I hope this isn't too weird for you guys that I'm blogging this, I'm just obsessed with watching these videos. Something about seeing these boats battle through the Haulover gets me going. It makes me want to hop on a flight to Florida and try my hand at passing it.
Some background for those of you who didn't read the last blog:
What is Haulover Inlet:
Baker's Haulover Inlet is a man-made channel in Miami-Dade County, Florida connecting the northern end of Biscayne Bay with the Atlantic Ocean, at coordinates 25°53′59″N 80°07′26″W. The inlet was cut in 1925 through a narrow point in the sand between the cities of Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles.
Why is it so dangerous?
When swell tries to funnel into the inlet, particularly against an outgoing current, it can form dangerous standing waves. Standing waves seem to stay in place as the current meets the incoming sea, sometimes tumbling over on themselves. Often they span the channel.
Is it crowded?
Sometimes the most dangerous element in the Haulover Inlet is fellow boaters. Be aware of traffic around you, the inlet gets crowded and gets busy, often under poor conditions. If there is too much traffic, don't be in a big hurry to join the fray.
Who should attempt to pass Haulover Inlet?
Of more than 60 inlets in Florida, Bakers Haulover Inlet is one that requires clear local knowledge or just plain avoidance, say local captains?
Now that you're all caught up here's another round of videos. I typically find that the nicer the boat is, the worse the person is a driving it. The guys who navigate the Haulover perfectly aren't the guys who buy a boat as a dick measuring contest, they're the ones who love the water. They're typically on smaller boats and almost always alone, just like in this first video…
The rest of the guys tend to have a tough time. Enjoy…
They say that the best day of a boat owners life is the day they buy it and the day they sell it and I couldn't disagree more. As someone who doesn't own a boat and probably never will, the best day of a boat owners life is every time he sets out from the dock. That and when they make it through the Haulover Inlet. I'll check back with more videos next month. On to the next one!