With a 6-foot draft
, I'm going to assume you have a sailboat.
From Hobe Sound on south to Miami
, you will encounter 36 drawbridges that you need to raise (and wait for openings). About 27 of them are from West Palm Beach on south. Can you say tedious?
Also, if that deep keel
is accompanied by a tall mast
, there is a 56-foot fixed bridge in Miami
. If you can't fit under it, you need to turn around, go back to Fort Lauderdale
and go outside.
It's always faster and better to sail or motor
on the outside if the weather
is OK. Stay in 40 feet of water
or so to catch a southbound current
that often runs there. Use the big inlets (Lake Worth, Port Everglades, Miami) because the smaller ones range from tricky to dangerous.
Near Haulover Inlet in Miami-Dade County, the ICW is always shoaling. I've seen boats with 4.5-foot draft scrape bottom there. You need to check the status if you pass by.
If you are heading into the Keys on the Florida Bay side, any draft over 5 feet becomes a problem. Once you're near Islamorada, it will be damn near impossible, unless you find super-high tides and some routes I don't know about.
You would need to stay in Hawk's Channel on the Atlantic side. the downside there is that there are fewer good anchorages
than the Florida Bay side.
If you are still looking for a boat, as your status indicates, shallower draft is better in Florida.