The Miami Intercoastal Way (ICW) comprises some natural inlets, rivers sounds and bays and a large number of artificial men made canals. It measures 3000 miles it runs the length of the eastern shores form the Maine to Miami. The Miami Intercoastal Way continues along the Florida Keys to Key West. The central channel is very well marked with two long poles. Boaters should stay within the boundaries of those 2 poles. The central channel shows some speed sign restrictions that also should be respected. Alongside the channel eastbound and westbound, you can find other smaller poles indicating channels leading the way toward canals and communities.
While navigating the Miami Intercoastal Way it is crucial to be very careful when getting out of the central channel and when navigating within the small channels since these usually have special regulations. Florida yacht charters usually have in their sites useful information about this topic.
Almost all the way passes between the mainland and barrier islands, so you are only a short distance from the Atlantic surf. Miami is near the southern terminus of the route. The Miami Intercoastal Way continues along the Florida Keys to Key West.
Florida yacht charters should have all the possible tools to make everything easier. Boaters need to be very careful and prudent by preparing their journey with the help of nautical maps or with a GPS. Boaters that are not familiar with the area should avoid cruising during night since signs often are not lighted and it becomes difficult to locate them. All along the ICW, boaters will encounter bridges that can become an obstacle for larger boats. Opening schedules and processes should be followed to request a bridge opening.
The waterways tries to maintain a minimum depth of 12 feet, but in numerous areas this minimum is not respected. The Miami- Fort Lauderdale section is well maintained and provides with sufficient signage in order to prevent boaters to be entrap in shallow waters.
When you choose one of the Florida yacht charters, it is recommended that you ask for some information regarding navigation through the Intercoastal way.
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