Bunces Pass access from Gulf, St. Petersburg Area

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by Seevee, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Seevee

    Seevee Member

    234
    Dec 3, 2015
    St. Pete, FL
    280 Sundancer 2003,
    Garmin 4208, Ray 60
    4.3 Merc Twins, Alpha One, Kohler 5kw
    All,

    Im looking for advise on how to get into Bunces Pass from the Gulf. The chart clearly shows a path.

    When I'm at the big red arrow, I'm in 2.5 feet of water and kissing the bottom, not 4 like the chart says. Has the channel moved, and is there a way in? I was at low tide when I tried.

    Bunces-4.jpg
     
  2. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Try the WebApp on your smart phone. Might help you locate some better intel. Looks like there's some skinny water right before the entrance to the pass.
    https://navionics.com
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2016
  3. Seevee

    Seevee Member

    234
    Dec 3, 2015
    St. Pete, FL
    280 Sundancer 2003,
    Garmin 4208, Ray 60
    4.3 Merc Twins, Alpha One, Kohler 5kw
    420,

    I'll try that, but looks very similar to my Bluechart on my iPad. The Bluechart and the Garmin chart plotter showed the exact same thing... both showed good water and it was not passible.

    Suspect over time that channel has moved, so looking for local knowledge where someone has actually navigated it.

    But thx, I'll check out the WebApp
     
  4. Mystic Dreamer

    Mystic Dreamer Member GOLD Sponsor

    374
    Oct 10, 2006
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2006 44DA
    Cummins QSC-500
    Bunces Pass moves almost on a monthly basis.... strong currents and shifting sands from the "beach re-nourishment" projects to the North make the charts obsolete. I have run the pass many times on my 44, but only do it only mid day when the sun is high to identify the depth by the water color. Ideally, do it at high tide as well. Even with that, expect shallow depths no more than 5 or 6 feet, usually less.
     
  5. badtothebones

    badtothebones Member

    123
    Oct 22, 2015
    Florida
    2015 260 Sundancer
    ECT 350 MAG MPI BR3
    Seevee, did you go to Bunces Pass?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N920A using Tapatalk
     
  6. griff4

    griff4 Member

    99
    Mar 19, 2013
    Saint Pete Beach, FL
    2007 Bayliner 325
    2 350's w/Bravo II drives
    We went to the Riviera Dunes Marina for the weekend of 9/16 thru 9/18. It was great. Stopped by Egmont Key for the return trip on Sunday. Nice beach and water there. Griff4.
     

Share This Page

Show Sidebar