Sailing Guide

East Florida

East Florida



To the southeast United States of America, the Florida peninsula extends into the S on a journey of 600 km, with an average width of 165 km.
In N, it is continued by the Atlantic coastal plain of Georgia. The southern part of the peninsula is bathed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream that flows under pressure, in the Florida Straits between the islands of Cuba and Key West.
In terms of structure and relief,
Florida SE is a limestone area where the altitude does not exceed 6 m.

The waters Florida are the most diverse of any state's coastline in all America. You can find cruising grounds as dissimilar as the broad, unrestrined path of St Johns River, the backwater, almost secret streams of the Okeechobee Waterway, and the passages through the awesome "condo caverns" of Hollywood and Miami.
In between are many other bodies of water that offer even more diverse cruising conditions. Consider for a moment the vast, challenging reaches of Indian river, the historic waters of St Augustine, and the Swamplike rivers lying about Fernandina beach. 

Numerous protected anchorages are available to the mariner who prefers to drop the hook in the solitude of her own overnight haven rather than visit tne sometimes-crowded piers marina. Some overnight stops, particularly in the nouthern Florida, are found far from any trace of civilization, while others to the South may be set amidst high-rise condos and dense residential developpment.

Overnight anchorage anywhere near urbanized regions in Florida now often carries tha additional burden of local regulation. Between Jacksonville and Miami, cruisers will now find that, more often than not, overnight stops swinging on the hook are locally restricted to a seventy-two-hour period and sometimes even to forty-eight or twenty-four hours. 

Florida's east coast can boast more marina facilities than any other state on the eastern seaboard. Most of these establishments are well managed and offer a variety of useful services. A surprising number are so-called "supermarinas", offering extensive dockage with full repair, refueling, and dining facilities. Many other marinas are smaller, well-run operations that depend on overnighters for their profit.
Transients vessels invariably receive a warm welcome at these facilities. 

Eastern Florida offers a number of inlets for those cruisers planning to put to sea. While someone of these seaward cuts are subject to constant shoaling and strong currents, others are stable enough for strangers to use safely.
The St Johns, St Augustine, Canaveral Barge Canal, Fort Pierce, lake Worth, Port Everglades, and Miami Government cuts can all be used by visiting navigators with no more than the usual inlet running problems.

Eastern Florida is famous for its fine white sand beaches.

Au SE des Etats Unis  d'Amérique, la péninsule de Floride s'étend vers le S sur un parcours de 600 km, avec une largeur moyenne de 165 km.
Au N, elle se continue par la plaine côtière atlantique de la Géorgie. La partie méridionale de la presqu'île est baignée par les eaux tièdes du Gulf Stream qui s'écoule, sous la pression, dans le Détroit de Floride, entre les îles de Cuba et de Key West.

Au point de vue de la structure et du relief, la Floride du SE est une région calcaire dont l'altitude ne dépasse pas 6 m.

Les eaux de la Floride sont les plus diversifiées de la côte de n'importe quel État dans toute l'Amérique. Vous pouvez trouver des lieux de drague aussi dissemblables que le large chenal de St Johns River, le timide, presque secret flux de la voie navigable Okeechobee, et les passages à travers l'impressionnant «condo cavernes" d'Hollywood et de Miami.
Au milieu il y a de nombreux autres plans d'eau qui offrent encore plus de diversités aux navigateurs. Considérons un instant l'immense Indian river, les eaux historique de saint Augustin, et les rivières Swamplike partant de la plage Fernandina. 

De nombreux mouillages protégés sont disponibles pour le navigateur qui préfère mouiller l'ancre dans la solitude de son propre paradis la nuit plutôt que de fréquenter les Marina parfois plutôt encombrées. Certains arrêts de nuit, en particulier dans le N de la Floride, sont loin de toute trace de civilisation, tandis que d'autres vers le S peuvent se trouver au milieu d'immeubles de grande hauteur et de denses Développements résidentiels.

