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Old 05-04-2011
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Short Cuts - Atlantic to the Gulf

Next week we are heading out on a passage from Miami to Tampa. With a 6' draft and 62' mast height, are there any cuts worth considering other then going all the way down to Key West in effort to save time?

All thoughts considered. Thanks much.
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You can pass into Florida Bay at either Long Key (about N24 50.230 W80 46.212) which has a fixed bridge with 65' of clearance or at Moser Channel just west of Marathon (about N24 41.923 W81 10.231). In either case you'll have a reasonably long traverse through fairly shallow water although the Moser Channel route isn't so bad. That will save you about 40 miles or better to the same point in the Gulf and the hassel of Key West, unless that's a destination you'd like to visit. Note that with its shallow depth, Florida Bay is not a place one with relatively deep draft wants to be when squalls blow through so it's best to make that passage early in the day.

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Been through Fl Bay with 5.5 and was ok but nervous.marc
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