Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-04-2013, 18:37   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 2
Key West Bareboating

We will be taking our first bareboat adventure from Key Largo to Key West this summer. We will have our adult children/spouses and kids 6 mo, 2 and 4. We would love some fun suggestions from you experienced folks. Remember - keep it simple.
__________________

__________________
vallarta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-04-2013, 18:56   #2
Registered User
 
Teknav's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Texas - USA
Boat: Twin Otter de Havilland Floatplane
Posts: 1,838
Re: Key West Bareboating

Must visit: Pennekamp Underwater State Park (Key Largo), Bahia Honda State Park (7-mile bridge) and Sombrero Beach (Marathon Key) are a favorite. Watch the depth of the water, where you'll be sailing; very shallow, in most of the keys. Sail the Atlantic side rather than the Gulf side. Above all, don't rush and have fun! Mauritz
__________________

__________________
Teknav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-04-2013, 19:05   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Catawba Island Ohio
Boat: Beneteau 423
Posts: 51
+1 on taking the open water side. However I would let the weather dictate. The bay is relatively calm but you'll have to be diligent in navigating. In islamorada on the bayside try lorilie or morada bay restaurant.

I would have someone on crab pot watch - you be dodging plenty of them on either side
__________________
Tonyjay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-04-2013, 19:48   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 2
Re: Key West Bareboating

Thanks for the ideas. As a landlocked Texas Panhandle gal - the more input the better. My biggest concern is mastering shallow water and not embarassing ourselves while docking.
__________________
vallarta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 13:59   #5
Marine Service Provider

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: On the Go
Boat: Various
Posts: 666
Re: Key West Bareboating

Put blinders on the 4-year-old when walking Duval Street. I've seen things in shop windows there that would have required a lot of 'splaining if I had children in tow. Things are even more challenging if the children can read. I love Key West but parental guidance is advised.
__________________
Janet Groene
JanetGroene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 16:50   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Catawba Island Ohio
Boat: Beneteau 423
Posts: 51
+1. Also take the kids early in the day to see Duval street. It helps if you're touring on a day when there are few or no cruise ships in. Google cruise ships key west and you'll get a schedule.
__________________
Tonyjay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 17:53   #7
Mooderator
 
capngeo's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Key West & Sarasota
Boat: Cal 28 "Happy Days"
Posts: 4,211
Images: 12
Send a message via Yahoo to capngeo Send a message via Skype™ to capngeo
Re: Key West Bareboating

So... Give us an idea of how much time you have and what your likes are.
__________________
Any fool with a big enough checkbook can BUY a boat; it takes a SPECIAL type of fool to build his own! -Capngeo
capngeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-04-2013, 07:37   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: W Carib
Boat: Wildcat 35, Hobie 33
Posts: 7,957
+1 on Pennekamp...if your draft allows you to get into the mooring field...spent a couple of pleasant weeks there once waiting for weather. Good aquarium there for the kids.

Also used to captain charters for a company that ran trips to KW during Fantasy Fest....gave whole new meaning to the term "bare boating"....not a family vacation activity, but it sure was fun!

There are a few traditional sailing vessels which run sunset sails out of KW...you and the kids might enjoy that.

Dry Tortugas is way cool. You can book a day trip to there from KW.
__________________

__________________
belizesailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:53.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.