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Apalachicola to Clearwater Gulf Crossing Options
by Marv’s Weather Service
 
 HEADS UP - below are two of our 'crossing reports' in both ..
   our 'bar chart' format as well as our 'dialog format' ..
   for additional crossing reports to the Bahamas check out our US East Coast - South tab ..
 
One Day or Two Day Crossing - Apalachicola to Clearwater north - 29.2º N / 84.5º W - dialog/bar chart
Tuesday 3/2
Morning

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: ENE 18 to 24 knots

Seas: ENE 3 feet at 4 seconds

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: E 15 to 20 knots

Seas: E 3 feet at 4 seconds

Wednesday 3/3
Morning

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NNW 14 to 20 knots

Seas: SW 3 feet at 5 seconds

Afternoon

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: N 10 to 13 knots

Seas: WSW 3 feet at 5 seconds

Thursday 3/4
Morning

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: N 11 to 15 knots

Seas: WNW 2 feet at 4 seconds

Afternoon

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NNW 3 to 4 knots

Seas: WNW 1 feet at 4 seconds

 

Friday 3/5
Morning

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NE 9 to 12 knots

Seas: NNE 1 feet at 3 seconds

 

Afternoon

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: ESE 5 to 7 knots

Seas: ENE 1 feet at 3 seconds

 

Saturday 3/6
Morning

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: ESE 14 to 19 knots

Seas: ENE 2 feet at 3 seconds

 

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: ENE 14 to 19 knots

Seas: E 4 feet at 5 seconds

 

Sunday 3/7
Morning

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NE 19 to 26 knots

Seas: NE 5 feet at 5 seconds

 

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NE 15 to 20 knots

Seas: ENE 3 feet at 5 seconds

 
 
DATE
HOUR
1
1pm
1
7pm
2
1am
2
7am
2
1pm
2
7pm
3
1am
3
7am
3
1pm
3
7pm
4
1am
4
7am
4
1pm
4
7pm
5
1am
5
7am
5
1pm
5
7pm
6
1am
6
7am
6
1pm
WIND
RANGE
(knots)

 
gust
sust.
6
4
10
7
20
15
24
18
20
15
16
12
20
14
20
14
13
10
4
3
11
8
15
11
4
3
13
10
13
9
12
9
7
5
8
6
8
6
19
14
19
14
WIND DIRECTION
SSW

WNW

NE

ENE

E

ESE

SSW

NNW

N

WNW

N

N

NNW

W

N

NE

ESE

SE

NE

ESE

ENE
WAVE
HEIGHTS
(ft)

 
MAX
AVG
2.7
2.1
2.6
2
3.2
2.4
4.3
3.3
4.3
3.3
3.6
2.8
3.8
3
4.4
3.4
3.8
2.9
2.7
2.1
2.4
1.9
2.4
1.8
1.7
1.3
1.4
1
1.7
1.3
1.5
1.2
1.2
0.9
0.8
0.6
0.5
0.4
2.2
1.7
5
3.8
PERIOD 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5
PRIMARY DIRECTION
S

S

S

ENE

E

ESE

SSE

SW

WSW

WSW

WSW

WNW

WNW

W

WNW

NNE

ENE

E

SSE

ENE

 
 
 
Rim Route buoy report Gulf – rim route – 29.6º N / 83.9º W - dialog/bar chart
 
Tuesday 3/2
Morning

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NE 17 to 23 knots

Seas: ENE 3 feet at 3 seconds

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: ENE 13 to 17 knots

Seas: E 2 feet at 4 seconds

Wednesday 3/3
Morning

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NNW 15 to 20 knots

Seas: SW 3 feet at 5 seconds

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: N 11 to 15 knots

Seas: SW 3 feet at 5 seconds

Thursday 3/4
Morning

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: N 11 to 15 knots

Seas: WSW 2 feet at 5 seconds

Afternoon

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NW 4 to 5 knots

Seas: WSW 1 feet at 5 seconds

 

Friday 3/5
Morning

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NE 8 to 11 knots

Seas: NNE 1 feet at 2 seconds

 

Afternoon

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: ESE 3 to 5 knots

Seas: E 1 feet at 2 seconds

 

Saturday 3/6
Morning

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: E 16 to 21 knots

Seas: E 2 feet at 3 seconds

 

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: ENE 14 to 19 knots

Seas: ESE 3 feet at 4 seconds

 

Sunday 3/7
Morning

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NE 19 to 25 knots

Seas: NE 3 feet at 4 seconds

 

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NE 14 to 19 knots

Seas: NE 2 feet at 4 seconds

 
 
DATE
HOUR
1
1pm
1
7pm
2
1am
2
7am
2
1pm
2
7pm
3
1am
3
7am
3
1pm
3
7pm
4
1am
4
7am
4
1pm
4
7pm
5
1am
5
7am
5
1pm
5
7pm
6
1am
6
7am
6
1pm
WIND
RANGE
(knots)

 
gust
sust.
7
5
10
7
18
13
23
17
17
13
16
12
19
14
20
15
15
11
12
9
13
10
15
11
5
4
16
11
12
9
11
8
5
3
5
4
9
7
21
16
19
14
WIND DIRECTION
SW

NW

NE

NE

ENE

E

S

NNW

N

NNW

N

N

NW

W

N

NE

ESE

SE

ENE

E

ENE
WAVE
HEIGHTS
(ft)

 
MAX
AVG
2.4
1.8
2.2
1.7
2.6
2
3.4
2.6
3
2.3
2.9
2.2
3.4
2.6
4
3.1
3.6
2.8
2.3
1.8
2.2
1.7
2
1.5
1.2
1
1.4
1.1
1.5
1.2
1.2
0.9
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.3
0.4
0.3
2.4
1.8
4
3
PERIOD 5 5 5 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 2 2 5 5 3 4
PRIMARY DIRECTION
S

SSW

SSW

ENE

E

E

SSE

SW

SW

WSW

WSW

WSW

WSW

WSW

W

NNE

E

SW

SW

E

ES
 

 

  Apalachicola to Clearwater Gulf Crossing
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guidelines ..
 
Rim Route - example - 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
 
before your crossing - always watch the ‘local’ weather for any local storm cells that may pop up .. do a final weather check before you head out .. ie local TV, WeatherBug, etc .. once you are underway if you feel it it is too rough you can always turn around and head back .. much better than getting beat up .. 
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
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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 ..
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 at the Apalachicola / Carrabelle area .. 
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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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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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disclaimer - Marv's Weather Service (Marv and Carol Market) offers the details of these Offshore Buoy Reports, Tropical Weather Reports, and Maritime Forecasts as a  good faith public service for boaters and boating enthusiasts on a volunteer basis but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of of any fitness of seaworthiness of any vessel nor the competency of any captain, crew of any vessel nor the safety of any passengers or crew. The "forecasts" or predictions are compiled from many resources and neither Marv Market, Carol Market, nor Marv's Weather Service hold themselves out to anyone to be experts in weather forecasting nor to warranty or guarantee any weather condition nor safe passage of any vessel, crew or passengers.  It is the responsibility of every captain or person using this information to make informed decisions for official sources and resources in contemplating the safety of any voyage, the sea worthiness of their vessel, and their abilities to safely embark on any voyage.  
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