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    • Higher than Normal Tides Lower Vertical Clearance at Hwy 802/McTeer Bridge, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 540


      Highway 802 Bridge - Click for Chartview

      The moon and higher than normal tides this year have been causing problems for our tall masted friends. There are tide gauges missing from a number of bridges in NC and SC. The Coast Guard Chief of Operations of Bridge is aware of the missing boards and hopefully, they will be replaced and/or corrected soon! In the meantime, keep an eye on the tide tables for the particular area and proceed with caution at mid-tide through all the fixed height bridges.
      The notices to report damage posted at most bridges generally refers to damage occurring to the bridge – usually the fender system – and not, unfortunately, for damages to vessels.

      NO GAGE ON THIS BRIDGE FOR HEIGHT.
      We were told by Port Royal Landing that there was only 63 foot of Clearance at High Tide on 12-12-12.
      (There is a notice to report bridge damage.)
      With a phone number???????
      Debra Baas

      We passed through this bridge on 12/7/2012. No tide gauges. Most of the sixth fenderboard was showing above the water (we were told that if the top of the fifth was showing there was 65′ 5’³ of clearance). Predicted tide at the Beaufort Island tide station then was +1.2 feet. Out 66′ tall antennas passed under the bridge without touching.
      John Kremski

      The critical piece of information that’s often hard to come by is the relation of tide height (relatively easy) to MHW. MHW for a location is printed on some smaller-scale charts, but I haven’t seen it presented by chartplotters or applications (e.g. Wxtide32). We can get MHW indirectly from the NOAA Tides & Currents Datums pages. Careful though! The tabulated numbers are not based on MLW or MLLW, but on `station datum’ so there’s a little extra math. But it sure would be useful to have something more portable that doesn’t require Web access.
      There’s no substitute for ACCURATE clearance boards, though.
      As a footnote, with a mean sea level rise per annum of about 2mm, a bridge built 50 years ago at 65′ clearance would have lost about 4’³ of that.
      Larry Shick

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Highway 802 Bridge

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Port Royal Landing

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    • Saturday Farmer’s Market in Fernandina Beach, FL (Statute Mile 716.5)

      Fernandina Beach is the first port of call after crossing south from Georgia into Eastern Florida. This community features a GREAT downtown business district with LOTS of good places to eat and shop. Now, we hear there’s a weekly farmer’s market here as well!

      [There is a farmer’s market in] Fernandina beach Florida every Saturday morn @ 7th street and main.
      Ellen Langer
      Roy DeLong
      M/V Our Turn

      Yes, there is a fabulous farmer’s market in historic Fernandina Beach, just blocks from the charming waterfront. Open every Saturday on lovely Amelia Island in NE Florida (except for Shrimp Festival Weekend) rain or shine, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Market Place features organic fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, breads and other baked goods, seasonal surprises, light entertainment, and so much more! (Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you for a stroll through the friendliest Farmers’ Market in Florida.)
      For more information visit http://www.AmeliaIslandMarketPlace.com.

      Judie Mackie

      As a local, I go there every Saturday. Yesterday I purchased some organic vegetables and range fed beef. The pricing is in line with regular stores but the quality can’t be beat.
      Mike

      My Personal Chef supplies deliciously prepared soups and entrees at the Fernandina Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. This is great for cruisers because all our products are made from fresh ingredients, packaged and frozen for convenience to store on your boat. Since we do not use plastics and cardbord boxes our meal items will not take up precious space in your galley. The Market is a few blocks down Center Street-walking distance from the marina. Come by and see what we have!
      Lauri Russell from My Personal Chef

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fernandina Harbor Marina

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    • New Downtown Wilmington, NC Marina Under Construction, Cape Fear River


      Port City Marina - Click for Chartview

      Port City Marina is currently under construction with a Grand Opening scheduled for summer 2013. This facility will be a WONDERFUL addition to the cruising scene, and will furnish more reason than ever for captains to leave the comfortable confines of the AICW, and journey upstream on the Cape Fear River to downtown Wilmington!
      For more information or to join the mailing list for updates, visit www.portcitymarina.com or call 910.251.6151.

