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Old 31-01-2014, 08:52   #1
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Key West Vacation

My family and a few friends are chartering a catamaran out of Key West this May.

I am trying to plan destinations/the trip, but have never been to the Keys before. We would like to sail from spot to spot, sleeping at moorings or anchored.

Any recommendations on places that are a must go or good routes to take around the Key West to see a variety of attractions? Planning on doing quite a bit of snorkeling and then some visits ashore to please the less sea going individuals.

We will be on the boat from May 10-17.

Any input appreciated!!
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Old 31-01-2014, 10:03   #2
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Re: Key West Vacation

The biggest variable is the weather. Key West is not the best place to find a comfortable anchorage, but there is good diving close by and lots to do ashore. One of the best anchorages in the Keys is at Boot Key Harbor about 50 miles, an easy day sail, and plenty to do both diving and ashore.

Heading West you will hit the Dry Tortugas after passing several islands and crossing a 40 mile stretch of open ocean. It is possible to make that trip in a week if the weather allows, but the crossing can be a tall order if the weather is bad.

Before suggesting anything I would need to know what level of seamanship you expect the skipper and crew to have and just how much shore time is expected. Especially important is what kind of ground tackle and anchoring experience.
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