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Old 01-01-2016, 22:51   #1
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Sailing Marathon to Key West

Making our first sail from Marathon to Key West at the end of January via Hawks Channel in a 35' sailboat that draws 5'8". Assuming two day sail. What do you recommend for anchorage along route?
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Old 02-01-2016, 02:22   #2
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

If you start very early your Anchorage can be Key West
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Old 02-01-2016, 03:49   #3
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

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If you start very early your Anchorage can be Key West
This is true. Alternatively, exactly one year ago today we had a lovely (albeit slow) light-wind sail down from Marathon and anchored overnight just east of the channel (south of buoy No. 6) into Newfound Quay - it was shallow but still accessible for us at 35'/6' draft.
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

I made the trip from Key West to marathon a week ago. There are crab pots in Hawks channel from the time you leave marathon almost in the Key West. at some points they are so thick it is hard to navigate around them No way you could use your autopilot
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

We just made that sail a month ago in a 37' sailboat drawing 5.5'. We usually stop at Newfound Harbor, but sailed the entire distance in one shot. We left Boot Key Harbor at sunrise (6:30-ish) and were in Stock Island (a few miles short of KW) by 1:30. Had good wind, obviously, but trades this time of year are perfect for the sail. Enjoy!
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

Newfound Harbor doable. If you've got money to burn, dinghy into Little Palm Island (where parts of the film PT-109 was shot years ago) and have dinner.
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

By all means.... sail her nonstop to Key West or there-abouts,,,, it's less than 50 miles.... c'mon.
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

Set my autopilot to anticrabpot mode....it is a nuisance sailing there. That said...not a bad sail to Key West
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Lobster pots and crab pots are generally zero problem if you are sailing... it's when you are motoring that they can become a problem. So keep the sails up!
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

Newfound Harbor - several options depending on tide and wind - alongside channel in 7 ft. between Red "4" and Red "6" or pool of 7 ft water west of green marker "5" - although I don't recall controlling depth just west of marker "5", or go NW toward Summerland Key - over NE of Pye Key in 7 ft water
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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

Suggest you leave before sundown sail overnight and arrive after sun up then drop anchor on arrival.

If you don't want to make the big hike, duck into Marco Island.
We dropped the hook at the south end of the Calhoun Channel on the east side pf the ICW. We draw 5'9" and had enough room to stay outside of the channel in about 7-9 feet.
Just pick your times with respect to weather.
We did the trip from Manatee to the Dry Tortugas this way, it works great if you have crew to take watches overnight.
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Suggest you leave before sundown sail overnight and arrive after sun up then drop anchor on arrival.



If you don't want to make the big hike, duck into Marco Island.

We dropped the hook at the south end of the Calhoun Channel on the east side pf the ICW. We draw 5'9" and had enough room to stay outside of the channel in about 7-9 feet.

Just pick your times with respect to weather.

We did the trip from Manatee to the Dry Tortugas this way, it works great if you have crew to take watches overnight.

Marathon to Key Largo via Marco?!?!????





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Re: Sailing Marathon to Key West

Actually I think the OP says marathon to Key West. at any rate I think the existence of so many crab traps and lobster pots preclude a nighttime voyage
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Marathon to Key West..... via Marco Island? Hmmmm... Snore ...you may need some new charts....
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Marathon to Key West..... via Marco Island? Hmmmm... Snore ...you may need some new charts....

Really should read entire posts. Another person told the OP to do that not I


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