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Old 16-02-2011, 17:05   #16
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Capt'n K,

The trip is a breeze & a lot of fun! We did it just 3 weeks ago. We're right in Boot Key as well, mooring #S8. Stop by (with your charts) & I'll be glad to answer any questions!

Bring some of that chocolate!!

Russ
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Old 16-02-2011, 17:21   #17
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Weehappy, I would highly recommend Boca Grande and the Marquesas. It is one of the most beautiful, pristine places we have visited with crystalline waters, abundant wildlife and serenity. We spent several days meanding from Woman Key to the Marquesas and were the only sailboat there for four days. We saw spotted eagle rays, turtles, tarpon and many species of shark. We fished off the boat at anchor and had fresh Grunts, snapper and yellowtail. All the anchorages are tidal and in some spots you might have to set the hook more than once to be in deep sand. We anchored to the south of Woman Key in 8-10 feet of sand and to the northwest of Boca Grande where a channel separates the island and a sandbar. Follow the channels to the northwest in 15 to 20 feet of good holding sand and set two anchors. Once up the channel, you have 360 degree protection in a blow as the sandbars dry at low tide. This is a great hiding place in bad weather if you can't return to Key West. We anchored here in 30 knot blows with only a ripple on the water. We also anchored to the west of Marquesas Keys in 8-12 feet of good holding sand. You may have to look for the sand spots between the grassy areas. Set two hooks here are the tide changes are strong. If you feel slighlty insecure about getting caught in bad weather, this is a good tune-up cruise for the Dry Tortugas. Always remember, the Winter cold fronts bring strong winds and may last for days before you have a break. Good luck and Good Sailing. Ron
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Re: Planning Trip: Key West to Dry Tortugas as Soon as Possible

Anyone on this thread know of any good weather resources via SSB/VHF while at the DTs? Obviously that cover that area...I'll be going between Fort Myers and DTs in Feb hopefully.
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