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Old 17-10-2012, 20:55   #1
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Suggest stops sailing to Dry Tortugas

Once you leave Key West there are several places to stop on the way to the Dry Tortugas. The only place I have personal knowledge of is the Marquesas.

Assume the boat has a water maker and fresh water showers will be taken during rain storms when and if they occur. The main purpose will be diving using a hooka with two 100 ft hoses for two divers. No time limit but would like to spend time doing the tourist thing at Ft. Jefferson.
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Re: Suggest stops sailing to Dry Tortugas

Partly a bump.

But a few more questions as well.

Has anyone ever been to the Dry Tortugas on a private boat?

If so can you share any tips or advice.
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Old 23-10-2012, 18:08   #3
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Re: Suggest stops sailing to Dry Tortugas

dry tortugas is 70 miles west of key west. open water, no stops. we went there from ft myers beach ,, no stops...was gorgeous. there are no supplies except camera batteries and post cards....beautiful place....
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Been there several times, from KW Marquesas or Boca Grande are good stops, but you can make it all the way to DT in daylight. Spend some time on/around Loggerhead Key, snorkel Little Africa, motor out to the Windjammer wreck and snorkel or dive. Lots to do out there.
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Re: Suggest stops sailing to Dry Tortugas

If you get thirsty or want a snack, you can board the tourist ferry at the fort and buy food and drinks. Only thing is you must consume everything on board.

If you stop at Boca Grande, you just need to watch out for the current. It can be pretty fast. I've seen people try to swim back to their boat from the beach an not make it. Luckily someone was on board their boat and lifted anchor and went after them before they got too far out to sea. (I was lowering my dingy to go get them when I saw they had it covered).

The times I have been to the fort there have been a good dozen boats there. So you will not be alone. You can easily take 2-3 days to visit the fort and snorkel around it. Let me know if you see the crocodile in the moat.

Be sure to take a guided tour (or follow one from the ferry). What makes Ft. Jefferson interesting are the stories. The stories of the architecture and its failures, disease, the terrible conditions and of course Dr. Mudd.
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Re: Suggest stops sailing to Dry Tortugas

Another choice to be made it to travel the northern or southern route. I prefer the south, but what the heck do I know
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Re: Suggest stops sailing to Dry Tortugas

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but what the heck do I know
Way too much.
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