On peut ancrer de nuit partout à proximité des régions urbanisées en Floride, mais aujourd'hui souvent il faut affronter la réglementation locale. Entre Jacksonville et Miami, désormais les navigateurs, qui, souvent, veulent faire des mouillage de nuit, sont localement limités à une période de soixante-douze heures et parfois même à quarante-huit ou vingt-quatre heures.
La côte E de la Floride peut se vanter d'offrir des installations de marinas, plus nombreuses que dans tout autre État de la côte Est des États Unis. La plupart de ces établissements sont bien gérés et offrent une variété de services utiles. Un nombre surprenant sont soi-disant des «supermarinas", offrant des services étendus à la réparation complète, le ravitaillement, et les restaurants. De nombreux autres ports de plaisance sont plus petits, les opérations bien gérées à leur profit.

Les navires de passage donnent toujours un accueil chaleureux à ces installations.

L'E de la Floride offre un certain nombre de chenaux d'entrée qu'il faut emprunter pour prendre la mer. Alors que certains de ces passages sont soumis à une constante diminution de la profondeur et à des courants forts, d'autres sont assez stables et les étrangers peuvent les utiliser en toute sécurité.
Le St Johns, St Augustin, Canaveral, Fort pierce, Lake Worth, Port Everglades, et les Government chenaux de Miami peuvent être utilisés par les navigateurs sans problème.

L'E de la Floride est célèbre également pour ses belles plages de sable blanc.

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Conty seat of Miami (Florida)

Miami is a major city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida. Miami is the county seat of Miami-Dade County, (which includes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties), the most populous county in Florida. It is the principal city and the center of the South Florida ...
30 Apr 10

Lake Worth inlet anchorage (Palm Beach)

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17 May 10

Lake Worth inlet (Palm Beach)

The lake is a long, narrow, and shallow body of water separated from the ocean by an island varying in width from 0.1 to 0.5 mile. Considerable dredging has been done in Lake Worth for private channels and for real estate development. Local knowledge is necessary to carry the best ...
17 May 10

St Petersburg

28 Apr 11

Boca Raton anchorage (Palm Beach)

Boca Raton is a city in Palm Beach County.
On the northeastern section of Lake
Boca Raton, south of flashing daybeacon #65, we can anchor 6 feet, but entrance channel can be tricky.
16 May 10

Boca Raton Inlet (Florida)

Boca Raton inlet is a narrow dredged cut through the beach 5 miles northward of Hillsboro Inlet Light. It is used mostly by party fishermen.
The hotel at Boca Raton is a prominent landmark.
The mouth of the inlet is protected by short jetties marked by private lights. In May ...
16 May 10

Miami Beach (Florida)

Miami Beach occupies the barrier beach that separates the ocean from the upper part of Biscayne Bay and is also an important yachting center. A number of causeways, with bridges over the channels, form good highway connections with Miami and the mainland communities.
The city is ...
8 Apr 10

Lake Santa Barbara anchorage (Pompano-Beach)

Formerly known as Lettuce Lake, this lake is part of the Intracoastal
Waterway in Pompano Beach. It was originally named for the pond-like vegetation that formed on the surface of the lake. The anchorage is located on the ICW's western shores, south of unlighted daybeacon ...
1 May 10

Lettuce Lake anchorage (Pompano Beach)

Located on the cove-like body of water along the Waterway?s eastern banks between unlighted daybeacon #74 and flashing daybeacon #76..
We anchore in 7' minimum depth.
Good shelter.
17 Apr 12

Elliot Key (Florida)

Elliott Key is the northernmost of the true Florida
Keys (those 'keys' which are ancient coral reefs lifted above the present sea level), and the largest key north of Key
Largo. It is located entirely within Biscayne National Park.
It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to ...
18 Apr 10

Cooley's landing marina (Fort Lauderdale)

Cooley's Landing Marine Facility is dedicated
to the memory of William Cooley, one of Fort
founding settlers.
It is situated next to the recently
completed arts and science district, featuring the
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the
24 Apr 10

New River Downtown Docking (Fort Lauderdale)

Nestled in the heart of the downtown in the City
of Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk area, the New
Facility offers a contrast to tall, glass office
towers and lovely shade trees lining the picturesque
New River. Grassy picnic areas and copper-topped
pavilions ...
17 Apr 12

Legacy Harbour Marina

Legacy Harbour Marina ( formerly Centennial Harbour Marina ) entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East.
The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips ...
4 Nov 08

Lauderdale Yacht Club (Fort Lauderdale)

