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    • 91. Content Keys Anchorage #2

      91. Content Keys Anchorage #2
      Statute Mile:1222.5
      Lat/Lon: near 24 47.764 North/081 29.732 West
      Location: off the northwestern shores of the second Content Key, moving northeast to southwest
      Minimum depth: 12-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Protection: poor – fair weather anchorage only

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    • 92. Cudjoe Key Channel Northernmost Anchorage

      92. Cudjoe Key Channel Northernmost Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1227
      Lat/Lon: 24 45.754 North/081 33.531 West
      Location: Cudjoe Channel runs the gap between Crane Key Mangrove to the east and Riding Key-Sawyer Key to the west; anchorage lies north of the charted mangove, bordering the northwestern flank of the channel’s entrance
      Minimum depth: 15 feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Protection: poor, but some shelter is afforded from southern and southwesterly winds

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    • 93. Cudjoe Key Channel – Riding Key Anchorage

      93. Cudjoe Key Channel – Riding Key Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1227
      Lat/Lon: 24 45.292 North/081 32.756 West
      Location: Cudjoe Channel runs the gap between Crane Key Mangrove to the east and Riding Key-Sawyer Key to the west; anchorage lies off the northeasterly banks of the charted mangrove, southeast of Riding Key
      Minimum depth: 14 feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Protection: fair, but open to northern, eastern and northeasterly winds

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    • 94. Cudjoe Key Channel – Tarpon Belly Keys Anchorage

      94. Cudjoe Key Channel – Tarpon Belly Keys Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1227
      Lat/Lon: 24 43.776 North/081 31.374 West
      Location: Cudjoe Channel runs the gap between Crane Key Mangrove to the east and Riding Key-Sawyer Key to the west; anchorage lies west of Tarpon Belly Keys westerly banks
      Minimum depth: 8 feet but depths rise sharply as Tarpon Belly Keys are approached
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Protection: fair, but open to northern, eastern and northeasterly winds

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      1. Chas & Bev -  May 16, 2012 - 10:32 am

        We are in the Keys and tried to anchor at Tarpon Belly Key, a pretty remote place. We have a 43 Mainship with 75′ of chain and 250′ with a 75 lb. Rocna, 8 feet of water and 7 feet of pulpit. Our usual procedure is to drop about 20′, let it settle while slowly reversing and add in about 20′ segments until we feel a good grip, then bump reverse multiple times to deepen the set and eventually increase
        reverse a few hundred rpm’s to set. When we did the set, the anchor released. A few efforts to set and we finally pulled up. Holy cow! A massive ball of grey clay (looked and acted like cement) and grass. Could have been a small planet. Boat hooks, dunking and dragging thru the water finally got it off. We tried 3 other locations at the same anchorages with the same, but smaller ball, result. At 5PM, we finally went to a marina. Just beat sundown by 15 minutes.
        Our question is should we not done the finally set, as we usually do, on this type of bottom? Would the anchor, with time and gentler prodding by the wind and tide, eventually buried deeper? (I wouldn’t have been able to sleep)
        The Rocna has been great for us and we love it.
        We also have a 45 lb. Bruce and a Fortress. Would it have made sense to try them?
        Thanks,
        Chas & Bev
        …and Everywhere

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      2. Captain Rick -  December 4, 2009 - 6:48 pm

        Just a note about Fat Albert. It has a diesel generator in it so they have to bring it down every so often to fill the diesel tank. it can fly in up to about 60 MPH winds so it is not that dependent on the wind speed. it is also interesting how often it points in a different direction than the wind direction at sea level.

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      3. Hank Haeseker -  July 17, 2009 - 8:46 pm

        June 2009. Anchored off Tarpon Belly Key. First attempt to anchor failed, but found good holding further out from the key in deeper water. Lots of current thru here carrying grass that found its way to my sea strainers. Feels wide open but is sheltered by all the surrounding flats. Very easy to find your way in and depths are pretty much as shown on chart. Watch for “Fat Albert” baloon that flys from a cable nearby to put radar high in the sky. We noticed that when they bring Albert down, the wind may soon blow hard.