      New Destination Marina on the North Carolina Coast
      Wilmington, North Carolina, December 11, 2012
      Wilmington, North Carolina is excited to welcome the Port City Marina.
      North Carolina based developer, USA InvestCo, recently announced plans to construct a 204-slip state-of-the-art marina located on the Cape Fear River in the heart of Downtown Wilmington, NC. The floating docks, which will accommodate boats up-to 130 feet in length, is scheduled to open in early summer 2013. The marina will provide all the amenities and conveniences of a modern marina including on-site restaurants, fuel, pump out, high-speed wireless internet, and customer-service orientated staff. Port City Marina will pride itself as being the first full-service marina located in the heart of a Historic Downtown in the mid-Atlantic.
      Within walking distance, Boaters will find a vibrant array of locally owned shops and restaurants, a thriving art and cultural scene, the Riverwalk and historic district, the USS North Carolina Battleship (open for tours), horse-drawn carriage rides, or the simple enjoyment of Wilmington’s great sunsets from the comfort of the boat. Wilmington offers a cosmopolitan scene or a retreat to the natural wonders. With over 30 miles of shoreline, the Wilmington area has access to 3 world-class beaches; Wrightsville, Carolina, and Kure, all a short drive away. For those who like to hit the links, Wilmington boasts some of the area’s most enjoyable and beautiful courses, challenging all levels of golfers. With convenient access to Wilmington International Airport (ILM), the marina expects a healthy transient & seasonal customer base to round-out the annual dockage from the local market.
      Consistently ranked as one of the East Coast’s top 10 cities to visit, Wilmington, North Carolina is where old world charm and the 21st Century meet to create a memorable experience for all ages. Wilmington is not just another marina stop on the way to a destination, Wilmington is THE destination.
      Amenities:
      § Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Wilmington
      § Only 5 Minutes from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
      § State-of-the-Art Floating Concrete Docks for Boats up to 250′ LOA
      § Drafts up to 25 Feet
      § On-Site Concierge Desk & Marina Store with ATM
      § Walking Distance To Shopping, Dinning & Entertainment
      § 2 Premier Bar/Restaurants On-Site
      § Future 10-story Indigo Hotel one block away
      § Fuel-Service Fuel Dock with Ethanol-Free Gasoline and High Speed Diesel
      § Metered Water & Electric Service (30, 50, & 100 amp; Single & Three Phase)
      § Free High-Speed WiFi
      § Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Seasonal/Annual Rates
      Larry Rizzo
      Port City Marina
      720 N. 3rd Street, Third Floor
      Wilmington, NC 28401
      P: 910.251.6151
      E: larryr@portcitymarina.com

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    • Fort Walton Beach Free Dock Closed, Gulf ICW, Mile 223, Fort Walton Beach, FL


      Fort Walton Free Dock - Click for Chartview

      The free dock in Ft Walton Beach is located between R6 and R8 on the north side of the ICW, just west of the Brook Bridge. The 3 deepest spots are on the SW corner of the dock, 1 being a lay along and the other 2 being the first two slips. Avoid blocking the pump out station as boaters do come to use it and then leave immediately.

      When True North came by the Fort Walton Beach free dock on the north side of the ICW today, it was closed due to heavy damage from either a boat ramming it or a structural failure. Parts of the face dock were hanging into the water. A mastless sailboat was pulled into a shoreside slip but a sign was posted that the dock was closed.
      Stay safe,
      Tom

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    • Shallow Depths Encountered at Field Yacht Club (Sarasota, FL – Statute Mile 71)

       Be sure to read all the remarks in both messages below before drawing any conclusions about the Field Yacht Club in southern Sarasota. As you will see, there are many positive attributes reported, but depths are clearly a problem at this facility for some vessels.
      I have had the good fortune to make presentations at the Field Club on many occasions over the years, and I have always been very impressed with the clubhouse and the greeting I received. As far as the wet slip dockage is concerned though, looks like it’s time for a dredging project!

      Yesterday we went into the SFC at mid-tide. We have a 50′ Ocean Alexander with a 4′ draft. They were expecting us. In the channel approaching them, our depth finder was reading .2!! We continued very slowly into the marina
      to our assigned slip. As we backed into the slip, we were churning up mud. We waited 3 hours for high tide and left. The marina had never warned us.
      Mark & Allyn Callahan

      After reading the above note, which originally appeared on the “GL” (Great Loop) Mail List, we e-mailed Captains Mar and Allyn, and asked for clarification as to whether the “SFC” was indeed the Field Yacht Club in southern Sarasota. We received the following affirmative reply:

      Yes it is the Field Yacht Club in Sarasota. A beautiful Club but for us the approach was very thin and the slip we got would have been a problem at dead low, which was in the morning when we would have had to leave. Don’t want to take anything away from the Club and they were great let us wait for the tide to come up and then we left, no charges for Electric or the slip. Very accommodating.
      Mark Callahan

