A few tried and true tips from Florida Keys
mariner, Capt. Bill.
Operating large charter vessels full-time on
local waters since 1974 along with actively cruising and racing his
sailboat, an eight-ton ketch, Capt. Bill Robinson has learned a thing
"Watch the current," Bill says. "The current
usually goes from east to west in Hawk's channel. The easternmost
racing divisions (#3 and #4) will especially notice this. Along with
this westerly current, there is the regular tidal current in and out
of Key West Harbor. Boats will mainly get set by the current when the
winds are light."
Capt. Bill also warns about the area's
lobster pots. "There are lots of crab and lobster trap buoys to get
snagged on out there. And look out for patches of floating weed and
grass." Bill also mentions that dolphin, frequently seen in local
waters, may pay your boat a visit and frolic in the bow wave. "At
least you don't have to worry about bumping into those guys."
Photos courtesy of Rebecca
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