Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Florida . . . you can keep it!
Relying on any single source of information is not wise.....actually close to negligent, as far as navigating anywhere, not only Florida. Inlets, unless class A, well maintained inlets, always need local knowledge to be confident of a safe route through the bars. I'd suggest at least three separate sources of information such as cruise guides, internet crowd-sourcing, and digital (non-NOAA) chart information such as Garmin, etc. NOAA charts are a great resource but there are times when they don't cut it alone. Cross checking is necessary. A call to outfits such as US Boat before traveling through iffy sections never hurts either as well as a call to the local USCG. There's plenty of info out there, but it takes effort in your planning.
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