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SF- POP UP CRUISE - "Sand Dollar Bar" sandbar

Come kick off the FIRST WEEKEND OF SPRING this Saturday, March 25 with a POPUP cruise to a sandbar we found ....

We will anchor off the "Sand Dollar Bar" sandbar (2 miles from Alligator Creek). This sandbar will be in 0-2 feet of water at 11:30am - tide rises another foot in the 6 hours until 5:30pm. The sandbar runs about 1/2 mile north to south, there is plenty of water to the west of the sandbar.

Leave the chairs behind .. floats and rafts are the order of the day. There is NO beach to pull your boat to, but a nice sandy bottom in shallow water. You can stand knee deep near the sandbar with a cold beverage!

The sandbar is roughly 1/2 mile offshore from the mangroves. You will see a yellow buoy on the center of the sandbar.  Anchor 50-100 yards west of that.  The water west of the sandbar is 1-4 feet with a VERY gradual shallowing west to east. 

Bring your own boat or make a friend in the club and jump on with someone else! If you have room on your boat, please ask another Seafarer to join!

Saturday, March 25. We are shooting for arrival by 11:30am. Staying for a couple of hours. We will be monitoring VHF 71 that day (boat name CHAPTER 2.5, a blue pontoon boat with large USA and FLORIDA flags) or call on the phone. For those who have questions in advance, feel free to call or text.

You can call me in advance if you want to meet us outside Alligator Creek at 11:10-11:15am and follow us down.

PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU ARE COMING, so that I can notify everyone of last minute changes.

- Kevin and Dawn Smith
cell: 312-493-5577

NAVIGATION - Sand Dollar Bar sandbar location (red dot in first picture below):  

26° 50.850' N , 082° 03.920' W

- approx 2 miles south of Alligator Creek markers.
- Google map link to approx location:
- Navionics Boating app link to approx location:

- From the westernmost Ponce Inlet marker: Go 5 nm SSE , then 1/4 mile east

- From the westernmost Alligator Creek Inlet marker: Go 2 miles SSW (195°), then 1/4 mile east (90°)

- For the last 1/4 mile, approach the anchor area from the WEST, not the NORTH.  The sandbar runs directly north-south - deeper water is to the west of the sandbar.

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Saturday, March 25, 2023, 11:30 AM until 3:00 PM
"Sand Dollar Bar" Sandbar location: 26° 50.850' N , 082° 03.920' W

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Dawn Smith
cruise leader
Kevin Smith
cruise leader
SF - Seafarers
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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