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11-23-2012 10:13 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

Hey Captain, your inputs were extremely helpful and reassuring. I owe you a dinner and all the beer you can drink. If you are around Key West or Boot Key this Monday or Tuesday, it will be my pleasure to have dinner with you. If we can't meet this time, there will be the next time. My offer does not expire.

Thank you so much.
11-23-2012 09:05 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

Glad I could help. If you draw a Line 180 deg. due south from the west point of Cuba. You are out of the Gulf stream, shipping lane's, and in the Trades. It's a beam reach for 2 day's and your parrellel with the south end of the Barrier Reef. Then you run straight down wind to it and clear in at P.G. or Placencia, you can slowly cut that line so you are abotu 60 mile out from the reef when you make that turn. I cleard at Placenia once but I had to pay more to bring the customs agent over from the litle air port across the bay. It's a fun trip to make, short and sweet, with a lot of adventure and reward's, what with the view of the Cuban mountains. the reach down the West Caribbean, the run toward the southern Belizean jungle, and ending in Placencia's protected anchorage. Best of luck to ya
11-23-2012 08:24 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

It looks like sailing south after West of Cuba makes sense. We are heading to Placencia, it is the same latitude as Guanaja Honduras, we will miss the northern flow of the gulf stream

Thanks for your help!
11-23-2012 03:56 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

I do that alot because we have a house in Guanaja Honduras now and I sail down there skipping the Mexican and Belize Coast all together. Sail due south from the west end of Cuba and cross at what ever point you want. Just get 30 or 40 miles south of what point you want to hit on the Penninsula. If I was doing it I'd sail the extra day south and cross through the south end Of the Barrier reef and clear into Punt Gorda Belize in stead of Belize City, but that's just me
11-23-2012 09:36 AM
xsboats
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

I took the same basic route as Capt. Aaron , which took 3 days and 4 hours to arrive at Puerto Morelos .
11-21-2012 04:51 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

Captain Aaron,

I just checked the weather for next week for Yucatan Channel. It predicts with strong Northerly wind. I am thinking about skipping Isla Mujeres to Belize City.

Have you sailed directly south following W84.4 degree after you pass Cabo de San Antonio, Cuba and head west after we get to N19 degree. By doing so we will totally avoid the GS and ride the countercurrent south and then west.

On paper it will work, but I need some local knowledge. Thanks.
11-21-2012 12:14 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

Excellent Captain Aaron, thanks the detailed writing up that I can really use. Any particular weather windows that i should looking for. I was thinking just to avoid any wind opposite to the Gulf Stream.

11-21-2012 07:09 AM
Capt.aaron
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.
11-20-2012 11:47 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

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Originally Posted by xsboats View Post
I just completed a catamaran delivery to Cancun ,
Which way did you go? Did you hug the coast of Cuba first and then south to 21N and west to Isla Mujeres?
11-20-2012 11:45 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Any safe harbors in Key West or Dry Tortugas

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Originally Posted by rockDAWG View Post
Brian, I will keep Boot Key in mind. Looks good on the chart.

It looks like we will be in Dry Tortugas a few days earlier than you. I do't know how much weather window we will have. If the weather outlook is good we will hang out there for a few days. Do they have cell service there in DT?
No cell, no water, no food, no nothing. But the best coral reefs and water in us.
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