Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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In light of recent night-time boating safety concerns (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143534), SSECN thinks you should be aware of the following event in Biscayne Bay listed in this week’s Local Notices. If you venture out unto the water after dark, please use good seamanship and go slow!! Claughton Island is immediately south of the Miami River/AICW intersection.
FL-MIAMI-BISCAYNE BAY-CLAUGHTON ISLAND: Fireworks Display
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Fireworks Display will be held July 31, 2014 between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in Miami, FL this display will be launched from a barge on the waters of Biscayne Bay south of Claughton Island, Chart: 11467, Ref: LNM 24/14
Following the deadly crash off Dinner Key, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143395, several groups are seeking regulations to curb speeding after dark in these popular and congested waters. Our thanks to Chuck Baier for bringing this article to SSECN.
Safe boating efforts build after tragic crash on July 4th
There’s momentum building to how recreational boating can be made safer after the tragic Fourth of July crash on Biscayne Bay.
BY SUE COCKING
Since the Fourth of July boating crash on Biscayne Bay — the worst in Miami-Dade County in recent memory — members of the recreational boating community have launched an informal but passionate campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies.
Four people died and several others were seriously hurt when a 32-foot Contender broadsided a 36-foot Carrera, then struck a Boston Whaler following holiday fireworks. The skipper of the Contender, 23-year-old Andrew Garcia and two of his passengers, Kelsie Karpiak, 24, and Victoria Dempsey, 20, were killed, along with Carrera passenger Jason Soleimani, 23.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is in charge of the investigation, said evidence of alcohol was found aboard the Contender. No charges have been filed.
The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. off Coconut Grove’s Dinner Key, despite a heavy on-water law enforcement presence. Witnesses described a chaotic scene, as hundreds of boats zig-zagged across the bay in a race to reach local boat ramps and marinas after the fireworks.
For the full report of this tragedy, see http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/05/us/miami-fatal-boat-crash/. The article is written by By Janet DiGiacomo and Shelby Lin Erdman of CNN and updated 9:32 PM EDT, Sat July 5, 2014. Dinner Key Marina and Mooring Field is a popular weekend destination in Biscayne Bay.
(CNN) — An Independence Day celebration ended in tragedy when three boats collided near a Miami marina, killing four people and injuring as many as a dozen more, authorities said.
The accident happened near the Dinner Key Marina in Biscayne Bay around 10:45 p.m. Friday following a fireworks display, as a crowd of boaters was making their way back to shore.
This seawall construction is in the south entrance channel, Fishermans Channel, often used to avoid heavier traffic in the main channel. The construction area is on the north side of the Dodge Island Cut and should not impede navigation.
FLORIDA – MIAMI HARBOR – FISHERMANS CHANNEL – PORT OF MIAMI (DODGE ISLAND): Area 2 Seawall Construction.
Ebsary Foundation Company will commence seawall construction at the Port of Miami (Dodge Island) on or about April 21 until September 30, 2014. Operations will occur from 0700 to 1800 Monday through Friday. A barge will be working adjacent to the south side of Dodge Island. The barge is 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100Ton crane mounted on it. The barge will remain in the construction position 24/7. For further information contact Matthew Shiring at 305-325-0530 ext 108. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution.
Work Site Coordinates and Staging Area:
SE Corner: 25-46-18.86N 80-10-23.21W
NE Corner: 25-46-20.10N 80-10-22.42W
NW Corner: 25-46-22.64N 80-10-28.18W
SW Corner: 25-46-20.83N 80-10-28.31W
Chart 11468 LNM: 15/14
This discontinued Waterway buoy had marked the western side of the narrow channel through a Problem Stretch noted for frequent shoaling. The marker was removed in 2011 but still shows on charts, as shown in the accompanying charts.
FLORIDA – AICW – MIAMI – BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: Biscayne Bay Buoy 6B
Biscayne Bay Buoy 6B was permanently disestablished in 2011. Biscayne Bay Buoy 6B still appears on navigational chart #11467. The aid does not exist. All mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.
