My DT experience is somewhat documented here
I spent over a month going from Boot Key to DT and back and burned less than five gallons of gas. Probably more in the dingy outboard
than in the two outboards on my catamaran
. As others have noted you may well burn more if you are forced to use the iron genny.
The fast boat arrives every day around 10:00AM. At that point the bathrooms on Garden Key are closed and folks are forced to use the air conditioned bathrooms on the fast boat. The fast boat also has solar
fresh water showers that folks can use at will. The fast boat also has an all you can eat lunch (bread, meat, salad, drinks, desert) that costs $US7 when I was there in an air conditioned room. Both of the fast boat captains I met were quite friendly and willing to talk. I picked their minds about the weather and got first hand reports when ever I wanted. The fast boat puts out a couple of trash cans on the dock
and the rangers advise folks to put their trash in them daily, something the fast boat guys have no problem with.
The rangers also have wifi
access. The radio
room at the fast boat dock has (or at least it is suppose to have) a daily weather report posted. If it is not there you can ask the ranger
to get it for you. Remember the fast boat dumps a hundred folks on the dock and the rangers have to deal with issuing permits to them so don't expect attention from the rangers during this time.
I had no issues with anchoring
, but I did move the boat to stay on the lee side of Garden Key. The fishing
boats often arrive at, or just after, dusk and may annoy you with noise
and lights. On the upside these boats know the best places to anchor and (even if it is against the rules) may offer to trade fish
for whiskey. A couple of times the wind
did kick up and the highest wind speed the rangers said they recorded was 47 knots, but I never dragged. I do have good ground tackle.
I was able to pickup CH2 weather in the DT on my VHF
. I also monitored CH16 at all other times. At times Cubans arrive and the rangers have to deal with them. A couple of times Loggerhead Key was closed while the rangers were dealing with the Cubans.
Only problem I have with your plans is the time frame. A week means you will spend two days getting to DT and two days getting back, or in the alternative 24+- hours sailing and spend the next day sleeping it off.