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A Good Visit to Boca Chita Key Marina and Visitors’ Center, AICW Statute Mile 1106

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-08-2014

Boca Chita Key – Click for Chartview

Boca Chita Key is a smallish island surrounded by the waters of Biscayne Bay, south of Miami. It is part of Biscayne Bay National Park, and the Park Service maintains a small harbor and “marina” here. Services are minimal, and we have never been able to find more than 4 1/2 feet at MLW, while making our way to the dockage basin. On the other hand, many, including Skipper Reeves and yours truly, find a visit to Boca Chita to be quite charming, particularly on weekdays.

We stayed here two nights in January 2014 on our travel south. Beautiful and safe . Tied up to the wooden wall around the man made basin. Walked the grounds. Winds high enough for no bugs, nice! Two boats tied up during our stay. We were there during the week and not on weekend.
Saw 7 ft at HT coming in. Suggest you hug the island on entering. Last green marker is missing. Sorry to say we picked up a stowaway that we finally caught two days later. A large rat. The rat apparently climbed the dock lines and was topsides. A good old Victor trap fixed the problem. We will tie up next time with Clorox bottles on the dock lines as we did in the Bahamas to prevent the little pests from boarding.
Sonny Reeves

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Discussion of Depths in the Keys Inside Route, Florida Keys

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-10-2014

There are two possible routes for cruising the Florida Keys, the offshore Hawk Channel passage, and the “Inside Route.” Hawk Channel features more, but not all, marinas, while the Inside Route offers the greatest bonanza of wonderful anchorages to be found anywhere in the Southeast. Trouble is that I have personally sounded 5 feet at low tide directly between the markers in places on the FL Keys inside route. Mind you, only in places, but nevertheless, this is a real concern for those piloting vessels that draw more than 4 feet. Skipper Zimmers expressed his concern in the question below and received several answers via the AGLCA Forum.

We are in Marathon and arrived here from Key Biscayne via Hawk Channel. We want to return on the ” inside” via the ICW from Marathon to Biscayne Bay. We have a Nordic Tug with a 4.5 foot draft. Is the ICW deep enough for that draft?? Thanks,
Herb Zimmers aboard GiddyAp

We draft 4 feet and have done it several times. Never had a problem.
Steve and Gina Smith
M/V Island Time

Herb, You should have no problem. Just pay attention to your charts and stay in the channels through the cuts. Those are the places you can get into trouble if you get distracted.
Chuck Baier

Try to go on a rising tide
Mike and Rosie

I carry a five foot draft and the last time I went the inside route, I ran hard aground right around marker “60″ on a low tide. I could see I was scraping the bottom for a mile for finally stopping. I used my dingy to heel me over and got loose and never touched bottom again.
On a high tide, I wouldn’t have touched anywhere.
R. Holiman

We did the inside from Biscayne Bay to Marathon. We draw 4 ft and at low tide we had some mud in our wake near R80 to Steamboat channel. What was more of a problem was the crab pots and now some are marked with green, brown and blue floats. Our friend had his boat hauled yesterday and the props were wrapped with a bushel basket full of ropes. I may have been out of the channel sometimes but it seems the pots are in the ICW with no regard for boats.
May be the prop shops are paying the crabbers to place the green floats in the ICW:)
Sonny Reeves

We just arrived in Marathon from Key Biscayne. Our Cabo Rico draws 4’10″. Although we encountered some less than 5′ depths, we made it through with no drama. We did time our passages through channels with the tides.
Beth

Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club West (Statute Mile 1134)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-31-2013

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This facility has garnered more than the usual amount of comment over the past year or two. Follow the link below to its listing in our “Eastern Florida Marina Directory,” and read about other cruisers’ experience here.

I’ve been coming here for two years with sailing students and have been moderatly satisfied with ‘what you get’. But the last two times we’ve come, they’ve charged me for my dinghy, even though we put it on deck after arrival. The showers and restrooms are routinely ‘out of order’ even after asking if they are open, happened last time, and being told that everyting was operational. On departing the next morning, the water was turned off, so we couldn’t top off our water tanks and didnt’ come back on until 11am. Guess that was in the fine print.
Unfortunately I’ll not give them another of my dollars. Not a user friendly place.
Capt. E

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Frustrating Evening Spent at Loggerhead Club and Marina, AICW Inside Passage, Statute Mile 1108.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-23-2013

Loggerhead Club and Marina South Miami - Click for Chartview

Loggerhead Club and Marina South Miami (formerly Black Point Marina) is located at the western end of a long, partially breakwater-protected approach channel that cuts in from Biscayne Bay’s westerly banks some 3.2 nautical miles south and west of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #6.

