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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

Woah - just looked at some of the recent Active Captain reports on the Yacht Channel...lots of shoaling to 5'. Maybe stay in open water a little away from the channel!

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The air draft on the Beneteau 49 was made specifically to be able to do the ICW. I believe I'm a couple feet short of 65'. Are you saying you have done channel 5 and the water is more than adequate for this route with a 7' draft and will clear the bridge? I certainly would be comfortable with some room to spare and depths in taking this route. I'm all for short cuts if they are safe. Thx
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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

Can't he go under the 7 mile bridge at that height? Where are my damned charts...

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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

Yep 7 mile bridge just past Pigeon Key, 65 feet. Watch your tides and stay in the middle, otherwise it's Key West for you!

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I'm thinking I can pass under both the 7 mile bridge and the Channel 5. My big question now is depths getting to them and leaving them to deep water again.
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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

Grumbling as I get out my charts again....

Look at the Moser Channel, you will have no problem getting through there from deep water.

Channel Five can be a little tight and is rife with drunken power boaters, with your draft and being new to the area I would not recommend it.

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Who am I kidding I could stare at these damned charts all day!!!

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Thanks for your insight, and your charts! Lol
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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

That 63-foot mast height could be a problem at 7-Mile Bridge, especially on a windy day. Even at low tide it's a tight squeeze for you, and I really wouldn't chance it. Key West is only another 40 miles and there are no bridges over the Northwest Channel. Lots of deep water and both sides of the Northwest Channel are protected with skinny-water flats, which makes for an easy ride--even in a 20-knot wind.

If the weather gets a bit snotty, which it sometimes does around Key West, you'll find plenty of sheltered locations to drop the hook near Tank and Tree islands. Unfortunately, you draw too much water to duck into Mule Key Basin, which is a beautiful place to watch the sunset from the cockpit.

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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

With full fuel and water tanks and watching the tide I'd recommend cutting thu Moser Channel at Marathon. Easy access from deep water on Atlantic side. Pick the correct channel and don't follow the power boaters (they don't have charts)
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