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Re: Miami & Keys Depth?

I would want more information before I made a recommendation. Yes, the Hawk Channel has thin spots. On the other side of the reef are boats with 40' drafts. You might have to choose your weather a little more carefully but there it is.

If you idea of sailing is going into a different marina each night for dinner then no, you most likely would not like the Keys. If it is sailing and diving there is more than enough water in Key West and lots of great sailing area and diving spots. In some of the more skinny areas you will have to pay attention to the tide but in Key West you have to anyway, the tidal currents are quite strong so you need to know what is going on.

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I was on a boat hunt in Florida and in the course of conversation with a broker he said that they would not accept a listing from a boat drawing more than 6' in normal circumstances.

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Selling your current boat and buying another in Florida seems to me to be the best option. Not only will that solve the draft issue but will also solve the problem of getting the boat from Chicago to Miami. Another option is to convert to a bulb keel and you can significantly reduce your draft with this option. One source to do this conversion is here: Mars Metal). but I understand this is very expensive.
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Re: Miami & Keys Depth?

Aaron,

The last time I traveled the Lakes Passage from Mule Key down to Boca Grande Key the average depth was about 6 feet. That was 20 years ago in a center console powerboat. In your opinion do you think I can make the trip with a 3'-11" draft?

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Aaron,

The last time I traveled the Lakes Passage from Mule Key down to Boca Grande Key the average depth was about 6 feet. That was 20 years ago in a center console powerboat. In your opinion do you think I can make the trip with a 3'-11" draft?

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inside the lakes no. Outside from the first marker of nw channel on the Key west end, due west it's 6' close and 10 to 20 out in the channel, that is the way I go and Boca Grande has a ton of water, the depth in the lakes is 2 and 1/2 to 4 and is great for sharpies and cat's. I run a 30 foot cat in the lakes that draw's 2 feet and around Mule where the red and green are it's exactly 2 feet deep. You can maybe come from the boca side at high tide and get in there a way's. On the Nw channel side you can get almost up to Mule key. I run all over the Lakes in my Whaler, One of my favorite areas to explore.

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Re: Miami & Keys Depth?

If you like some peace and quiet at night there's a good chance you'll want to stay somewhere with a depth you couldn't anchor. A good bit of the deep water anchorages have bars with music nearby, especially on weekends. If you like the bar scene... The Keys are great and so near the Bahamas! You're in for a treat.
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