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    • LNM: Shoaling in Big Marco Pass, Gulf Coast, Marco Island, FL


      Big Marco Pass and Capri Pass connect the Gulf to Gordan Pass Channel, a narrow waterway connecting Marco Island northward to Naples Bay. Daybeacon 1A is on the north side of the entrance channel.

      FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – BIG MARCO PASS – GORDON PASS: ShoalingThere is shoaling between Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 1A (LLNR 17100 [25°58.6088N / 081°44.4818W, 25.976813 / -81.741363]) and Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 17165 [25°58.7375N / 081°44.3491W, 25.978959 / -81.739152]). A temporary aid (TRLB) has been established to best mark shoal.Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel TRLB 1B displaying Fl Q G, 4NM characteristics in position 25-58-42.787N / 081-44-21.753W (25°58.7131N / 081°44.3626W, 25.978552 / -81.739376) (25°58.7131N / 081°44.3626W, 25.978552 / -81.739376) Chart 11430 LNM 10/18

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    • Suggested Route to Cross Gullivan Bay, east of Cape Romano, Gulf Coast


      Our thanks to Brian Munroe for this chart displaying his route across this shallow bay. Brian is responding to Brian McMahon’s request for local knowledge on the area.


      This is one of our tracks , our draft is only 4 foot, but the inquiry stated their intent to travel at high tide. We have never tried to travel on the weest side of Coon Key, it is too tight.

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gullivan Bay

      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. David Hipschman -  November 20, 2017 - 11:46 pm

        Mr. Munroe,
        Can one travel all the way from Gullivan Bay up to Big Marco Pass via Goodland Bay and the Big Marco River? We draw 3.5 feet.
        Thanks

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      2. Brian McMahon -  November 12, 2017 - 10:28 am

        Thank you very much for responding. I will enter this into my chart plotter.

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    • Local Knowledge Requested for Gullivan Bay, south of Marco Island


      Brian McMahon is requesting local knowledge on passage through Gullivan Bay which lies east of Cape Romano. See Coon Key Pass for a similar request.

      Have same question regarding transiting Gullivan Bay into Goodland. I draw 5′ and based on charts i can make it at high tide. However, looks like there are two potential routes through Gullivan Bay. Anyone have a specific route they think is best?
      Brian McMahon

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gullivan Bay

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      1. Mike Smith -  November 15, 2017 - 4:11 pm

        I hope you get more recent comments than mine – I’m heading through there in February… at any rate, coming into Goodland I generally start with that little northwesterly bulge in the 6ft line, and head for the Coon Key light; in the past, either side didn’t seem to matter, but I guess I’d favor the west side now. I have NO idea if Hurricane Irma has changed the bottom in any way. We’ve come through there several times in the past with 4 1/2ft draft, in company of boats with slightly deeper draft, and no one has ever hit bottom. But I would time my approach for 1/2 tide and rising. Once you get abeam of Coon Key, there’s plenty of water into Goodland. Good luck! and post the results!
        Mike

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      2. Brian Munroe -  November 11, 2017 - 8:55 am

        March screen shot. a lot has happened since then.

        How to paste a screen shot?

        Editor’s note: See http://cruisersnet.net/168278 for Brian’s screen shot of Gullivan Bay

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    • Coon Key Pass Local Knowledge Requested, Gullivan Bay, south of Marco Island


      Skipper Gaz Haring is responding to a much earlier report on Coon Key Pass and is asking for more recent local knowledge. Coon Key Light is due south of Coon Key Pass in northern Gullivan Bay.

      Has anyone been through the Coon Key Light / Gullivan Bay channel lately?
      Been a few years since last transited. Always a little dicey with tight places around and south of Coon Key Light. Wondering if still 4′ at MLW according to Coastal Pilot / charts and my personal observations. Aug 2017
      Gaz Haring

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      1. Brian McMahon -  November 9, 2017 - 12:20 pm

        Have same question regarding transiting Gullivan Bay into Goodland. I draw 5′ and based on charts i can make it at high tide. However, looks like there are two potential routes through Gullivan Bay. Anyone have a specific route they think is best?

