05-DEC-2020 Saturday – Little Shark River, Everglades Park FL to Marathon Marina and Boatyard, Marathon FL (41.4 nautical miles 47.7 statute miles)
Elevation: Sea Level
States (1): Florida
Along the Way
We took yes dear… for a quick trip up the Little Shark River before we lit out for Marathon. It was a little too dark for pictures and I’m having problems with my camera, both of them.
Proof that birds don’t always flock together.
Exiting Little Shark River
20 miles from nowhere, middle of the Florida Bay, we were hailed by a fishing boat flashing mirrors. There was not another boat in sight. They needed engine oil. Dale gave them some.
There were easily 20 plus fishing boats lined up on an imaginary fence that bounds northern edge of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
A little further along the the starboard engine needed a fuel filter. While Dale swapped that out I studied the bottom of the Florida Bay. The Florida Bay is fairly shallow. I think the deepest water we saw on our journey today was 9 feet. Right here it’s about 6.
Our path was charted to go under the 7 Mile Bridge near Marathon after calculating and rechecking time, tide and waves. It’s a max 19 foot vertical clearance. Worst case we need to go back out into the Florida Bay, around the shoals and over to Moser Channel where the vertical clearance arches to about 65 feet. It’s about 3 nautical miles away.
Heading into Marathon Marina where we plan to stay for two days.
There is more than one really sizeable boat in this marina. M/V CRU is at the end of the dock. She’s little by Bahamas standards. But then again she’s more affordable to rent for a week. Only $35,000 p/week + expenses. Sleeps 6 plus 4 crew.
We are aqui, here in the keys.