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Re: Sailing Key West on Catalina 22
Sunday thru Tues looks pretty sporty. Inside route is open to the west so strong west winds can put an uncomfortable chop in the shallow waters of the sounds. GFS models look good after that for at least 4 days or so... 15-20 on the inside route is just good sailing. Remember the forecast is an educated guess. Especially more than 4 days out. Avoid the big blows and you should be fine.
Double check your Tohatsu... My 6hp 4stroke SeaPro puts out 5-6 amps at normal speed. Not a lot, but it helps. Checking fuel logs, average around 13 mpg (statute) with no big currents to worry about in the bay side. If you were to take Hawk Channel from Moser Channel to Key West you are traveling well inside the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream. Much closer into shore around Key Biscane and Miami.
"If the wind will not serve, lay to the oars"
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