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    • Shoaling, Gordan Pass, Gulf Coast, Naples, FL


      Gordan Pass is the inlet into Naples, FL and shoaling is regularly reported in the channel from its entrance to the point where the channel joins the Naples Channel in Naples Bay.

      FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – GORDON PASS CHANNEL: Shoaling.
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in Gordon Pass Channel from the center of the Federal Project Channel to Gordon Pass Channel Light 2 (LLNR 17455 [26°5.4649N / 081°48.4687W, 26.091081 / -81.807812]). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11430 LNM 50/16

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    • Shoaling in Wiggins Pass, Naples, FL


      Even with dredging, Wiggins Pass is one of the most shoal prone inlets on the Western Florida coastline. Wiggins Pass cuts the coast between Gordon Pass and Fort Myers Beach. To be safe, we strongly recommend calling Pelican Isle Yacht Club at 239-566-1606 for up-to-date depth information BEFORE attempting entry.

      FLORIDA – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS: Shoaling.
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in Wiggins Pass between Safe Water Light WP (LLNR 17775 [26°17.2600N / 081°50.1400W, 26.287667 / -81.835667]) 26-17-15.600N/081-50-08.400W (26°17.2600N / 081°50.1400W, 26.287667 / -81.835667) and Wiggins Pass Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 17815 [26°17.3833N / 081°49.6500W, 26.289722 / -81.827500]) 26-17-23.000N/081-49-39.000W (26°17.3833N / 081°49.6500W, 26.289722 / -81.827500) . Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11427 LNM 28/16

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    • On-site Report on Gordon Pass Navigation into Naples, FL


      Gordon Pass is the primary inlet serving the Naples, Florida region and shoaling is a perennial problem as shown in this 2015 Nav Alert. Our thanks to SSECN Team member, Curtis Hoff, for this on-site report.

      At least one cruising site [/155155] recently noted the Coast Guard planned aids to navigation changes in mid-February for Gordon Pass into Naples. As of yesterday the aids to navigation are unchanged and shoaling is still a concern in the channel. A call to TowBoatUS resulted in the following guidance:

      Enter from the south between R2 and R4 on a course of 060 deg aiming for 1/3 of the distance from R2 to R4. Note this puts R2 to port as you enter.

      I entered yesterday following this guidance saw a minimum of 8 ft at a +1 ft tide.

      See the following graphic for a visual representation of this guidance.

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    • Daybeacon Relocating by USCG, February 13-18, Gordon Pass, Naples, FL


      Gordon Pass is the primary inlet serving the Naples, Florida region and shoaling is a perennial problem as shown in this 2015 Nav Alert. Our thanks to Kevin Barnhill for forwarding this USCG Notice.

      RELAYED FROM USCG:
      FW: COAST GUARD OPERATIONS IN GORDON PASS AND NAPLES BAY

      I’m requesting your assistance in notifying the boating public of an upcoming project the Coast Guard will be doing in Gordon Pass and Naples Bay channels. Normally, we prefer to advertise in the Weekly Local Notice to Mariners but due to the short time frame I’m seeking other ways to inform the boating public. Please feel free to publish this information, post on websites or blogs, pass to marina and boat rental companies or other boating information websites.

      Between Feb 13th and Feb 18th, the Coast Guard Cutter VISE will be relocating the Daybeacon 1 and Light 2 at the entrance to Gordon Pass approximately 100 yards south of the shoal. An additional 8 aids to navigation will be serviced or relocated to mark the best water in these areas. This project will continue to mark the best water and meet the needs of the users of Gordon Pass and Naples Bay Channels. Once the work is completed, a Coast Guard voice broadcast will relay the changes and it will be published in the Local Notice to Mariners. Gordon Pass and Naples Bay Channel have been a major area of concern for its continual shoaling and impact on safe navigation. The need for future relocations may be necessary to mark best water due to the ever changing conditions. The proposed project is expected to be completed by the Coast Guard utilizing Best Management Practices that were developed in order to avoid and minimize environmental impacts. If you have questions, I can be reached at Darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil or (813) 228-2191 ext 8184.
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      BOSN4 Darren Pauly
      Aids to Navigation Officer
      US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
      155 Columbia Drive
      Tampa FL 33606
      darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil
      (813) 228-2191 Ext. 8184 Tampa office
      (727) 502-1522 St. Pete office
      (727) 804-3972 cell

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    • Shoaling Reported south of Gordan Pass, Naples to Marco Island Channel, 1/17/2016


      Carey Moluchi reports observing shoaling in the inner channel which lies east of Keewaydin Island south of Naples.

