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Old 12-02-2010, 06:56   #1
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Hello everyone. I have been here in Key West for a couple of weeks now and have been wondering if there are areas for boaters that I have been over looking. Are there any interesting marine stores? Any anchorages that I can see from land? I have my car not the boat but being a sailor at heart I am drawn to the water.
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Hi Gunner,
Been here about as long..... Key West Marine Hardware, 818 Caroline St is reportedly a good one but I've not been there yet.

Anchorage on the NW side of Sunset Key and Wisteria Island, hard to see from Mallory Sq I guess. Off the E side of Stock Island is a large anchorage but I'm told it's crack-head city - no idea if that's true or not. You can see that one from US1 and the waterfront road that leads down to the Oceanside Marina and boatyards area.

The others I see from shore are near Navy property at Sigsbee Point and around Fleming Key / Garrison Bight channel. Fewer boats there because it's harder to get to perhaps, but a MUCH nicer area to be except in a norther.

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We spent a week on a mooring ball in Garrison Bight City Marina Mooring Field along with 50-60 other boats. On the way there, we passed the cruise ship terminal downtown and many more boats at anchor or on moorings. To see them, go to Key West Bight and look out to the west. The mooring field we were in is a bit harder to see.

Don't know about any interesting marine stores - was too busy trying to find parts, fix things, and help the wife with her work to look around. West Marine does have a store on Caroline Ave near downtown. There is a Kuban Marine store in the same area but we did not visit it.

Some day I would like to go back to Key West and spend some time looking around. It seemed like a nice place to visit.
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Are you here in the keys now?
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We're anchored out in Man of War Harbor north of Wisteria Island and it's very nice. We tried Garrison Bight but the holding was no good and we're to big for a mooring ball. We went out today and found a boatyard to tie up at for 600 / mo so we may stay here awhile and get some work done on the boat.
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He's probably at Old Island, shrimp rd Stock Island. Some boats to look at there. Not much for marine stores at least compared to other boating meccas. Most anchorages are somewhat out of sight from Islands. There's plenty of boats for viewing just cruising the boardwalk. Stock Island and the shrimp dock area may be worth a visit. There's a restaurant right at shrimp docks that specialises in Duh! Shrimp. The Hogfish saloon has a lot of Island flavor also. There's a worst marine and couple of marine hardware stores also.
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