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Re: Port Canaveral to Port Everglades early April

Stay out of the Intracoastal if you possibly can. While you avoid the Gulfstream, you hit a bridge every three or four miles. They're timed so you have to run flat out to avoid circling 10 or 15 minutes to wait for the bridge to make its timed opening.

Not much fun at all.

If you go outside, stay fairly close to shore, in 40 or 50 feet of water, to avoid the northern current. If you're a little lucky, you'll get a southbound current there. It's better to motor in the Atlantic than in the ICW with a sailboat. You'll do much better time without the bridges.

Lake Worth Inlet has some nice anchorages east of Peanut Island and south of it. You can hear a tiki bar from there, but I've never visited. The island is a park that's worth seeing.

Hillsboro Inlet has a nice cove to anchor in, with a decent beach, but only go there in settled weather. The inlet is scary when it gets rough or strong easterly winds oppose an outgoing tide.

Avoid all of the other inlets along the way. They're treacherous.
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