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Old 28-10-2015, 09:18   #1
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Anchorage in Key West

I am thinking about moving my 58' motorsailor down to Key West. I cannot afford to stay in a marina. I would like to anchor for several weeks somewhere within dinghy reach of the city. I have heard there are some decent areas to anchor near Wisteria Island? My boat draws 6"4". Any recommendations.?
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Old 28-10-2015, 09:42   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Sandy.
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Old 28-10-2015, 10:15   #3
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Re: Anchorage in Key West

The anchorage over there is a little iffy. I would be worried about leaving the boat very often or for long. There is a better free anchorage closer to town, a bit rough sometimes but safer I think. There are a good number of anchored out boats over behind the islands but some look very derelict.
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Re: Anchorage in Key West

Recently asked the same question, though added that I would be rowing in. There seems to be many boats there but options are limited.

You may find this thread of value.

Key West, Anchor then row in?
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Re: Anchorage in Key West

These folks were there recently:

http://sundownersailsagain.com/tag/key-west/
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Re: Anchorage in Key West

We were there last January (6' draft, but 6'4" would be OK) and found decent anchorage to the NE of the town/city in the lee of Dredgers Key - We went around the top of Fleming Key, turned south toward the moorings, then nosed our way east towards the RV/Camp ground on Dredger Key, anchoring off the Key's SW side, there are /were a few permanently anchored boats over there; we were warned (Active Captain) that the holding was poor, but whilst we found some weed there, by digging in carefully and backing down hard on the anchor, we had no problems with the holding. No anchorage seems to be a short dinghy ride from town, but if you go slowly/carefully from there, you can run directly south from the anchorage to the marina's entrance channel (east of the small island) so it's no further than the trip from the moorings in that area.
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Re: Anchorage in Key West

Based upon recent threads a mooring in Boot Key sounds like the way to go in the Keys.

Anchorage, Mooring, Dockage, and Dinghy Info | City of Marathon Official Website

https://activecaptain.com/quickLists...FL&i=075846751
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short dinghy ride from town, but if you go slowly/carefully from there, you can run directly south from the anchorage to the marina's entrance channel (east of the small island) so it's no further than the trip from the moorings in that area.
What do you use for a dinghy dock, rest rooms, showers and laundry? The moorings have their own dinghy dock and you can't use it unless you are paying for a mooring and get the combo. Are you talking about going all the way to the downtown docks from the far side of the mooring field?
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Re: Anchorage in Key West

Been years since I stayed there, but the mooring field was not a bad deal at the time. Pump out boat, some amenities ashore, even launcha service as I recall, but, like most of the KW anchorage areas, poor protection in a cold front...getting back to the boat and aboard in rough weather was a very wet experience.
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What do you use for a dinghy dock, rest rooms, showers and laundry? The moorings have their own dinghy dock and you can't use it unless you are paying for a mooring and get the combo. Are you talking about going all the way to the downtown docks from the far side of the mooring field?
No, you can use the marina/mooring field's dinghy dock, as I remember it was $5/day - you need to go to the office and pay before leaving it on the d-dock though.
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$6 a day according to kw web site
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anchoring north of the mooring field is ok. it's a bit of a ride into the dinghy dock. yu can pay for dinghy dockage and get showers and use of the washing machines altho it better to go over to white and united streets for laundry...better machines and cheaper, has a dell too. short bike ride or cab. the holding isn't too bad use 10+ to 1 scope and back down hard along with a second anchor setting east to west. zero protection NNE to W wind 12+ knots wind will get you soaked on the way out to the boat. pump out is through "pump out florida keys" at pi-keys.com" you have to register with them and it's free, once a week. very is the same around wisteria except the wake from the para-sail boats and the tidal current that will ride you up on your anchor less than 12 knot opposing winds. the bottom is about a foot thick before you hit hardpan coral underneath. so use plenty of scope. late Oct. to early February is when the NW blows come in. Give of take a few weeks at either end.
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Sign up for Active Captain! Just go to their website....it's free and has all types of valuable information.
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Go with bobnlesley advice, I concur been in Garrison Bight mooring field eight years. Monthly mooring ball $325.00. Best deal in town. They clean buoy's with high pressure water spray, visually inspect, and film to record mooring connections underwater every four months. I personally never have had any thing stolen off of the boat except bikes up at the bike rack. They like 15 horse power out board motors at the dinghy dock. Must lock them up to pier cable.
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