Chart 11467 LNM:12/14
The entrance to dockage basin at Loggerhead Marina – Hollywood cuts west, immediately south of AICW marker #42.
Loggerhead Hollywood – seemed in a bit of a rough area; Had to pass through 3 gates to get in and out and a camera shoots your picture when you enter.
Mo s/v Mi Amante
Fishermans Channel parallels the south side of Dodge Island in Miami Harbor and is often used when arriving or departing offshore to avoid large ship traffic in the Main Channel. Fishermans Channel intersects the Waterway at statute mile 1090.
FLORIDA–MIAMI HARBOR–MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL–FISHERMANS CHANNEL: Temporarily Disestablish and Replace Aids.
In preparation for the dredging of Government Cut, Fishermans Channel, and the Lummus Island Turning Basin, the following aids will be temporarily disestablished and replaced with temporary lighted buoys until further notice:
Miami Main Channel Light 15 (LLNR 10550)
Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740)
Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655)
Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660)
Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665)
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A (LLNR 10675) temporarily renumbered to 9A
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) temporarily renumbered to 9E
Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685)
The above changes will begin on 04 February 2014 and all aids are anticipated to be temporarily converted to floating aids no later than 14 February 2014. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Divison at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. Chart 11468 LNM: 05/14
Biscayne Point Anchorage lies off the Miami Beach Channel, on the charted finger of deep water north of Biscayne Point and east/southeast of flashing daybeacon #2.
Nice open anchorage. Stay true to the charts as the southern half is truly much deeper! We were the only boat anchored there. No actual dinghy dock that we could find but we dinghyed down the canals and tied up to a wall and walked into town
With a closed vertical clearance of 30ft, Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 1078, south of marker #57.
PUT A SYSTEM IN PLACE! Too often do I see them open that bridge for boats who are not even close to needing the clearance. Non stop, whole day, every day of life this bridge is open. Considering the amount of construction and money being spent one would think that a wealthy city such as ours can come up with a reasonable system as to when the bridge will open. Get it together.
It is this kind of service that turns a bad time unto a positive experience! Halden Marine Service is located at 1019 N 32nd Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33021, Phone: (954) 964-8136.
My wife and I waited for arrival in Key Biscayne to unpickle our Spectra Watermaker in preparation for cruising in the Bahamas. When powered up, we discovered the pump head needed replacement. This was Christmas week, and our weather window for making the Gulf Stream crossing was fast approaching and not expected to last very long. I called J.T., who not only ordered the part I needed express, but then delivered them at no cost to me on December 27th from his Hollywood, FL shop to No Name Harbor on Key Biscayne. I replaced the pump myself. Despite this, J.T. only charged me his cost for the parts, and provided me lots of advice. GREAT SERVICE and great, trustworthy guy. Highly recommend him. George on SV Tara.
We do not know of anyone who can beat JT in service. The Spectra watermaker is great and his service is first class! He always answers his emails and phone. I’m sure some of my questions makes him shake his head but there has never been a time when we weren’t 100% satisfied!! Go Halden Marine Service!
Dick and Anne Anderson
Broad Causeway Bridge, located just north of Miami, and with a closed vertical clearance of 16ft and a horizontal clearance of 80ft, crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 1081.5, south of marker #13.
The Broad Causeway bridge south of Baker Haulover inlet, south of MM1080, has only one span operational. I was told by bridge tender if you need full opening you need to give them a THREE hour notice. He also said repairs on bridge would last a month or two.
This section of the Eastern Florida Waterway has long been designated as an AICW Problem Stretch due to persistent shoaling, as well as having a Navigation Alert due to a relocated marker at the southern end of AICW/Bakers Haulover Inlet intersection.
Note the use of the description “severe shoaling” in the article below, cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners! Clearly, captains whose vessels draws 3 feet or more should time their passage of these troubled waters for mid to high tide!
FLORIDA-ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: Shoaling.
The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling in the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet. The shoal is encroaching the channel from the east in between Biscayne Bay Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824) and Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828). Depths of less than 4ft have been reported during low tide near the center of the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11467
July 15, 2013
Tide was dead low and I cleared the channel with my 40′ Azimut with a 4 ft. draft. There was a 70′ Azimut that ran aground, he did not favor the greens. FAVOR THE GREEN!!
