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Lignumvitae Key Channel (Florida Keys)

Lignumvitae Key Channel (Florida Keys)

Characteristics

Description

The entrance to the 6 foot minimum depth Lignumvitae Channel lies just west of the like-named Key. Cruiserheaded for this cut from the ICW can leave the Waterway's track, 6
M SW of unlighted daybeacon #91A.
The Northernmost aids to navigation on the Lignumvitae Channel are unlighted daybeacons #15 and #16. From this point, the passage weaves its way generally South to a juncture with the 10 foot (fixed) westernmost pass-through of the Upper Matecumbe-Lower Matecumbe Key
Bridge.

Not only are some the chennel's twists and turns a bit navigationally challenging, but just N of its meeting with the 10-foot fixed span, this cut intersects the Power Line Channel. The various markers are at the juncture can be monumentally confusing. We will carefully detail this strech in our navigational section below. All cruisers are strongly advised to review this upcoming account in detail.

16/04/2012
Update
JB
L'entrée, d'une profondeur minimale de 2 m, de Lignumvitae Channel se trouve juste à l'W de la Key du même nom. Les plaisanciers peuvent suivre la voie navigable, 6 M au SW de la balise de jour #91 A.

Le plus septentrional des aides à la navigation sur le Lignumvitae chenal sont des balises de jour (non éclairées) # 15 et # 16. De ce point, le passage s'oriente généralement au Sud, au moment de la jonction avec le passage par 3 m (fixe) à l'W du pont des Matecumbe Upper-Lower Matecumbe
Key.

Non seulement certains chenaux de navigation sont sinueux et un peu difficiles, mais juste au N de la jonction avec les 3m de pont fixe, cette section coupe la ligne électrique du canal. Les différents marqueurs peuvent être, à la jonction, source de monumentale confusion. Tous les navigateurs sont fortement invités à étudier ce circuit dans le détail.

16/04/2012
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JB
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232°
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1.9nm
204°
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Key.
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22nm
241°
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Lignumvitae Key (Florida Keys)

0.5nm
18°
Lignumvitae Key is an island in the upper Florida
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The island has the Keys' highest point above sea level of 19 feet (5.8 m), which beats the island of Key West's
Solares ...
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Lignumvitae anchorage (Florida Keys)

0.6nm
359°
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Robbie's Marina (Lower Matecumbe Key)

0.9nm
137°
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1.5nm
204°
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1.6nm
126°
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Indian key anchorage (Florifa Keys)

1.6nm
130°
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Shell Key (Florida Keys)

2.6nm
51°
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Shell Key anchorage (Florida Keys)

2.6nm
44°
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3.3nm
214°
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Local Area

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