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post #11 of 16 Old 12-28-2010
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Lovely trip

Also SW coastal Florida has lots of good places. Flamingo State park is worth going to. Good place is Little Shark river, Everglades City, Goodland and Marco Island. Personally I try to spend two or three months circumnavigating the Okeechobee Waterway around Key West and back to Fort Myers.

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I guess it's been great. I've never lived in a house as an adult so I have little to compare. I'll likely move ashore if health requires in the future,- unless I find an assisted living marina! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
Sounds like what we are looking for, where is it?
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Geoff and Tina Burgess (English couple) aboard their Morgan 416 are heading from Honduras to the Florida Keys this spring. New to that area - anyone with advice on anchoring places, books to get etc. etc. would be most welcome - email tinawburgess@hotmail.com

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Hi Gary,

I'm planning a trip to the keys in a few months and I am looking for the location that you have mentioned but I cannot find it (Crawdad Key). Could you please provide more info (lat/long or ??)?

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One of the neatest places I've found is the west end of Crawdad Key along the edge of Boca Grande Channel. It's approximately 14-miles west of Key West and provides great protection from winds of nearly any direction. The snorkeling is great, lots of lobster, but lots of big, bull and hammerhead sharks during certain times of the year. I've anchored up on the channel edge inside the anchorage area and caught dinner using nothing more than a small piece of red cloth for bait.
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The true name of the key is Boca Grande Key, which is situated at the west end of the Lakes Passage. Some of the locals refer to it as Crawdad Key, not to be confused with Crayfish Key, because it's a fantastic place to dive for clawless lobster. My charts are on the boat, which is currently 90 miles from home awaiting repairs. The best I could come up with for coordinates was 82.00.38/24.31.59 This particular key actually has a lake in the middle of the key, which is very unusual. If your boat draws less than 4.5-feet, you can travel through the Lakes Passage from Key West to the anchorage area at Boca Grande (Crawdad) Key during high tide. Keep in mind, though that tidal changes in this area average less than 2 feet on a good day. Some days the change is just 6-inches. If the boat draws more than 4.5-feet, I would recommend sailing down the Atlantic side of the string of keys that encompass the Lakes Passage. Lots of water between the shore(s) and the inner segment of the reef. When you get to the end of Boca Grande Key turn right and head through Boca Grande Channel and you'll see the Lake's Passage exit day markers on your starboard side about 1/8-miles from the point. Most of the time there is more than enough water to get inside, and you will likely see some other boats anchored there. You can get a birds-eye view of the area by going to Cruiser's Net Blog Archive Florida Keys Take a look at the map hybrid and you'll clearly see the deep-water channel that forms the Lakes Passage. The entrance markers are situated about 4 miles west of Key West.

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Perfect! Thanks very much Gary!
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