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Old 08-04-2015, 10:52 PM   #1
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How long is this trip in a 20' Cape Horn time wise. Thinking about riding down Friday.
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By boat? Inter coastal?



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depending on specific departure location and how you drive, hour fifteen, maybe an hour and a half. Pay special attention to the channel markers. Once you go east of Bob Sikes, you can get into shallow water pretty easily, especially as you approach the Navarre Beach bridge. Beyond that, the channel is narrow and even in a small boat, can get you grounded at low tide all the way to Destin. Nice ride though. Destin will have tons of people in rental PWCs and pontoon boats once you get close to Crab Island, have no clue what they are doing. Defensive boating is a good rule there. Otherwise, have fun, number of restaurants on the water to dock and have lunch or snacks
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oh yeah, assumed ICW. You can do it in the Gulf of course but plan on 2 hours if thats your thought.
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Sel is correct, takes me hour and half smooth water and just cruising


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Nice ride. Hour an half is about right. Just don't do it at night.
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Was thinking about going over on Friday and staying over night at a hotel and coming back on Saturday. Any good Nav maps that have an updated view of the sand bars. Staying in the channel should work but have encountered shallow areas before.
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From Little Sabine (Pensacola Beach) to the Marler (Destin) Bridge, it is around 36-39 nautical miles.

When you begin to near the Fort Walton Beach Landing, start looking for the western boundary of the "No Wake Zone" that extends until past the Brooks (Okaloosa Island) Bridge.

For a fairly current view of the sand bars, I'd use Google Earth.
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agree with Starlifter on Google Earth, its my go-to resource. Sit down with your chart and your GE view and it brings it all to life. Bing maps sometimes is another source, but don't think they are as current as Google.
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Do you have a chart plotter on the boat or a hand held GPS? Either of those will have the channel clearly marked, use that to have an positional awareness then just keep your eye on channel markers.

Enjoy your trip. If you're not going to be in an all fired hurry bring a rod or two along. You just might find some birds working bait, some tailing or some irresistible surface action.
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