Cruising Florida Keys - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 10-13-2008
Melrna's Avatar
Crazy Woman Boat Driver
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: New Bern NC
Posts: 783
Thanks: 16
Thanked 13 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Melrna will become famous soon enough
Send a message via AIM to Melrna Send a message via Yahoo to Melrna
Cruising Florida Keys

Hi All
I am planning on a 7 day cruise down the Florida Keys from Miami. I have the Florida Cruising Guide from Young Stinemetz and charts. But I am looking for first hand knowledge of good spots to anchor at along the way or a possible itinerary. I draw 4'11" if that helps. Thanks
__________________
Melissa Renee
Moondance
Catalina 445, Hull #90
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 10-13-2008
camaraderie's Avatar
moderate?
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,877
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough
Mel...can only tell you about those in the Hawke Channel...just off Rodriguez key and Boot Key Harbor Marathon are two good spots...beieve there is another good one under the 7 mile bridge that also may have moorings as well. Of course there is a town mooring field in Key West just north of town as well as a bit of a dicey anchorage...fine in good weather...but grab a mooring in a blow.
I'm sure others will have more suggestions as we just kind of rushed through to Key West.
__________________
No longer posting. Reach me by PM!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 10-13-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 286
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 8
AlanBrown is on a distinguished road
If the wind is hard out of the east, Hawke Channel can be unpleasant and sheltered anchorages are not easy to come by until you get to Marathon. Also, be prepared to dodge crab traps all the way down.

This being said, I found the ICC, which follows the west side of the Keys to be a great alternate route. It gets less boat traffic than Hawke, offers many quiet spots to drop the hook, and is almost totally sheltered from an easterly wind.

From Miami its an easy cruise down Biscayne Bay, under the fixed bridge, through the Rte 1 drawbridge, and you're home free. Water depths were not a problem for me and I draw 4'6".

Have a great trip!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 10-13-2008
lastconch's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 34
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
lastconch is on a distinguished road
Assuming 7 days is for a round trip, you will be hard pressed to make Marathon then turn around and head back. Drawing 5 foot means watching the tides when picking your way into a anchorage. Sister's creek at boot key is only four foot in one spot at mean low, with .5 feet above mean low water no problem. Bahia Honda is a great spot to explore.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 10-14-2008
PBzeer's Avatar
Wandering Aimlessly
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cruising
Posts: 20,688
Thanks: 0
Thanked 89 Times in 86 Posts
Rep Power: 15
PBzeer has a spectacular aura about PBzeer has a spectacular aura about PBzeer has a spectacular aura about
There are free mooring balls at Indian Key and on the north side of the Channel 5 bridge, to the east. Miami to Rodrigeuz Key is one day, then another day to Marathon (Indian Key about half way between). You could make Key West in a day from Marathon. Haven't taken the inside route.
__________________
John
Ontario 32 - Aria

Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
JCP


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Website & Blog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 10-24-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Lehigh acres, Fl.
Posts: 18
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
SAILORDUDE01 is on a distinguished road
I drop the hook at Bahia Honda and it was nice a little rolling now and then, I also drop the hook near gopher key and I have a 3foot draft twin keel Westerly Centaur sailboat, I hope that helps some I will be sailing this winter down there

Ian
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 10-31-2008
Melrna's Avatar
Crazy Woman Boat Driver
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: New Bern NC
Posts: 783
Thanks: 16
Thanked 13 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Melrna will become famous soon enough
Send a message via AIM to Melrna Send a message via Yahoo to Melrna
Thanks everyone for the advise... Not sure yet where and how I will go down yet. I have 3 plans so far depending on the weather. If the weather is real nice, I might just take off for the Bahamas. But right now the Gulf Stream has been very very nasty all month. Why the Keys are looking real good right now. But I still have 10 days before I go and time to plan. However the $300 Bahama entrance fee might keep from going there. Ugggg......
__________________
Melissa Renee
Moondance
Catalina 445, Hull #90
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 10-31-2008
PBzeer's Avatar
Wandering Aimlessly
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cruising
Posts: 20,688
Thanks: 0
Thanked 89 Times in 86 Posts
Rep Power: 15
PBzeer has a spectacular aura about PBzeer has a spectacular aura about PBzeer has a spectacular aura about
Fair winds which ever way you go Mel.
__________________
John
Ontario 32 - Aria

Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
JCP


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Website & Blog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Florida Keys via the Hawk Channel sab30 Chartering 4 12-03-2006 07:51 PM
Women and Cruising Sue & Larry Her Sailnet Articles 0 05-24-2004 09:00 PM
Calculating the Cost of Cruising Paul & Sheryl Shard Her Sailnet Articles 0 04-03-2003 08:00 PM
Florida Keys in November? whatscookin Crew Wanted/Available 0 03-22-2002 04:17 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:50 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.