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Old 12-14-2014, 07:36 PM   #41
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KJ, welcome to Boot Key. We are on A13. You will enjoy it here.
Yeah, I really enjoyed my time here last visit.

We cruised by your “Queen” in the dink. Very nice.
How long are you here for?
I’ll give you a holler when I get back.

Very pleasant day today – 70 degrees. It got down to 63 last night. Brrrr! KJ
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:54 AM   #42
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Yeah, I really enjoyed my time here last visit.

We cruised by your “Queen” in the dink. Very nice.
How long are you here for?
I’ll give you a holler when I get back.

Very pleasant day today – 70 degrees. It got down to 63 last night. Brrrr! KJ
It has been a little cool compared to normal, but it won't last long. We are leaving in late February or early March.
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:07 PM   #43
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Just thought I'd give a heads up to any folks heading down to the Keys right now.

The harbor at Boot Key, Marathon Municipal, is completely full. All the mooring balls are occupied with quite a few boats anchored out waiting to get in.

There should be several boats leaving in the next week or two heading over to the Bahamas. KJ
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I was thinking of doing the "Florida Loop" this June. Are the mooring options in the Keys better in the summer?
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I was thinking of doing the "Florida Loop" this June. Are the mooring options in the Keys better in the summer?
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I was thinking of doing the "Florida Loop" this June. Are the mooring options in the Keys better in the summer?
We did the Florida loop this week. Key West was certainly crowded for New Years but it still was a great quick trip.
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:40 AM   #47
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OTE=B?andB;296167]We did the Florida loop this week. Key West was certainly crowded for New Years but it still was a great quick trip.[/QUOTE]

Was the keywest
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:45 AM   #48
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OTE=B?andB;296167]We did the Florida loop this week. Key West was certainly crowded for New Years but it still was a great quick trip.
Was the keywest
mooring field Full[/QUOTE]

Everything was full for New Years Eve but that doesn't mean it is now. Everyone wanted to see either the giant shoe with the drag queen drop, the huge lime drop, the conch shell drop, or the pirate wench drop.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:13 PM   #49
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Currently on the hook at Islamorada waiting for a window.

Thought we were gonna make over on Thursday, but that looks real iffy now.

Still, there's worse places to be stuck. KJ
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Still, there's worse places to be stuck. KJ

I wouldn't mind being stuck there with you. Safe travels Mon' Cap-i-tain
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:19 PM   #51
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Currently lying at anchor off Pumpkin Key, waiting to pass through Angelfish Creek to cross over to Bimini, hopefully Wednesday.

Spent a couple of days behind Alabama Jack’s. What a hoot! Great food, live music. KJ



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Currently lying at anchor off Pumpkin Key, waiting to pass through Angelfish Creek to cross over to Bimini, hopefully Wednesday.
If you find you really like Pumpkin Key, it is for sale. You might not have known that. 26 Acres. The asking price is $110 million but I'm sure they're negotiable.
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Old 01-25-2015, 12:53 PM   #53
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Well, we finally made it over to the Bahamas. We left from Angelfish Creek Wednesday morning before dawn and pulled into Bimini around 2:30pm.

The crossing was great, light easterly breeze and very little swell. Later that evening it kicked up to 15/20 kts. When they say small window, they mean small.

When we left Marathon we had a flotilla of three trawlers. By the time we left Pumpkin Key we had six. Everyone is splitting up after the Berry Islands.

We’ll probably stay here till Wed/Thurs and then head on down to Nassau and then on to the Exumas.

I had forgotten how incredibly clear the water is over here. We’ve been toughing it out, having fresh lobster and snapper every night. KJ



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Heading South Pt. II

Jealous. Very cool. Need more pics!
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:57 PM   #56
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I had forgotten how incredibly clear the water is over here. We’ve been toughing it out, having fresh lobster and snapper every night.
I think between each trip one tends to forget how special the Bahamas are. It's as if these thousands of islands were designed and put in crystal clear water off the coast so we'd all have a wonderful place to visit. There are so many islands, you always have something new to see while revisiting old favorites.

It's like the answer to this question: So, where do people who already live in a vacation and tourist paradise go to get away? Answer: The Bahamas.

We have friends who regularly will fly over for weekends after a hard week in the office. They'll rent center consoles and just relax.
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What's the preferred route to Nassau?
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What's the preferred route to Nassau?

Over the great Bahama bank then cut across the top end of the tongue of the ocean.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:51 PM   #59
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What's the preferred route to Nassau?
That depends entirely where you are departing from.

We are leaving from North Bimini and heading south and crossing the Banks at either Triangle Rocks, Turtle Rocks, or Gun Cay, depending on conditions. We’ll anchor out on the Banks for the night and then head for the Northwest Channel and on to Nassau.

The Explorer Chartbooks have all the suggested waypoints of the most commonly used routes.

The marina emptied out this morning, at least twelve boats left, almost all heading for the Berry Islands. A few boats were going for an overnight passage to Nassau, a twenty-two hour jaunt. No thank you.

Went lobster diving this afternoon. Is it possible to eat too much lobster (rhetorically of course)? KJ
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You can stop at chubb , seems halfway to Nassau
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