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Old 05-03-2009, 02:31 PM
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This past weekend I took the small boat (23 Bowrider), down Charlotte Harbor to Cayo Costa island, the northern tip, and anchored/beached in Boca Grande Pass. The water was warm and clear, skies were blue, and we had a great time.

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To see all 57 pictures try this:

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We ran down to Fort Myers Saterday had a blast.
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what is the springy lookin thing? I saw one on sanibel the other day and wondered what it was.

Also the square box things?

How far from cape coral? Can you take inter coastal the whole way?

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what is the springy lookin thing? I saw one on sanibel the other day and wondered what it was.

Also the square box things?

How far from cape coral? Can you take inter coastal the whole way?

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Yes you can go ICW from Cape Coral the whole way. About 20-25 miles, a real nice ride, and not any 'no wake zones'.
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Here are screens from my nav system.

Check you charts, follow the markers, stay in the channel. A few spots are very shallow and narrow.
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Just run the markers north ya run right in to boca.
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Nice pics, Frank! That lighthouse on the gift shop is a great photo perch.
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Nice pics, Frank! That lighthouse on the gift shop is a great photo perch.
Thanks Jay.

I am past the limit of my equipment. I do need more glass for the longer shots.

Getting closer to an upgrade, down to Nikon D90 with AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED or Canon 50D with EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, for normal daily use.

Each one has areas where it is superior, they seem very equally matched overall in quality, performance and value.

Canon is now offering $300 instant off on the 50D and EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS combination. That puts the Canon package at $1,404, which is $215 less than the Nikon at real sellers, not web scammers.

For longer shots I would consider AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED or EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM. I really like the APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM, but itís way to expensive for my use.
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Jay,

Here is the light house picture, at max zoom, max crop.

Just beyond the reach of my current setup.
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