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Old 15-01-2018, 20:14   #1
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Where in South Eastern Fl to hang out for a Month?

Need to leave Brunswick Ga, cause itís cold and Iím tired of fighting condensation and tired of the cold.
So where to hang out for awhile? Considerations are West Palm, Marathon and Key West. Iíd rather anchor than mooring ball, but a field if it has good amenities may be the way to go.
Is there somewhere else better? I know KW a little, Marathon and West Palm not at all.
Primary consideration is warmth, so Iím thinking KW, but donít know if I can anchor out there, what the conditions are like now. I have stayed in the mooring field, didnít like it.
So are the anchorages torn up, or are they useable? Can you anchor nearby the Bight? Donít mind a few miles in the dinghy, I have a decent sized one, but of course if close by is an option Iíd rather be close.
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Boot Key Harbor in Marathon is very nice, or at least it was before Hurricane Irma. If itís back in good shape, itís a great place to hang out for a bit, lots of facilities nearby.
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If you have good ground tackle you can anchor out in front of Coast Guard Station Key West. It's pretty good holding but really flukey so be aware, you will move all about. In a norther the dink ride to town sucks big time.
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Re: Where in South Eastern Fl to hang out for a Month?

We were anchored out in Palm Beach about two weeks ago and the overnight low was 36F. The Exumas sound nice...
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Boot Key Harbor in Marathon is very nice, or at least it was before Hurricane Irma. If itís back in good shape, itís a great place to hang out for a bit, lots of facilities nearby.


This is the mooring field?
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If you have good ground tackle you can anchor out in front of Coast Guard Station Key West. It's good holding but really flukey so be aware, you will move all about. In a norther the dink ride to town sucks big time.


Good to know, I have a 40 kg Rocha and all chain. As Iím only a 38í Boat, I think itíll hold in soupy mud.
Northers, we could just stay on the boat. Do you know water temp now? Is there enough room there, it used to be crowded by boats that obviously never moved?
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Things are different now. They have dropped moorings all over the place so there are not so many anchored boats anymore. Most have drug off somewhere anyway. The area near the USCG is just anchored boats. I think there would always be room for another boat. It gets a little deep in places (25'+) so hopefully that keeps out the low life with rope rode.
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My friends spent about 10+ winters in KW anchoring in a 46 ft boat drawing about 8ft. They did use 2 anchors system as the current tends to be frisky there. Never a problem though, they even used to fly for 1-2 week visits away from the boat and found everything in good order. Their last winter there was actually last January, a year ago.

Their other alternative for decent anchoring was Riviera Beach, anchoring near the city marina. But I think there were some new rules and regs for that area lately.

Still another good choice was in Dania/Hollywood Beach area near FLL but that I think is also now affected by the new anchoring rules. Although for 30 or fewer days that may work fine. That spot is in a lake-like little lagoon and is very protected.

My personal choice would be same 3 spots but in reverse order of preference. I visited them often in all 3 spots and am kind of familiar with all the pluses and minuses of each.
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Re: Where in South Eastern Fl to hang out for a Month?

No-Name Harbor for a few days, then cruise Biscayne Bay, anchor wherever you want, a few days here, a few days there. No charge, close to town if you anchor in Virginia Key,take an UBER across the bridge.
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This is the mooring field?


They have both, but the mooring field is more convenient to the facilities.
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Re: Where in South Eastern Fl to hang out for a Month?

For anchorages North Palm Beach (North lake Worth) in the anchorage at Old Port Cove Marina. Convenient to dinghy landing under the little bridge and walking over to Pulbix/restaurants/brewery/Enterprise car rental for $22/super West Marine
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I second sailor boy's comment. Its quiet, large and convenient to stores.

I also stayed in Lake Sylvia in Fort Lauderdale. Can get a little crowded on weekends as the locals hang out there. Dinghy landings are scarce, but "marine mile" is there so you can get just about any kind of boat work or boat parts you want.
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Re: Where in South Eastern Fl to hang out for a Month?

Miami and Biscayne Bay are great to hang out in. Lots of good anchorages. Area around South Beach is very good. We always stay there before crossing to Nassau. Hide in any of the canals south of Venetian Causeway. Fuel and water at Crandon Park. Anchor off Nixons. If it blows duck into Hurricane Harbor. Good free trolley in South Beach to Publix at MacArthur Causeway. Total Wines, lots of stores if you want to shop. Some nice restaurants in South Beach if you want to eat out. Dink dock in Collins Canal.

Have not done the Keys. Went as far as Key Largo once, many years ago, that was it.
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Boot Key Harbor in Marathon is very nice, or at least it was before Hurricane Irma. If itís back in good shape, itís a great place to hang out for a bit, lots of facilities nearby.
Friends of mine were moored in Boot Key Harbor a few weeks ago...all good.
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Miami and Biscayne Bay are great to hang out in. Lots of good anchorages. Area around South Beach is very good. We always stay there before crossing to Nassau. Hide in any of the canals south of Venetian Causeway. Fuel and water at Crandon Park. Anchor off Nixons. If it blows duck into Hurricane Harbor. Good free trolley in South Beach to Publix at MacArthur Causeway. Total Wines, lots of stores if you want to shop. Some nice restaurants in South Beach if you want to eat out. Dink dock in Collins Canal.

Have not done the Keys. Went as far as Key Largo once, many years ago, that was it.
I used to deliver boats to/from the Miami area...South Beach is a fun place to people watch too...the "look at me" crowd.

In Key Largo, I spent a month in the John Pennekamp SP mooring field once, quite nice, but unfortunately now out of commission due to hurricane damage.
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