      We have a 4 ft draft sailboat and took the inside passage from Marco to Naples Jan 15th 2016. We found a shallow area right in between the markers at #67 which is a few markers before the channel joins the main channel from Gordon Pass to Naples. We were on mid tide and our depth finder showed 4.2. So caution would be required at this location. We found the rest of the channel fine and it was well marked.
      Carey Moluchi

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    • CCCC Visits Marco Island Marina, West Florida, south of Naples


      The Cape Coral Cruise Club is a group of dedicated cruisers who always provide unique reports from the marinas they visit. Marco Island Marina will be found along the Marco ‘“ Naples waterway’s southerly banks, immediately west of the high-rise fixed Marco Island bridge.

      Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Marco Island
      By Terry and Laurie Carlson

      Eleven boats were greeted with sunny skies for the November trip to Marco Island Marina, a destination that had been off the Club schedule for a few years. All boats were neatly snuggled into their slips with the aid of dock master, Elmer Mimas, who located the entire group on one dock for our convenience. Cruise leaders for this cruise were Terry and Laurie Carlson. The boats no sooner got tied up and the fun began as all boaters were introduced to the cruise leader’s Marco Island Poker Run, receiving their score cards and their first playing card. Subsequent cards were issued at different scheduled events throughout the three day cruise.

      Tuesday evening was kicked off with Heavy hors d’oeuvres by the pool, followed by a Cape Coral Cruise Club Member Trivia game prepared by cruise leaders,Terry and Laurie Carlson. Participants enjoyed learning little known facts about Cruise Club members that had been gleaned from Bio’s that are soon to be published on the Club website. Gary Taake was the winner of the competition. Valuable prizes were awarded!

      Breakfast was served Wednesday morning by the cruise leaders. Main dishes included Apple Monkey Bread, Sausage Hash Brown Casserole, a Stuffed Pancake casserole and more. Pretty sure nobody left hungry. Wednesdays daytime activity was a fun trip to the Marco Island Farmers Market that ended with a nice lunch/drinks at the Esplanade marina. The Wednesday evening meal, provided by the cruise leaders,along with contributions from other cruisers, was centered around the Carlson’s `almost famous backyard smoked’ pulled pork with all the trimmings. After dinner entertainment was provided by John and Patti Queen and their `When the Hell was that?’ competition. Winner was Pat Kryger with runner up Donna Overstreet. Once again, valuable prizes were awarded. CCCC has neat contests’¦

      Thursday morning brought yet another breakfast by the pool with Scrambled eggs with cheese, rolls and fruit. Later that morning a trip to the Marco Island Museum was on tap. Approximately 10 people enjoyed learning the history of Marco Island from ancient times to present modern development.

      Thursday evening was our dinner out at CJ’s on the Bay at Esplanade. Cruisers were treated to a beautiful facility and marina on the bay at the Esplanade with a wonderful menu that provided something tasty for everyone. The after dinner highlight was the culmination of the Marco Island Poker Run. Final cards were drawn and the winners were Bill and Donna Peterson’¦ and yes, valuable prizes were awarded.

      Friday morning all boats cast off, bid a fond farewell to Marco Island Marina and headed back north for a smooth Gulf ride back to the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area.

      The Cape Coral Cruise Club is open to new members who own a boat with overnight accommodations and reside in the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area. For membership information please contact Phil Kryger at 239-541-0236. View a short picture video of recent Club activities and read additional Club information on its website, www.c-c-c-c.org Like us on Facebook.

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Marco Island Marina

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    • Cape Coral Cruising Club Visits Naples Boat Club, Naples, FL


      This fine group of boaters, made up of overnight cruisers from the Cape Coral area, is a cruising club worth following as they visit marinas along the West Coast. Naples Boat Club overlooks the western banks of Gordon River, upstream of the Naples City Pier. This facility lies within walking distance of many shopping and dining attractions in downtown Naples.

