May 1, 2015
We started the day with mild winds in the 10 to 15 knot range but a beautiful weather in the mid 80's. Just what you like in a southern tropical setting with GEC Charters.
Our cruise over the Key West was smooth with some chop. The Endeavour Trawler Cats stability always stand out and are know for their comfort! As we got close to the mooring field the winds picked up to the 25 to 30 knots! Again the Grampstr's Pride handled the conditions admiralty with little discomfort! Once moored we settled in for the evening!
With the winds 25 to 30 knots we knew we could not make the 75 mile trip to the Dry Tortogas tomorrow, just out of our own comfort. However, according to weather forecasts we saw the winds were to decrease in 3 days, we decided head to down town Key West and dock at the Key West Marina.
We have been talking about the weather and wanted to note that the Grampstr's Pride has 3 different sources of marine weather updates. The US Coast Guard, the SiriusXM Marine Weather, and the best Garmin Open Array Radar with 12 kW of Power with 72 mile range.
Using a consensus of all three we can make the sound safe decisions. There is no reason to purposely go out in the open seas in bad weather or high seas due to wind!