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jheiii 01-02-2020 05:32 AM

Boca Raton inlet - under 3 ft depth?
 
Leaving the inlet at high tide yesterday I went due East out the center. Normally see 5 or 6' of water. My shallow depth alarm set at 3' started sounding. I was showing 2.5' depth. On the way back in only saw 2'. You guys seeing the same thing?

FTLPSU 01-02-2020 06:11 AM


Originally Posted by jheiii (Post 13231548)
Leaving the inlet at high tide yesterday I went due East out the center. Normally see 5 or 6' of water. My shallow depth alarm set at 3' started sounding. I was showing 2.5' depth. On the way back in only saw 2'. You guys seeing the same thing?

Yes went out New Years Eve at around 8PM.....was weird..Lake Boca was low as well though...

scubaholic 01-02-2020 06:49 AM

Boca Inlet is notoriously shallow in certain areas - my skegs hit bottom about 6-7 years ago with my previous boat.

jheiii 01-02-2020 07:37 AM

Going to have to start taking a heading closer to 120* when exiting the inlet, looks like the entire mouth of the inlet is losing depth except for the Southern tip.

andrewjaxFL 01-02-2020 11:27 AM

we came in on a low tide once and there were waves breaking on a sandbar on the north side, and could see the bottom along the south and it looked shallooowwww

ychtcptn 01-02-2020 06:10 PM

It is common for a bar to form at the mouth out a couple of hundred feet.
you will need to start coming in the back way, come in due south of the inlet by about a 1/4 mile until you get even with the south jetty, then turn due north to inlet and come around tight to south jetty and enter inlet.
There was a pic of a 60’ cruiser hard aground last week, and there are going to be more.

JimInVero 01-03-2020 04:50 AM

Has been lower than normal tides for couple weeks now

just a cycle

billinstuart 01-03-2020 05:20 AM

Boca Raton.."mouth of the rat". I keep forgetting it is a natural inlet, shaped like a rat's mouth. Virtually all east coast Florida inlets shoal in on the north side.

joe.giuliano 01-03-2020 07:01 AM

I don't know why they can't move the dredger from H'boro for a while unless it is a PBC vs Broward thing.

ychtcptn 01-03-2020 07:35 AM

Boca has their own dredge.
The inlet dredges that work Boca and Hillsboro are not allowed past the breakwaters.
It will take a federal dredge to get rid of the bar.
I ran a 72' S/F out of there one winter when I was young, when I started the bar was there and we came and went the southway, after several months a dredge came and got rid of the bar.

joe.giuliano 01-03-2020 07:49 AM


Originally Posted by ychtcptn (Post 13234433)
Boca has their own dredge.
.

I have amnesia.

Though I think I have seen the Hillsboro on past the breakers.

billinstuart 01-03-2020 08:15 AM

Does Boca have a jetty on the north side?

joe.giuliano 01-03-2020 08:27 AM


Originally Posted by billinstuart (Post 13234559)
Does Boca have a jetty on the north side?

Yes

billinstuart 01-03-2020 09:16 AM


Originally Posted by joe.giuliano (Post 13234600)
Yes

Some sand should be trapped on the north side of the north jetty. Once sand builds up close to the outer end of the jetty, it washes around the tip of the jetty. Sand is carried by high velocity water only. Look at a river delta. As the velocity drops as water washes around the tip of the jetty and the area spreads, and the sand drops and forms a bar. High velocity water in the channel keeps the channel clean, btw.

Kavringen 01-03-2020 09:06 PM

Dredging
 
I went out December 26th with my 39 footer on low tide and according to Windfinder approx 5 feet waves. I have been in and out of BOCA inlet probably close to 100 times over the last 10 years. I was totally caught off guard by how shallow and nasty it was. I hope
this will be addressed soon. Just a matter of time before we see an accident.

Copout@castaways 01-04-2020 04:38 AM

There's already been one boat grounded on the shoal. The winds we had before the holidays bought a bunch of new sand in.

billinstuart 01-04-2020 06:45 AM

If a wave is 5' high and NOT breaking, the water is at least 5' deep under the trough.

heatzig 01-24-2020 05:53 AM

any update on this based on the recent winds?

jheiii 01-24-2020 08:21 AM

I followed a more Southern approach mentioned above last weekend. Saw 6 ft at the mouth of the inlet.

Slimshady04 01-25-2020 04:29 PM

Went thru today at high tide and showed 4.7 ft today.


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