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    • 95. Johnston Key Channel Anchorage

      95. Johnston Key Channel Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1230.5
      Lat/Lon: near 24 43.492 North/081 34.456 West
      Location: lies off the northeasterly tip of large Johnston Key–anchorage found Depth: 6-feet of water in the anchorage, BUT the entrance passage is very difficulty and should ONLY be attempted by those whose vessel draw 4 feet or preferably less, are willing to take a chance, AND those equipped with a well functioning GPS chartplotter
      Swing Room: not recommended for vessels larger than 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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    • 96. Marvin Key Anchorage

      96. Marvin Key Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1233.5
      Lat/Lon: near 24 42.754 North/081 39.048 West
      Location: lies .3 miles west-northwest of Marvin Key
      Minimum depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, fair weather anchorage only

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    • 97. Snipe Point Anchorage

      97. Snipe Point Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1235
      Lat/Lon: near 24 42.094 North/081 40.471 West
      Location: found northwest of Snipe Point, which is itself well west of charted Barracuda Keys Channel
      Minimum depth: 10-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, fair weather anchorage only

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    • 98. Jewfish Basin Eastern Anchorage

      98. Jewfish Basin Eastern Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1238
      Lat/Lon: 24 38.845 North/081 43.452 West
      Location: Jewfish Basin lies south of the ICW (Back) route, between Mud Keys and Lower Harbor Keys; anchorage will be found on the waters denoted by chart 11445 by an “8-foot” sounding, northeast of the shallow channel running between the second (moving northwest to southeast) and third Lower Harbor Keys
      Minimum depth: 5 feet, but the entrance channel is essentially unmarked, and surrounded by shoal water
      Swing Room: unlimited, but entrance channel is not recommended for vessels larger than 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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    • 99. Jewfish Basin – Lower Harbor Keys Anchorage

      99. Jewfish Basin – Lower Harbor Keys Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1238
      Lat/Lon: 24 39.055 North/081 43.961 West
      Location: Jewfish Basin lies south of the ICW (Back) route, between Mud Keys and Lower Harbor Keys; anchorage will be found on the deep but narrow channel darting just north of the Lower Harbor Keys, northwest of the anchorage listed just above
      Minimum depth: 5 feet, but the entrance channel is essentially unmarked, and surrounded by shoal water
      Swing Room: sufficient room ONLY for vessels 30 feet and smaller
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 100. Jewfish Key Eastern Anchorage

      100. Jewfish Key Eastern Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1238
      Lat/Lon: 24 39.590 North/081 42.155 West
      Location: Jewfish Basin lies south of the ICW (Back) route, between Mud Keys and Lower Harbor Keys; anchorage will be found on the waters 350 yards west of the large, unnamed island, itself south, southwest of charted Mud Keys
      Minimum depth: 5 feet, but the entrance channel is essentially unmarked, and surrounded by shoal water
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good

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    • 101. Bahia Honda Channel/State Park Anchorage

      101. Bahia Honda Channel Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 24 39.442 North/081 16.819 West
      Location: lies between the two Bahia Honda bridges, off the westerly shores of Bahia Honda Key
      Minimum depth: 5- to 9 -feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but open to southern, northern and northwesterly winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      1. Mickey -  April 30, 2013 - 7:52 pm

        Waters get very rough at night with a lot of rocking and rolling. More of a jerky roll. Park looks nice but if you want a good nights sleep don’t stay here. winds got to 30 knots and boat next to us drug anchor. winds were SE to S.

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      2. Claiborne -  February 1, 2011 - 11:50 am

        Great anchorage with sandy beach and walking trails at the state park. Currents are strong, but a good Delta with chain worked great. We would not suggest this site with any north winds as it makes for an uncomfortable, sleepless night. Make sure you go to the beach on the Atlantic side for a beautiful sunset.
        S/V Arkeoo

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      3. Jules Robinson -  December 26, 2009 - 2:16 pm

        Hello,
        I have anchored here, while the currents are strong, the holding is very good and our all chain rode kept us dug in well along with a few other boats during 30-40 knot squalls from the south one night. we didn’t drag and I didn’t see anyone else that did.
        And the state park is very nice for hiking, swimming, sunbathing, bathrooms, showers, snack bar, gift shop etc. they have a tour boat that goes out to the reefs and other amenities. I look forward to returning.
        Cap Jules
        S/V Nemesis
        Dinner Key Marina
        Miami

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      4. jim -  December 12, 2009 - 3:25 pm

        Dont risk anchoring here, pay a few bucks and tie up dockside at the State Park marina. The tide rips between both bridges and you will flip direction every time the tide changes. The current is so strong under the old abandoned bridge that you need to be on a plane in a power boat at peak ebb tide to pass under it ! The north bridge has little vertical clearnace and the abandoned railroad bridge has concrete piers every 100′, so if your anchor slips you will be sanded with concrete.

