Originally Posted by hogfighter
Greetings fellow boat people;
I am planning on a trip next week from Ft. Myers to Ft. Lauderdale, heading down past Naples, then across (north of the keys) and under the new Key Largo
Bridge. I draw 5' and mast
height of 62'. Any words of wisdom on things to watch out for? Any particular trouble spots? Thanks to all!!
It's pretty shallow across Florida
Bay via East Cape - Oxfoot - Schooner - Sprigger, you can make it but you'll be churning up sea grass with your prop. IMO, the best route
is to head
for Marathon and either motor
the inside channel from there, our cross under 7 Mile Bridge and use Hawk Channel. Either way, you want to cross Florida
Bay during the day light, it's a mine field of crab pots right now.
Round the outside of the Romano Shoals light south of Marco Island, head
straight for #17 at the Bullard Bank then either go under 7 Mile Bridge or hit the inside channel.
BTW, Boot Key Harbor is very cruiser friendly (if you can get a mooring