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St Augustine to Miami

I am helping a friend deliver his boat from St Augustine to the keys on or about Nov 1. He is new to the area and I'm from the west coast. We hope to sail straight to Miami then day hop to Marathon (need to be in Marathon by the 10 to fly home on the 11).
I'm guessing we sail a mile off the beach to get to Miami? Any advice on strategies to get to Miami. Any advice on day hopping from Miami to Marathon?

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Re: St Augustine to Miami

Tropical storm heading offshore in the diretion you are going and the effects wont pass by for at least 4-5 days. Nov 1 you want to be in Miami? Sailing with a deadline is not always the best thing as it makes you do things sometimes you normally wouldnt do.

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Re: St Augustine to Miami

No leaving St Augustine Nov 2. If the weather sucks our plan is the ICWW. I have done the ICWW Jacksonville to Ft Lauderdale before because of bad weather. Would like to get to Miami asap then slow down the last part to Marathon. He will have to drop me off some place on the 10th hopfully Marathon!

I have been known to feed the fish so if the seas are big we won't be outside

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Re: St Augustine to Miami

If you go outside, I'd just go all the way to Marathon. From St Augustine, you'll hit Fort Pierce early the next day, and pass Miami before daylight of the next day. Then if you don't feel you can make Marathon before dark, there's free mooring balls at Indian Key (west side), which would then give you an easy run to Marathon the next day.
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Nothing fun stops Miami to Marathon?
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Depends on your draft. You'd have to check the charts but water is pretty shallow inshore for most of the Keys.
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Re: St Augustine to Miami

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I'm guessing we sail a mile off the beach to get to Miami? Any advice on strategies to get to Miami. Any advice on day hopping from Miami to Marathon?

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I'd suggest you have a look at the chart Ponce de Leon Inlet to Cape Canaveral... If you're within a mile of the beach passing the Cape, chances are you'll wind up in big trouble...

You don't necessarily have to pass outside of Hetzel Shoal, but I'd suggest passing east of "The Bull", at a minimum...

What's your draft? That will dictate whether you can go down from Miami inside on the Florida Bay side... That's a pretty cool trip, but 5' is really pushing it through there (most of the guides recommend no more than 4-4.5), and you'll have to play the tide in certain spots...

Hawk Channel can offer some delightful sailing, but if you want to explore the Upper Keys, the Florida Bay side is the way to go, but you will be in some pretty thin water, if you're not accustomed to that...
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Re: St Augustine to Miami

Tilemeister, if you just go the ICW route you might be able to get to Marathon by the 10th. If you want a relaxing trip, you defintely need some outside time to meet your time restraints.
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Re: St Augustine to Miami

I should have added, when I go outside, I stay 2-3 miles off the coast.

If you want stops along the way, you can do St Augustine to Fort Pierce overnight, then go to Harborgate (to the right, onsite food and drink) or the City Marina (to the left). Then hit Miami on another overnight, with a stop at the downtown City Marina and the Hard Rock. Then you'd need to anchor at Rodriguez Key and then Marathon.
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Yes at least 2 to 3 miles offshore
so close to the shore the risks are much higher
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