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Old 20-06-2014, 22:06   #1
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Key West...ultra Shoal draft

We draw less than a foot, we actually beach our boat a lot. Plan to spend just a night or 2 around KW while we cruise the keys, no dinghy. Where is our best bet for anchoring really close...or should we just get a slip?
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Old 20-06-2014, 23:38   #2
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Re: Key West...ultra Shoal draft

Not sure there are any slips for transients but they have side ties on a dock for a ridiculous amount. They have the area pretty controlled and even landing a dinghy is tricky. You may just have to suck it up and pay.
No dinghy?
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Re: Key West...ultra Shoal draft

With a 25' beachable boat, a dinghy seems redundant lol
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Old 27-06-2014, 07:46   #4
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Recommendation for slip for small boat?
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Re: Key West...ultra Shoal draft

the anchor area is a ways off and stumbling back to your boat beats stumbling back to a dingy trying to start it and than find your boat and climbing in to it. for a few days i would just stay at a docks. so much more fun.
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Re: Key West...ultra Shoal draft

Getting from your boat to shore is problematic almost anywhere in the Keys. There are a few places where you can dock a boat for free at some of the bars if you eat/drink there but not for long term. Most dingy docks require you pay even if you are anchored. There are few beaches and some of them have pencil markers prohibiting boats from coming too close to the swimmers at the beach. The FWC is also fairly active in terms of pumpouts, especially around Key West.

If the truth be known Key West does not have good anchorages, they are not close to shore, subject to wind and waves, and not all the natives are friendly.
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Recommendation for slip for small boat?
The city fuel dock right in the middle of the harbor, about $150 per night.
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Seriously? Buck fifty? That place must be luxurious!
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Seriously? Buck fifty? That place must be luxurious!
Not really. It can be noisy with early morning tourists but you can do your laundry and take a shower
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That was sarcasm but I forgot the :-)
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Just do this.

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You know, you might be able to use the dinghy dock for the mooring field in Garrison bight. Check with the City Marina people. Tell them it's your 25'dinghy. You definitely would not fit in the down town dinghy dock. Then there is the police dock with no signs that say keep off..
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Re: Key West...ultra Shoal draft

Just stay at Stock island Marina. Catch a shuttle or rent bikes. Easy to get anywhere on a bike in key west. I think it will be about $55.00 - 65.00 a night that includes brand new docks , showers, WiFi, pump outs, and security. Everything is clean and the staff is friendly.
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Cool, that sounds better :-)
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