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Old 01-16-2021, 03:49 PM   #1
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How do they not die - Haulover Inlet

So I have decided that Haulover in Miami has to have the greatest collection of ....... people. Below is a video of the years "best" haulover moments.

First look at the kids who invariably sit at the front of the boat WITHOUT a life jacket. Look at the wave action (longer video - lots of wave action) and see how these kids are just tossed around. Also you will see adults tossed around, and you'll see adults tossed off the boats.

Watching videos like these makes me feel like a whoosie when I worry if my secondary anchor isn't big enough.

Enjoy! Warning - you will get angry. I have edited several times and cant get it to start at the beginning.

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Old 01-16-2021, 03:56 PM   #2
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I'd be fascinated to see how some of our FD boats handle these conditions.

Oh - and agreed.
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Old 01-16-2021, 04:58 PM   #3
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I must be showing my age! That does not look like a fun day on the water!
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Old 01-16-2021, 05:01 PM   #4
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Every video I've seen of Haulover leaves me wondering how so many people seem to think the best way through there is "as fast as possible". So many of those boats wouldn't be getting air if they just slowed down a little.
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Old 01-16-2021, 06:35 PM   #5
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Every video I've seen of Haulover leaves me wondering how so many people seem to think the best way through there is "as fast as possible". So many of those boats wouldn't be getting air if they just slowed down a little.

Because getting air is better than getting swamped with every wave coming over the boat and into the boat. Plus, it’s Miami and they only know one speed. I will NEVER use Haulover Inlet. Government Cut is just a little south and it’s big. It’s the one the ships use. Even better is Stiltsville Channel.
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Old 01-16-2021, 07:07 PM   #6
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Every video I've seen of Haulover leaves me wondering how so many people seem to think the best way through there is "as fast as possible". So many of those boats wouldn't be getting air if they just slowed down a little.
Yes, indeed. Notice how the CG boat went out and back in?
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Old 01-16-2021, 08:07 PM   #7
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.When I drive over the bridge at Haul Over, I look at the sea state.
I am beginning to think these folks purposely choose a rotten day to make the trip.
When I traverse Haul Over, my only worry is "where are the rocks" and where is the delta.
Once outside, it could be a little rough depending upon the weather but, the further out I go, the more I become part of the waves.....
In other words, assuming it is blowing up a storm, everything just sort of rolls.
Personally, I would never own a bow rider. To me, the owner is asking to be swamped but, apparently others feel differently. Way too much open space fwd.
People insist on going fast in rough weather and here i come, a determined FD trawler. I may be little but tonnage still rule.
And then, there are dumb-ass sports fisherman who are trying to impress. I wonder how many get grounded on the delta or worse, rip out their bottoms on the rock.
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Old 01-16-2021, 08:08 PM   #8
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Thanks for that! Made my day!
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A lot of those looked like lake boats...for small lakes!
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This goes in the "play stupid games win stupid prizes" category. The best was the one where the girl flies off the starboard side and the boat keep going, then one passenger dives off the swim deck after her. Both get picked up by jetskis in the end and everyone lives happily ever after.
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This goes in the "play stupid games win stupid prizes" category. The best was the one where the girl flies off the starboard side and the boat keep going, then one passenger dives off the swim deck after her. Both get picked up by jetskis in the end and everyone lives happily ever after.
If you watch carefully you will discover she left the boat in an effort to retrieve the bottom part of her swim suit.
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Old 01-17-2021, 07:33 AM   #12
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When I was in High School Haulover Beach was "our" beach. A right of passage was to jump from the top of the bridge, 50ft, and try not to land on a dinosaur

The inlet got its name from before it was an inlet. Story goes there was a guy named Baker that made a living hauling small boats over the narrow isthmus that existed before the cut was dug. Hence the name Bakers Haulover

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When we'd base ourselves out of Aventura or Hollywood for awhile, we used Haulover frequently when headed south. Like any inlet, the prudent mariner avoids ebb tide especially against an opposing (in this case easterly) wind. I even took my Whaler in and out of there a couple times when showing guests the sights. You see all these videos because it is easy to take them there. There are quite a few also for Boynton and Jupiter further north for similar reasons (plus they are way more dangerous). The video takers set up when the ebb is taking place.

Additionally, you have to take into consideration the entire Haulover "ecosystem". The whole inland side is sandbar party city. One of the little islets is aptly nicknamed Beer Can Island.

It's a 32 foot bridge, by the way. I remember because I had to lower my tall VHF antennas. Going down to Government Cut is a PITA with the bridges and South Florida ICW traffic.
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32 ft vertical clearance for vessel traffic, 50 ft from where you jump, we measured it, that is unless its changed in the last 50 years.

And you are absolutely correct re conditions, there are days its like a millpond, and tide conditions really create the conditions if there is any sea at all running. Boca and Jupiter can also be challenging, Sebastian can be a monster

My oldest daughter (now 28) made her 1st independent purchase (ice cream bar) from the hot dog boat at beer can island.




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The inlet doesn't seem as bad as some, but most of the boats aren't designed to handle those conditions, and neither are the people at the helm.

I'm also amazed that I didn't see a single lifejacket.
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Life jackets spoil the tan and hide the boo oh you know.
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Life jackets spoil the tan and hide the boo oh you know.
Oh - I forgot. You wouldn't want to spoil the tan on your 8 year old kid.
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This is South Florida, you have no idea what boating is like here, but I can assure it is extremely special, you can see things here on the water that you will not see anywhere else on the planet. Those Haulover video's are just the coming attractions.

And not to be outdone, a 6 pack and a comfortable bench at any busy boat ramp on any nice weekend will provide some of the best live entertainment available anywhere.




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The inlet doesn't seem as bad as some, but most of the boats aren't designed to handle those conditions, and neither are the people at the helm.

I'm also amazed that I didn't see a single lifejacket.
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I started watching the videos a couple of months ago and I enjoy watching the different techniques used by the captains of the various vessels.

Some folks are very skilled at operating their boats, some not so much, and some seem to figure that if they have a big enough boat with enough horses it really doesn't matter!

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I expect that there would be a busy chiropractor office nearby.
My back gets sore just watching boats slam like that.
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