Originally Posted by Cheechako
If it's a sailboat you are not going thru Miami
with much mast
height. Sail around isn't bad.
I would second the "outside route" suggestion even if your mast height is below 56 feet, though the forecasted SE winds aren't great for sailing south. As mentioned, the current
is wicked at Dania, and because of the volume of Ft Lauderdale radio
traffic, your call to the bridge tender
may get "stepped on" - and it hardly matters. That bridge is on schedule and they won't open for you otherwise, and the bridge goes up too slowly to be of help if it were an emergency
. Other bridges also have tidal currents that can pull you in - thinking particularly of Sunny Isles. Some bridge tenders want you close to the bridge so that when it opens you can shoot right through. I've had bridge tenders tell me "I'll open when you get closer" while I'm thinking "I'll come closer when you start to open!" (Thinking about how long I'd need to get the anchor
down if the engine died.)
I'd also recommend the Cape Florida
Biscayne Bay entrance over Pt Everglades; the former is more forgiving if the engine dies - you might run aground but less likely to get run over.