Since we lived in hurricane season before cruising (Texas), our rates will not increase( we have full coverage ins).
We are playing around with staying down in the keys through hurricane season. We are pretty happy and there are still a dozen or so snorkling reefs
we want to hit so here we are still down here.at Boot Key ( marathon) when we thought to be up in the Caroline's by now. Shrug, we fly by the seat of our whims :-). the locals here are very nice, nicest I've run across. But they are not nosey, a big plus to us.
We have not heard about a Hurricane prep briefing meeting date, but I'm told they do one for boot key. This will Recap the protocols for tying up to the moorings, what to do with your dinghy
, local shelters, etc. when they have the meeting, I will report the general info if you like. I'd pick Marathon over Key West
for hurricane and just good old fashion storm protection. The wind
protection isn't all that great but that is good in my book as we have a great breeze 24/7. Wave protection is very good.
As far as heat. I have a heat regulation issue that causing me NOT to sweat sometimes. So my body will overheat. In Key west
I just jumped in the water
and cooled my core
down. But boot key, which I swam when I first got here, is not very clean and now I do not swim it. But a 15 minute dinghy
ride takes you out sister creek to the Atlantic side to a great beach or anchor
the dinghy near the small reef( folks call it Gilligan's island). So far I've been able to stay cool by living in my bathing suit and pouring a few cups of water
over my head
. Water is easily obtainable by either tying up to city Marina bulkhead and filling the tanks
or running jerrycans( what we do).
If you decide to head
this way just give me a PM and can help with limited local knowledge and show ya around. Though it may not be necessary if you use the city mooring
, they are very thorough with check in.
Hope this helps, sorry so long winded.
Erika aboard Rain Dog
Don't worry about the grammar Nazis, they do it to everyone, not just you. I have had Brain surgery so my files are a bit scrambled, im sure they have a field day with my posts ;-).