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Is it still 65? We have been through it many times, but we have a friend that just delivered a boat with a 63ish air draft and bent the antenna off. I also understand a Hunter 50 hit it not long ago and demasted the boat (that boat came from here, btw, and I have been on it!! Kinda wierd). I think the draft on that boat was 65.

Anyone in Marathon or been through there recently have a comment?

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Re: Seven Mile Bridge (Marathon)

Water Way Guide says 65'. Navionics agrees. Active Captain says 63', and that the height board is off by about a foot. I'll take a look at my Maptech Charts.

We are in Ft. Myer's Beach heading to Marathon.

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Water Way Guide says 65'. Navionics agrees. Active Captain says 63', and that the height board is off by about a foot. I'll take a look at my Maptech Charts.

We are in Ft. Myer's Beach heading to Marathon.

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I have been through the bridge several times and never even bumped my antenna. However, I am aware of several different reports now that say it is lower than reported. I am wondering if it has sunk some??

I am actually heading your way. We leave in the next week or so for Marathon, though we will stop by Venice, Charlotte Harbor, Fort Myers Beach on the way.

Where are you in FMB? That was home for us for a long time. Maybe we can catch up in Marathon??

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Re: Seven Mile Bridge (Marathon)

We are at Moss Marine through next Thursday. If we don't get a window down to Marathon, we'll move to the mooring field. It's been great here, until today. Winds out of the NNW at 30. We're rocking and roling. Low of 43* tonight. All should be back to normal by Sunday night.

I hope we meet up. That would be cool.

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Re: Seven Mile Bridge (Marathon)

I was sailing near the bridge last week, the marker board said 64 and the tide was higher than normal at that time. Keep in mind that not every boat manufacturer's spec sheet is right on the money for air draft. Mine says 46-feet, but it measures 46-feet 5-inches with the boat fully loaded.

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Re: Seven Mile Bridge (Marathon)

Besides travlineasy's comment, remember that the height measurement is precisely in the center, at the very highest point. You only have to be off by a little bit and the difference could be several feet. I sincerely doubt that the bridge is sinking. I suspect it is just a matter of variations in tide, mast height, and so on.

Besides that, most VHF antennas are at least 3' long. Some 4' or even 5'. Now, if the boat your friend was delivering had a 63' tall mast, and a 3' tall VHF antenna... well, yeah, that's going to hit on a bridge with 65' of clearance.
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