Anchoring in the Florida KeysThe right way to anchor in the Florida Keys!
Mooring Buoys for Diving
General etiquette applies to these buoys. The buoys are on a “first-come first-served” basis, but it is important that you use the buoy, do your diving, and vacate so someone else can enjoy a dive. Remember this buoy system is set up for diving and not fishing. It can be illegal to fishing in these areas.
Hooking up to the Thunderbolt Wreck
In the picture above, the Captain Hook’s Dive Crew is getting ready to install the mooring ball for the Thunderbolt.
Proper Anchoring Protects the Florida Keys
The most important thing to consider is your impact on the environment. In an environmentally sensitive area such as the Keys, the wrong angle of line can break off coral heads and damage reefs and as the operator you can be fined for this type of damage.
NEVER ANCHOR ON A REEF!
Always make sure you anchor into the sand and there is enough distance and angle for the anchor line to avoid impacting the reef. The best way to do this is to select a location that is up current of where you want to fish or dive. Place the anchor in the sand above your desired location. Then as the current takes the boat back to the desired location, you will be right there to enjoy the diving, snorkeling or fishing.