Sailing Guide

Southwest Channel (Florida)

Southwest Channel (Florida)

Characteristics

Description

A convenient approach to Key West from SW, has been swept to a depth of 23 feet, and is marked by buoys.
Strangers should not attempt passage at night.
12/03/2010
Update
JB
Approche pratique pour atteindre Key West par le SW. Southwest channel a une profondeur de 7 m et est balisé par des bouées.
Ceux qui n'ont pas l'habitude du lieu ne doivent pas essayer de prendre ce canal de nuit.
12/03/2010
Update
JB
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Localisation

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Sites around Southwest Channel (Florida)
Flying distances - Direct line

Sand Key light (Key west)

3nm
87°
Sand Key light is located 6 nautical miles southwest of Key West, Florida, between Sand Key Channel and Rock Key Channel, two of the channels into Key West.
It is located on a reef that is intermittently covered by sand. At times the key has been substantial enough to have trees, ...
14 Mar 10

West channel (Key West)

4.1nm
25°
 West Channel, a passage leading W from Key West between the keys and outer reefs, is deep but unmarked. It is used by shrimp boats and small craft bound toward the Dry Tortugas. Local knowledge is advised for safe passage.
15 Mar 10

Rock Key (Florida)

4.8nm
74°
Rock key is a block of reefs located 24°27 342 N et 81°51 458 W,between Sand Key and Eastern Dry Rock.
10 Apr 12

Ballast Key (Florida)

5.5nm
348°
Balast Key is the southermost point of land in the continental United States. It is also the only privately owned land within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.A large house on Ballast Key  is reported to be prominent.
14 Mar 10

Woman Key (Florida)

5.7nm
343°
As I heard the story, Woman Key got its name from a group of prostitutes who washed ashore on the key after a Spanish ship went down in a storm. The sailors apparently ended up on another island, which is named Man Key.Today, Woman Key is a nature preserve, part of the Key West National
Wildlife ...
14 Mar 10

Boca Grande Key (Florida)

6.7nm
330°
Boca Grande Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the largest and westernmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key West.Well protected and uninhabited Boca Grande is the first natural harbor after leaving Key West.
15 Mar 10

Boca Grande anchorage (Florida)

7.4nm
333°
We can anchor with two anchors at 24° 32 952 N and 82 ° 00 122 W, on excellent holding sand, in 10 to 12 feet.
15 Mar 10

Cottrel Key (Florida)

10nm
Cottrell Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the northernmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key WestIt?s a popular spot for snorkeling. There are visible and easy to find remains of a wreck here, and it?s one of the few wrecks that ...
14 Mar 10

Mule Key (Florida)

8.9nm
30°
Mule Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the easternmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key West.
14 Mar 10

Main Ship Channel (Florida Keys)

8.5nm
52°
Main Ship Channel is the only deep-draft approach to Key West. Federal project depth is 34 feet from the Straits of Florida to a turning basin off the Naval Air Station Truman Annex Mole and inside the annex basin, thence 30 feet to an upper turning basin off Key West Bight, and then ...
16 Apr 12

Mooney Harbor SE anchorage (Florida)

9.2nm
330°
 A good anchorage was reported SE of Mooney Harbor with a 4-foot entrance marked by pipes and deeper water within.
16 Mar 10

Fleming Key (Florida Keys)

12nm
42°
Fleming Key is an island off the northwest corner of the island of Key
West, Florida in the lower Florida Keys. It is roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) long by a quarter mile wide.
It is connected to the island of Key West by the Fleming Key Bridge.
The island and bridge ...
19 Mar 10
Local Area

The Keys ( Florida)

The Florida Keys are a chain-like cluster of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the ...
7 Apr 12

West Florida

The coast, for nearly 115 miles, from Key West to San Carlos Bay is low, sandy, and generally wooded. Innumerable small islands and keys, interlaced by many small rivers and bayous, make up Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands. From San Carlos Bay N to Tampa Bay the ...
6 Apr 12

Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. The shape of its basin is roughly oval and approximately 810 nautical miles (1,500 km) wide and filled with sedimentary rocks and debris. Tidal ranges are extremely small due to the narrow connection with the ocean. Considered ...
6 Apr 12

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

Key West (Florida)

A W current, counter to the prevailing E set of the Gulf Stream, at times exceeding 1 knot, has been reported in the vicinity of Key West Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy.
In the S approaches to Key West within the 10-fathom  curve currents are weak and variable.
In the main ...
13 Mar 10

Area from Key West to Dry Tortugas (Florida)

Florida Reefs
On the straits side of the keys, and at an average distance of 5 miles, are the Florida Reefs, a dangerous line of shoals which extend along the entire length of the chain. These reefs extend from near Stuart, on the Atlantic coast, to the Dry Tortugas, west of ...
16 Apr 12
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