Originally Posted by MartinBoyer
How is it to sail the Hank channel at or throught the night? (Traffic, ability to see the bouay etc..)
Been there, done that. There are more places to anchor
than you may think, and a lot depends on the direction of the wind
Hawks Channel is covered in lobster/crab pots. Until you have been there you may have trouble understanding this. I sailed from Boot Key to Rodrigurez tacking maybe 5 times with little problem with the auto pilot, but had to keep pausing it way too often to dodge lobster pots. Coming back it was with a following wind and my AP is much better pointing than with a following wind, but same problem with lobster pots.
You may or may not be able to use Newfound Harbor, sailboats are suppose to keep out but some go in. Loggerhead Key (also known as Lois Key) can provide protection for anchoring
with some wind directions. There is also a blimp you can use to find Loggerhead. There are also a few other places to anchor
. Key West is not the best place to anchor, little protection anywhere but in a marina. Again you will have to be careful of lobster pots.
When returning from Ft Jefferson I had to motor
from about Key West to Boot Key because I was headed directly into maybe a 3-5 kn wind. I hit a bad current
once I reached the Seven Mile Bridge and it really knocked my speed down. I monitored CH2 every day and was not happy with how many times the weather
report was wrong about the speed and direction of the wind. I was suppose to have 10-15 kn winds on a close reach instead of 3-5 kn winds on the nose.
Standard advice for any time a boat leaves port is make sure you have a Plan B.