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Another Good Experienced at Dinner Key Mooring Field (Statute Mile 1094.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-30-2012

This is the second laudatory message we’ve received during early 2012 about a good experience at the Dinner Key Mooring Field. Clearly, other cruisers have releated a different sort of reaction in the past, but these recent messages lead us to conclude that things may very well be looking up at this facility.
Dinner Key Mooring field is managed by the adjacent and sprawling, Dinner Key Marina. Both facilities are located in southern Miami, hard by the vibrant Coconut Grove community.

We spent a good 4 days in the Dinner key mooring field in early January when a cold front passed with strong N NW winds and really enjoyed our stay . True the dinghy dock was abit crowded but we always found room and the ferry was available till 5 pm also . The ferry had fenders all around it so I cannot imagine how it could cause any damage to anyone. The shower and restroom facilities were spotless at the time we used them and I liked the fact that they were all in one unit for complete privacy . We were lucky to have a mooring which was not too far from the dock so managed to stay drywhen going ashore in our tender . The Fresh Market had everything we needed and we enjoyed going to the movies and dining out in the Coconut grove restaurants . All in all a good stay . The staff were also very friendly and helpful giving information about the locality . If the winds had been from the E SE then it might have been a different story and we would have chosen somewhere else for better protection.
Kat

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Kudos for the Dinner Key Mooring Field (South Miami, near Statute Mile 1094.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-24-2012

Wonderful news to hear that the Miami/Dinner Key Mooring Field is being operated in such an efficient, cruiser friendly fashion. Cruisers can now put this facility on their list of stopovers with confidence!

After reading the reviews I was skeptical of this marina. However the mooring field is a different division of the marina and you can tell it in the pride and we care attitude of James and his helper (sorry I did not get his name). After talking with James on a Sunday afternoon on our way down he gave us preliminary instructions and assigned us a mooring ball. Upon entry one call on the radio and James gave us final instructions and then made a stop to check if everything was okay. The next morning without a call his helper stopped by with the pumpout boat to see if we needed a pumpout and we did. After that we checked in. James gave us info about the marina, showers, places to eat and where to get supplies. These two guys made for a great experience. I’m sure they would always go out of their way to accomodate the customer.
S/V indecision
Capt. Mike

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Another View of No Name Harbor Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1096

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-20-2012

No Name Harbor Anchorage has been the source of many differing opinions, mostly negative, in the last month or so. Ed and Bonnie have a more positive opinion of No Name Harbor which is on the waters of the tadpole-shaped harbor, indenting the westerly banks of south Key Biscayne, near Cape Florida.

Awesome anchorage! We could not use the local mooring fields because of our 51 ft length & weight so No name was our only choice to avoid strong winds from ALL DIRECTIONS.Yes the bottom is soft mud however properly set hooks will hold at least to 30 mph no problem. In regards to the weekend party this is Miami’s back yard and should be expected near any large boating community. The actual fee is $20.00 per night to anchor and $8.00 to tie up to the wall until 11 P/M. Our personal comment is No Name Harbor is if not the best anchorage we have been in it comes close.
Our Lord’s Blessing to All
Ed & Bonnie S/V Almost Heaven

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Unhappy with No Name Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 1096

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-10-2011

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

NO NAME HARBOR SUCKS now cause of a few local old large boats docking at the seawall the entire day even blocking the ladder for us snow birds, is charging $8.00 to tie to the seawall thank you miami river old boats for cause the park to enforce this and also pending $25.00 to moor in the middle of the harbor which sucks cause the bottom is mud and the anchors do not hold.
Sara

We stayed in No Name this past year for several days waiting out weather and enjoyed this stop…never saw any problems with holding in strong winds either. But did have issue with seawall being taken up which made it impossible to go and get pump out…don’t know why they have it if that area is not free from the local loud boaters. We had one incident where 5 local boaters were told to get off the wall well after dark, (rules are off at dark) and they proceeded to come off about 10 feet and do a 5 boat raft late evening playing loud music and forcing a sail boat who had been anchored for two days to have to pick up anchor and move to avoid being hit…no authourity did a thing about it nor did anyone pay to stay the night..so I guess the locals control the area. We learned one thing, never go there on a weekend. During the week it was less problematic and a beautiful place to be. Loved walking aroung the park and going to the beach. Also enjoyed a very old large manatee that stays in that harbor.
S/V Colleen Mae

