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gulfcoast john



Joined: 14 Dec 2012
Posts: 487
City/Region: PENSACOLA
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2010
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: Cat O' Mine
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:10 pm    Post subject: Greetings from Key West! Reply with quote

Greetings from Key West!

Again today we have 80 degrees and sunny blue skies. In fact, the daily high temp has been 80 degrees or more since early March, which is a 100 year record. Usually by late November one of the Artic blasts which come through will have lowered the high to 78 (or even 73 like predicted tomorrow...BBRRRR!).

The fish are plentiful and easy to find at every seafood market. The new 15K BTU rooftop Coleman AC really blasts out the cold air. Itís loud when our heads are near the fan motor, but overall we wouldnít go back to a 13K unit. Neither can run off a Honda 2200i generator, but we still donít want the gen on the boat.

All the staff at Stock Island Marina treat us just as well as all the other multimillion dollar yachts here. Weíre always a bit surprised at that. You can turn your home thermostat way down while youríre gone. We shop at Publix and prepare almost all meals on the boat. Our fav box Chardonnay is 50 cents a glass. Our food and beverage bill is the same as at home. Once here, boat and truck fuel costs are minimal. Itís not that expensive. Bob says El Faro Marina in Marathon is only $35/ft per month, or $805 per month for a CD 23. Not bad for a resort. Rooms at the Perry Hotel behind us are $400/night and don't have a toaster oven.

So hitch up your C-Dory and head south! The Homestead Parkway extension construction delays are minimal compared to the past 5 years. Weíll be in slip A-32 at Stock Island Marina until Jan 4, when we move to a canal rental house with dock in Marathon for a week. Come by and visit if youíre in the area. Weíre the only trailer boat in the marina.

We need to get back to the pool now.

Happy boating!

John and Eileen[/code]

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Micahbigsur@msn.com



Joined: 27 May 2019
Posts: 295
City/Region: Big Sur
State or Province: CA
C-Dory Year: 2003
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Sierra
Photos: Sierra
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Florida next year if the Creeks don't rise!!
We will be in nice warm Baja this winter, amazingly cheap great seafood restaurants and slips, hope we will be able to afford Florida!

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2012 R25 SC Sequoia (2015-2018)
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SnowTexan



Joined: 08 Aug 2019
Posts: 35
City/Region: Carlton
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I absolutely love that you are tucked in with the multimillion dollar yachts drinking box wine and being where YOU want to be! Sounds like you are doing it up right. I would like to see the keys one day by boat, but have yet to get over the shock of that fiery death-ball Gulf coast states call the sun. In the meantime I toast to your hyperthermal fortitude with my black coffee (while waxing my dry suit zippers and topping off the Webasto diesel).

Nigel
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Micahbigsur@msn.com



Joined: 27 May 2019
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City/Region: Big Sur
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C-Dory Year: 2003
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Sierra
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No excuses SnowTex, most of the cruisers we meet in Mexico are from the Washington border all the way up to Alaska.....BBRRR!
Imagine a cool morning sunrise over the sea, calm as a mill pond drinking your coffee in the cockpit watching the birds dive for breakfast in your little cove surrounded by sunlit rocky crags....
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SnowTexan



Joined: 08 Aug 2019
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City/Region: Carlton
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C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Micahbigsur@msn.com wrote:
No excuses SnowTex, most of the cruisers we meet in Mexico are from the Washington border all the way up to Alaska.....BBRRR!
Imagine a cool morning sunrise over the sea, calm as a mill pond drinking your coffee in the cockpit watching the birds dive for breakfast in your little cove surrounded by sunlit rocky crags....


No excuses! We experienced that last week, just swap cool for freezing hahaha. Mexico is beautiful iíll Give you that, But sadly My own personal experiences in its jungles and on its borders will keep me from taking my children there. Maybe my opinion will change over time, but itís not an armchair opinion. But that is more a conversation to have over a beer or coffee, and I donít want to hijack this celebratory thread with that nasty stuff!

Enjoy your Mill pond bay and eat a whole pile of langostinos or shrimp for me!

Nigel
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Flint



Joined: 24 Dec 2013
Posts: 49
City/Region: Marathon
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2009
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
Vessel Name: Grace Full
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:29 pm    Post subject: Marathon Home Reply with quote

We have lived on our 26ft Venture in Banana Bay marina in Marathon for the last five winters. We love it here. Please look us up when you get here in January. I am a cashier at Publix 20 hours a week during the winter. Call us at 803-354-0098 or email us at fandlfirestone@hotmail.com. We have friends in Stock Island marina on a Defever-like boat called September Song. We are going to a doctor's appointment on December 13th in Key West in the morning so maybe we will stop by and say hello.

Leslie and Flint Firestone
Grace Full
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