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Old 21-01-2010, 05:27   #1
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Marathon, FL - What a Hoot!

Dudes and dudettes, Marathon has got it going on! About 400 people living here in the harbor on their boats and everyone's smiling. I'm anchored outside with a dozen other boats because I'm too big to get in there, so we just dinghy in to avail ourselves of the services. Yes, they do charge some money, but the value is great.
I've been traveling the west coast of Florida and following the anchoring forums and dealing with the cops in Sanibel and Sarasota, and I got to tell you that Marathon has figured it all out.
It's not really my scene and I'm not planning on staying longer than a week, so for me it's just a great friendly place to get stocked up and do some work on the boat, but the folks that stay here are happy.
Check it out.
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Old 21-01-2010, 05:39   #2
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That is all true. But check out also Key West.
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Old 21-01-2010, 08:44   #3
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Just curious...what's the size limit for the harbor moorings? I'm 53' and I'm under the impression that I can use one of their 16 larger moorings.
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Old 21-01-2010, 09:07   #4
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I've been moored next to a 50' there. I am 45' and had excess space between us. Their phone number is: 305 743 6575
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Its good to hear that the US still has good friendly places to moor with services. Not here in Hawaii.
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Old 21-01-2010, 17:10   #6
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That sounds really great for those that want to cruise and pack into a high density port with all these other cruisers. I won't be in Marathon or Key West and I won't be back to George Town in the Exumas.

There are places like this! 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Old 21-01-2010, 17:30   #7
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Gotta hit land sometime though. Key west isn't as pricey for dinghy dock, and has more to do and see with same or better provisioning ops. That pic looks similiar to beach on w side of loggerhead tortugas
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Old 22-01-2010, 05:58   #8
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Well yeah, 90% of the cruising community in south Florida never goes anywhere, and the demographic is depressing, old white people stumbling around bumping into things. This is not Indonesia, but it beats Sanibel. You got your Home Depot and your Publix, fuel docks and a yoga class and than off you go.
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Marathon is a hard place to leave! Safe, fun, and full of great people. Maybe we will get out in March.
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the demographic is depressing, old white people stumbling around
Substitute old black people or old mexican people or old asian people and what do you have? A highly caustic racist remark. Same here.
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I am an old white guy that stumbles around, but I prefer communities that are varied and diverse. Te food is better.
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