Trip South, Outside or Hawk Channel - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 10-26-2010 Thread Starter
Admirals fav target
Join Date: May 2006
Location: On land unfortunately
Posts: 229
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 12
Trip South, Outside or Hawk Channel

Pouring over charts to head south towards Key West from Stuart. I've been told to take Hawk Channel once to Biscayne Bay but the charts I'm looking at don't seem to make it very clear where the best place is to duck into the channel. Is it better to just stay outside all the way to Key West or is there that much of an advantage to going inside? We'll be trying to stay in about 60 to 100 foot depths out of Stuart to avoid the north current but once a little farther south I'm trying to decide which way to go.
If inside could someone share some "local knowledge" about the channel? Is it OK to run it at night? I've got a night vision scope plus two plotters so even if there's cloud cover I won't be sailing blind.
I know once we're in the area there will be lots of advice via the radio but I'm kind of Anal Retentive about planning ahead so there's no suprises.

Cruise me!
NCountry is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 10-26-2010
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Near the upper Keys the current is very close to the reef, you will want to be inside the reef to avoid it. You can enter any opening though the reef starting at Cape Florida/Fowey Rocks. Charts are very accurate so you can run at night although you risk lobster/stone crab buoys and small dimly lit fishing boats. Of course on the way back north enjoy the free ride outside the reef.
ovive is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 3 Old 11-07-2010
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
Hawk Channel

The Hawk Channel can be done at night if you have are real good chart plotter that shows all the markers,I have a Ray C-80 and it made it easy.
I don't have my charts handy,when are you leaving maybe I can check them and get back to you.
seadaddler is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

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:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trip south to the keys huguley3 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 9 05-30-2010 07:09 AM
CD's Trip South! Cruisingdad General Discussion (sailing related) 34 01-22-2010 08:06 AM
South Channel Fort Classic30 General Discussion (sailing related) 0 11-25-2007 07:46 PM
Florida Keys via the Hawk Channel sab30 Chartering 4 12-03-2006 06:51 PM
Keys Hawk Channel Advice camaraderie Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 10-24-2002 08:29 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome