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OK kind of a rambling post here. Looking for help.

I am looking to relocate to west coast of Florida. Location is not very negotiable as someone else has already relocated just north of Clearwater, and I need to be near them. (not a stalker, she wants me there) What are the best areas for sailing a keel boat. I won't be taking mine down so I am not sure of draft yet. I have heard lots of areas are not much fun as you have to stick to the channel for a long time till you get to open water. I have recently done some sailing in Clearwater Bay, but the hobie cat will basically sail on wet grass ;-) . Just looking for ideas of locations. Live aboard marinas would be a bonus, but mooring is good as well. I will have a house as base so I don't need much in the way of facilities. Just needs to be within an hour or less or so of Duneden. Basically want info my non sailing real estate agent won't know.

Also any lightweight online sites to check out depths of water (active captain seems bloated)? I guess I will have to load OpenCPN on my work laptop.

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Re: Looking at Florida

Garmin's ActiveCaptain might be a good place to scope out the area, and it is free to use; https://activecaptain.garmin.com/en-US/
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Re: Looking at Florida

Hey,

Navionics has a great, free, chart viewer
https://webapp.navionics.com/?lang=e...%7Dl~jDvc%7BwN

Sorry, but I know nothing regarding sailing in the Clearwater area. I did some research in Punta Gorda / Port Charlotte. That is an active sailing area.

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Re: Looking at Florida

Between st pete/tampa bay and ft myers will be prime gulf coast for sailing
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Re: Looking at Florida

There are only 2 choices to fit your criteria of within an hour of Dunedin ( i'm assuming you mean by car )
Clearwater...... Pricey
Tarpon Springs.... Long slog to get out into the Gulf and that would be the only sailing you could do from there.
Anything South of Clearwater will be more than an hours drive. Depending on the boat, you would most likely want to be south of the Gandy bridge for old Tampa Bay and that will put you more than an hour away. Not so much distance as it is traffic.
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Re: Looking at Florida

Looks like you’ve already gotten the recommends for the good online charts, and Contrarian nailed with his commentary.....only thing I would add is maybe think about a trailer sailer if you really want both your house and your boat to be within an hour of Dunedin.
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Looks like you’ve already gotten the recommends for the good online charts, and Contrarian nailed with his commentary.....only thing I would add is maybe think about a trailer sailer if you really want both your house and your boat to be within an hour of Dunedin.
Yea, we have some beach sailing boats, like a laser and looking at a hobie, a sunfish and a kayak or two. No fun unless you can go out with a few folks to mess around!

Might be willing to keep boat further but then the boat must be bigger to host more folks. I think I will wind up renting for a year to really scope things out.

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Hey,

Navionics has a great, free, chart viewer
https://webapp.navionics.com/?lang=e...%7Dl~jDvc%7BwN

Sorry, but I know nothing regarding sailing in the Clearwater area. I did some research in Punta Gorda / Port Charlotte. That is an active sailing area.

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Re: Looking at Florida

Big fan of Ft. Meyers, you cant go wrong there with sailing and golf! Oh and the warmm weather
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Re: Looking at Florida

How long it takes you to get to Dunedin will depend on whether you are talking about driving during rush hour or not.

Outside of rush hour, you can get to Dunedin in less than an hour from anywhere in Pinellas county, or the city of Tampa. You can even make it there from Bradenton in just barely over an hour.

If you are talking about driving during rush hour, then it's a different matter. You could make it from anywhere north of Hwy 688/Ulmerton Rd., which cuts across Pinellas county from east to west. You could also make it from places like Oldsmar, Westchase, or Town 'n Country. Not much further than that, though.

There are four bridges that cross Tampa Bay. The Sunshine Skyway, across the entrance, has a clearance of 180', so that would be no issue. The Gandy bridge has a clearance of 43'. The Howard Frankland bridge has a clearance of 44'. The Courtney Campbell Causeway has a clearance of 40'. So how far up into Old Tampa Bay you can, or want to, go may be limited by that.

Good luck.
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