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Field Yacht Club

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    • Controversial Martin County (Stuart, Florida) Anchorage Restrictions Approved by the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife (FWC)

      On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission approved, with several modifications (see below), the proposed anchorage regulations for Martin County and Stuart, Florida. This is one of the five sites previously approved to take part in the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Program. As any of you familiar with this long, drawn-out process already know, the approved sites are given the right to regulate anchorage in their waters, IF AND ONLY IF THE REGULATIONS ARE APPROVED BY THE FWC!
      It is not stretching the truth at all to report that this particular set of regulations is the most controversial of the five sites participating in the pilot program, with the possible exception of St. Augustine’s 30-day anchoring limit, which was ultimately shot down by the FWC. The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has published several previous articles on the proposed Martin County regulations (see /?p=100456).
      Now, with some FORTUNATE modification inserted by the FWC, these regulations have been approved, and will almost certainly go into effect shortly. ALL CRUISERS WHO EVER PLAN ON ANCHORING IN THE STUART, JENSEN BEACH REGION WILL WANT TO FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW, AND LEARN ALL THERE IS TO KNOW!

      Please visit:

      /?p=102873

      After reading the verbiage linked above, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net invites and encourages comments from the cruising community in regards to these new regulations. We will do all in our power to forward your thoughts to those who might make a difference in Martin County and the state of Florida! Follow the “Click Here to Submit Cruising News” link to the above right to quickly and easily register your reaction. Your words will be published as an addendum to this article!

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    • Good Words About the Downtown Fort Myers Waterfront (Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway)

       Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City of239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.We have always found our visits to the downtown Fort Myers area to be absolutely delightful. With two quality marinas (BOTH Legacy Harbour Marina and City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS!), a host of nearby dining attractions and a beautifully landscaped waterfront, what’s not to like!

      We were pleasantly surprised to see Fort Myers downtown waterfront area redeveloped into a first class entertainment destination. We ate
      dinner at Ford’s Garage, a restaurant with a 1920,s service station atmosphere from the Model ‘A’ up on a rack ready for an oil change to a rag rolled into a hose clamp as a napkin ring. Fort Myers is about 15 miles into the Okeechobee Waterway (a short side trip for loopers heading south to the keys.) There are two first class marinas. I prefer the Municipal Yacht Basin for short term and Legacy Harbor for longer stays.
      Alan Lloyd
      Author, Great Loop Navigation Notes
      http://www.NavigationNotes.com

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Legacy Harbour Marina

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin

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    • IMPORTANT – AICW Navigation Alert: More Groundings at Wrightsville Beach/SR 74 Bridge, Statute Mile 283.1, 12/5/12


      SR 74 Bridge - Click for Chartview

      With a closed vertical clearance of 20ft, and a very restrictive opening schedule, the Wrightsville Beach Bascule Bridge crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 283, southwest of marker #125. This is one of the most irksome spans on the entire North Carolina section of the AICW, and now we cruisers are going to have to contend with adjoining shallows north of the span!
      Note that the shoal described below, on the “green side” lies on the Waterway’s eastern flank, north of the Wrightsville Bridge. As Captain Hardy advises, ALL captains should be SURE to wait for a bridge opening in mid-channel, and make every effort to avoid a drift to the east. Otherwise, you WILL be giving the local Sea Tow captain some business!

      12/04/2012
      We ran aground at the bridge just north of the one mentioned here. We were racing the clock to be there on time, and being the only boat, the bridge tender did not open it for us, even though in the three minutes it took him to open the beige, we would have been in perfect position if he had started the opening at three. In backing out from the bridge, we ran aground on the east side. Worse than that, we ran aground again after going through the next bridge and hugging the shoreline to port coming around the corner to head for our night’s anchorage. didn’t bother looking at the chart; it seemed so simple, just stay close to the boats and head for green marker 23. Wrong! We ran up on the plainly marked shoal. this destroyed many years of boasting about almost never running aground, twice in one day!
      Beverly Feiges

      Cruising News:
      At least 4 boats we know went aground while waiting for the Wrightsville Beach bridge to open in the past few days. The shallow spot is on the green side when approaching the bridge from the north. There aren’t any markers at the shoal but boaters should stay in the center of the channel when waiting for the bridge.
      Harriet Hardy

      Giving other boaters a tip when traveling south at the wrightsville beach bridge’¦. stop in center of channel before you get along side the false palm tree north and East of the Bridge and before coming along side of Green marker to port also for those anchoring in Banks channel and you are heading south following the shore south to just passed the Coast Guard Station on your port turn starboard at red and green marker keeping it to starboard following the green markers to ICW and turning south at floating green marker you are now in ICW.
      Vance Neal

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    • Vertical Clearance Gauge Corrected at Topsail Island Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 252.3


      UPDATE! The water gauge was indeed incorrect, but that problem has now been corrected! See the first two notes below. We are proud that the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net was able to assist in getting the problem addressed!

