Join Date: Jan 2013
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Re: Sailing Key West on Catalina 22
"Weather Window" equals a period of favorable prevailing winds. Strong enough to sail by, but not blowing like stink. In the Keys in the winter expect a series of cold fronts pushing through with attending E-NE winds, 25-30 mph. These winds blowing against the Gulf Stream can produce some steep and uncomfortable seas. Even Hawk Channel which is sandwiched between the reef and the Keys can get pretty lumpy and no fun.
So far this year, we seem to be getting a typical weather pattern. Strong E-NE winds for 7-10 days, swinging around to the S and laying down for 3-4 days. These 3 or 4 day weather windows are when most folks make the run down the outside or head across the Gulf Stream. Last year we couldn't catch a break. Seemed like the Nor' Easters blew steady for months on end. Lot's of seasoned travlers spent the whole season in the Keys rather than their planned trips. Ah well, most dangerous things on a boat are a watch and a calendar. If you have any doubts as to you or your boats ability to handle upcoming weather, stay put for a bit.
Some Bayside anchorages with easy access, good holding and ok protection to the NE... Long Arsenicker Key, Tarpon Basin, Shell Key, Lignumvitae Key, Channel Key. Location and details are an excercise left to the student... Try Active Capt for aditional info and other folks opinions.
Bus ride from Key West to Miami. Key West Transit Lower Keys Shuttle (KW to Marathon) $4.00, Monroe Dade Shuttle (Marathon to FL City) $3.75, #38 Busway (Fl City to South Dade MetroRail) $3.50... Not a bad ride, and lots of views along the way.
"If the wind will not serve, lay to the oars"
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