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    • 75. Bahia Honda Key Anchorage

      75. Bahia Honda Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 24 39.937 North/081 16.267 West
      Location: found on the bubble of deep water indenting the northwestern shores of Bahia Honda Key, northeast of the 20-foot fixed bridge
      Minimum depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, wide open to northern, northeastern, northwestern and western winds


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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Claiborne -  August 13, 2009 - 3:26 pm

        After leaving Marathon by way of Moser Channel, and then Hawk Channel, cruisers can cut through a removed section of the old bridge between Bahia Honda Key and Big Pine Key, and anchor off the start park. As you will see from some of the subsequent messages below, this is not a very protected haven. The adjacent state park marina is mostly pointed towards small powercraft, but I guess cruising vessels in the 30 to 38 foot range might be able to berth here.
        We came into Bahia Honda this morning after leaving Newfound Harbor.? Atlantic was a little rough and rolling.? We went into the marina at the state park and tied up for most of the day.? There is a 2.50 per foot charge if you stay the night, but we were told we could anchor just outside the marina entrance between the 2 bridges (the old railroad bridge and the highway bridge).? It is great and well protected and FREE!? We will leave in the morning and are headed to Marathon…watch out Marathon…here we come!
        Ben and Barbara Falmlen
        Two Cats Too

        I may have spoken too soon about the anchorage at Bahia Honda.? About 1 a.m. when the tide was shifting, the boat started to rock and roll and oh, what a night!? I was scared to death we would drag anchor into one of the bridges.? It didn’t happen, but it was?NOT a peaceful night.? I would not recommend it.? Even with a Bahama anchor.
        Ben and Barbara Falmlen
        Two Cats Too

        I came really close to writing when you made the posting yesterday evening. But I figured it was too late and the anchorage would probably be OK.
        It’s interesting to note that the Bahia Honda anchorage was given 2 out of 5 stars in ActiveCaptain. That’s pretty poor for an anchorage
        Jeffrey Siegel
        M/V aCappella

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      2. Hank Haeseker -  July 17, 2009 - 8:33 pm

        June 2009, anchored here two nights. Found fair holding in gras and shallow sand over rock. Good in S, SE, E winds. Exposed in other wind directions. Current not bad. Short ride in dinghy into Bahia Honda Park. As Floridians, we were not impressed with the beach at the park.

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