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      5. Claiborne -  August 14, 2009 - 10:05 am

        Bahia Honda State Park
        11 miles west of Marathon
        (305) 872-3210
        Imagine water, water, everywhere as you sail eastward in Hawk’s Channel along the Keys’ island chain. At Big Spanish Channel you take a turn to the north and see an opening in what used to be a section of Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway. Today, this section is more often called Bahia Honda Rail Bridge. It may very well be one of the most unique entrances to anchor ever.
        As you turn ever so slightly to the right, you see that Bahia Honda’s uniqueness continues. Amid a lush landscape, beautiful palm fronds wave you a welcome in the gentle breeze. Between you and the landscape is a gorgeous white sand beach. It seems the only difference between here and Michener’s Shangri-La is the notice of a row of covered pavillions boasting concrete floors and BBQ grills. Even so, it is all picturesque.
        This is Bahia Honda State Park. With lots of land for long walks and bike rides, Bahia Honda also has a marina, ship’s store, ample changing and bathroom facilities, outdoor freshwater showers (hot showers are available in the camping areas), and the wonderfully unique anchorage that sits front and center of its main beach. All the Park employees are very friendly, cordial, very helpful, and anchoring is free of charge.
        There are other lovely beaches on both Oceanside and Bayside of the Park. The water, during calm weather, is very clear for snorkeling. For safety reasons, it is not permissible to dinghy directly to the beaches. Instead, dinghy tie-up is free at the marina where it is then a short and enjoyable walk to any of the beaches.
        So…what’s not to love about Bahia Honda?
        Anyone who has been there will tell you: Anchoring can be problematic. The problems are: 1) the Bahia Honda anchorage is located in between two bridges (the old railroad bridge and US1); and 2) the bottom is mostly rocky so holding is questionable.
        However, with the know-how, one can anchor at Bahia Honda and have a gloriously trouble-free and extended visit. First, keep in mind:
        – There is no protection from the North or South.
        – The best anchoring areas run parallel to the swimming buoys where plenty of sand and grass provide a good bottom for holding.
        – Fluke style anchors don’t usually hold well here because they are designed to let go in a blow and then reset. The often swift current and rocky bottom can hinder the flukes from taking hold quickly enough to avoid danger.
        Time and again while anchored at Bahia Honda, I have witnessed couples struggling to get a good hold with their anchors. I wait as they try and try again. By the sixth time or so, I’ll get on the radio and ask the Captain if he’d like a few local knowledge tips. By then he’s more than ready to listen to the other things to keep in mind:
        – Let out no more than 30 ft. of rode to set the anchor.
        – Face the current if it is swifter than the wind direction.
        – Back down slowly, slowly, until firm resistance is felt.
        – Rev up (e.g., 3000 RPMs on my 22 HP Yanmar) until the bow snatches downward and whips in a very quick, narrow arc.
        When the snatch and arc occurs, you have found excellent holding and are dug in. Let out the remainder of your rode and let the boat fall back on its own. I find it prudent to then set the MOB (the sooner the additional confirmation you’re not moving, the sooner all can relax).
        Now you have a bit of insight on what it takes to have a safe and stress-free visit at one of the most beautiful anchorages in all of the Florida Keys. Hopefully, if not already, Bahia Honda will be at (or very near) the top of your list of anchorages to enjoy while cruising the Florida Keys.
        Photographs link: s/v September Sea at Bahia Honda Anchorage
        Charmaine Smith Ladd, bringing you “The Low Down from Down Low”

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    • 102. Newfound Harbor Channel Southerly Anchorage

      102. Newfound Harbor Channel Southerly Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 24 38.286 North/081 22.686 West
      Location: lies east of the Newfound Harbor Channel between unlighted daybeacons #4 and #6
      Minimum depth: 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, but wide open to westerly winds

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      1. Claiborne -  January 10, 2011 - 5:09 pm

        Fantastic, quiet anchorage. The entrance is between 50 and 50A on Hawks Channel. (Directly SE of the channel is some of the best snorking in the Keys, Looe Key.) When entering the channel, keep R”2″ 200′ to starboard. You will pass ritzy Little Palm Island resort (formerly known as Munson Island). It’s so expensive, you’re not even allowed to look at the island or they send you a bill (http://www.littlepalmisland.com). After passing, R”4″, head to G”5″ as there is a shoal in the middle of the channel. After passing G”5″ bear NE to R”6″. We dropped anchor just N of R”6″ (24 38.936N 081 22.637W) There are several unoccupied sailboats permanently anchored and you can drop the hook anywhere. There is no boat traffic to speak of except the small wodden vessel “The Truman” that ferries between Little Palm Island and the mainland.

