Key West to Marathon via Hawks Channel in Late JulyEarly August
Hey everyone, I am new to the site and relatively new to sailing. My father and I brought my 23' Ranger down on the inside (bay side) from Coconut Grove to Key West, taking the northern route "above" the keys to the Northwest Channel entrance to Key West. Still in key west and headed back to CG on or abouts July 31/Aug1 and thinking about taking Hawks Channel to at least Moser Channel before cutting back inside. I have no problem motoring to get there if the wind is in my face, but would also like to sail some if the wind is in a good position. Motor is a 6hp outboard, fin keel, 3'6" draft. My question(s) are,
1) Anyone familiar with that stretch during the summer months?
2) What kind of wave action am I looking at in Hawks
3) Is there a helpful (headed east then north) current inside Hawks?
Thanks in advance