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12-04-2012 07:54 PM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

Safely arrived in Placencia, Belize this afternoon. More than 750 nm voyage from Nov 25 in Hollywood, FL. We wasted 30 hours to seek shelter and repaired in dry tortugas.

All is good.
11-27-2012 10:46 PM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

Made it to Key West one hour sooner than expected. Got fuel and water at Bight Marina and stayed for a night.

The weather has changed, we need to set at 6 am tomorrow, we will head west to Dry Tortugas and then head South west to Cabo St Antonio, Cuba. After that we head south and let the current will push us to Placencia.

The weather calls for NE and East wind all week, 15 to 25 knots. We may get there by this Sunday, a total of 760 nm.
11-27-2012 11:50 AM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

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11-27-2012 11:40 AM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

After a decent dinner on board, hot shower and surfing Internet with 4G, we went to bed at 11, I did not get out the bed until 9 am. we picked anchor and set sail to key west 2 nm from shore. We have light wind go 6 to 7 kn sog. Our knot meter is not working this morning. I have a feeling we have some current behind us.

There are many crab pots but not as bad as Chesapeake bay or in new England. It is unsure when we will cross to cuba coast. We have a choice of no wind or 25 to 30 knots wind. I will make a decision when we get to dry tortugas.
11-27-2012 02:37 AM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

What kind of journey is this? A delivery with captain, you are the captain. What king of boat?
Do you have pics? Traveling to Mexico and Belieze should be a great experience.

11-26-2012 09:30 PM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

Well, we arrived safely in Marathon, Boot Key exactly 24 hours after weleft Hollywood, FL. After the coast guards boarding off the coast of Miami. We got some decent wind from Port. we are doing 5 to 7.5 kn SOG, and boat speed ran as high as 10.7 kn. We were hitting from1.5 to 3 kn current again us.

I took the advice of Jon, stayed off more than 100 ft. Saw a few cruise ships in a distance, otherwise, it was quite and easy sail.

Will take it easy to Key West tomorrow. The favorable wind will not come until Wednesday nite, so we spend some time to explore Dry Tortugas.

11-26-2012 07:16 PM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

This is one of the most accurately charted reef areas on earth. I do not advocate doing anything that one is not comfortable doing, but with a good chartplotter there is little danger in staying close in. Though one may not feel much of a counter current close to the reef, one will surely encounter from 1 to 3 (or more) knots going against you if you hit the east bound current. There is also the wind (generally easterlies) against the current scenario should you get too far out.
I am not trying to be argumentative, just informative. Fishing is great out there, so drag a line and expect dolphin for dinner.
11-26-2012 09:51 AM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

I've gone from Indian Key to Miami overnight, and Miami, halfway to Key West, turned around to go back to Marathon (made much better time than expected). I had no problems. If ya see a bunch of lights on the south side of the channel though after leaving Miami, it's casino ships.
11-25-2012 07:05 PM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

I hear you loud and clear.

Will get off looking at the porn site now.

Oh no, we just got invaded by USCG. They came about quietly from behind from starboard stern and said: Hi, may we come on board. Do you have any fire arm on the boat. I was surfing the internet and the CG jumped into saloon all sudden. I cried out, where are you coming?

That was fun. They were nice and stayed on the boat the for 30 min and going thru everything and all the document. I asked her if she needed to a strip search. Not this time.

I am so glad that our tax dollars at work. I also saw the mothership tailing along which I saw them early when we left Fort Lauderdale Inlet.

All is good. Professional and friendly.
11-25-2012 06:43 PM
Re: Sailing Hawk Channel at night?

Originally Posted by rockDAWG View Post
Thanks Jon,

Thanks for the article. I will take this careful. The wind is calm now. According to NOAA, there is more wind (5 to 15 kn) to the south, we will sail further left may be 8 nm from the coast line. More easterly wind tomorrow (10 to 20 kn) till Wednesday.
With that forecast, I'd think about cutting back inside the reef after daybreak...

The light will be good, and life doesn't get too much finer than sailing down the Hawk Channel in 15-20 out of the E...

In addition to staying out of water less than 150', I'd try to keep my playing on the internet to a minimum tonight, as well... (grin, bigtime)
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