Cedar Key 2009

Pack the camera, cooler, and your sunscreen!
Let's try this again, hopefully with better weather this year!
Saturday April 25th, we plan on leaving Mount Dora between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m.  With any luck, we will be in Crystal River, at the boat ramp by 9:30.  We should be able to have everyone launched, and heading away from the dock by 10:00.  If you need any help with launching your boat, or finding your way to Crystal River, be sure to email me ASAP and let me know you're coming, and give me a cell phone number for the trip.  If you have not received a confirmation that you are on our list, we will not be waiting for you at the boat ramp!
A nice leisurely ride across the Gulf should put us in Cedar Key in about one and a half hours.  There is a nice public dock, pictured below, where we can all tie up.  Be sure to pack fenders, and plenty of mooring lines.  There are a couple places for lunch, and some shops to visit, I plan on heading back around 1:30.  You are more than welcome to stay longer, or follow us back. 
Be aware that there can be a long line of boats waiting to get back on the trailer.  This will happen later in the afternoon, or if a storm is approaching.  Bring your patience!
If the wind is coming out of the west Saturday morning, it may necessary to cancel the trip to Cedar Key.  If the wind is out of the west, but mild, I will still drive over to Crystal River, but possibly just hang out in the river.  There in no reason to risk rough seas on the Gulf.
Path to Crystal River Boat Ramp....
I don't have an address for the ramp in Crystal River, but here is a simple way for directions.  If you Mapquest directions to Twin Rivers Marina, address is 2800 N Seabreeze Pt. Crystal River 34429, this will get you very close.  The directions are the same, except instead of turning right on Sea Breeze Point, the park and ramp are about 1/2 mile sooner, turn right into the Park, marked for the boat ramp.  The trip is about 70 miles from Mount Dora.  Again, you are welcome to follow me from Mount Dora, as long as I know you are coming!

Brige when entering Cedar KeySome important navigation points....
When we leave the boat ramp, we will have a short idle speed zone.  Then we will have about a mile of restricted speed till the gulf.  As we head out into the gulf, we will stay in channel markers, as the water outside of these markers is VERY shallow.  Once clear of the markers, we will head across for Cedar Key.  As we get closer, and we can see the white tower, we will locate the markers for Cedar Key.  As you can see in the photo, the bridge into town in very low, and you will want to drop your bimini top.  We will go under the bridge, and into the public pier for docking.

Cedar Key dockingSome suggestions on things to pack....
Here are a few things to remember:
Rain gear.
Fenders and mooring lines.
Boat bilge drain plug.
Your wallet, with money in it!
Plenty of drinking water on ice.