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Date: 03 May 2012 23:17:00
Title: To No Name

To No Name Harbor, Miami, Florida
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We ended our week long stay on Lake Sylvia (due to the worst wind and rain we have had) and wended our way to the first bridge heading for Miami
 
 
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We were soon in thirty feet of water in the middle of the deep water inlet. Passing one of the Dockwise ladies – specialists in moving boats around the world.
 
 
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I enjoyed passing these working girls
 
 
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Into more familiar scenery
 
 
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We felt this tree needed a mention as it had to lean out to find some sunshine at a very jaunty angle
 
 
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We passed some huge houses, then a more cosmopolitan vista as we neared Miami
 
 
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Then the expected shallow bit
 
 
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Having to pass this lady – port to port – we found ourselves with 0.1 metres below us. (The next day we heard a Pan Pan message as a boat went very firmly aground just here and had to be “rescued”). We had had to time our arrival at this point for low tide as our biggest challenge bridge-wise was just ahead.
 
 
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Julia Tuttle Bridge has just fifty six feet clearance, Beez mast is fifty five, so at mid tide would expect to twang the antennae at the top a bit
 
 
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At low tide we saw we had fifty seven and a half feet, still it made for a few deep breaths as we passed under. The risk/benefit ratio was clearly go aground or smack the mast, no choice but ‘sail on the spot’ as the only option – however, Beez wanted neither as our Boat US (AA) membership ran out at the end of April. A tow off would run into a fair few $$$. All well however, so on to the next bridge into Miami proper.
 
 
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Venetian Bridge. “Come up close captain, but don’t near the fenders until the span (yep, only the right arm went up) has stopped moving”. Great - in this current no mean feat.
 
 
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Passing the real metropolis of the city
 
 
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The dock area
 
 
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The deep water terminal
 
 
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Behind us we saw Viscaya, John Deering’s House we visited on our road trip
 
 
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We crossed the vast Biscayne Flats and turned left into No Name Harbor
 
 
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Twenty five point eight miles to anchor in this idyllic man-made harbour, very reminiscent of Mile Hammock Bay (the one the marines dug out). The harbour is used by many day trippers and we had a fair few before they made their way home. The going rate is $12 for a day pass and $20 to anchor, but as Skipper Bob says “they very often don’t come to collect”, fine by us. By the evening we had a couple of boats to our left and the restaurant to our right and a few more boats. We could have stayed here a few days, but going south is calling.  
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A VERY VARIED DAY

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