We phoned ahead enroute and received a slip number but when we arrived – no slip. Found the guard on patrol who gave us an empty slip. Short for our 37′ but we made do. Next problem was the gate at the pier entrance. We arrived on a Saturday evening so the office was closed. Gate is key card operated so we were trapped on the boat. Not awful but with a restaurant 200′ away it was frustrating. This is a big, busy marina. You better like Latin music…
Rich and Helen

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Report from Dinner Key Mooring Field, AICW Inside Route, Statute Mile 1094.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-31-2013

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Dinner Key Mooring Field lies generally southwest of Dinner Key Channel marker #12.

Had mooring in Dinner Key field on 3/19/13. Visited Coconut Grove shops and had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory (Very Good). Rest room/showers in trailers leaves something to be desired. Used the water taxi. Harbormaster and taxi operator Mr. Joher was really a great guy. Mooring field is open and quite rolly. Moorings are close together. Dingy dock is small for the number of moorings. After talking? to staff at the marina we decided it won the least friendly marina award. Overall we will not return to Dinner Key.
Has Royer s/v Skye

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Report from No Name Harbor Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1096

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-07-2013

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No Name Harbor Anchorage is on the waters of the tadpole-shaped harbor, indenting the westerly banks of south Key Biscayne, near Cape Florida.

We anchored here on 4/3/13. There were about 13 sailboats in the harbor. It seemed a little crowded although we didn’t have any problems. It was very quiet but weekends might be a different story.
Russ

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Successful Voyage from Miami to Plantation Key, Statute Mile 1155, AICW Inside Route

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-17-2013

Plantation Key - Click for Chartview

Always good to get reports of “no grounding” since we post so often of shoaling on the AICW.

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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.
Victor

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Report from Dinner Key Mooring Field, AICW Inside Route, Statute Mile 1094.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-16-2013

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Dinner Key Mooring Field lies generally southwest of Dinner Key Channel marker #12.

We enjoyed almost all of the experience of staying in the mooring field except the exposure and distance out which made for wet and rough dingy rides. We loved the staff and the new rental bikes. Also they have a great laundry, although it is small. The showers are minimal and just ok. We would probably not stay again when the cold fronts are going through but would when the weather is calm.
Pamela

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Report from Boca Chita Key Marina and Visitors’ Center, AICW Statute Mile 1106

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-11-2013

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Boca Chita Key is a smallish island surrounded by the waters of Biscayne Bay, south of Miami. It is part of Biscayne Bay National Park, and the Park Service maintains a small harbor and “marina” here. Services are minimal, and we have never been able to find more than 4 1/2 feet at MLW, while making our way to the dockage basin. On the other hand, many, including yours truly, find a visit to Boca Chita to be quite charming, particularly on weekdays.

Senior pass buys you $ 10.00 dockage, but be careful of the weekend unless you want all-night salsa. The ranger were there four times a day. The sound went down, and went up right after the rangers left. Elliott Key is closed because of Sandy damage which will not be fixed for a bit so Bocca is taking up the slack.
John Pholeric

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Good Words for No Name Harbor Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1096

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-21-2012

No Name Harbor Anchorage is on the waters of the tadpole-shaped harbor, indenting the westerly banks of south Key Biscayne, near Cape Florida.

Awesome spot! Strong storm passed us in the middle of the night from the southeast. It wasn’t a problem here. Very protected.
Sara Wylie

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Advice on Anchor Choice for Thursday Cove Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1132

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-01-2012

Thursday Cove Anchorage - Click for Chartview

This neat little anchorage lies just off the Florida Keys Inside/ICW route, immediately north of Jewfish Creek. You don’t want to be caught here with fresh northerly winds, as we were one inky black night. You can’t take my word for it – it’s a really bad idea! HOWEVER, during southerlies, this is a GREAT spot that we really like!

I found here bad holding in mangrove mud mixed with leaves. Perhaps you can do better with a plow anchor.
Charles

Bottom is mostly turtle grass, which is difficult for most anchors to penetrate. I agree that this is NOT the place to be in any kind of a norther.
Julie Stocksdale

Pumpkin Key - Click for Chartview

Nearby is Pumpkin Island that may be a better alternative.
Always FOR SAILtoo

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A Scratchy Night in Boca Chita Key, Statute Mile 1106

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-13-2012

Boca Chita Key is a smallish island surrounded by the waters of Biscayne Bay, south of Miami. It is part of Biscayne Bay National Park, and the Park Service maintains a small harbor and “marina” here. Services are minimal, and we have never been able to find more than 4 1/2 feet at MLW, while making our way to the dockage basin. On the other hand, many, including yours truly, find a visit to Boca Chita to be quite charming, particularly on weekdays.

