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Apalachicola to Clearwater

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Clearwater to Apalachicola

 
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Apalachicola to Clearwater (south of Carrabelle) - Lat 29.25 / Lon -84.50

 

Apalachicola to Clearwater (south of Carrabelle) - continued

 

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crossing options - for Apalachicola to Clearwater or Clearwater to Apalachicola

 

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1 - one day option - we recommend watching the following buoy reports .. 

- Dog Island  (south of) -

- Apalachicola to Clearwater (south of Carrabelle) - Gulf of Mexico - North

- Apalachicola to Clearwater (north of Clearwater) - Gulf of Mexico - North

- we recommend .. looking for a one day weather windows ..

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2 - overnight option - we recommend watching the following buoy reports .. 

- Dog Island  (south of) - Gulf of Mexico - North

- Apalachicola to Clearwater (south of Carrabelle) -Gulf of Mexico - North

- Apalachicola to Clearwater (north of Clearwater) - Gulf of Mexico - North

- we recommend .. looking for a two day weather windows ..

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3 - Rim Route option - we recommend watching the following buoy reports .. 

- Dog Island  (south of) .. Gulf of Mexico - North

- Gulf Crossing - Rim Route ..

- Apalachicola to Clearwater (south of Carrabelle) - Gulf of Mexico - North

- Apalachicola to Clearwater (north of Clearwater) - Gulf of Mexico - North

- we recommend .. looking for a number of weather windows ..

     ie 1 day for each leg of the cruise ..

Rim Route option - can be a two or three day route ..

  leg A - Carrabelle to Steinhatchee .. example of route

  leg B - Steinhatchee to Crystal River .. example of route

  leg C - Crystal River to Tarpon Springs .. example of route

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before your crossing - starting about two weeks before your anticipated crossing we recommend that you start watching our buoy weather crossing reports looking for weather trends etc and for planning the timing of your anticipated arrival .. 

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the morning of your crossing - check the ‘local weather’ one more time for any changes (isolated storm cells etc) .. and then you will be ready to stick your bow out .. if you feel that the conditions are ok for your boat and crew go for it .. if the conditions are NOT ok you can return and start planning for the next weather window ..

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before your crossing - always check out other weather websites ..

NOAA - https://www.noaa.gov

MarineWeather - https://marineweather.net

capeweather - https://www.capeweather.com/marine-forecast.html

WindFinder - https://www.windfinder.com/

Windy - https://www.windy.com/?26.608,-81.694,5

Buoyweather - http://www.buoyweather.com/

Marine Weather Center - Chris Parker - https://www.mwxc.com

PassageWeather - https://www.passageweather.com

WeatherBug - https://www.weatherbug.com

rent an EPIRB or PLB - https://www.boatus.org/epirb/rentals/

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float plan - establish a float plan .. before you head out execute your float plan .. example http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/download/USCGFloatPlan.pdf ..

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definition

significant wave height - most all professional forecasts use 'significant wave height' .. it is the average of the one-third highest waves thus about half the waves will be bigger and half smaller .. the statistical distribution of wave heights follows a Poisson distribution (ie .. not a normal or "bell" curve) .. 10% of waves will be about 10% higher or more .. 1% of waves will be 50% higher or more .. 0.1% of waves will be 85% higher or more .. those numbers are for off shore locations .. in shallow waters the really big waves cannot develop ..” 

bumpy - wave heights above 1 foot to 2.5 feet ..

very bumpy - wave heights 2.5 feet to 3.5 feet ..

lumpy - same as bumpy except for a longer ‘per’ .. ie less chop and more rollers ..

doable - if the size and type of your craft is able to handle the wave heights and if your crew can handle the craft the seas will be doable ..

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Virtual Buoy Reports - our reports are based on Virtual Buoy locations that we have developed based on our years of boating experience and data that we get from www.buoyweather.com .. they use weather data from numerous services etc inc NOAA .. 
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