The total mileage is 1,430 nautical miles.
This plan is rather aggressive as you must hit certain time deadlines to make it work. The most critical is run on day seven to Clewiston. In order to make Clewiston, I have to reach the Stuart Inlet before 7:30 AM and then cover 77 nautical miles of the Okeechobee Waterway, including two locks, to reach the goal just after sunset.
|The 77 NM route from Stuart to Clewiston|
So, as soon as we departed Morningstar Marina (5:48 PM on Day 5) we began to consider our options. The principal consideration was the 200 nautical mile distance to the Stuart inlet. With our cruising speed of 8.4 knots we cover 200 miles every 24 hours. This would put us at the Stuart Inlet at 6:00 PM and require that we stop at Stuart for the night.
That stop would also dictate the runs for the remainder of the trip. On Tuesday we would leave Stuart at 6:30 AM to arrive at the St Lucie Lock at 7:30 AM, and then run for 8 hours to reach the Moore Haven lock, which we would reach around 3:30 PM. Then we would tie up along the wall at Moore Haven for the evening. There's nothing in Moore Haven except for a good deal on dockage ($63 for the night). The following day, Wednesday, we would run to Fort Myers or Captiva where we would spend another night. Finally, on Thursday, we would reach Sarasota at three in the afternoon.
|Okeechobee Waterway showing the route ffrom Stuart to Sarasota|
|Sirius Sea Conditions shows favorable wind and seas all the way to Sarasota|
|Running in the Hawk Channel|
Screen left to right: Chartplotter, Radar, Sonar, Night Vision
Sonar shows us with 6.7 feet of water under the keel
We passed the Stuart Inlet at 5:41 PM on Monday and headed south reaching:
- Miami on Tuesday at 3:09 AM
- Marathon Seven Mile Bridge on Tuesday at 2:10 PM
- Marco Island on Wednesday at 12:46 AM
- Boca Grande Inlet on Wednesday at 7:11 AM
- Venice Inlet on Wednesday at 10:31 AM
- Marina Jack on Wednesday at 12:50 PM
|The run from Jacksonville to Sarasota|
The run from the Venice Inlet to Marina Jack took 2 hours and 20 minutes. We arrived at Marina Jack at 12:50 PM ending a 580 nautical mile run. The average speed from the dock at Morningstar Star Marina in Jacksonville to Sarasota was 8.7 knots. The total time on leg 2 was 55 hours and 9 minutes. Another record.
Total miles upon arrival at Marina Jack was 1,517 nautical miles. Even though the run around Florida added 160 nautical miles to the trip, the saving achieved by straight line runs on leg one resulted in an increase distance of only 67 miles.
|Entering the Venice Inlet|
|Passing the Crows Nest Restaurant at the Venice Inlet|
|Siesta Key Bridge - Welcome to Sarasota|
|Approaching Marina Jack|
Bottom Line: This years' trip south was accomplished in 7 days and 7 hours, an ALL TIME RECORD and one not likely to be repeated. The average speed was 8.8 knots. This represents a 0.4 knot increase over the 63's optimum cruise speed of 8.4 knots. While that may not sound like much, it is when the gain is multiplied by 174 hours of running time.
|Jim, Les and Guy on arrival at Marina Jack|
Notice the shirt embroidered with an image of the 63
|Ariel view of Marina Jack|
- Total Segment Distance: 580 NMs
- Average Speed: 8.8 Knots
- Top Speed: 11.8 Knots
- Engine Hours: 67
- Engine Fuel Consumed: 618 gallons (estimated)
- Fuel Efficiency: .95 GPNM (not including generator)
- Generator Fuel Consumed: 67 Gallons
- Total Fuel Consumed: 685 Gallons
- Fuel Remaining: 615 Gallons
- Total Distance: 1,517 NMs
- Engine Hours: 174
- Engine Fuel Consumed: 1,581 Gallons
- Overall Engine Fuel Efficiency: .96 GPNM
- Generator Fuel Consumed: 174 Gallons
- Total Fuel Consumed: 1,755 Gallons
- Total Fuel Cost: $4,914