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      2. Claiborne -  August 22, 2009 - 10:44 pm

        Between Marathon and Key West, anchor in Newfound Harbor. It’s huge and well protected from all waves. If you scuba, go to Looe Key Reef there. It is really nice, and there’s a dive boat that goes through Newfound Harbor to the reef that’ll pick you up and drop you off at your anchored boat. Or just go out to the gov’t. mooring balls on the reef (carefully) in your own boat.
        Doug

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      3. Claiborne -  August 13, 2009 - 3:33 pm

        Last night we stayed in Newfound Harbor. It is a very protected anchorage and there were 7 other boats in there with us. Just be careful and watch your depth finder. There are some shallow places. There were several sailboats and they draw much more than we do (about 3.5 ft.).
        It as a great, close by, anchorage after diving/snorkeling off Looe Key. Just look for the weather/radar blimp (called Fat Albert) you can’t miss it.
        Ben and Barbara Falmlen
        Two Cats Too

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    • 103. Newfound Harbor Mid Anchorage

      103. Newfound Harbor Mid Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 24 38.768 North/081 23.206 West
      Location: on the waters south of Little Torch Key, between unlighted daybeacons #5 and #2
      Minimum depth: 5 to 6 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but open to southwesterly winds

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      1. Claiborne -  August 22, 2009 - 10:44 pm

        Between Marathon and Key West, anchor in Newfound Harbor. It’s huge and well protected from all waves. If you scuba, go to Looe Key Reef there. It is really nice, and there’s a dive boat that goes through Newfound Harbor to the reef that’ll pick you up and drop you off at your anchored boat. Or just go out to the gov’t. mooring balls on the reef (carefully) in your own boat.
        Doug

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      2. Claiborne -  August 13, 2009 - 3:33 pm

        Last night we stayed in Newfound Harbor. It is a very protected anchorage and there were 7 other boats in there with us. Just be careful and watch your depth finder. There are some shallow places. There were several sailboats and they draw much more than we do (about 3.5 ft.).
        It as a great, close by, anchorage after diving/snorkeling off Looe Key. Just look for the weather/radar blimp (called Fat Albert) you can’t miss it.
        Ben and Barbara Falmlen
        Two Cats Too

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    • 104. Newfound Harbor Western Anchorage

      104. Newfound Harbor Western Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 24 38.780 North/081 23.906 West
      Location: on the waters charted as “Newfound Harbor,” east of Ramrod Key, and east of unlighted daybeacon #1
      Minimum depth: 5 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but bit open to southeasterly winds

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      1. Claiborne -  August 22, 2009 - 10:45 pm

        Between Marathon and Key West, anchor in Newfound Harbor. It’s huge and well protected from all waves. If you scuba, go to Looe Key Reef there. It is really nice, and there’s a dive boat that goes through Newfound Harbor to the reef that’ll pick you up and drop you off at your anchored boat. Or just go out to the gov’t. mooring balls on the reef (carefully) in your own boat.
        Doug

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      2. Claiborne -  August 13, 2009 - 3:34 pm

        Last night we stayed in Newfound Harbor. It is a very protected anchorage and there were 7 other boats in there with us. Just be careful and watch your depth finder. There are some shallow places. There were several sailboats and they draw much more than we do (about 3.5 ft.).
        It as a great, close by, anchorage after diving/snorkeling off Looe Key. Just look for the weather/radar blimp (called Fat Albert) you can’t miss it.
        Ben and Barbara Falmlen
        Two Cats Too

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    • 105. Newfound Harbor Channel Northerly Anchorage

      105. Newfound Harbor Channel Northerly Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 24 39.711 North/081 22.721 West
      Location: discovered north of unlighted daybeacon #8, hard by the tip of the charted tongue of deep water,
      Minimum depth: 6-feet
      Special Note: sailcraft and other masted vessels are officially prohibited from making use of this anchorage due to the nearby presence of high tension, over-water powerlines
      Swing Room: sufficient for vessels as large as 50 feet. Note B of the NOAA chart states “No anchoring by sailboats or other masted vessels due to the presence of high tension power lines.”
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good in all but unusually strong southern winds

