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Channel Five (Florida Keys)

Channel Five (Florida Keys)

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Channel Five is the second of the two marked passages spanned by the Lower Matecumbe Key-Long Key Bridge. It is an important route, not the least reason for wich is the full 65 feet of vertical clearance afforded by the fixed bridge that spans its width. This is the first ICW to Hawk Channel route passage of Angelfish Creek that enjoys such a high-rise clearance, with nary the necessity of a bridge opening.

Channel Five enjoys minimum depth of 7 feet. Most cruisers will not find much of anything less than 8 foot readings on their sounders. This does not mean that Channel Five is not without problems, however.

North of the bridge, shoals flank Channel Five to the E and W. S of the fixed span, shallow water is even more of a problem, with depths of 1 to ahalf-foot lying to the W and 2-foot shoals to the E.

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Channel
Five est le second des deux passages marqués enjambé par le pont de 
Matecumbe Basse-Long Key. Cette route importante est traversée par un pont fixe de19,5 m de hauteur. C'est la première route ICW pour Hawk Channel vers Angelfish
Creek qui jouit d'une telle habilitation de grande hauteur, avec la nécessité d'une ouverture du pont.
Channel Five bénéficie d'une profondeur minimale de 2,1 m. La plupart des navigateurs ne trouveront pas moins de 2,4 m sur leur sondeurs. Cependant, cela ne signifie pas que Channel Five n'est pas sans problèmes.

Au N du pont, les bancs bordent le Channel Five à l'E et l'W. Au S du pont fixe, l'eau est peu profonde et c'est aussi un problème, une profondeur de 0,3 m ou moins rejoint l'W et une profondeur de 0,6 m s'étend vers l'E.

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Long Key (ou Rattlesnake key) (Florida Keys)

0.7nm
306°
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3.8nm
56°
The island lies to the southwest of Upper Matecumbe Key, and to the northeast of Craig
Key.
All of the key is within the Village of Islamorada as of November 4, 1997, when it was incorporated.
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Key Vaca (Florida Keys)

17nm
246°
Key Vaca is an island in the middle Florida
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"Marathon Key."Key Vaca is located between Fat
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Long Key bight anchorage (Long Key)

1.3nm
267°
  We anchore on the central waters of Long Key Bight, which lies west of Channel Five's flashing daybeacon #2.
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Caloosa Cove Marina (Lower Matecumbe Key)

2.4nm
61°
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3.4nm
178°
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Special ...
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10nm
246°
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22 Mar 10

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4.1nm
53°
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6nm
43°
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Solares ...
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5.5nm
46°
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M SW of unlighted daybeacon #91A.
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Robbie's Marina (Lower Matecumbe Key)

5.6nm
56°
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Indian Key (Florida Keys)

6.1nm
61°
Indian Key was an unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It was located in the upper Florida
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Only ...
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