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Old 05-17-2017, 02:00 PM
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First of all, this is a great forum you have here. I've read many posts but this is my first thread!

I just brought my boat up from the Keys for a year here in Miami at Miami Beach Marina. I am excited at all the boating opportunities that are in Miami and looking forward to exploring!

I have a 2016 Azimut 55s and am loving it so far. I would love to start compiling a list of places to explore with my boat around Miami. Laid back sandbars, lunch spots, beaches, cool anchorages etc. Also any heads up advice on dangers or wisdom for a newcomer are very welcome as well!

Thanks in advance!
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The Haulover sanbar is a great place to anchor up and chill for the day, a trip up the Miami River right at dusk is always nice as well. There is a sandbar at Nixon Beach close to Key Biscayne, but the bottom there is a lil rocky and seems like sea urchins are always around. Stiltsville and Boca Chita and great day trip for your boat, plan on going into Boca Chita at the higher end of the tide, it can get pretty skinny in there for your boat at lowtide. Key Largo for the day is doable, Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill Bar is pretty cool places to catch the sunset. Shuckers, Montys, Casablancas, The Standard, American Social, all are great places to dock up and eat by boat.
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The Haulover sanbar is a great place to anchor up and chill for the day, a trip up the Miami River right at dusk is always nice as well. There is a sandbar at Nixon Beach close to Key Biscayne, but the bottom there is a lil rocky and seems like sea urchins are always around. Stiltsville and Boca Chita and great day trip for your boat, plan on going into Boca Chita at the higher end of the tide, it can get pretty skinny in there for your boat at lowtide. Key Largo for the day is doable, Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill Bar is pretty cool places to catch the sunset. Shuckers, Montys, Casablancas, The Standard, American Social, all are great places to dock up and eat by boat.
X2 on SHUCKERS -- and when you go there be sure to try the grilled chicken wings 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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I'm kinda liking John U Lloyd State Park lately, so you might wanna check out Whiskey Creek just south of the Port Everglades inlet.

However, I just re-read your post. An Azimut 55s will NOT fit under the bridge. Use the dinghy.

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Please share as many pictures of nude and sunbathing women on your yacht as possible.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Snookyj View Post
The Haulover sanbar is a great place to anchor up and chill for the day, a trip up the Miami River right at dusk is always nice as well. There is a sandbar at Nixon Beach close to Key Biscayne, but the bottom there is a lil rocky and seems like sea urchins are always around. Stiltsville and Boca Chita and great day trip for your boat, plan on going into Boca Chita at the higher end of the tide, it can get pretty skinny in there for your boat at lowtide. Key Largo for the day is doable, Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill Bar is pretty cool places to catch the sunset. Shuckers, Montys, Casablancas, The Standard, American Social, all are great places to dock up and eat by boat.
Great suggestions! I'll check them out for sure. All the pictures I had looked at for Haulover Sandbar were smaller boats 25-30ft. A boat my size would have no problem right there? Which side would be best to anchor? Northend?

And what's up with Stiltsville lol? What's going on there?

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X2 on SHUCKERS -- and when you go there be sure to try the grilled chicken wings 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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I'm kinda liking John U Lloyd State Park lately, so you might wanna check out Whiskey Creek just south of the Port Everglades inlet.

However, I just re-read your post. An Azimut 55s will NOT fit under the bridge. Use the dinghy.

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Originally Posted by xdeerizx View Post
Great suggestions! I'll check them out for sure. All the pictures I had looked at for Haulover Sandbar were smaller boats 25-30ft. A boat my size would have no problem right there? Which side would be best to anchor? Northend?

And what's up with Stiltsville lol? What's going on there?

Thanks!
No problem hope it helps out, as far as the Haulover sandbar goes, yes the northside and the eastside of the sandbar would be your best bet, just make sure you have a rising tide if you do decide to anchor a lil shallower than you normallly would, the tides aren't drastic here, but they drop enough to bottom out your boat if you are too shallow on an outgoing tide.

Not much going on at Stiltsville, just a cool piece of Miami history dating back to the rum running days, if your down in that area, you could always go to No Name Harbor and grab a bite at the lil cuban restaurant thats there. The house are always a cool conversation piece while out boating. Let me know if you need any help managing your boat, i'm a seasoned captain in this area and my wife and i own a yacht management company. I can help you out with anything from the bow to the stern.
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I'm based at Haulover marina and hung out at Haulover Sandbar last weekend. It was great. Lots of boats. A few 80'-90' -ers. Nixon sand bar is fun too. They're both comparable IMO.

Go get Sunday Brunch at Sea Spice or The Deck.
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Originally Posted by Snookyj View Post
The Haulover sanbar is a great place to anchor up and chill for the day, a trip up the Miami River right at dusk is always nice as well. There is a sandbar at Nixon Beach close to Key Biscayne, but the bottom there is a lil rocky and seems like sea urchins are always around. Stiltsville and Boca Chita and great day trip for your boat, plan on going into Boca Chita at the higher end of the tide, it can get pretty skinny in there for your boat at lowtide. Key Largo for the day is doable, Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill Bar is pretty cool places to catch the sunset. Shuckers, Montys, Casablancas, The Standard, American Social, all are great places to dock up and eat by boat.
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Check this out. My first video. I made it last night after being around on the water yesterday. Please comment if you like it...

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What flying camera setup do you have?
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:14 AM
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Check this out. My first video. I made it last night after being around on the water yesterday. Please comment if you like it...

https://youtu.be/baFMQUNtFb4
Cool video man! I pass by your boat almost everyday..lol Thats good looking Intrepid ya got there man...i'll sop by next time i see ya around.
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
Check this out. My first video. I made it last night after being around on the water yesterday. Please comment if you like it...

https://youtu.be/baFMQUNtFb4
You have much better taste in boats that you do music.



I gave you your first like on Youtube. I'd love to see more vids, too, when you make them. Good job on this one!

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Originally Posted by Snookyj View Post
Cool video man! I pass by your boat almost everyday..lol Thats good looking Intrepid ya got there man...i'll sop by next time i see ya around.
Next time you go by the house blow your horn if I'm not out back. I have fenders on the outside of the lift to pull up. Come in and say hello
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You have much better taste in boats that you do music.



I gave you your first like on Youtube. I'd love to see more vids, too, when you make them. Good job on this one!

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Thanks! Lol. After spending until 2:00am figuring out iMovie, my music taste was down the tubes. Thanks for the like.
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Great video and beautiful sled!! Watch out for the guys and gals on their PWC's as they like to cut you off.
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Next time you go by the house blow your horn if I'm not out back. I have fenders on the outside of the lift to pull up. Come in and say hello
Will do....i'm working tomorrow. You gonna be around?
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Will do....i'm working tomorrow. You gonna be around?
Don't tell him what boat you're driving.
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1) The boat is beautiful.
2) The video was excellent and who ever was running the drone did a great job .
3) There ain't nothing wrong with some BJ Thomas backing up that video!!!!!!!

PS . When SnookyJ pulls up in his boat to say hello -- don't get scared!!!!
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