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Crossing Florida via the inland canal

does any know approximately how long it takes if everything goes well. My boat cures best at 30


  • grayswaingrayswain Posts: 7 Greenhorn
    I assume you are referring to using the okeechobee waterway. It is possible to do in a day. However timing the locks and bridges is key. Locks will not open for you after 4:20pm. Best to plan for a two day trip and hope to do it in one. Certainly possible with those cruising speeds. Bring plenty of bug spray if it's the summer.
  • RodHRodH Posts: 186 Deckhand
    I did it about a month ago from West to East....left at 0830 and got to the last lock with about 5 minutes to spare (about 4:15).  Very close timing.  We cruised around 30, but so many things to slow you down.  I agree, plan for two days.
  • saltyseniorsaltysenior Posts: 868 Officer
    you can make it if you don't give a s%$# about your wake..
  • Dr. BogasDr. Bogas Posts: 533 Officer
    Great thanks for the replies. I see grayswain mentioned the locks close at 4:20pm what time do they start opening in the morning.  
  • Reel CityReel City Posts: 9 Deckhand
    Check the schedules, I think one is closing for a week of repairs,  might have been Ortona.
  • BullMarketBullMarket Posts: 186 Deckhand
    I think the first lock opens at 6:30 or so.  I left Ft. Myers city Marina early and made the first opening of the day.  I was running a 42' so had to slow down often for small bass boats/docks. When running I was doing 22 knots. Stopped at Roland Martin for lunch and made the last opening at St. Lucie locks.   It was a longer day than expected but a cool ride I guess. 
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  • johnalkijohnalki Posts: 514 Officer
    we did it in a day last year leaving Tampa Bay @ 7 am.The big difference for us was a captain on another vessel 
    running with us had the phone # for the bridges and called ahead as we were approaching for an opening instead of calling on vhf and waiting for a response.
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