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      1. Capt. Jerry Robbins -  October 30, 2013 - 3:43 pm

        Thank you so much for the brief on the Hawk channel pumpout! Living some distance away but planning on sailing through Florida next spring all I have been reading made one feel that conchs had had it with tourist and planned on making it as difficult as possible to sail without going outside! This story indicates that that thinking was just crazy, thank you so much.
        Capt. Jerry Robbins

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      2. Ron Olson -  October 30, 2013 - 3:33 pm

        I was pleasantly surprised today while anchored out in Newfound Harbor in the FL Keys. We were on our way back from Dry Tortugas to Marathon, but the winds and seas were supposed to pick up so we pulled into one of our favorite anchorages in Newfound Harbor. It looked like we would be stuck here for a while and we were getting concerned about our holding tank. On Friday morning we hear a boat come by and ask if anyone is on board. We thought it was just someone being friendly, but when we look it is a boat marked as a pump-out boat. They gave us a free pump out funded by FL registration fees. They said all I had to do was register and I could get a pump-out every week, free, paid for by the state of FL. I filled out the simple form and they pumped me out at no cost, but they were happy when I tipped them. They said they offer this service from Islamarada to Key West, and their web site is http://po-keys.com/
        I am very happy to see this happening in Monroe County and hope that this spreads throughout the world.
        Ron Olson

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      3. Mickey -  February 10, 2013 - 1:01 pm

        Current NOAA Charts show this as a designated restricted area> see note B < This area is restricted no sailboats or other masted vessels.

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      4. Mickey -  February 8, 2013 - 11:01 am

        Masted vessels are not allowed here. They have white PVC markers and a sign. As soon as I anchored a small boat came out and informed me of the markers and signs. Designated anchorage is to right of the markers as you approach from the south.

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      5. Claiborne -  February 1, 2011 - 12:12 pm

        Found that the depths were not there for a 4′6″ draft and we quickly retreated to the other Newfound Harbor anchorages which were fantastic. Very little boat traffic.
        S/V Arkeoo

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      6. Claiborne -  August 22, 2009 - 10:46 pm

        Between Marathon and Key West, anchor in Newfound Harbor. It’s huge and well protected from all waves. If you scuba, go to Looe Key Reef there. It is really nice, and there’s a dive boat that goes through Newfound Harbor to the reef that’ll pick you up and drop you off at your anchored boat. Or just go out to the gov’t. mooring balls on the reef (carefully) in your own boat.
        Doug

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      7. Claiborne -  August 13, 2009 - 3:34 pm

        Last night we stayed in Newfound Harbor. It is a very protected anchorage and there were 7 other boats in there with us. Just be careful and watch your depth finder. There are some shallow places. There were several sailboats and they draw much more than we do (about 3.5 ft.).
        It as a great, close by, anchorage after diving/snorkeling off Looe Key. Just look for the weather/radar blimp (called Fat Albert) you can’t miss it.
        Ben and Barbara Falmlen
        Two Cats Too

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    • 106. Niles Channel Southern Anchorage

      106. Niles Channel Southern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 24 37.779 North/081 25.537 West
      Location: south of unlighted daybeacon #6 and just northeast of the shoal charted as “M Grs,”
      Minimum depth: 6-foot depths
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, fair weather anchorage only

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    • 107. Niles Channel–Pye Key Anchorage

      107. Niles Channel–Pye Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 24 38.235 North/081 26.263 West
      Location: lies 450 yards off Pye Key’s easterly banks
      Minimum depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good, but open to southern and eastern winds

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    • 108. Niles Channel Northern Anchorage

      108. Niles Channel Northern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 24 39.506 North/081 26.113 West
      Location: on the water lying 200 yards off Niles Channel’s westerly banks and 250 yards south of the fixed bridge
      Minimum depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good for all but unusually strong northern and southern winds

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    • 109. Bow Channel Anchorage

      109. Bow Channel Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 24 39.525 North/081 30.887 West
      Location: found north of Bow Channel’s unlighted daybeacon #24 #24 and 350 yards south-southeast of the 8-foot fixed bridge
      Minimum depth: 4-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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