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Old 13-08-2017, 11:50   #1
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FL keys mooring recommendations please

We have a 50ft stevens hylas with a 6ft draft. We're a family of 5 including our dog... any pointers of the best mooring for our needs greatly appreciated.
Florida Keys area
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Old 13-08-2017, 12:02   #2
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We have a 50ft stevens hylas with a 6ft draft. We're a family of 5 including our dog... any pointers of the best mooring for our needs greatly appreciated.
Florida Keys area

Might want to provide more detail on your needs.
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Might want to provide more detail on your needs.
Not much....just a 6ft draft....a place we can easily take our dingy to run the kids and dog....
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Old 13-08-2017, 13:37   #4
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6ft is pretty deep for the keys. Garrison Bight mooring field just outside of Key West might be best. I draw 3 1/2 ft and it was tight at some marinas up toward key largo. Maybe hang on some snorkeling buoys in deep water overnight with a big boat like yours.
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6ft is pretty deep for the keys. Garrison Bight mooring field just outside of Key West might be best. I draw 3 1/2 ft and it was tight at some marinas up toward key largo. Maybe hang on some snorkeling buoys in deep water overnight with a big boat like yours.
Thank you. Our draft is our biggest problem finding a spot
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Re: FL keys mooring recommendations please

We draw 7-6 with a mast height of 76 ft...we just get as close as we can and anchor...Never found a mooring I could use except for the dive-boat moorings on the outer reefs. You just need a bigger outboard.
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We draw 7-6 with a mast height of 76 ft...we just get as close as we can and anchor...Never found a mooring I could use except for the dive-boat moorings on the outer reefs. You just need a bigger outboard.
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Re: FL keys mooring recommendations please

I've moored at Marathon a couple times w/6'4" draft and no problem.
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Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL. Marathon City Marina. Well engineered moorings and good facilities dockside. Approx $20/day, $340/mo. Limited number of moorings for boats your size but draft not a problem. Active 9am vhf net on ch68 will answer ANY questions. Nice community of cruisers. Some cool local anchorages not far away.
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Re: FL keys mooring recommendations please

I've tried to find some info for max draft at Boot Key Harbor but wasn't able to. That's clearly the best place to get a mooring if you can get in.
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Boot Key does not take reservations for moorings. It's first come first served. It's not unusual to see a couple boats anchored outside waiting for a mooring to open up.
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Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL. Marathon City Marina. Well engineered moorings and good facilities dockside. Approx $20/day, $340/mo. Limited number of moorings for boats your size but draft not a problem. Active 9am vhf net on ch68 will answer ANY questions. Nice community of cruisers. Some cool local anchorages not far away.
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Re: FL keys mooring recommendations please

The biggest problem you will have getting in is that the sisters creek entrance is only passable with 6 feet of draft at high tide, and the west entrance while having enough water has an air draft limit of 65 feet due to power lines.
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I've tried to find some info for max draft at Boot Key Harbor but wasn't able to. That's clearly the best place to get a mooring if you can get in.
That is what cruisingguide.com, activecaptain.com, marinas.com are for. They usually provide approach depth, dockside depth. If they do not, they almost always provide a web-site and phone number for the marina. Let your fingers do the walking.
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That is what cruisingguide.com, activecaptain.com, marinas.com are for. They usually provide approach depth, dockside depth. If they do not, they almost always provide a web-site and phone number for the marina. Let your fingers do the walking.
Good point. I was just Googling...
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