Sailing Guide

The Quicksands (Florida)

The Quicksands (Florida)

Characteristics

Description

A large shoal, the W part of which is known as The Quicksands, extends 18 miles W from the Marquesas
Keys.
The shoal is about 4.5 miles wide between the 18-foot curves and has a least depth of 2 feet over its E part.
A strong E to W current is observed in the area of The Quicksands.
8/04/2012
Update
Cham
Les Quicksands sont un grand banc, à l'W des Marchesas Keys, qui s'étend sur 18 M.
Le banc fait environ 4,5 M de large et a moins de 0,6 m de profondeur dans sa partie E.
Un fort courant d'E à W est observé dans la zone des Quicksands.
8/04/2012
Update
Cham
Share your comments about "The Quicksands (Florida)"

Localisation

To precisely geolocate this site. Update if necessary.
Sites around The Quicksands (Florida)
Flying distances - Direct line

Marquesas Keys (Florida)

26nm
82°
The Marquesas Keys (not to be confused with the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean) form an uninhabited island group about 30 miles (50 km) west of Key West, 4 miles (6 km) in diameter, and overgrown by mangrove. They are protected as part of the Key ...
8 Apr 12

Rebecca Shoal (Florida)

4.1nm
17°
 Rebecca Shoal, 43 miles W of Key West, is a small coral bank covered 11 feet. Rebecca Shoal Light (24°34'42"N., 82°35'06"W.), 66 feet above the water, is shown from a square skeleton tower on a brown pile foundation on the S edge of the shoal. A red sector ...
8 Apr 12

Halfmoon Shoal (Florida)

7.8nm
66°
Halfmoon Shoal, covered 8 feet, is off the W end of The Quicksands. A wreck covered 6 feet and marked by a light is on the W edge of the shoal.
8 Apr 12

Rebecca Shoal Channel (Florida)

9.7nm
291°
Rebecca Shoal Channel, immediately W of Rebecca Shoal Light, frequently is used by vessels bound from the Straits of Florida to points on the W coast of Florida. Vessels bound for Mobile and points W pass to the W of Dry Tortugas.
So far as known, Rebecca Shoal Channel is clear, ...
8 Apr 12

Southeast Channel (Dry Tortugas) (Florida)

14nm
275°
Southeast Channel skirts the reefs S of East Key and Middle Key, and passes between the 25-foot shoal S of Hospital Key and Iowa Rock off Bush Key Shoal. Iowa Rock is marked by a light.
The reefs S of Middle Key can be cleared by keeping S of a line through the abandoned lighthouse ...
8 Apr 12

Pulaski Shoal (Dry Tortugas) (Florida)

13nm
319°
Pulaski Shoal, at the NE end of the group, is 12 miles NW of Rebecca Shoal. Pulaski Shoal Light (24°41'36.0"N., 82°46'22.7"W.), 56 feet above the water, is shown from a small black house on a hexagonal pyramidal skeleton tower on piles on the E side of the shoal.The keys are low ...
8 Apr 12

Bush Key (Dry Tortugas) (Florida)

15nm
295°
Bush Key, just E of Garden Key, is a refuge for noddy and sooty terns. These birds come in early April and leave in September.
8 Apr 12

New Ground Shoal (Florida)

15nm
51°
New Ground, a shoal with a least depth of 4 feet at its W end, is about 6 miles long. It extends in an E-W direction about 3.5 miles N of The Quicksands.
A light is on the W side of the 4-foot spot. The water shoals abruptly on the N side of New Ground, and vessels should stay ...
8 Apr 12

Garden Key (Dry Tortugas) (Florida)

16nm
295°
Garden Key is the site of historic Fort Jefferson National Monument, a hexagonal structure with walls 425 feet long rising from a surrounding moat.
In 1846, the US Army began to construct a massive fortification on the tiny island known as Garden Key. Sixteen million bricks were ...
8 Apr 12

Garden Key SW anchorage (Florida)

15nm
294°
the best shelter is SW of Garden Key and the channel encircling it, where protection is afforded from NW winds.
However, the holding ground is poor, as boats drag anchor along the silty bottom.
Anchorage overnight is allowed in this area.
8 Apr 12

Garden Key Lighthouse (Florida)

16nm
295°
The lighthouse on Garden Key arose in 1826. After the 1873 hurricane, a new lighthouse of iron plate was built atop Fort Jefferson, 70 feet High atop the fortress, marking the harbor entrance until its deactivation in 1924.
8 Apr 12

Bird Key Harbor anchorage (Dry Tortugas) (Florida)

16nm
293°
Bird Key Harbor, reached through the narrow channel encircling Garden Key, wich is well marked, is an excellent anchorage.
The entrance to Bird Key Harbor is narrow, and care is required to avoid the shoals on either side.
The main entrance channel is marked by daybeacons.
8 Apr 12
Local Area

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

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

The Dry Tortugas (Florida)

The Dry Tortugas are a group of small keys and reefs 63 miles W from Key West. The group is about 11 miles long, in a NE-SW direction, and 6 miles wide.
With their surrounding waters, they constitute the Dry Tortugas National Park.
The first Europeans to discover the islands ...
8 Apr 12
During your navigation, remember to update the data. If a harbor, marina or anchorage is missing, create it. Thank you for all boaters.