Partly it’s a cultural thing, the loud music and rafting is fun to them, “party time”!!! To those of us who like to sit reading in the cockpit while our sailboats bob gently, not so much :)
It’s also a money thing, it’s cheaper to go from Miami to No Name than to zoom over to Bimini or wherever. They can’t afford the gas to actually GO anywhere anymore. At least they not zooming along waking us as WE slowly go somewhere.
As to the authorities, I have never seen them there, I’ve seen people in golf carts removing garbage but that’s about it. They don’t seem to get involved, but if they did, I bet they would side with the locals after all, they are locals too!
My pet peeve is the GENERATORS and their godawful noise! People stay at home in your condo or buy a solar panel, please!
Ok, rant over!
Susan Kennedy

Awesome anchorage! We could not use the local mooring fields because of our 51 ft length & weight so No name was our only choice to avoid strong winds from ALL DIRECTIONS.Yes the bottom is soft mud however properly set hooks will hold at least to 30 mph no problem. In regards to the weekend party this is Miami’s back yard and should be expected near any large boating community. The actual fee is $20.00 per night to anchor and $8.00 to tie up to the wall until 11 P/M. Our personal comment is No Name Harbor is if not the best anchorage we have been in it comes close.
Our Lord’s Blessing to All
Ed & Bonnie S/V Almost Heaven 01/20/12

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Manatee Bay Anchorage (north of Jewfish Creek, off Barnes Sound)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-01-2011

The anchorage commented on below by Captain Espinosa is entered by way of the charted channel north of the charted “Cormorant Rookeries.” You then break off from the charted track and anchor on the waters to the north in 4 to 5 feet. Vessels which draft 4 feet or more need not apply!

This is a great bay with lots of room to shelter from any wind direction. The bay has a good controlling depth of 4 tp 5 ft. You can take the Glades canal all the way in to South Dade Marina, which caters to sailboats. Not much there but great shelter. Good Trout fishing also.
Rick Espinosa

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Northern Florida Keys Anchorage Recommendation

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-01-2011

Now here’s a spot to anchor north of Jewfish Creek that I’ve never researched. We do recommend an anchorage farther to the north of Manatee Bay, but that haven is entered by an entirely different route than the one leading to the potential anchorage briefly described below.
To reach the anchorage recommended by Captain Espinosa, you must first pass between markers #1 and #2 north of Division Point and then anchor in the charted 4 to 5-foot pool of water beyond. Anyone else tried this – if so, PLEASE let us hear from you.
Adhering to our long standing policy, we will not consider entering this anchorage into our “Florida Keys Anchorage Directory” until we can research these waters in person!

Go thru the markers at Division Point into the southwest part of Manatee Bay. 4 to 5 foot depth and great shelter!!
Rick Espinosa

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Dinner Key Marina/Mooring Field in Depth (Miami, Florida – Statute Mile 1094.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-19-2011

Coconut Grove Sailing Club Moorings

Many, many thanks to professional nautical writer, Captain Jessica Geffen, for allowing the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net to publish her in-depth account of Dinner Key Marina, their adjacent mooring field, and the nearby Coconut Grove community, as well as the included photos. This article offers GREAT information to all cruisers who coil their lines at this popular port of call!

Miami, Coconut Grove, Dinner Key Marina
The highly sought after Dinner Key Marina, in the cozy little village of Coconut Grove now has 225 moorings located on Biscayne Bay, giving boaters more options in Miami. Dinner Key Marina’s location has roots in the Pan-American Airline industry. The mooring field has many benefits to cruisers either passing through to ports further south or as a storage option.
While slip rates are up to $33 per foot, a mooring ball costs just $295 per month. Dinner Key Mooring Field offers transient or short-term rates. Amenities include dinghy dockage, showers; closed for cleaning twice daily, laundry, a detergent -dispenser, a snack machine, soda machine and an ice machine. A few shelves in the office denote a book exchange. Other services include; package handling, pump out service, and a shuttle boat.
When choosing a port to wait for weather, parts, or labor we look for a few key items. Access to Internet is always high on the list, marine and hardware stores and access to good grocery stores as well as safety in the harbor. Transportation can be an issue for cruisers that lack a vehicle or even a bicycle but Miami’s super convenient public transit has endless possibilities for those wishing to provision or sightsee.
The marina is conveniently located close to Highway US 1, the main road that runs North and South. The Grove Circulator, a bus that runs every 15 minutes stops within walking distance to the marina and costs just 25 cents. Stopping several times until arriving at the Coconut Grove Metro-Rail Station where a high-speed train runs from South Miami – for $2 per ride. Another option is the Tri-Rail that runs from North Miami to West Palm Beach round trip for under $10. With about 20 different stops along the way one can find just about anything.

