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Coming through Ponce De Leon inlet

Depending on the weather We plan to move our CR38 (5 foot draft) from Brunswick to Daytona in November.

The plan is to go outside and come in at Ponce De Leon inlet at New Smyrna Beach.

A few questions comes to mind.

Is this the best inlet to use? If anything better, please tell me which inlet, and why you would not use Ponce.
Please share some insights about navigating the inlet - should I plan for high tide?
Any recent knowledge/experience using the inlet after Mathew?

Looking at the charts, after entry one can go immediately north, go west or go south.
The west channel looks too shallow and the north seems strangely void of markers.
The plan is to go south first and then turn and follow the main channel back north.
This plan right now is only based on not seeing channel markers in the North channel - Any thoughts here.

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Re: Coming through Ponce De Leon inlet

Ponce is a good inlet in good weather. Can be dangerous with an east wind and ebb tide. It is closer to Daytona than St. Augustine, but I think the inlet at SA is easier to navigate. Either will be a handful in less than ideal conditions. If I were you I'd plan on SA and adapt your plan based on weather conditions at the time. Plus there's lots to see in SA. Check the Pilot Charts for detailed info on each.

At New Smyrna the north channel from the inlet is marked and pretty easy to follow, if you decide to go that way.

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Depending on the weather We plan to move our CR38 (5 foot draft) from Brunswick to Daytona in November.

The plan is to go outside and come in at Ponce De Leon inlet at New Smyrna Beach.

A few questions comes to mind.

Is this the best inlet to use? If anything better, please tell me which inlet, and why you would not use Ponce.
Please share some insights about navigating the inlet - should I plan for high tide?
Any recent knowledge/experience using the inlet after Mathew?

Looking at the charts, after entry one can go immediately north, go west or go south.
The west channel looks too shallow and the north seems strangely void of markers.
The plan is to go south first and then turn and follow the main channel back north.
This plan right now is only based on not seeing channel markers in the North channel - Any thoughts here.

Thanks

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Pete- Having lived in that area for a number years that area can be very shifty..suggest getting local knowledge from one of the fishing fleets that go in and out there often.

www.critterfleet.com

I see your a fellow CR owner try joining up with the CR goggle groups forum.

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Thanks Clay.

Already joined the group. Appreciate the link to critterfleet. Exactly the info I was hoping for.

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Thanks Clay.

Already joined the group. Appreciate the link to critterfleet. Exactly the info I was hoping for.

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FYI..we are on our way to Brunswick Landing Marina..hope to make it to their Thankgiving gathering

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FYI..we are on our way to Brunswick Landing Marina..hope to make it to their Thankgiving gathering
Clay, if everything works out right we will unfortunately already be gone by then.
Are you stopping Brunswick or going further South.
We will be based on Halifax Harbor in Daytona in future.
Maybe we run into each other there.
It sounds that there a few CR's heading south.
By the way, if you don't know it, Brunswick Landing Marina is awesome.
Great facilities and great people.

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