      CCCC Enjoys a fun time at Naples Boat Club

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      Member boats moored at Naples Boat Club

      Seventeen boats braved the `unknown” by taking a trip down the Gulf of Mexico for our annual trip to the beautiful Naples Boat Club. Why that adjective? September on the Gulf of Mexico’¦ are you going to deal with a potential hurricane or be delighted by a gorgeous sunny day. Some southbound boaters experienced bumpy seas, but all arrived safely. Those cruising were Y Knot, Phil and Pat Kryger;, Infinite Sea, Paul and Stephanie Carrico; The Geezers, Stu and Jane Harelik; MarKate, Mark and Kate Lewis; Princess, Jim and Edie Limbright; Surface Interval, Bruce and Sue Longman; B Mine, Joe and Kelli Mille;, Hardee II, Hal and Dee Moss; Sharon Ann, Len and Sharon Palmisano; Luna Sea, Doug and Michelle Rhees; Spoiled Yacht’n , Armond and Pam Sykes; Still Crazy, Jeff and Joanne Ziemer ; C R Side, Bob and Carol Peterson; Wine Down, George and Carol Smith; Happy Ours, Gary and Kathy Taake; Knot Again, Larry and Maryanne Habich; and Sunkissed, Phil and Lyn Quick.

      Club members experienced three days of clouds and lots of rain. However, it did not lessen our appetites for food, drink, and fun & games. So that everyone could relax on arrival day, cruise leaders Phil and Lyn Quick, saw to it that no one would go hungry. One hundred and fifty pieces of fried chicken were provided along with hot buttered biscuits, potato salad, and sliced tomatoes. Way too much chicken. Pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream was a wonderful finishing touch. Needless to say anyone requiring chicken for the rest of the cruise did not have to look past the refrigerator to find plenty of leftovers.

      Day two provided us with even more rain. Therefore several card and other table games became the activity for many in the beautiful Naples Boat Club Clubhouse. After a nice continental breakfast of pastries and fresh fruit several members pulled out their rain gear and walked to Tin City and Fifth Avenue to help stimulate the local economy.

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      Members have dinner at Café Luna, Naples, Fl

      Thursday morning had more bakery delights provided as another gloomy wet day was upon us. No one was brave enough to put on bathing suits and sit by the pool the entire trip. A bus trip to the Naples Zoo was cancelled due to rain. Most people figured a way to offset the weather and make the best of the day.

      We then walked to the front of the Naples Boat Club building to the Wharf Tavern to have a wonderful lobster dinner with all the trimmings. Luckily it was a short, sheltered walk, because…you guessed it’¦yep…still raining!

      Most folks retired early knowing the forecast for a northbound departure day was again uncertain. Some left at daybreak and some left at their leisure to take on a smooth Gulf and relish the great times we all had. We look forward to the next cruise trip to again enjoy the camaraderie and boating that the Cape Coral Cruise Club provides.

      The Cape Coral Cruise Club is open to new members who own a boat with overnight accommodations and reside in the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area. For membership information please contact Phil Kryger at 239-541-0236. View a short picture video of recent Club activities and read additional Club information on its website, www.c-c-c-c.org Like us on Facebook.

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    • Shoaling Reported in Gordan Pass, south of Naples, FL, 6/3/2015


      Gordan Pass is the inlet into Naples, FL. The reported shoaling encompasses the entire Gordan Pass channel from its entrance to the point where the channel joins the Naples Channel in Naples Bay.

      FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – GORDON PASS CHANNEL TO NAPLES BAY CHANNEL: Shoaling/Hazard to Navigation.
      There is shoaling from Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 17453 [26°5.5006N / 081°48.4405W, 26.091676 / -81.807342]) to Naples Bay Channel Light 20 (LLNR 17540 [26°6.0883N / 081°47.1914W, 26.101471 / -81.786524]). It is strongly advised that all mariners should obtain local knowledge of the channel conditions before attempting passage. Chart 11430 LNM: 22/15

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      1. Alex -  June 28, 2015 - 11:41 pm

        Confirming shoaling, running from approximately 20 feet to 150 feet west (directly running out of Gordon’s Pass from Green 1. Less than 2 feet at mid tide on June 27th. Quite hard base. BEWARE!

