Hello all, and thanks for all the valuable information everyone provides on this site. My family and I will be renting a house in Islamorada on the Atlantic side. I will be renting a 22' center console to do some fishing, snorkeling, diving, and just cruising around with the family. After reading a fair amount of posts, I'm now a little apprehensive about the boating.
I've been boating since I was in my early teens, and currently own a 23' wakeboard boat. All my water time has been on lakes and rivers. My concern is H/L tide conditions, charts, and unknown reef heads/sandbars/etc. while out and about. I guess my question is how concerned should I be? I always see the amateur hour folks on holiday weekends and I don't want to be "that guy". Any suggestions or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Also, for dive/snorkel, it's my understanding you just tie up to mooring bouys at the sites. Do I need to be concerned with currents and getting to far away from the boat?
Thanks in advance for any assistance. Looking forward to a great trip.