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Boca Grande Channel (Florida)

Boca Grande Channel (Florida)

Characteristics

Description

Boca Grande Channel, between Boca Grande Key and the Marquesas Keys, is about 15 miles W from Key West.

The channel has a controlling depth of about 11 feet from the Straits of Florida to the Gulf of Mexico and is marked by daybeacons, but is seldom used except by local boats of 6 feet or less draft.
The channels through Key West Harbor are deeper and better marked, and offer a shorter passage from the Gulf to the Straits of Florida.

Currents:

In Boca Grande Channel the average velocity of the current is 1.2 knots; the flood current sets N and the ebb SSW. The velocity of the current is considerably influenced by the winds.

9/04/2012
Update
Cham
Boca Grande Channel,entre Boca Grande Key et les Marquesas Keys, se trouve à environ 15 M à l'W de Key West.

Le passage a une profondeur contrôlée d'environ 3,3 m à partir du détroit de Floride jusqu'au Golfe de Mexico et il est balisé avec des balises non lumineuses, mais est rarement utilisé en dehors des bateaux locaux de 1,8 m de TE ou moins.

Le passage à Key West Harbor est plus profond et mieux balisé. Il offre un court chenal du Golfe de Mexico au détroit de Floride.

Courants:

Dans Boca Grande Channel la vitesse moyenne du courent est de 1,2 n?uds; le flux  vient du N et le reflux vient du SSW. La vitesse du courent est considérablement influencée par les vents.
9/04/2012
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Marquesas Keys (Florida)

4nm
260°
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1.9nm
111°
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Boca Chica Key Key West NAS (Florida Keys)

19nm
89°
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Boca Grande anchorage (Florida)

3.6nm
124°
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Boca Grande Key (Florida)

4.1nm
133°
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Mooney Harbor SW anchorage (Florida)

6nm
260°
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Woman Key (Florida)

5.7nm
124°
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Ballast Key (Florida)

6.2nm
122°
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Cottrel Key (Florida)

7.7nm
79°
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Fleming Key (Florida Keys)

14nm
89°
Fleming Key is an island off the northwest corner of the island of Key
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Mule Key (Florida)

10nm
95°
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Stock Island (Florida Keys)

17nm
91°
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Local Area

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The Keys ( Florida)

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West Florida

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Gulf of Mexico

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NW Atlantic Ocean

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Marquesas Keys (Florida)

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