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    • Good Visit and Good Advice on Smokehouse Bay – Marco Island Anchorage, Marco Island, Southwest Florida


      Smokehouse Bay lies in the heart of northern Marco Island. This fortunate body of water plays host to Esplanade Marina and a good anchorage. Collier Creek is its entrance channel which leaves the Marco Island-to-Naples waterway west of marker #14. Our thanks to Skipper Merritt for this report. For a report of depths in the anchorage, see /?p=139969

      Anchored twice in Smokehouse Bay in May of this year (2015) and found the bay and the holding excellent. The Winn Dixie dock around the corner under the bridge was very convenient. The only note I would add that isn’t in the previous postings is that the navigation markers from the pass through Collier bay on the chart plotter do not match what is actually there. The marked channel runs out at `12’ with three possible directions. Take the residential channel directly ahead and after going around a bend you will see smokehouse bay and `13’.
      Jim Merritt
      SV Latitude Adjustment

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    • Shallow Water and Extinguished Light at Little Marco Pass, Southwestern Florida


      Little Marco Pass leads to the unofficial waterway stretching from Capri Pass and Marco Island north to Naples and to the popular Little Marco Island Anchorage. Our thanks to Skipper Forshier for this information.

      I do not know if this was reported but the outer markers on both gordon pass into Naples Fl and the marker into Marco Island ( little marco pass) were removed last year. This makes night entry trickier as they were lighted markers. ( so do not look for them) There are no plans to replace them.
      Also Gordon pass has shallowed on the north side and there are reports of only 5 feet depth at low tide in some areas. There are Multiple reports of bumping aground at low tide. although the permit to dredge is in place the funding is not. So we wait.
      Terry Forshier

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For The Little Marco Island Anchorage

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    • Extinguished Lights and Shallow Depths at Gordon Pass, Southwestern Florida Coastline


      Gordon Pass is the primary inlet serving the Naples, Florida region and has to be dredged every so often, but, as Skipper Forshier points out, the permit to dredge is in place, but the funding isn’t. Haven’t we heard that lament before?

      I do not know if this was reported but the outer markers on both gordon pass into Naples Fl and the marker into Marco Island ( little marco pass) were removed last year. This makes night entry trickier as they were lighted markers. ( so do not look for them) There are no plans to replace them.
      Also Gordon pass has shallowed on the north side and there are reports of only 5 feet depth at low tide in some areas. There are Multiple reports of bumping aground at low tide. although the permit to dredge is in place the funding is not. So we wait.
      Terry Forshier

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    • More Good Words for Marco Island Marina, West Florida, south of Naples


      Marco Island Marina will be found along the Marco ‘“ Naples waterway’s southerly banks, immediately west of the high-rise fixed Marco Island bridge.

      Elmer the dockmaster is very helpful. Showers are air conditioned and clean. Floating docks are very nice, the entire set-up is first class.
      Upon registering you are handed a courtesy card to the Marco Island Yacht Club adjacent to this property. Impressive building, but a word of caution, if you are planning on eating dinner at the restaurant, we recommend you call ahead for reservations. We arrived on a Wednesday (dinner special is lobster tails) and assumed we could get a table. Well, had to eat at the boat.
      Manual Farinas

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    • Shoaling at Entrance to Smokehouse Bay – Marco Island Anchorage, Marco Island, Southwest Florida


      Smokehouse Bay lies in the heart of northern Marco Island. This fortunate body of water plays host to Esplanade Marina and a good anchorage. Collier Creek is its entrance channel which leaves the Marco Island-to-Naples waterway west of marker #14. Our thanks to our friends, Chuck Baier and Susan Landry, for this report. For a report of depths in the anchorage, see /?p=139969

      Shoaling at the Collier Creek entrance, Marco Island, may have an affect on the popular anchorage at Smokehouse Bay for locals and cruisers alike.
      Chuck Baier and Susan Landry

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    • Praise for Marco Island Marina, West Florida, south of Naples


      Marco Island Marina will be found along the Marco ‘“ Naples waterway’s southerly banks, immediately west of the high-rise, fixed Marco Island bridge (itself west of marker #26).

      Great marina, terrific staff!!! Very quiet! 3/4 mile walk to publix and restaurants.
      AliOoops

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