Tampa Bay Area Destinations

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by PeteL, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member

    297
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    1, much easier, quicker, less traffic.
     
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  2. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    513
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    The first place I ever destroyed a set of props was coming through hurricane pass on a high tide.

    I would do everything I could to avoid it.

    On a similar note -

    There is a small shoal just after you turn toward Caladesi. You will note it when your depth finder starts moving. I strongly suggest you pull into neutral and coast over it.

    We go to caladesi at least twice a year with our 420AC drawing 36”
     
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  3. badtothebones

    badtothebones Member

    109
    Oct 22, 2015
    Florida
    2015 260 Sundancer
    ECT 350 MAG MPI BR3
    I don’t think I’ll venture thru Hurricane Pass, little research has yielded mostly bad experiences.

    Sounds I should be good with our little 260 for Caladesi.


    Thank you
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018
  4. badtothebones

    badtothebones Member

    109
    Oct 22, 2015
    Florida
    2015 260 Sundancer
    ECT 350 MAG MPI BR3
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    Today will see if I can catch something!
     
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  5. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    513
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    If you’re running outside in the gulf the easiest way is to cut in through Clearwater and go that direction. The inlet at Clearwater is a great inlet.
     
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  6. badtothebones

    badtothebones Member

    109
    Oct 22, 2015
    Florida
    2015 260 Sundancer
    ECT 350 MAG MPI BR3
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    Was a nice day today....after little early fishing....then downtown St Petersburg, and of course Fish Tales!
     
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  7. badtothebones

    badtothebones Member

    109
    Oct 22, 2015
    Florida
    2015 260 Sundancer
    ECT 350 MAG MPI BR3
    Sorry, not sure why pics are sideways.
     
  8. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I vote Clearwater pass. Very straight forward.

    After the first bridge you run up to the ICW head north. After you clear the bridge across the ICW then you are back on plane the rest of the way up where you turn in.
     
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  9. PeteL

    PeteL Member

    61
    Aug 2, 2010
    Apollo Beach, FL
    2003 280 DA
    Twin 5.0
    Bravo III
    Twin 5.0, bravo 3 drives
    I am heading out to Egmont Key on Saturday. Plan is to anchor on the SE side of the island.
    If it is super calm, we may go to the west side.
     
  10. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    233
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    might see ya out there... or Passage for more entertainment
     
  11. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member

    297
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    If the marine weather forecast is correct, 5k East winds, then early afternoon 5k south winds, then 5k west winds late in the afternoon. Inland water smooth, hope that holds, but I will probably be at Bunces pass, so pretty protected.
     
  12. badtothebones

    badtothebones Member

    109
    Oct 22, 2015
    Florida
    2015 260 Sundancer
    ECT 350 MAG MPI BR3
    Seems wknd will be great, too bad I can’t go out this wknd due to work. Enjoy!
     
  13. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    233
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    ooo ooo change of plans... just locked down 2 nights at Caladesi State Park.. used to go as a kid with family.. picking up a couple thermacells, hopefully work! ...but with power will be in the AC!
     
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  14. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member

    297
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Loved our trip last year to Caledesi. I’m sure you are aware, but for others reading along, Make sure you are inside at dusk and dawn. And keep the cabin door closed at those times. The noseeums were killing us the last time we were there. On the beach with a 10knot wind and we were fine, but back in the protected cove, we had to retreat until they did.
     
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  15. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
  16. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member

    297
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Never found anything that stops noseeums. Coated in DEET and they still get through. I will try these items next time.
     
  17. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    513
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    Yep. We love Caladesi! (except for the bugs)
     
  18. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    233
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    yep.. bought 2 Thermacells to try plus fresh deep woods 40 deet

    thanks for advice on cabin doors. im a native Floridian but i despise skeeters and no-sees!! will motor right on outta there if its bad...

    will be our first time tied up with shore power overnight...

    will post pics and report...
     

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