Miami Beach Marina is found on the southwesternmost shores of Miami Beach, just west of the Government Cut Inlet.
Stayed a night – planned on two, but decided not to stay. The marina facilities are OK, but needed a good clean when we were there. The help was fine. Access to South Beach is great, and that is a fun place. Access to the ocean is also great, and the ride from the ICW past the cruise ships is very interesting. Police security is active around the cruise ships, so keep your distance from both the patrol boat and the ships.
We were located on the south end of the marina, and had constant surge from (I believe) the ocean and tides, as well as wakes from boats. It was awful. You are right next to a ship’s channel at the entrance to the Port of Miami. The two boats next to us were long term live-aboard residents, who had all types of mooring lines from their boats (8 on one and 9 on the other I recall – I ended up with 6) all to no apparent avail. They said they loved the location, and you get used the constant surge, wakes and currents. We felt that at the prices they charged, there had to be a better place to stay.
I’ve often said, but it’s worth repeating, recommendations by fellow cruisers of good service personnel, are worth their weight in GOLD. Here is a good one for the greater Miami region.
Early on we crossed paths with Ivy and Bob Neubauer on Karma. They are just about done and on the last leg to crossing their wake in Cocoanut Grove, Miami, FL. Very nice and friendly people. Bob has come to our assistance a number of times with mechanical issues that were scary puzzlements to we rusty boaters and novice loopers. Bob is an expert boat mechanic with a very wide range of talents – engine,
transmission, electrical, electronic, water, leaks, unidentifiable things, etc. Also, he is neat and leaves behind a clean boat. He runs a marine service and salvage company in Miami called Odd Job Marine (305 331 1670).
One of his specialties is refitting large boats but he works for we small boat types also. We recommend him highly and will be getting a list of work done by him in Miami when we get there in a couple of weeks or whenever – depending on the weather.
Marcia and Russ Barron
Grand Banks 42 MY
Here is a another fellow boater looking for local knowledge and suggestions. His journey will encompass navigating the waters of Southwestern Florida past Naples, then Marco Island, then past the Ten Thousand Island region, and finally past Cape Sable, eventually ending up in the Florida Keys. At this point, a northward turn via the FLK Inside Route, will take him to his goal on the Eastern Florida shoreline in Biscayne Bay.
As of 2/25/13, Captain Kris has received some excellent advice from Captains Donovan and Bell below
I’m planning or rather need to go from Fort Myers to Black Point marina in Homestead [south of Miami on the mainland shores of Biscayne Bay - editor]. Was reading the postings and looking at the chart and have a few questions regarding the posts.
The comment “winter waves” – should I expect high seas in February? I generally like deep water so was planning to stay somewhat deep but I saw some posts that said charts are wrong.
Cape Sable shoals – is this difficult to navigate?
Boat. 34ft sail, 4.0 draft, 52’8 must height. 27 horse diesel.
Experience moderate. Looks like I enter the channel just south of east cape. couple questions:
1. What stops do you recommend?
2. Does the inter-coastal run cleanly all the way up from the inside or do I need to go outside?
3. Heading towards Marathon looks interesting because the water is deeper.
I appreciate any advice.
You will need to go outside at least until Gordon Pass at Naples where you can anchor in Port Royal or go downtown for a mooring or dockage. From there, inside to Marco is doable with the right tide as is inside to coon Key, but it is tricky in spots, so outside is easier. You can anchor in Factory Bay or Smokehouse Bay or dock in Marco. Cape Sable Shoals are not to be taken lightly so, if you go outside, you need to go pretty far south before turning Eastward (you can “jump the light ‘). There are other anchorages before Little Shark, but I haven’t used them and they would depend on the strength and direction of the winds. Anything at or above 20 from any other direction than North will be uncomfortable and we get lots of fronts this time of year.. From Little Shark it’s a straight run down to Marathon. Of course, you could do an “allnighter” directly from Ft. Myers.