Internet access
Coconut grove is the home to Coco-Walk centrally located in the business district, street shops geared with tourists in mind. A bevy of eateries and art galleries are nestled in among the Post Office and Bookstore. The Bookstore in the Grove, a local’s spot, located on the corner of Virginia and Grand, is a very cozy place to get a cup of coffee while checking emails. Supplies for boat projects can be purchased between Shell Lumber, West Marine, Home Depot and Crook & Crook Marine all within walking distance.

MISC
Refilling Propane can be a daunting project. It is illegal to transport a propane tank by public transportation. Our daughter’s passport needed renewing before we left, the Passport office is easily accessible. This time we rode our bikes a total of (3 miles) and hours of operation were convenient. The Public library is located at the south end of Bayshore Dr and will allow guests Internet access.

Groceries (Nearby)
Publix
Fresh Market
Milam’s
(Further out)
Winn Dixie
Wal-Mart

Eateries
**Flannigan’s
Monday – Nachos free with purchase of pitcher
Tuesday -Tumbleweed fried onion free with purchase of pitcher
Wednesday – 10 wings free w/ purchase of pitcher
M-T lunch deals under $8
Wi-Fi & Happy Hour at the bar only

***Las Culebrinas (The Snakes)
$1 tapas, buy 1 get 1 happy hour

*Burger King Dollar Menu & 2 for $3.33 daily deals
Check the back of your receipt for a coupon

**Sandbar Friday night Trivia night up to 7 players
Trivia begins at 7 with an extended happy hour until 9pm if you play
Happy hour from 4-7 Daily

***The Knife – Argentinian Buffet Style Steakhouse

**Pizza at NY Roma Style pizza sidewalk café

Coco-Walk offers several eateries including CocoWok, Chili’s, and Cheesecake Factory.

The businesses are more and more becoming aware of the presence of the local boating community are very welcoming. With this many options it’s no wonder more and more people are calling Coconut Grove home!

Dinner Key is great in many ways. It is a beautiful location but its flaw is the bathrooms. All those 275 mooring cans plus the many dock slips all use the same small bathrooms that are outdated and minimal in number. Time for the City of Coconut Grove to give back to boaters and renovate the facilities. A comfy lounge for boaters would be welcome too.
marniekm

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The DKM mooring field is limited to 42′ and exposed to wins and chop
Sailing enthusiasts should visit the Barnacle, a state park just 1/2 mile away from DKM. it was the home Ralph Munroe, of one of the early settlers (late 1800) on Biscayne bay. Originally from Staten island he designed and built a number of boats, incl the recently revived Presto sharpie
Capt Nat herreshoff spent a few winters there late in his life, always bringing a boat from Bristol RI to enjoy the bay, still great sailing ground.
Pascal

And, a question from a fellow cruiser, inspired by the article above. If anyone has an answer, PLEASE send your info along to CruisersNet@triad.rr.com. Thanks in advance!

Can we anchor off Hobie Beach for an extended period of time? If not where would there be a safe anchorage in the area not a mooring field.
Thank You
“Almost Heaven”

And, a warning from Captain McMurtry:

I hope the locals will not turn it into a “liveaboard” community and destroy it for transient visitors. good to see a positive result. Hope it stays that way.
Dennis McMurtry

News from No Name Harbor Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1096

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-30-2011

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

May 20, 2011
$20 fee for anchoring overnight. No mooring balls as of yet. Still on the honor system, we saw 12 boats come in and not pay. No one checked to see if all had paid. Still nice, the grill is expensive. More than $6 for a beer.
Della Ebersole

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Gilberts Resort Marina (FL Keys Inside Route, on Jewfish Creek, near St. M. 1134)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-25-2011

There are differing opinions on this facility. The note below represents a positive review. However, also follow the link below for a different point of view.