      Cruising News 12/05/2012:
      The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that they have corrected the tidal gauges on this bridge and that it has a height at Mean High Water of 64 Feet (NOT 65). The USCG states that they will have NOAA confirm this report and issue appropriate changes to the charts.
      John Kremski

      Mr. Gregory,
      NCDOT Bridge Maintenance measured the vertical clearance at the North Topsail High-rise Bridge on Wednesday, November 10. The marker was found to be off by 8″ and was adjusted accordingly.
      Please advise if you need any further information.
      Thanks, Amanda
      Amanda T. Glynn, P.E.
      Division Bridge Program Manager
      NCDOT – Division 3

      And, here, below, are the postings which originally brought this matter to our attention, and began the correction process!

      We ripped all of wind instruments and tri-color off the top of the mast. Our mast is 63 feet and the bridge marker said the bridge was 65 feet. Bad day in NC!
      Captain Ashley Erwin

      I understand high tides and we had previously waited several hours to be able to get under a bridge, for example the Atlantic Beach-Morehead City bridge. But to have the bridge marker wrong, is unsafe. High tides come and go, but there is no excuse for the bridge marker to be wrong.
      Captain Ashley Erwin

      SSECN Regional Editor, Captain Larry Dorminy, forwarded Captain Erwin’s note above to Captain Waverly Gregory, USCG “Bridge Administrator” for NC waters. Captain Gregory, in turn, forwarded the strongly worded e-mail copied copied below to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is to be hoped the inaccurate clearance gauge in question will soon be remedied.
      This fortunate series of actions illustrates another way in which the SSECN is always striving to be an advocate for the cruising community.

      To: Mr. Trevor Carroll,
      We were advised of a discrepancy at Subject Bridge. It has been reported by marine interests that the vertical clearance gauges placed at the bridge are inaccurate. (See below hyperlink)
      It is the bridge owner’s responsibility for the accuracy of the gauges and to re-measure the vertical distance of the numerals and foot marks below “low steel” of the bridge. Failure to maintain the accessories may make a bridge owner liable for civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation.
      The discrepancy must be verified and corrected immediately and this office shall be notified as soon as possible as to the action taken.
      If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact me. Thank you. Waverly
      Waverly W. Gregory, Jr.
      Bridge Administrator

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    • Cruising the Western Florida Coastline With a 6-foot Draft

      The discussion below originally appeared on the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mail list, which, by the way, is a nautical list WELL WORTH joining! We think there is sooooo much good info here about cruising the western coastline of the Sunshine State in a deeper draft vessel, we have reproduced the string here!

      With all of the available information out there, I would have thought that this question would be easy to answer on my own… but I really haven’t been able to figure this out.
      Our Selene draws six and is LOA 62. We are considering the possibility of a house purchase in the St. Pete to Naples area. Looks like a great area. So, we are planning a cruise up there from here in Key West for a week or so to check it out. Here’s the question: Where is it deep enough for our boat?
      I haven’t been able to ID any marinas that offer sufficiently deep entrances and reasonably easy/deep navigation routes from here in KW. This is enough of an issue for our little cruise; but, it also raises the issue of whether it is reasonable to own a boat like ours on the West Coast vs. the East Coast of FL. I know there are many fans of this area of the world on the list. Can any of you offer any encouragement on this point? Suggested routes/marinas?
      Thanks.
      Mike
      Mike Curreri
      M/V Blue Grotto

      Mike
      You might want to check out Punta Gorda. It is easily accessed through Boca Grande Pass and Charlotte Harbor. Fisherman’s Village Marina indicates a 7.5 ft approach at MLW and at least that at some of the docks. See www.fishville.com Winter low tides and strong North winds can make this less.
      Punta Gorda has a large collection of canals, a good portion are considered “sailboat” water which should accommodate your boat, but like all of the other deeper draft vessels, you likely would need to play the tides. A lot of us here enjoy having our boats in our back yards.
      Good Luck
      Chris