Nestled between a quiet residential community and the serene, beautiful intracoastal, you will find a Club rich in tradition, with exceptional facilities and service.
Tel: 954 524 5500
Fax: 954 524 5843
Minimum depth: 6'
1 Feb 12

Las Olas Marina (Fort Lauderdale)

The Las Olas Docks facility is conveniently located on
the Intracoastal Waterway and only steps from the breathtaking
and newly revitalized beach.
Completely renovated in
1998, the facility features a  marina designed
primarily for large vessels and offers ...
17 Apr 12

Hall of Fame Marina (Fort Lauderdale)

half a block from the blue Atlantic, on the Intracoastal
Waterway at Channel Marker 11, just one mile North
of the Port Everglades Inlet.Tel: (954) 764-3975
Fax: (954) 779-3658
Mail: hfmarina@bellsouth.netSouth Dock Accommodates 20 Yachts up to 70'
North ...
24 Apr 10

Marriott Portside Marina (Fort Lauderdale)

Marriott Portside Marina lies on the eastern coast of Florida in the south of the USA. The facility is part of the Marriott Hotel complex and is capable of handling mega yachts. Marriott Portside Marina is 0.5 miles from Port Everglades, on the ICW's western shore, just ...
18 Apr 12

Bahia Mare Yachting Center (Fort Lauderdale)

Just across a private walkway from the beach, Bahia Mar Beach Resort
& Yachting Center is in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, 2 blocks from the shopping, dining, and nightlife of Las Olas Boulevard and 1 mile from Port Everglades.Tel: (954)
250 slips
Minimum depth: 10'
25 Apr 10

Pier 66 Marina (Fort Lauderdale)

66 Marina is located in Fort Lauderdale on the eastern coast of Florida in the south of the USA. Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of the
United States". Combining the New River with an extensive network of canals and inlets there are in excess of 165 miles of navigable ...
30 Apr 10

Key Biscayne (Miami)

Key Biscayne is an island located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne
Bay. It is the southernmost of the barrier islands along the Atlantic coast of Florida, and lies south of Miami Beach and southeast of Miami. The Key is connected ...
18 Apr 12

Port of Ft Lauderdale

Located In the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the City of Hollywood, FL, Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. It is a leading container port in Florida and among the most active cargo ports in the United States. And, Port
Everglades is ...
1 May 10

Marco Island (Florida)

Marco Island, Caxambas park.
Marco Island est la plus grande des Dix Milles Îles de la Floride. Elle est située sur le golfe du Mexique au SW de la Floride, au S de Big Marco River, à 1 M environ de l'entrée de la passe Capri. Elle est reliée au continent par un pont.
7 Apr 12

Royale Palm Yacht Basin (Dania)

One mile from the ICW on the Dania Cutoff Canal. South of Port
Everglades in Dania Beach, Florida, between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale with no bridges between the marina and the ocean. It's located near the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport and there are many hotels in the area. ...
16 Apr 10

Harbour Towne Marina (Dania Florida)

Harbour Towne Marina is only minutes from the Intracoastal
Waterway Channel Marker 35, and three unobstructed miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Towne Marina is conveniently located on the W Dania Cutoff
Canal, at
ICW, just at 2 miles south of the Port Everglades ...
16 Apr 10
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US - East coast

There are three basic climate regions on the East Coast from north to south. The region from northern Maine south to about central Connecticut has a continental climate, with warm summers and long, cold and snowy winters. The region from southern Connecticut south to about the Virginia ...
27 Aug 15

NW Atlantic Ocean

Entre le Groenland et la mer du Nord, l'Atlantique est séparé de l'Océan Arctique par le seuil de Wyville-, zone relativement peu profonde (entre 300 et 1250 m) et de laquelle émerge l'Islande.
Au Nord, c'est-à-dire déjà dans l'océan Arctique, on trouve le bassin de Norvège, ...
19 Mar 15

Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It lies off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland and Virginia.

The bay was once known for its great seafood production, especially blue crabs, clams and oysters. 
6 Feb 10


Sailing through Delaware Bay is quite an experience. Currents are swift and there are number of sandbars lurking just outside of the main shipping channel.
1 May 11

New Jersey

Irwin Marine, Red Bank
19 Sep 14


1 Jan 70
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