We enjoyed our stay at Gilberts Resort Marina at mile 1134. Despite the fancy name its a laid-back kind of place, the dockmaster never answered the radio. They have a pool, bar/restaurant and a little beach. A condo salesman gave us the pitch. I would like to know if it has gone condo now? I think that would destroy the old keys atmosphere. Gilberts is 23 miles from Islamorada then 45 miles to Miami.
Alan Lloyd

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Anchoring in No-Name Harbor (near Statute Mile 1096)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-21-2011

No-name harbor lies on the southwesterly tip of Key Biscayne, just north of Cape Florida, and is part of the Florida State Park of the same name. The crew of the “Sorry Dawg” does a good job of describing what this anchorage has to offer below.

Visitors are allowed to anchor overnight in No Name Harbor for a fee of $20.00 per boat per night. Mooring to the seawall overnight is not permitted. During operating hours, visitors who have paid the overnight fee have access to coin operated laundry machines and a rinse shower. We also have a free pump out for all boats, a picnic shelter and restrooms. Boater’s Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visitors arriving by boat but not anchoring overnight must pay a $2.00 entrance fee. The entrance fee and anchoring fee are both collected by honor system.

http://www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida/activities.cfm#10

This is a nice harbor during the week but is mobbed on the weekend, tons of weekend boaters all around the area.
You can also climb the Cape Florida Lighthouse while you are there during regularly scheduled tours. However, I do not think there are water hookups at the wall. You can call them and inquire,
Bill Baggs State Park @ (305) 361-5811
Incidentally, there is a restaurant right there in No Name Harbor that has good Cuban food.
Sorry Dawg

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Coconut Grove Sailing Club Mooring Field is Sailcraft Only (near Statute Mile 1094.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-15-2011

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.orgWe have confirmed with SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Coconut Grove Sailing Club that, indeed, only sailcraft are accepted for guest stays in their mooring field. If you do pilot a sailcraft, it is our experience that Coconut Grove Sailing Club is a wonderful place to pick up a mooring!

CGSC’s reciprocal yacht hospitality does NOT extend to power boaters! We’re members of a yacht club that us listed in the Registry of American Yacht Clubs & had been enjoying the Keys for the winter on our trawler. We contacted them via phone . . . they got back to us saying they accept sail visitors only. This was confirmed by their vice commodore just today. None of available cruising info states this — their website, THIS net, the waterway guides, the Registry of American Yacht Clubs, etc.
Linda Hughes

They also only accept up to 40Ft. sailboats. We tried to stay there. We took a mooring in Dinner Key Marian instead.
S/V Colleen Mae

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A Quick Look at No-Name Harbor (Key Biscayne, near St. M. 1096)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-17-2011

No-Name Harbor lies off the extreme southerly shores of Key Biscayne, inland of Cape Florida. These waters are part of a Florida State Park, and are well protected.

There are no moorings there, but wish there had been. A large catamaran, anchored there for a week, as we know because we left and returned, dragged anchor when the S wind shifter to 30 knots NW all night. We were not hit badly but others were. Still a wonderful place to be. by the way, restaurants are good – not excellent.
John and Joan
on Destiny

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Anchorage Resort vs Gilberts Marina (Jewfish Creek, Florida Keys Inside Route, near St. M. 1134)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-17-2011

Anchorage Resort and Gilberts Marina stare across Jewfish Creek towards each other. Many consider Jewfish Creek to the be the northerly genesis of real Florida Keys cruising. I would not disagree with that assessment.
Well, it seems pretty clear from the note below which one of these facilities that Captains Joan and John prefer.

We are at Anchorage Resort and Marina, right across from Gilbert’s. We dinghied to Gilberts for lunch and had very good, casual fare and friendly, energetic waitress Georgiana. The docks have not been rebuilt – all they did was put new stringers and planks right on top go the old decrepit docks. That way the new ones will cave in with the old ones! Docks are now higher off the water for dinghy arrivals.
Anchorage Resort Marina has better dockage (same price) and 50 amp for those who need that. Pontunes is right there for food – also very good, casual fare and good wait staff.
P.S.
1. Restrooms and showers at Anchorage Resort are super clean,
2. Tiki bar and restaurant at Gilberts win the prize for great ambience,
3. Good evening music at Gilberts – but can hear it in the boat at Anchorage late hours.
John and Joan on Destiny

