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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

Just went through Moser Channel last week, and on to the open Gulf. There are a couple of shoals to miss but they are well marked. Crab season is over this week so the minefield we faced will be gone. I found the charts to be very accurate, so choose your waypoints carefully and slide on through.
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" I would go to Key West and around."
Even better if you can check out the cruise ship schedule for KW and get there on a day when 5000 of your new best friends aren't also going to be visiting.

Hurricane season, good weathercasting, flexible schedule, and a couple of ICW guides and charts with a red highlighter to mark off where you don't want to go. Parts of that trip will have to be offshore and that time of year, you'll need to know where and when you can or can't duck in if you need to.
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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

Have you checked, Salty Southeast Cruisers Net, for specific info on the Keys and other FL info. Very good info.

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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

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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.
I believe you're the second poster who's mentioned a concern about the clearance at Moser Channel, I don't get it...

His rig was configured for the ICW, the clearance of the 7 Mile Bridge is listed as 65'... I just came thru there about 10 days ago on a fairly high tide, and of course my recollection may be a bit faulty on this, but I'm pretty sure the clearance board was still reading a bit over 66' ...

I really don't think that Moser Channel will be a problem for him, as far as air draft goes...
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Re: Sailing across the Florida keys

I fished there a lot and have seen some pretty impressive tides when the moon, wind and tides combine to create some very unusual tidal conditions for the keys. Most of the time, the tidal change height rarely exceeds 1.5 to 2-feet, but add some wind from the south, some rollers and opposing tide and those waves tend to stack a bit beneath the bridge. If the weather cooperates, the trip beneath the span should be a piece of cake. If the weather's nasty, I guess you could hole up in Boot Key Harbor till conditions improve.

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