues with the boat, depth, sea state, etc. Had a great time, and made it in 35 hours from the mouth of Tampa Bay.

Again, thanks for all the advice.


Additionally, I'm back in the Bay so if anyone wants to get together for a beer and or some sailing, shoot me a PM!!
02-23-2012 04:30 AM
creedence623 Andrew, I got you on chat, we'll work something out.

Incidentally, that plan just got changed. Looks like I'll be singlehanding to Key West now rather than the DT's. A little bummed because I've been to the Keys a hundred times (by car), but at least I'm still doing a trip somewhere. I'm still figuring about 35 hours, so the sailing part should be just as good.
02-23-2012 12:20 AM
andrew1289 Hey creed...

I need more posts before I am PM. Are you in the states yet?
02-04-2012 10:55 PM
creedence623
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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
If we could get together all the young people in this forum I have seen say they can't find anyone their age to sail with, there would be no more comments like that - and they all seem to be on the Florida west coast. There are at least five who frequent the chat, one stationed oversees until June.
Yeah, I remember the "Who's under 35" thread; and as good as it was, it'd be tough scanning the 30+ pages of replies to hunt down folks in Tampa. I might start a new thread when I get closer to coming back to the States to see if anyone is up for grabbing a beer or doing some sailing (in no particular order).
02-04-2012 01:14 PM
DRFerron
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Originally Posted by creedence623 View Post
I don't know anyone remotely close to my age who's into sailing, so if you feel like sailing on the bay, hit me up.
If we could get together all the young people in this forum I have seen say they can't find anyone their age to sail with, there would be no more comments like that - and they all seem to be on the Florida west coast. There are at least five who frequent the chat, one stationed oversees until June.
02-04-2012 10:58 AM
SVAuspicious
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Originally Posted by creedence623 View Post
That's a pretty huge head boat. Looks like they could crowd up a reef/wreck pretty quickly. Here's to hoping I miss them during my trip.
I've never worked with that particular boat before but I have been able to arrange with head boats and dive shops to take my tanks for fills and pick them up the next day. Success seems dependent on calling ahead during a non-busy time and finding someone that makes (as opposed to follows) the rules.
02-03-2012 08:16 PM
creedence623
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Originally Posted by EliotR View Post
Need crew?

I've talked my wife into coming along on this trip so she's going to end up being my crew (though she doesn't know that yet). I may regret that if the weather turns on us, but I'm taking my chances.

If this trip works out well, I might make a habbit of running down there, and to the Keys. If I do, I'd gladly take anyone who feels like coming along in exchange for a few beers/ good company. In the mean time, same offer stands, if you feel like sailing around Tampa Bay, shoot me a PM.
02-03-2012 12:48 AM
EliotR Need crew?
02-02-2012 11:18 PM
creedence623
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Originally Posted by andrew1289 View Post
hey credence

I'm Andrew, I'm living in clearwater fl at the moment. I'm right on the water near tampa international airport. We have a guest dock here too.

I would LOVE to come out sailing sometime. I am free everyday for now. Just got back from Cozumel did some sailing on "the stars and stripes tour" using the americas cups boats. (I am not a sailer)

I have my good friend and his girl from demark visiting. It would be a dream to have you meet us at our dock and take us out for a little while. Beers and food on me of course!

let me know
Hey Andrew, I'll be back in the States in March. If your friends are still around then, I'm more than happy to meet up. I'll shoot you a PM as it gets closer.


As for the weather, I think I'm going to have to accept the chance of getting hit with something along the way. I don't know why, but for some reason I always thought passageweather.com was a pay service. Happy to learn it's free, and pretty impressed with the amount of information. It sort of puts sailflow to shame. I've got 9 days to do this, so that should give me a little wiggle room on either end to take advantage of a good weather window. The good news is, I have a new Harken MKIV furler, and a brand new custom mainsail getting put on this week with 3 reefing points, so it wouldn't be terrible putting the new toys to good use.

The only thing that concerns me is fetching I've heard about in the Gulf. We'll see how it goes.
02-02-2012 10:16 PM
svzephyr44 What no one has mentioned is coming back. The weather can be such that coming back east can be a real problem = very high and choppy waves. Plan at least a week in case you get "stuck" or take the fast cat back to Key West (it will be the vomit comet instead of the "fast cat" on the trip), then return to claim your boat and sail back if you run out of time.
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