I’ll try to be positive [about Anchorage Resort Marina]. The restrooms and showers were clean. The non affiliated restaurant next door was excellent. Their practice of measuring your boats anchor and any possible protrusion aft then adding that to your boat length is deplorable. What a cheap way to add a few bucks to the bill. Expect passing boats to wake the marina….confusing at first but after the gigging…may know why.
Dan

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Angelfish Creek, January 2011 Depth Report (Biscayne Bay to Hawk Channel)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-02-2011

Moving south from Miami, Angelfish Creek is the first really practical inlet that skippers of cruising sized craft might consider to cruise from Biscayne Bay/the Florida Keys Inside Route to Hawk Channel, or the other way around. For the past five years or so, there have been rumors of an underwater “rock” on the Hawk Channel side of this passage, near the channel’s edge. Some have reported finding this hazard the hard way, while others have sworn it was not there at all. Looks like our fearless roving reporter, Captain Jane, had good luck here!

Our January 2011 update for Angelfish Creek: We favored greens 1, 2, 3. And favored the reds 6 to 14. No problem for us at 1.3 above MLW. We draw 5 feet. The lowest we saw was 7 feet at the entrance near Green daymark 1.
Your Fearless Roving Reporter
Captain Jane

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Boca Chita Key Marina and Visitors’ Center (Statute Mile 1106)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-12-2011

Watch out for thin entrance depths and a poorly marked channel as you make your way to the National Park Service marina on Boca Chita Key, in Biscayne Bay.

After two enjoyable days in Miami Beach, Shady Lady and crew cruised south into Biscayne Bay, docking for two more nights at Boca Chita. Boca Chita (and Boca Chica both mean “small mouth”) is a small key which is part of the Biscayne Bay National Park. It has a small harbor which boaters can use for a $20 fee ($10 if you have a “Golden Age” pass). Campers are also permitted, but there is no electric, water or trash pick-up. The volunteer who lives there has solar electric power in his shop, cisterns to collect rain water, and is expected to live in a tent. However, he uses a small stone house that he’s cleaned up.
Wade Ehlen
MT36 Shady Lady
New Bern NC

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Unhappy Times at Grove Harbour Marina (Coconut Grove – Dinner Key, Miami, near St. M. 1094.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-09-2010

Hmmmmm

This marina is the worst I have ever seen. We had a reservation. They did not answer radio or phone calls. When my wife asked about the laundry facility advertised on their web site the manager lied to her face saying there was no web site. He then said there were no laundries in town and no rental car agencies (there are both). Finally he told my wife he “didn’t like her and hoped we would leave soon. We did. In 30 years of boating I’ve never come across anyone as rude and aggressively unhelpful. Stay away from this place.
David Gillespie

Agree, we stopped there back in January of 2010 before crossing over to the Bahamas. Even though the facilities and area were acceptable, the staff at the marina was the most unprofessional I had ever met. The staff at Dinner Key Marina was the same. I don’t know if its just a Miami thing but we completely bypassed the Miami area on the way back because of our experiences there.
Lou

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Great Description of the Dinner Key Mooring Field, Statute Mile 1094.5, Miami, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-20-2010

Dinner Key Marina overlooks the waterfront south of Grove Key Marina and north of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, within sight of the huge Miami City Hall.

I would like to give you my thoughts on Dinner Key Mooring Field. First, this is not Marathon and will never be. This field will develop its own cruiser community and style over the years to come. The moorings are secure and well maintained. The field itself is open to the ESE to the S and in a strong wind can be a bit choppy. The mooring field is big and if you’re at the outer edge it will be a long ride to the marina. I believe this to be a secure and safe mooring field. They have a shuttle boat service that runs on the hour till five pm and 7pm on weekends. This is a nice for that long ride, the down side to the service is that if it is windy and choppy they may suspend the service, leaving you to use your own dinghy. The dinghy dock in the marina, at this time is inadequate and would never accommodate a large transit group of boaters. The second dinghy dock, which is inadequate in size as well and is shared with the local anchorage, is not secure and open to the public at this time. Hopefully they will address these two issues to better improve there facilities.
For those of you who like shopping this is a great place to shop locally or take the Miami Transit system to downtown Miami or Miami Beach. There is also good bus/train service to the airport and even to Ft Lauderdale as well. There are food stores within walking distance and serviced by buses as well. They have showers and laundry on site, but the new trailer with showers and laundry at this time is not open. I have found the working staff to be very friendly and helpful. I think that anyone who stays here will find it to be a good place to be. The rates are similar to Marathon and there is wifi in the field, but is not provided by the marina. There are wifi cafés in Coconut Grove, a 5 minute walk from the marina, and as boaters we all could use a little walk. I hope that anyone who does stop here will find it to be a pleasurable experience.
Captain Wil

