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Old 03-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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Default Key West to Marathon

Has anyone gone from Key West to Marathon on the inside. With East winds going outside is a little rough. We are hoping that there is a little more protection on the inside , North side of the keys.
Is the ICW still marked pretty well. I dont see any buoys on the charts.
Any thing else to watch for ?? We have 4 / draft and 62 ft mast.
Hope alls well
Tom And Diana
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:06 PM   #2
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Hopefully someone with direct experience will check in. My sister-in-law lived in Key Largo for a decade and with a very shallow draft power boat was all over the place. When visiting, we went out along the route you're talking. I recall shallow, shallow, shallow unless in a channel and the need for local knowledge. I've just emailed her to ask your question. Will post when I get a response.


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There is a Bay-side (what you call inside) channel which is well marked on the charts. Follow the charts and you will be fine--it is deep water in the channel and no mast issues. However, it meanders around and isn't direct--so you need those charts! Paper charts aboard are better, IMHO, however, if you don't have the correct ones, you can download charts for free from NOAA website.
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