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105. Newfound Harbor Channel Northerly Anchorage

105. Newfound Harbor Channel Northerly Anchorage
Lat/Lon: near 24 39.711 North/081 22.721 West
Location: discovered north of unlighted daybeacon #8, hard by the tip of the charted tongue of deep water,
Minimum depth: 6-feet
Special Note: sailcraft and other masted vessels are officially prohibited from making use of this anchorage due to the nearby presence of high tension, over-water powerlines
Swing Room: sufficient for vessels as large as 50 feet. Note B of the NOAA chart states “No anchoring by sailboats or other masted vessels due to the presence of high tension power lines.”
Foul Weather Shelter: very good in all but unusually strong southern winds


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (7)

  1. Capt. Jerry Robbins -  October 30, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Thank you so much for the brief on the Hawk channel pumpout! Living some distance away but planning on sailing through Florida next spring all I have been reading made one feel that conchs had had it with tourist and planned on making it as difficult as possible to sail without going outside! This story indicates that that thinking was just crazy, thank you so much.
    Capt. Jerry Robbins

  2. Ron Olson -  October 30, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised today while anchored out in Newfound Harbor in the FL Keys. We were on our way back from Dry Tortugas to Marathon, but the winds and seas were supposed to pick up so we pulled into one of our favorite anchorages in Newfound Harbor. It looked like we would be stuck here for a while and we were getting concerned about our holding tank. On Friday morning we hear a boat come by and ask if anyone is on board. We thought it was just someone being friendly, but when we look it is a boat marked as a pump-out boat. They gave us a free pump out funded by FL registration fees. They said all I had to do was register and I could get a pump-out every week, free, paid for by the state of FL. I filled out the simple form and they pumped me out at no cost, but they were happy when I tipped them. They said they offer this service from Islamarada to Key West, and their web site is
    I am very happy to see this happening in Monroe County and hope that this spreads throughout the world.
    Ron Olson

  3. Mickey -  February 10, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Current NOAA Charts show this as a designated restricted area> see note B < This area is restricted no sailboats or other masted vessels.

  4. Mickey -  February 8, 2013 - 11:01 am

    Masted vessels are not allowed here. They have white PVC markers and a sign. As soon as I anchored a small boat came out and informed me of the markers and signs. Designated anchorage is to right of the markers as you approach from the south.

  5. Claiborne -  February 1, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Found that the depths were not there for a 4′6″ draft and we quickly retreated to the other Newfound Harbor anchorages which were fantastic. Very little boat traffic.
    S/V Arkeoo

  6. Claiborne -  August 22, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    Between Marathon and Key West, anchor in Newfound Harbor. It’s huge and well protected from all waves. If you scuba, go to Looe Key Reef there. It is really nice, and there’s a dive boat that goes through Newfound Harbor to the reef that’ll pick you up and drop you off at your anchored boat. Or just go out to the gov’t. mooring balls on the reef (carefully) in your own boat.

  7. Claiborne -  August 13, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Last night we stayed in Newfound Harbor. It is a very protected anchorage and there were 7 other boats in there with us. Just be careful and watch your depth finder. There are some shallow places. There were several sailboats and they draw much more than we do (about 3.5 ft.).
    It as a great, close by, anchorage after diving/snorkeling off Looe Key. Just look for the weather/radar blimp (called Fat Albert) you can’t miss it.
    Ben and Barbara Falmlen
    Two Cats Too


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