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Reminder of Transient Moorings at Coconut Grove Sailing Club (AICW Statute Mile 1094.5)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-19-2010

We’ve had numerous reminders of moorings available to transients at Coconut Grove Sailing Club on Biscayne Bay over the last year and the location sounds so inviting! Give the Club a try and let us hear about your stay, because they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Coconut Grove Sailing Club is a member supported sailing club but the moorings are available to the public on a first come first serve basis. They have 200 moorings in the most protected mooring field in Biscayne Bay. The restaurant on property offers great lunch and dinner choices with a view that is hard to beat in the Grove and they usually have live music on Friday nights.
Sean Connett

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The Good and Bad of Anchoring (or Mooring) in No Name Harbor (Key Biscayne, St. M. 1096)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 06-01-2010

No Name Harbor is located on the southern portion of Key Biscayne. Shelter from foul weather is superb, but you must now pay a fee here to anchor (or moor) overnight. Below, Captain Ron gives you some of the other good news and bad news for this overnight haven.
By the way, if anyone knows whether moorings have indeed been installed in No-Name (or not), PLEASE click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.

Claiborne,
The Hurricane Hole you mention can be one of two places both of which are located in the Cape Florida channel. The one most frequently used is No Name Harbor further to the East. In the past you could anchor there, but recently I have heard they have installed moorings. In any case, it is a small, hot, muggy, airless harbor that most would not want to spend too long. The boats meander with the changing currents and the only positive is that there was an excellent Cuban restaurant at the harbor wall. Many first time cruisers who feel insecure about anchoring in a semi-open anchorage find this harbor appealing. When you want to depart, especially at night, you have to weave through the tightly packed boats to enter the Cape Florida Channel.
Ron

And, thanks to Captain Jules, here is the answer to the question of whether moorings have been installed in No-Name Harbor:

Hello,
I just called the park and no moorings have been installed. It’s a very nice park to visit with an award winning beach, two great restaurants, bike, kayak and catamaran rentals, hiking trails and a restored historic light house open to the public with amazing views from the top. For the overnight boaters, showers, laundry and free pumpout so it’s well worth the very nominal anchoring fee.
Yes of course in summer it will be hot and buggy in a small landside anchorage and like all anchorages there is a capacity limit, this one being very very small fills up fast. I have stayed in fall and winter and found it to be very enjoyable and all chain rode keeps the meandering to a minimum and I never have had problems with neighbors swinging to close. Also a good deal of the boats that anchor during the day are locals don’t spend the night. Outside of summer if there is space I will go in. When it is full I anchor in the channel and dingy in to take advantage of all the park has to offer. There is little or no traffic in the channel at night so you can still get a good night sleep there, just be sure your anchor is well set as a strong current runs but I have never dragged.
I know that anchoring in a channel seems like the wrong thing to do but the channel is wide and it is common for boats heading to the Bahamas to anchor in the channel to one side when the harbor is full.
Cap. Jules

As of July 29, 2010 there is a fee to anchor in No Name Harbor. Two dollars for a day use and $20.00 per night. This is on the honor system.
Captain Cheryl Martin aboard Fair Winds

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Virginia Key Anchorage (Statute Mile 1092.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-28-2010

Captain Ron knows whereof he speaks below. This anchor down spot, hard by the southern shores of Virginia Key is convenient to both Government Cut and Biscayne Channel inlets.

The Virginia Key anchorage is the perfect staging point for a Gulf Stream crossing. Good holding in sand and gravel, protection from the banks to the South and an easy exit out the channel to the Gulf Stream. The channel markers are well lit and easy to follow for a night departure. If you get bad weather, there is an excellent anchorage just to the North- the Marine Stadium. We have sat through 50 knot blows and held steady. The only downside is that the bottom is mud and your anchor retrieval will be quite messy. Still worth the effort.
Ron

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