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Old 15-01-2013, 04:46   #16
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I think the tow boat thing was a little tongue in cheek humor.
Yes I think you are right. BO has outgrown his training wheels by now, I believe.
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Old 15-01-2013, 05:50   #17
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Yeah, the towboastUS thing was bit of humor. I have looked at all directions, and I have heard so many talk about the good and bad of the little shark river that it has got me curious now to take a look-see for myself. Been here in Marco looking to sell the boat, had a couple of tire kickers, and one guy coming down here from Missouri tomorrow to take a look. He called me and asked if I could wait a couple more days so he could see the boat, which I said was cool, as I have enjoyed the company and friendship of Rocketman these past days, and Marco is a nice place to be at this point. Though I must admit, I am getting anxious to keep going south to experience new places, and see some clear water. I have been going over the charts, planning out my route to shark river, though I am not looking forward to dodging crab/lobster pots...again!
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Blackoak if u head south to the keys from little shark you can stay just SE of the boundary line and there are no crab traps all the way down to near. Where the route 5 channel splits left and right. Go 10 ft outside the line its crap pot city. You got my nmbr. Gimme a shout if you need to.
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Old 15-01-2013, 13:19   #19
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Yeah, the towboastUS thing was bit of humor. I have looked at all directions, and I have heard so many talk about the good and bad of the little shark river that it has got me curious now to take a look-see for myself. Been here in Marco looking to sell the boat, had a couple of tire kickers, and one guy coming down here from Missouri tomorrow to take a look. He called me and asked if I could wait a couple more days so he could see the boat, which I said was cool, as I have enjoyed the company and friendship of Rocketman these past days, and Marco is a nice place to be at this point. Though I must admit, I am getting anxious to keep going south to experience new places, and see some clear water. I have been going over the charts, planning out my route to shark river, though I am not looking forward to dodging crab/lobster pots...again!
If you pass through Marathon send me a PM. If I can be of some help?
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Old 15-01-2013, 13:21   #20
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Blackoak if u head south to the keys from little shark you can stay just SE of the boundary line and there are no crab traps all the way down to near. Where the route 5 channel splits left and right. Go 10 ft outside the line its crap pot city. You got my nmbr. Gimme a shout if you need to.
Good to know! Thanks! Here in Marathon it's like a mine field!!
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Old 15-01-2013, 14:56   #21
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Blackoak if u head south to the keys from little shark you can stay just SE of the boundary line and there are no crab traps all the way down to near. Where the route 5 channel splits left and right. Go 10 ft outside the line its crap pot city. You got my nmbr. Gimme a shout if you need to.
The Yacht Channel is a somewhat tough route in a 5'+ draft.
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Old 15-01-2013, 22:26   #22
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Cant decide which way to do this......

Marco Island to Marathon along the coast road, then make KW and Dry Tortugas.

Decision Decision..either way I'm ready to make a hop somewhere south, and I have already arranged for a TowBoatUS boat to follow me.

I will be leaving here either tomorrow or Monday, wont leave on the 13th, dont need the extra badluck
I vote the "No Pain, No Strain" route along the Ten Thousand Islands. Besides... what's your hurry?? you're already here!
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The boat didnt sell in Marco Island, just tire kickers, but met a nice couple who liked the boat, but didnt like the draft, they wanted a smaller boat and a shallower draft, so its off to Marathon, in the next weather window. Blowing up pretty good here in Marco Island right now.
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Re: Marco Island to......

By Sunday Am you should have pretty good winds for a run south. Leave at sunrise to get out of the channel with the sun behind you and you'll have an easy run to the Little Shark or even Smith Shoal/Key West if you choose to go that way. Check out PassageWeather.com for the latest forecast.

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The boat didnt sell in Marco Island, just tire kickers, but met a nice couple who liked the boat, but didnt like the draft, they wanted a smaller boat and a shallower draft, so its off to Marathon, in the next weather window. Blowing up pretty good here in Marco Island right now.
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Will do! The wind moved some boats around in Factory Bay today, one boat belonged to a couple we were sharing lunch with today, it almost got into the sea wall, it was a close call. They are heading to Islamorada, so I might tag along for a spell with them, depends on when they are leaving. Im ready to go. Rocketman took some time out today to give me a hand getting to the fuel dock, and showed me how to use the pump-out thingy. So I am full of fuel, water, and minus a load of sailor droppings. My cell phone took a swim today without me while at the fuel dock. Its ALWAYS something messing around in boats isnt it!!
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It was a "three phone year" for me in 2012.

Hope to do better this year.

Best of luck on your next leg, I've enjoyed your story.
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It was a "three phone year" for me in 2012.

Hope to do better this year.

Best of luck on your next leg, I've enjoyed your story.
I don't even count them anymore... :-)
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i think he meant that boat us would check in with him, but it is my understanding that on your way to the Dry T from Key West or Marco you loose cell and vhf, how about satilite phones?
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My cell phone took a swim today
Ziploc is your friend. If you have the old fashioned push button type cel, you can use it without taking it out of the bag. Touch screen type, maybe yes maybe no. Leave a little air in the bag and it will float if you drop it.

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