Originally Posted by Angelgal918
So I was tentatively planning a trip from Ft. Lauderdale to the Florida Keys in my Southcoast 22.....
'Not only feasiable, but very casual. Here's the "cockpit potato" route:
1- Select a good weather and favorable wind day to take the 20 mile or 24 mile day trip from Port Everglades inlet to Governor's Cut or just south of Key Biscayne, by your choice. Stay within a couple miles from shore so you won't be fighting the stronger Gulfstream current. Anchor in the Marine Stadium or west of Key Biscayne.
2- Sail south in Biscayne Bay to anchor at Pumpkin Key.
3- Choose fair weather route to Ley Largo by passing through Angelfish Creek to Hawk's chanel or the more conservative route through the Bridge at Jewfish Creek on the ICW. Anchor off Hawk's Chanel at Rodrequiz Key with good weather or on the protected Bayside anchor in Tarpon Basin or Sunset Cove.
4-Continuing on the Hawk's chanel side there are good stops at Travenier (anchor); inside the fixed bridge 65' at Long Key (anchor at Lower Matecumbe Bight); Marathon (anchor or mooring); Newfound Harbor (anchor); Key West
4-If choosing Bayside,- Plantation Key-Cowpens (anchor), Lower Matecumbe Bight, Marathon...and cut back to Hawk's chanel for Newfound Harbor or choose the longer wilderness route out Big Spanish Chanel and the
outside path in the Bay to the NW Chanel to Key West.
The path that is most convenient & conservative would be "inside" from Miami to Marathon & "outside" from Lauderdale to Miami & Marathon to Key West, while always giving up a day for bad weather. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew