Getting ready to do a loop around the southern tip of Florida, from Punta Gorda down across the lake to the east coast, down to the Keys, then back up to PG. We want to do at least some of the Wilderness Waterway, but this is a powerboat that may not be able to make it.
The guide says boats over 18' long and/or with tall appendages should not attempt it. The boat we are using is 27 feet long, but is a unique craft and may be able to make it.
What I am looking for is current info on the state of the overhanging mangroves and the width of the narrow parts. The boat is 8.5 feet wide, but has twin engines and is very maneuverable. Hull draft is about 3-4 inches, engine draft about a foot.
For more on the boat, see my website:
Any info from those who have passed through recently would be appreciated!