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Old 11-25-2018, 10:18 AM   #1
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Temporary relocation away from red tide

My DW had an idea this AM, but I donít know if itís feasible. She wondered if we could move the boat from the Sarasota area, where weíve been enveloped in red tide for months now. She asked about moving it to the Keys (or Miami area?), getting a slip for a month or so, and then when the kids get off college for Xmas break shoot over to Bimini.

My questions are, can I get a slip for a month or so in those locations at a ďreasonableĒ rate? I donít want to give up my slip I currently have and itís about $600 a month. Are there even marinas along the Atlantic side of the Keys? Iíve only stayed in Key West marinas.

We would have about 2 weeks worth of time with the kids to get across to Bimini. Iíve never crossed in the winter and know we would have to wait on cold fronts, so is two weeks enough time?

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I don't know about a slip but I recently help deliver a 38 S/v to boot key and they seemed to have a few mooring balls available. If interested you could give them a call to see if they have any dock space. And they do rent the balls by the month at a reasonable amount.

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Old 11-25-2018, 10:39 AM   #3
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Thanks! I will give them a call.

General questions:

Is it safe to leave a boat on a mooring there and go back to Texas for a week or so, or do you pretty much have to be on the boat all the time?

Iíve never left a boat on a mooring unattended for more than a few days so I just donít know how that works. Do folks on moorings look out for other boats if they take on water for example?

Edit: I see the Boot Key mooring says ďfull time liveaboards onlyó no wet storageĒ. So they donít want you leaving the boat unattended it appears.
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I guess that would be another question you could ask them, may be they wouldn't mind a week if you explain the circumstances , but don't want people leaving the boats there for months at a time. I have a friend who lives on his boat there may be he could keep an eye on it for you, It cant hurt to ask him.
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Excellent. Thanks again

And I understand them not wanting people just dropping off boats and leaving them unattended. It would soon become a boat graveyard I suppose.
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How tall is your mast? Seven mile bridge is ~65'. but check your charts and make sure.
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I only have a 40í mini-mast.
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We went under it with a 57' from the waterline. We puckered for a few seconds.
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Plenty of marinas on the eastern side of Key West. Marathon among the most reasonable and best but all the way up the coast. It is peak season so knowing whether any would meet your definition of "reasonable" is something I can't speak to. I might edge it up the coast, cost a bit more, but by the time I was ready to go to Bimini, I'd have the boat in Miami and an easy and short trip across. That would be my goal. Then you're an easy day from Bimini. Might be well worth the extra cost on the short stay.
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Can you recommend any Miami marinas? I suppose I will have to give up on the ďreasonableĒ part but I guess thatís OK for just a month or so.
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Can you recommend any Miami marinas? I suppose I will have to give up on the ďreasonableĒ part but I guess thatís OK for just a month or so.
We're in Fort Lauderdale and don't use marinas even there so don't have a specific recommendation. I'd just open up Active Captain and start making some phone calls from it, from Homestead or even Key Largo north to North Miami. You can then compare both availability and pricing as you move closer to the resort area. I expect you'll see monthly rates ranging from $15 per foot to $40 per foot but talking to them is always helpful. Most daily rates are $2 to $3 but some do have weekly rates.
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Anyone been through the ďVaca CutĒ? Wondering if itís easy or sketchy.

Looking at a slip in this little Coral Lagoon Marina on Marathon Key.

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If you are a member of a Yacht Club you could try the Yacht Clubs scattered through the Keys or Biscayne Bay in Miami. Some will even take transients without a Yacht Club affiliation.

These are typically very safe, often behind locked gates, usually with on site Dockmasters, typically plenty of members around keeping an eye on things.

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Anyone been through the ďVaca CutĒ? Wondering if itís easy or sketchy.

Looking at a slip in this little Coral Lagoon Marina on Marathon Key.

I stayed at a resort in Key Colony Beach and watched lots of biggish boats come in through that cut. But the water to the east which you would have to traverse to get to that little marina looks skinny. I don't see any big boats tied up in the Google satellite image to the east of the cut.


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Old 11-27-2018, 09:51 AM   #15
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Yeah I just got off the phone with a local SeaTow captain and he said that cut is problematic even for powerboats because itís so narrow and because of the extreme current. Plus he didnít think it had 4í anymore.

So I will cross that little marina off the list. No wonder it was relatively cheap at $650 including utilities.

Iím open to other Keys ideas. I canít do the Boot Key moorings (if I could get one) because I leave the boat and go back to Texas, and they donít want unattended boats from what I understand.
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We sometimes go and spen afew days at Faro Blanco. Great marina, great restaurant and good people. Not sure if they have monthly rates.
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We sometimes go and spen afew days at Faro Blanco. Great marina, great restaurant and good people. Not sure if they have monthly rates.
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Wifey B. It’s one of our favorite places for a few days that is close to our dock when we don’t want to anchor.
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Can you recommend any Miami marinas? I suppose I will have to give up on the “reasonable” part but I guess that’s OK for just a month or so.
Dinner Key Marina has a mooring field that although only marginally protected from wind and waves, is relatively economical (compared to a slip at DKM).

We left ours there for a month, a couple of years ago.
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Near Watson Park between the MacArthur and Venetian Causways has a large mooring area, some anchor there and I’m not sure there is a fee.

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