      Personal opinion, 6 feet draft is perfectly fine for FL West Coast. I have traversed from Ft Myers to Anclote with my boat, 5’3″ draft and have never bumped while inside the ICW channel. I have also done a delivery of an Irwin 65 with 6′ draft from St Pete to Miami (via Key West) with no draft issues. Many if not most marinas also can accomodate your draft. To name a few St Pete muni, Harborside, Gulfport (6’6″ depth) Twin Dolphin, Regatta Point, Rivera Dunes, Clearwater muni, Tierra Verde.
      One thing you will have to watch out for is sand bars stretching out to sea, sometimes for over a mile, from each and every pass. Come on up, the water is fine…
      Joel Wilkins
      m/s Miss Magoo
      Columbia 45

      Mike,
      Winter in Florida is when tides tend to be lower and water shallower. Tides on the gulf coast of western Florida are diurnal; one high tide per day, mostly in the mid-to-late afternoon. The pattern does vary slightly with new and full moon cycles. Western Florida is a shelf; not deep water. Most of south and west of Florida is “OK” – but not flush – for 6ft draft. There are some exceptions.
      When in Naples, research carefully the old ICW between Naples and Marco, through Goodland. The last time I mentioned that stretch – from Doctor’s Pass to Rookery Bay – I was told it I was nuts and it was fine. But, we’ve grounded in there with 4ft draft, so caveat emptor.
      You will not be able to do Coon Key Pass without significant anxiety; all of the north of Gullivan Bay entering Coon Key Pass is charted at 5 ft.. Definitely, do that at high high tide.
      The Baron River to Everglades City is doable. Depths on the last mile approach into Everglades City will get to less than 6′, but if you go in and out at high tide, you’ll have no problems. Don’t do early day departures from EC. No problem cruising most of the 10,000 Islands.
      You will not be able to do the “Yacht Channel” through Florida Bay without significant anxiety, if at all. There is almost no tide in Florida Bay; less than 6 inches. Not enough to help. Prolonged winds can affect water levels a lot in Florida Bay. Stay outside around the bottom; run the Hawk Channel. Come it to overnight at Channel 5, or at the 7-Mile bridge. From Marathon, use the 7-Mile Bridge to come north.
      You will be able to enjoy Ft. Myers beach, Ft. Myers and the Caloosahatchee. In the fall, and most springs, you’ll be able to cross Lake O between Ft. Myers and Stuart. Charlotte Harbor is fine. The ICW from Sanibel to Tampa to Tarpon is fine. Research the armpit (Great Bend) very carefully, especially in winter. The Panhandle is fine except for Government Cut at Apalachicola. There, play the tides.
      The West Coast is much, much better cruising than the East Coast. On the east coast, you have miles and miles of very wide river and very narrow channel. You can’t see much, and it’s boring. Southeast Florida is the concrete ditch. From Biscayne Bay around to Tampa/Tarpon, it’s a different world; a cruisers paradise!
      Hope this is useful.
      Jim
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

      I agree with almost everything that Jim Healy says about cruising the left coast of Florida. We lived in Clearwater for over 50 years and it was a beautiful place to grow up and a great boating venue. However, Jim is mistaken about only one high tide per day. Take a look atbthemtide tables and you will see two highs and two lows almost every day.
      Regards,
      Randy Pickelmann
      Morning Star lying Sunset Bay Marina, Stuart, Fl

      We live in Naples and keep our boat at the Naples City Dock. Our boat draws almost 6ft. We have no issues at the dock or the associated moorings. We also go into Big Marco Pass, which I wouldn’t do at a real low tide. When going into Big Marco, we typically turn north and enjoy the anchorage listed on this site in Johnson Bay.
      I wouldn’t take the channel from Marco to Naples, you have to go outside, which is almost always a pleasurable sail. Coming into Naples (Gordon River) stay on the south side. I usually come in between the first and second red markers.
      From Key West or from Marathon, it is a pretty easy run to Marco or Naples. I would recommend going from Key West to Marathon, then from Marathon north to Cape Sable. This time of year, the winds are typically North to East, so you will be in the lee of Florida at that point and it is a fairly easy sail from there.
      George
      s/v John Galt T37

      Claiborne:

      You are quite right about the value of this T&T Listserve. It is a fantastic resource.
      Regarding this question, I also received many responses to this inquiry directly. Ultimately, the first trip will be:
      Key West to Punta Gorda, staying at Fisherman’s Village Yacht Basin.
      Punta Gorda to Fort Myers, staying at Legacy Harbour Marina.
      Fort Myers to Palmetto, staying at Riviera Dunes Marina Resort.
      Palmetto to St. Petersburg, staying at St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.
      St. Pete to Key West.
      Mike Curreri

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