We did the ICW south from Annapolis to Ft. Myers in the Fall 2001 & enjoyed the Hawk Channel immensely. The day we were there was perfect sailing & the wind was actually in the right direction!
We have a 5''3" draft, but we had trouble finding places to stop. We ended up anchoring off Key Largo, just out of the channel to get a few hours of sleep. Then up early the next morning & sailed on to the Boot Key Harbor entrance at Marathon. Anchored outside Boot Key Harbor the first night. Then under the Seven Mile Bridge & up Moser Channel to Charlotte Harbor.
You might want to get Claiborne Young''s Cruising Guide to the Keys -- it''s fairly new & is pretty detailed. We didn''t have it at the time we did the Hawk Channel & we might have been able to find places to anchor
between Key Largo & Marathon -- we didn''t get to Marathon until about 8 PMish,
shortly after dark. Wasn''t a problem with radar
, but not sure I''d want to be running that channel in the dark regularly!
We just wish we could have taken more time along the Keys part of our trip!
Claiborne Young''s cruising guides are available at his link:
Fair winds & have a great time!