Dry Tortugas

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by A-Div, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. Bop

    Bop Member

    Sep 3, 2013
    Georgian Bay/Lake Huron
    2001 410 Express, Highfield DL350 w/40hp Yamaha
    Cat 3126
    I get your battery reference for the fridge but I doubt the park ranger cares about that or you could be running the genny anyways. There must be some other reason. Why would they care?
  2. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    420 Sundancer 2004
    Naught On Call
    Cummins 6CTA-8.3's with V-Drives
    9KW Onan Genset
  3. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Thanks K-9 - probably am overthinking somewhat, although the more I learned on this so far, the better. I think I have enough now to initiate prep. and planning. Appreciate all of the help.
  4. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
  5. k9medic

    k9medic Member

    Mar 27, 2013
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    With the exception of the crossing from Marco to Key West which is about 100nm there really isn’t any “open water.”

    The biggest risk he has is hitting the underwater jetty that is on the both side of the channel markers leading into KW (do not attempt to cut the corner, I almost did and it would have been costly.)

    From KW to DT you have the Marqeusas and Rebecca shoal that break things up.

    I’m not saying not to plan by any means but a buddy boat, 30 gallons of gas, an Epirb, as sat phone, a life raft, a helicopter....

    Heck he’s in a 32’ boat not a 15’ boat. The Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria were only 40’ larger...

    On a side note we have a member here that owns the satellite phone store in Sarasota. If you rent a phone get it from his place. For work I’ve rented a bunch of phones from them.
  6. Mystic Dreamer

    Mystic Dreamer Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2006 44DA
    Cummins QSC-500
    Why no underwater lights on?[/QUOTE]

    Not sure why either, but I turned them off at his request. They do attract a lot of fish in the crystal clear water, and with fishing prohibited, it may have something to do with that...I read the park rules and did not see it anywhere in writing.
  7. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    For weather when you're out of cell range, you could add a SiriusXM satellite receiver antenna. If you already have a contemporary multi purpose Chartplotter/GPS from Garmin, you can get forecasts, and have the weather as an overlay on your charts. (You can also have good tunes on your Fusion stereo from anywhere). You do have to pay for a subscription. It covers North America and ranges out to sea beyond Bermuda to the East, into the Canadian maritimes to the North, and down to the Yucatan in the Gulf. There's a map on their website. https://www.siriusxm.com/sxmmarine
    (Unfortunately, when you click on that the first time, it may redirect you to their marketing page that shows you subscription options. Darn computers!)
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2018
  8. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Thank you. I have the Garmin and will have a Sat phone to call into family for weather updates if needed.
  9. kevin27

    kevin27 Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Orlando,FL/Tarpon Springs,FL
    1989 3600 Convertible. 9'6'' AB rib w/ 25hp 2stroke Yamaha. Furuno nav upper and lower helm.
    2002 Cummins 6BTA 330hp diesel straight shaft.
    When you anchor at the fort take your time and make sure the anchor is set. Back down on it good. The holding is not very good. I have had times where I had to set it multiple time to get a good set.
  10. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    4B9F18DE-DB55-4E00-AEF8-2F99712A320D.jpeg Hi, I live in Key West and Naples, mostly Key West. The Dry Totugas are 76 miles from KW. You have to figure your “usable fuel” regarding fuel capacity as someone else posted. You also have to plan on a cushion of 20 percent, which you said you would. There is NOTHING at the Dry Tortugas, and in between KW and Fort Jeff your radio won’t help unless you can bounce off another boat. What is the fuel range of your boat? This is absolutely critical that you know this, have you done any extended cruises on your boat?

    The winds in the summer are typically SSW, W, S. Fall and winter are E, SE, N, NE. The best time to go would be summer when winds are low and water temps are 85-90!

    If you are in need of any local info, PM me and I will be glad to help. I’ve been visiting and boating KW since 1989, and ran my own fishing charter business for a couple years in KW. I’ll be going to the Dry Tortugas in the summer, leaving Naples and staying in KW for a couple of months with trips to Dry Tortugas. Good luck, sounds like fun!

    I also run to KW from Naples on a regular basis, it’s exactly 101 miles to the entrance of the NW Channel from Gordon Pass, Naples, add another 10 miles to the marina if you’re staying in one of the KW Bight Marinas.

    Bow Tie
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018 at 4:34 PM

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