Beautiful spot. Carried 5’6″ at high tide with no concerns. HOWEVER don’t bother going if winds are out of west, if it rained in the last few days or if it’s summer—mosquitos thick enough to block the ports!! Could not go outsude even with full suit of long clothes and every repelent know to man.!!! These vampires are after a meal and you are the invited main course!
JiM Lady Lady

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Good Words for Coconut Grove Sailing Club, AICW Statute Mile 1094.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-01-2012

Transient Moorings in Miami at Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 24 hour launch & security, Short walk to Coconut Grove, Daily & Monthly Rates(305)-444-4571 EXT  16, manager@cgsc.orgThe Coconut Grove Sailing Club mooring field overlooks the Dinner Key – Coconut Grove waterfront south of Dinner Key Marina. This fine facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Fantastic club mooring field. Felt very lucky to be here and not in the overcrowded Dinner Key Marina or in the City mooring field in the road stead. Not much of an evening breeze in the summer and it did get HOT!
Heads are ok -it is a small boat sailing club with lots of kids and lots of use! For what you pay it’s WELL worth it.
JiM Lady Lady

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Herbert Hoover Marina (Statute Mile 1111.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-16-2012

Herbert Hoover Marina is the southernmost facility on Biscayne Bay, south of Miami. It is owned and operated by Dade Count, and features a well sheltered dockage basin.

We trailered, launched and stayed here April 12. Nice layed back facility, great ramps. Office is open 0830-1630. Night security. Plan to shower on your boat as out side showers are far from marina area, located at beach area. Rest rooms are closer, but still a hike. This a marina attached to a county park. We departed on a Friday, I would suspect it gets busy on weekends. We did not find any wi fi service, but 30/50 amp power and water. POUT, gas, ice down by convience store, near office. Very friendly personnel. Each pier leading to individual slips has a locked gate and keys were in short supply so we beeped the security (Jerome) to get back in. We did not see below 5′ going out and route is well marked. Gas was reasonable but forget exact price. M & M Rhett “Lady Soul II”
PS: Restaurant is due to open 2012? Not open yet.
M & M Rhett
“Lady Soul II”

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A Stop at Boca Chita Key (Statute Mile 1106)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-21-2012

Boca Chita Key is a smallish island surrounded by the waters of Biscayne Bay, south of Miami. It is part of Biscayne Bay National Park, and the Park Service maintains a small harbor and “marina” here. Services are minimal, and we have never been able to find more than 4 1/2 feet at MLW, while making our way to the dockage basin. On the other hand, many, including yours truly, find a visit to Boca Chita to be quite charming, particularly on weekdays.

As you move up the east coast, Boca Chita in the Key Biscane National Park is a neat place to stop. Go midweek if you want it quieter as the Miami metro area seems to weekend there. It’s fun on the weekends but you will probably have to raft off.
Mike & Tammy
Valhalla II

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Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club West (Statute Mile 1134)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-05-2012

This facility has garnered more than the usual amount of comment over the past year or two. Follow the link below to its listing in our “Eastern Florida Marina Directory,” and read about other cruisers’ experience here.

We stayed at the Anchorage to wait out a cold front moving through. Way too many rules and not particularly boater friendly. When we went inside to pay for the slip, the young lady told us to wait so SHE could look at our boat verify the length (guess they think all boaters are liars). Not pet friendly either. Info they handed out said “…no pets allowed on property”. So you have to keep them on the boat and if they have to go out, take them off the property. The rate seemed high ($2.50) but on the plus side they did give a 25% Boat US discount.
Steve and Regina Smith

Sounds like a similar situation during our visit. She didn’t take our word for length but chose to step off the length and said her measurement was more accurate.
Dan

Also, don’t expect the Boat US discount if it happens to be a holiday even if their marina doesn’t come close to filling up. By far, the worst marina treatment I’ve experienced.

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Diesel Fuel Only Availably by Tanker Truck at Dinner Key Marina (Statute Mile 1094.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-05-2012

Dinner Key Marina is located in southern Miami, hard by the vibrant Coconut Grove Community. This marina and its adjacent mooring field are very popular.
We didn’t know that fuel was available at Dinner Key Marina in any form, and we do not, and intend to still not, list this service in our Marina Directory. However, it’s interesting to note that tanker truck diesel fuel deliveries may be available here.

Diesel is available at Dinner Key Marina only by arrangement to have it delivered by truck. You can get gasoline or diesel next door (a scant 1/4 mile north) of Dinner Key at Grove Harbour Marina. Check their prices at 305-854-6444.
Bill Donovan

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Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club West (FLK Inside Route, Statute Mile 1134 on Jewfish Creek)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-16-2012

Many cruisers believe, and I would not argue with them, that, cruising south from Miami, real Florida Keys cruising (not to mention that “Florida Keys state of mind”) does not begin until you reach Jewfish Creek. There are two marinas on this small, but important stream, and Anchorage Resort guards the easterly banks.

I have to add my thumbs up for the service and facilities at Anchorage Resort. Been going there for a number of years and it never gets old.
Doug Horsfall

If you had been treated like our group was…you would show a double thumbs down…!
Dan

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