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03-06-2012 08:35 PM
ftldiver
Re: Biscayne Bay Anchorages

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Originally Posted by landmineop View Post
Your first time thru Broad Creek, go with someone familiar with it. The charts show skinny water at the mouth on both sides but there is a narrow channel at both mouths. Once you get a little more familiar with the keys and get to know some locals they'll let you know where and how they have marked some cut thru's that don't show on charts but they maintain for themselves. This is particularly true in the back country going thru the flats on a boat build to run those skinny waters. "Flats" boats with big ass motors.
very true south of summerland where they pulled the markers around 10 yrs ago.

and upper keys, (aka toilet seat pass)
03-06-2012 08:33 PM
ftldiver
Re: Biscayne Bay Anchorages

a long day sail but long arsenicker is good for W-NW protection.

or north of sands key nice little hide-hole for the dink to the north to explore at high tide.
08-21-2011 09:40 PM
CaptainForce We like the anchoring possibilities inside Ragged Keys, but we usually take the more protected space south of Featherbed Bank and just in the cove just north of Sands Key and taking the dinghy ride west around the sand bar to Boca Chita. We also like to anchor off the Elliott Key State park to the south for the showers and the wilderness trails that always require mosquito repellant. We also anchor around Pumpkin Keyand we've taken a spot in the middle of Angelfish off to the side of the channel, but this is also too close to the mangroves to be free of mosquitos. I often see people anchored near the effluent of the Turkey Point cooling ponds, but I don't know what the attraction is unless it's a fishing spot. Of course, Biscayne Bay includes those spots on Key Biscayne, the Marine Stadium and near the east end of Venetian Causeway, but I don't think you were asking about those spots. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
08-21-2011 08:59 PM
armandolio Based on experience, is there a time of year when mosquitoes are not an issue around Boca Chita and Card Sound?

Will have another overnight is a few weeks....
08-12-2011 11:06 PM
landmineop Your first time thru Broad Creek, go with someone familiar with it. The charts show skinny water at the mouth on both sides but there is a narrow channel at both mouths. Once you get a little more familiar with the keys and get to know some locals they'll let you know where and how they have marked some cut thru's that don't show on charts but they maintain for themselves. This is particularly true in the back country going thru the flats on a boat build to run those skinny waters. "Flats" boats with big ass motors.
08-12-2011 10:56 PM
landmineop Low tide and a 5' draft are not something you really want to try at Angelfish. Rocky bottom will beat hell out of your keel. Just a short bit north is Broad Creek and about 7' or 8' of water. Much better outlet, deeper and wider. Be carefull where you "explore" with that 5' keel. Scout new areas with a dingy. In a lot of the Keys, 5'6" draft is starting to push things a lot. 5' isn't a whole lot better. Pay attention to your charts and you'll be fine.
08-12-2011 10:36 PM
armandolio Sage advice. I intended to cross to the ocean side at Angel Fish Creeek, but changed plans as it was low tide and i cold not wait around. do you have experience with Angel Fish?
5' draft boat
08-12-2011 07:58 PM
landmineop Get used to your boat a little more then take a little more time and go further south. Pay attention to where you are and where you can get from the oceanside to the bayside waters. They are two totally different worlds. On the bayside pay close attention to where you roam. A lot of the water is real skinny. Places to lay up from weather are limited on the oceanside. It will all depend on how much time you have to roam around.
08-12-2011 07:42 PM
armandolio I checked out a these places during an overnight trip from Miami to Key Largo. I look forward to enjoying them with more time in the future.

Any other suggestions?
08-07-2011 10:45 PM
night0wl Off the Ragged Keys near Elliott and Boca Chita.

Very shallow in most places (less than 6 feet) but thats just to the seagrass. You have 2 feet below the segrass before bottom.
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