Best route from Clearwater/Tampa/StPete to Bahamas??? - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 01-25-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Clearwater
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Best route from Clearwater/Tampa/StPete to Bahamas???

I'm leaving mid-week and trying to decide whether to sail down to the Marathon/Key Largo area or through Lake Okachobee to the Stuart area and down a ways and then over the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas.

I know the cruising guides say - it depends on your destination - but I can see going to either Bimini/Berrys or the more northerly Abacos - so which is a better route for a 30' Sloop, 8000lb displacement racer-cruiser Seidelmann 299, with Yanmar 2GM engine (15 horse) AND A DEEP KEEL OF 5'5" CRUISING OVER AS FIRST TIMERS TO THE BAHAMAS?


And specific suggestions, routes and moorings/marinas are most welcome.
npronpro is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 01-25-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lakeland, Fl
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
 
Do not go thruogh Lake Okeechobee, water is too low, it may even be closed.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
[SIGPIC]
bradentonbeachboy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 8 Old 01-25-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: wherever
Posts: 5,283
Thanks: 8
Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
Rep Power: 11
     
Beach
Are you sure? I read a few months back the water had come up quite a bit.
There is an Army corps site that posts current levels. I don't have the link, sorry
xort is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 8 Old 01-25-2009
Wandering Aimlessly
 
PBzeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cruising
Posts: 21,091
Thanks: 0
Thanked 92 Times in 89 Posts
Rep Power: 15
     
I'd go down the coast, then through the Channel 5 bridge, then east. If your weather window is good, you keep going, if it's not, you can pop into Miami.

John
Ontario 32 - Aria

Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
JCP


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Website & Blog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PBzeer is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 8 Old 01-25-2009
moderate?
 
camaraderie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,877
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 16
     
For current information on waterway depths, locking, and navigational data
contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at any of the following numbers:
Jacksonville District Office (904)232-2539
South Florida Operations Office (863)983-3101
W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam.... (239)694-5451
Ortona Lock and Dam... (863)675-0616
Moore Haven Lock and Dam (863)946-0414
Port Mayaca Lock and Dam (561)924-2858
St. Lucie Lockand Dam (772)287-2665
Canaveral Lock (321)783-5421

The present MINIMUM depth on route 1 is over 7 feet.
Daily updates here: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisi...orts/r-nav.txt

This is the way to go assuming your mast height will clear.
After that...head down to Lake Worth Inlet and wait for the right weather to transit to the Abacos. Lots of details available in past threads here on that route and timing. Do a search.

No longer posting. Reach me by PM!

Last edited by camaraderie; 01-25-2009 at 12:41 PM.
camaraderie is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 8 Old 01-25-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lakeland, Fl
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
 
Smile My Bad

Glad to hear that is re-opened, 7ft is great...


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
[SIGPIC]
bradentonbeachboy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 8 Old 01-25-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 150
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
I went through Okeechobee in November. Water was very high then. Right now there is still plenty of water to make it through. Vertical clearance is 49 feet. I had a good time going through Okeechobee. It is an interesting place and definitely worth seeing at least once. It is protected and very easy to navigate. The downside is that the canal is narrow, and you motor nearly the entire way. If you are headed to more northern destinations in the bahamas, this would probably be the quickest route.
BlueWaterMD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 8 Old 08-31-2009
Member
 
Volkhard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 98
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
Thumbs up

I did the trip in May this year from Tampa Bay through Lake Okeechobee to Florida's East coast but than north to the Chesapeake.
The draft on my IP 37 is 4'6" and my mast height is 49'5" above water. We saw 6 1/2' of water at any point and just made the infamous railroad bridge (ooficial clearance 48') by just touching the very tip of the VHF antenna on my mast.
I called the corps of engineers the day I entered the Caloosahatchee River in Ft.Myers and they were very friendly and gave me exact info about the official water level in the lake and what that means to both the bridge clearance and minimum depth to expect within the lake.

You will motor most the time from Ft. Myers to the Lake and from the lake to Stuart but it is a nice voyage through central Florida.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Florida Sailor

ODYSSEY
Island Packet 37 (hull53)
Volkhard is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Satellite Phone in Bahamas lmwsail Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 14 04-08-2011 11:13 AM
Bahamas E-Charts Get Better administrator Cruising Articles 11 11-26-2010 09:37 AM
Best cruising guides Keys and Bahamas: Bimini to Nassau and Exumas? Pelham Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 0 03-20-2007 11:04 AM
Route Planning 101 Michael Carr Cruising Articles 0 06-29-2004 08:00 PM
The Race, The Weather, The Route Bill Biewenga Racing Articles 0 12-31-2000 07:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome