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Old 01-07-2018, 01:04 PM   #1
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Fresh Water in the Florida Keys

Those that have spent a lot of time in the Keys and primarily anchored out.....

Where did you top off your fresh water supply?

So many marinas are too shallow or full...what was your approach?
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Old 01-07-2018, 01:12 PM   #2
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Watermakers are an ideal solution
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Where are you in the Keys?

I've got a smallish FW tank and what I would do is go to a fuel dock and buy like 20gal of fuel, and GF would fill the FW tank. And yep, I would tip the dockhands!!

Can do this in KW Bight for sure, Garrison Bight (I think) and Marathon for sure. From Marathon up to the upper keys, not sure as that is not my stomping grounds.

Marathon has a town dock that services the mooring field. Might call them up and see if you can get water if you buy a night on a ball.
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“I've got a smallish FW tank and what I would do is go to a fuel dock and buy like 20gal of fuel, and GF would fill the FW tank. And yep, I would tip the dockhands!!”

Of course if you had already tipped the dock hands you wouldn’t have to buy the 20 gallons of fuel. Just sayin
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The Marathon City Marina has a free water filing station with a side tie up that is just inside their piers on the west side. Call on your VHF to let them know you are coming in for water as it sometimes is busy. They won't know (and may not care) whether you are on a mooring or not.

The water does run slow and it will take quite a while to fill 100 gallons.

For commercial marinas I would do as Ski suggests above.

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Old 01-07-2018, 02:14 PM   #6
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Watermakers are an ideal solution
and if I had one...maybe I wouldn't have asked the question...

plus I have done the math of purchase/ maintenance costs and the cost of water here and in the Bahamas for my exoected durations....

so NO, a water maker is nothing to me but convenience at a huge price....and maintenance drag 11 months of the year.
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Thanks guys, especially the water filling station at Marathon.

Just found out there are free pumpot boats that roam the Keys too.

My backup plan also included trying a USCG station if the marinas didnt work out.

Figure the Govt owes me some water now they are charging me for health care that was supoosed to be free....
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Thanks guys, especially the water filling station at Marathon.

Just found out there are free pumpot boats that roam the Keys too.

My backup plan also included trying a USCG station if the marinas didnt work out.

Figure the Govt owes me some water now they are charging me for health care that was supoosed to be free....
Stayed on mooring in Boot Key Harbor Marathon last Winter for a Month. Awesome place very reasonable and well run. Small charge for water if you brought the boat to the dock, but filling jugs on your daily dinghy runs kept tanks topped for free. Wish I were there right Now. NJ was near 0 this morning!
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Thread creep. But PS, I'm considering one of the Rainman portable watermakers, for the same reasons as you, Ive also done the math. A good bit less $, no install to worry about, and bring it home when you don't need it. Just a thought.

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We spent several months over the course of a few years in the Keys exclusively on a mooring or at anchor and finding a place to get water was never an issue. Sometimes the fuel and water ploy described above, sometimes at Marathon (there was a small fee back then). Never could make the $$ payback for a water maker pencil out, even in the islands, and certainly never in the Keys. Having a 350 gallon tank and a Watercounter helped a lot, admittedly.
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Yep, even a $1000 watermaker for a couple hundred gallons here and there over the years doesnt make sense.

I was not getting warm and fuzzies about a lot of marinas and their hospitality based on reviews. Especially this year as everyone keeps saying dockage is a premium from the hurricane.

Thanks again...I will notcsweat it, but will try to get some long before I get short.
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But Scott, having a watermaker in the Bahamas out islands is fun when you wash down your boat and the blowboaters are looking.
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But Scott, having a watermaker in the Bahamas out islands is fun when you wash down your boat and the blowboaters are looking.
Irv, with grreat guys like you around...

I would just pop over to your boat and replenish my fresh water and rum tanks...
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Scott your welcome anytime. If I still had my place in the keys I would let you tie up and have the use of electric and water but now I just have the Miami River house.
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Always the gracious host...
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would it be worth trying to collect rainwater ?
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Scott. Me? No way, Watfa told me to say that. LOL
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Garrison bight in Key West has free water at the dinghy dock. In Boot Key harbor it is 5 cents per gallon at the side tie dock by the harbor office for your boat fill up. There is also water along the wall by the dinghy dock for free to fill smaller containers. You don't have to be on a ball. If you're on a ball there is a service that will come to your boat and fill your tank for 25 dollars if you don't want to move. We were there prior to the storm but I imagine it's still the same.
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In the early decades of the 20th century, a railroad brought tank-car loads of fresh water to the Keys. Unfortunately, a strong hurricane wiped out many of the railroad's bridges connecting the islands.
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You are talking about the Hurricane of 1935. 408 known deaths, destroyed enough railroad bridges the entire route was turned into US1 for cars. At the same time an 18" water pipe was installed to supply the Keys w water. When the new highway was constructed in the 1980's a 36" pipe was installed. There is also a desal plant on the Navy base in Key West

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