After a Winter and Spring of many maintenance tasks and upgrades I'm trying to leave by the first week in May from my home slip in Panama City, Fl, down to St. Pete, down the Fl SW coast, then through the Keys and on to the Bahamas. I've got a good collection of chart books and guide books for all of those areas. I plan on being gone until July. I would appreciate any advice from anyone with experience cruising these areas. I'm especially interested in how I should work my way through the Keys as I see lots of skinny water among those islands. Wind Rose is a 1994 C36 mk1,75, with 4'5" wing keel. I prefer to anchor out most of the time with maybe dockside stays two or three times a week at most. Also would appreciate recommendations on Fla Departure points and Bahamian landing points. I think I'd like to start out cruising the Abacos and was thinking clearing in at West End??
I would appreciate any recommendations about hazards to avoid and the best way to get through.
Capt. Sam Murphy
1994 Catalina 36, Hull 1327
Shoal draft, two cabin model.
Panama City, Florida