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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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      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      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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