Given some discussion on another boating forum it would appear that my mind has been made up that in July of 2015 I will be transiting from the west coast of Florida to Hopetown in the Abacos for vacation. My plan outbound would be the following: Crystal River to Longboat Key - anchor out Longboat Key to the entrance of the Okeechobee Waterway - marina OWW to west side of the lake (takes into account the time in locks)- marina West side to Stuart - marina (meet family) Stuart to Sale Cay, 7 hours at 16kts - anchor Sale Cay to Green Turtle, 6.5 hours at 8kts - marina Green Turtle to Elbow/Hopetown, 3 hours at 8 kts. Probably stop at great Guana Cay too - marina Repeat steps 1-7 in reverse. While this is a bit out, I tend to plan and re-plan so the more time the better. I know some of you have done this trip and I would certainly be interested in hearing about your experiences. For someone that may be interested in doing this trip, I would be interested in having a buddy boat.