Boat Rentals: Florida Keys Navigating Tips

Navigating the waters of the Florida Keys can be tricky, but if you remember theses 4 simple rules, you will be a pro in no time:

BROWN, BROWN RUN AGROUND
WHITE, WHITE YOU JUST MIGHT
GREEN, GREEN NICE AND CLEAN
BLUE, BLUE CRUISE ON THROUGH

Reef formations and sea grass make the water appear brown. These areas should be avoided as you will run aground. If you hit bottom, shut down the engine and raise the engine so that it is out of the water. Call us immediately if this happens while on your rental boat so we can assess the situation and come up with a plan to get you home safely as there may be damage to the boat the renders it unseaworthy.
Use caution on cloudy days as the water color may not be as visible as it is on a sunny day. Polarized sunglasses are a plus while boating as they help with visibility.

Navigate carefully around white areas as they can be deceptively shallow.

Green water is usually clear of sea grass beds and shallow reefs, so normal navigation is acceptable.

Blue water is the easiest to navigate, it is free of all reefs and beds and it is a smooth ride all the way through. Just be aware of floating hazards like lobster buoy’s and stray pieces of wood.
REMEMBER: A GPS is only a valuable tool if you know how to first read the water. A waypoint is a location marker and not a guaranteed safe path to that location. Boat rentals are a great and affordable way to experience the islands of the Keys, provided you understand our unique local conditions. So, get a rental boat, relax, & enjoy!

See other boat rental & Florida Keys tips in our Florida Keys Boating Guide including boating & fishing regulations, fish ID guide, and recipes.

Are you staying in Marathon?
Check out our Marathon Boat Rentals.

Our marina on Coco Plum in Marathon has Florida Keys Boat Rentals within driving distance from Grassy Key, Conch Key, Key Colony, & Duck Key.

Call us at 305-849-5567 to confirm availability & reserve your rental boat.