Most of this article originally appeared in Small Craft Advisor.
Name: Fort Walton Beach/Destin, Florida.
In brief: One of the premier cruising areas along the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Where: Ramp at Liza Jackson Park. Map and Chart.
Ramp: Free, though nearby shallow flats may be unsuitable for deeper draft boats.
Weather at the base camp.
Northwest Florida has a [...]
We had a great sail today.
When I got up Thursday morning, after sleeping late, the weather was bright and clear, with winds from the north.
Small craft advisories were in effect for this section of the coast, but Slider handles heavy air well, and we were going to be sailing mostly in a relatively narrow waterway [...]
We’ve just returned from a fine weekend spent at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, an amazing place where beautiful Old Florida still lives and flourishes. Imagine a beach that’s been voted the best in the country. Better yet, imagine a skinny wilderness peninsula squeezed between the blue Gulf of Mexico and a wide [...]