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Old 13-02-2013, 14:58   #1
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Traversing the Florida Keys

Hey all,

The 32' Ericson is in Clearwater, and I'm moving it in April to the Miami/Ft Lauderdale area.

First, I know weather is potentially an issue this time of year... I'm smart enough to plan accordingly! (IE delay if needed until I have a good 5 day window.

Anyhow, I draft 4'10" and my mast is like 38 feet I think. I forget the actual clearance, but it's a standard e-32-2 rig.

So, I've never been thru the keys before and I need to get around that obviously to get around to the east. My obvious concerns are depth and clearance.

Can anyone give me some pointers for this passage? Ie: where (if anywhere to cross under the road) and any applicable channels that I should be using? And any other helpful hints! I'd hate to have to come all the way around key west, but if I need to - so be it..

Thanks in advance!
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... I have radar, a good depth sounder/mfd gps combo etc....
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And up to date charts and a solid VHF... (also a potable HF transceiver with long wire array (god help me if I need to pull that out!
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Re: Traversing the Florida Keys

7 mi bridge. Perfect time to do the trip south, getting north will be a little harder.
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7 mi bridge. Perfect time to do the trip south, getting north will be a little harder.
And, he should be fine up the inside route to Miami with that draft. I came down the inside from Biscayne Bay to Marathon with a five foot draft and only ran aground once (in the middle of the ICW channel at low tide about ten miles north of Marathon. He can even go under the Julia Tuttle Causeway (which I couldn't).

The worst part is the six thousand stone crab pots you will have to steer around.

That and being careful to give the Cape Romano Shoals plenty of room when passing by Marco Island and its a milk run.

Marathon is a great place to stop. Very transient friendly.
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Ugh steer around? Haha I just ram the pots up in Clearwater! Must be a different variety...
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Re: Traversing the Florida Keys

"First, I know weather is potentially an issue this time of year... " Weather concerns in April? Seems the perfect time to me....
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Well not 'canes or anything, just the sustained 30kt winds that pop up and frontal thunderstorms...

I'll likely singlehand and gotta keep it in my comfort zone...

A nice 3-5 day stretch shouldn't be hard to find..
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Re: Traversing the Florida Keys

I know when I lived aboard there Dec-February, we often had those afternoon thunderstorms or winds, which included a 70+mph micro burst once lating 15 mins or so too. I guess it's just Florida at times! April inthe Bahamas seemed perfect, or not much wind anyway... maybe that's not perfect!
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There is a route called the "Yacht Channel" that goes from Cape Sable down to north of Long Key, and then you take the inside channel west a bit to the crossing at the Seven Mile Bridge just to the west of Marathon/Boot Key Harbor. You could instead go up the inside channel all the way to Miami and up the ICW if you want to. The Yacht Channel takes up to 6 feet of draft, but that is pushing it. With your draft you should be fine, though it is strange to be sailing along at full speed with only a foot of water below your keel. Imagine what it was like for me barreling down there at night drawing 6 feet in stiff northeast breeze clearing the bottom by inches!
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Re: Traversing the Florida Keys

We just came down from Naples to Marathon to Miami. You don't need to cross over to Hawks Channel and if you don't want to go to Marathon, use the "yacht channel" and skip that part. Run up the Gulf side. We never saw anything less than 5.9 at low tide and it's a fabulous trip. It's all detailed on our Beach House blog. Make sure you have current charts. Chuck
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Re: Traversing the Florida Keys

Why not go across 'chobee? There's some construction delays on the St Lucie side, but easily scheduled for.
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We left Clearwater once heading to Ft. Lauderdale to find more work and got stuck in Marathon with Keys Disease for 2 1/2 years.
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Why not go across 'chobee? There's some construction delays on the St Lucie side, but easily scheduled for.
Ugh motoring and smelling diesel for 2 days? I'll pass. I don't think that it makes a huge dif time wise anyway from Clearwater as the eastbound river passage goes way north (stuart) from a point way south of where I enter (ft Meyers).

Idk I may plot it to see
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Ugh steer around? Haha I just ram the pots up in Clearwater! Must be a different variety...
I got one wrapped up in my prop that I didn't see in time. Like most floats, most will not get wrapped up, but the one that does is a real pain in the ass.
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