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Old 07-06-2018, 08:35   #1
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Recommendation for FL Cruising Guide

Howdy,
Planning to do a shake down cruise from Key Largo down around the Keys and then west past the Dry Tortugas and then turn North and head across the Gulf to Tampa Bay. Thinking of stopping at Marathon/Boot Key and Key West for boat check-ups/provisioning/tourism before heading for open water.
Any recommendations for the best cruising guide for Florida?
Thinking Hawk Channel outside Keys down to Key West..
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:05   #2
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Re: Recommendation for FL Cruising Guide

I bought the Waterway Guide last year and didn't find it to be much help. Mostly pictures and advertising.
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Old 07-06-2018, 14:15   #3
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Well I came here to recommend "The Florida Cruising Directory", but it looks like they have decided after 34 editions to stop updating it..........

Florida Cruising Directory

You may still be able to purchase the 2017 edition. I purchased an updated copy every few years. A nice read to have on board when not wanting to connect to the internet. I'll miss it.
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We just used the chartbook as our guide through that stretch along with activecaptain. But wanted to say that all the keys west of Key West are well worth your time! Far and away the best of the keys in my book.
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When I lived in FL we used guides by Claiborn Young. They were quite good, but the organization of the one for the Keys made it cumbersome to follow. Not sure if they have been updated.

https://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Flor.../dp/1565540263

Also used the BAIL anchorage guide. Not sure of its current status either.

http://www.sailmiami.com/book_reviews/BAILguide.htm
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Howdy,
Planning to do a shake down cruise from Key Largo down around the Keys and then west past the Dry Tortugas and then turn North and head across the Gulf to Tampa Bay. Thinking of stopping at Marathon/Boot Key and Key West for boat check-ups/provisioning/tourism before heading for open water.
Any recommendations for the best cruising guide for Florida?
Thinking Hawk Channel outside Keys down to Key West..
Thanks Much,
Dave
The best cruising guide we have found is Frank Pappy's "Cruising Guide to the Florida Keys". Excellent reference.
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Frank Pappy's book is good, especially for anchorages. However it was written some years ago and some of the shore side info is dated.

We cruised through Marathon to Key West and back up to Tampa in January. Many business were still closed. For example, the marina at Bahia Honda State Park is still closed today. So you should check ahead for services.
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I bought the Waterway Guide last year and didn't find it to be much help. Mostly pictures and advertising.
Seems like thatís the type of info the OP is asking for, hopefully he is not going to navigate with it. I think the guides are great. Advertising is information too.
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I am having the same problem, I can not find any current cruising guide for the Keys and the Dry Tortugas for our trip in July. We are trailering from Ohio to Ft. Lauderdale this July. We are also looking for an place to store our truck (20' long) and our trailer (42' long) some where near Ft Lauderdale from approximately June 24 through July 25th. Anyone have any ideas?
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I am having the same problem, I can not find any current cruising guide for the Keys and the Dry Tortugas for our trip in July. We are trailering from Ohio to Ft. Lauderdale this July. We are also looking for an place to store our truck (20' long) and our trailer (42' long) some where near Ft Lauderdale from approximately June 24 through July 25th. Anyone have any ideas?
This always amazes me. Try cruisingguide.com, marinas.com, activecaptain.com google Florida marinas.
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We are also looking for an place to store our truck (20' long) and our trailer (42' long) some where near Ft Lauderdale from approximately June 24 through July 25th. Anyone have any ideas?
Waterway guide map shows marinas or you can switch to anchorages:

https://www.waterwayguide.com/explor...12&mode=marina

As far as the truck and trailer, you might just rent an outdoor storage space for a month.
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Thanks Everybody for the info. Gives some great starting info for planning the trip.
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How about ours? New edition February 2024. Quick reference answers to all your questions, most importantly "where's an anchorage with north (or east, south or west) protection?"
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I am having the same problem, I can not find any current cruising guide for the Keys and the Dry Tortugas for our trip in July. We are trailering from Ohio to Ft. Lauderdale this July. We are also looking for an place to store our truck (20' long) and our trailer (42' long) some where near Ft Lauderdale from approximately June 24 through July 25th. Anyone have any ideas?
In Lauderdale, you can launch your boat and store your truck and trailer at Harourtown Marina. It's got 24 hour security. I have used it when doing trips to Bimini in my powerboat, probably fifteen or twenty times. it's a great option. You can also try the airport. I did that in WPB one year, paid for two spots.
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