You can anchor a mile inside Gordens Pass, then at Factory Bay in Marco. You can safely cut cape Ramano at the lime stone channels and anchor in calm water up the left hand fork heading towards Everglades City then a easy run to Boot Key Harbor. Email me if you want route, anchorage way point and draft information. We have a five foot draft 41 Hunter that has been on this route at least eight times. Email info is email@example.com for info from 41 Hunter.
Always good to get reports of “no grounding” since we post so often of shoaling on the AICW.
Miami to Plantation Key
Happy to report that from Miami to Plantation Key in Islamorada via Biscayne Bay, Card, Little Card, Barnes and Blackwater Sounds was no problem with a sailboat drafting 4’10″. Sticking to the ICW Magenta line and even at low tide, there was no grounding.
Marine Stadium Anchorage cuts east of the AICW, immediately north of the Rickenbacker Causeway Bridge.
We stayed here for 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed the anchorage. The view from our stern looking out to all the beautiful buildings was spectacular at night. There was always something going on during the day such as scow training, seaplanes taking off and crewing. We ate at the Rusty Pelican a week later when we were staying somewhere else and the food and service was great. I wish they had their own dingy dock though as the marina did not allow us to bring our dingy in.
As we have seen at other bridges, sometimes heavy roadway traffic due to construction, school buses, emergency, etc. will alter a posted opening schedule at the discretion of the bridge tender, especially during rush hours.
Not always true [opening schedule of hour and half-hour, 24/7]. As three sailboats and a trawler SB passed through Flagler Memorial bridge, bridge tender informed us she was not opening at 8:30am due to heavy traffic. So sometimes it doesn’t matter what the schedules are.
Miamarina lies in the heart of downtown Miami, and right in the middle of a shopping complex. Honestly, we don’t even list this facility on the SSECN’s “Eastern Florida Marina Directory” as, several years ago, my experience was that transients were a very low priority here, and the crowds milling around the docks were, to say the least, disconcerting.
However, after reading the accounts below, copied from the AGLCA Forum, I think this facility deserves another visit on our part. HAS ANYONE STAYED AT MIAMARINA WITHIN THE LAST YEAR. If so, PLEASE, follow the “Click Here to Submit Cruising News” link, found on the upper right of this, and all (except Chart View) SSECN pages, and share your experience.
Many thanks in advance!
We’re currently enjoying our stay at Boot Key Harbor City Marina, and are contemplating going to Miamarina at Bayside. I’ve been told that it’s a great place to visit with all the shops and live music, but it’s also impossible to get to sleep with all the mayhem and music going on. Does anyone have any feedback/advice please?
Boot key’s facilities are excellent in case anyone’s wondering, although getting your clothes washed is almost a 6-7 hr. affair at the least, with the waits for open machines. Any quick thoughts are welcome.
I personally love Miamarina at Bayside in downtown Miami although it is not for everyone. After the remoteness of the Florida Keys it is quite a shock to the senses to be thrust into a major metropolitan area. I like to sit in our cockpit with a beverage and absorb the live music. I never have trouble sleeping. The marina surrounded by restaurants and shops is adjacent to Hard Rock Cafe. A boat tour of the homes of the rich and famous that leaves from the marina every thirty minutes is worth a trip.
Author, Great Loop Navigation Notes
My wife and I stayed at Miamarina a few years ago and had a very nice stay. I would not hesitate to go back. You can walk a few blocks to the tram stop jump on and ride for free all over Miami. Our sleep was never disturbed by
We stay there at this moment (from Jan. 11th to Jan 20th). The marina people are nice and friendly, only the old guy who tried to help us getting in a slip did not speak any english at all. He stood on the dock and did not know what to do. The sanitary area is old, dirty and damaged, absolutely not to recommend!! The noise level is not as bad as expected. The big advantage and this is the only reason we stay there is the direct access to downtown. The internet connection is very poor and our Verizon Mifi is blocked by some heavy interference. Good to know a Starbucks is on the premisses.
In total – the marina is lousy and expensive but the location is good.
from SV Balimara