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Forfun1960



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City/Region: Carmi
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:24 pm    Post subject: Recommendations for Marina's in Keys for January Reply with quote

Would like to spend January in the Floria Keys looking for marina recommendations and info.
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gulfcoast john



Joined: 14 Dec 2012
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City/Region: PENSACOLA
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donnie,

Get the 2020 Waterway Guide for the Florida Keys. Daily updates at waterwayguide.com. Learn the services codes; if a marina has L, 30/50A but no P, no pool or restrooms or courtesy car but has laundry.

If you happen to be retired DOD, there is no better deal than Boca Chica marina aboard NAS Key West for $30/night. That’s where we’ll stay for 4-6 weeks after our South Florida Loop via Lake Okee starting travel Nov 14 or so.

Get a Sunpass windshield transponder for $4.99, connect to your credit card, and take the Turnpike for much less big truck traffic than on I-95; sail through the toll plazas in the left SunPass lanes. Our rig requires the big truck-stop style diesel pumps, which are every 50 miles or so on the left between turnpike lanes.

https://www.sunpass.com/en/signup/transponderclassify.shtml

Best 5 star marina resort in Key West is Stock Island Marina Resort,

https://stockislandmarina.com/

However, they are now enforcing a 35-ft min @ $2.75/night for stays over 28 days, and not the great deal it used to be despite 2 heated pools, air conditioned bath houses, and courtesy van all over Key West. Still might be worth a couple of nights there for the experience alone.

Take the sea plane to Dry Tortugas, make reservations in advance.

https://keywestseaplanecharters.com/?msclkid=2b13044aa95e145ea3c15bddd218fe5e

A trip of a lifetime, you will always be glad you did.

There are no really ‘cheap’ marinas in the Keys...the folks trying to keep them open have huge expenses in an expensive area. Bring your wallet, surely your ‘cruising kitty’ has bulged as you hunkered down, dine out only outside, and have fun!

Hope this helps!

John

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Forfun1960



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info, spending time there is a big bucket list item.
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thataway



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am familiar with BlackFin's resort and Marina and Ferro Blanco in the Marathon area. I would suggest looking at the internete--Active Captain, and then doing some e-mail or phone work to verify current vacancy and costs.

There may be some changes related to the COVID 19--but currently Florida is pretty much "wide open". I still advise wearing masks (N95 equivalent if possible) and social distancing.

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Gmeyers



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:40 pm    Post subject: Marathon marina slip rental Reply with quote

Black fin,banana bay, marathon marina,faro blanco, marlin bay and marathon yacht club. I would try banana bay, blackfin or faro blanco first. We live in marathon and would be willing to help you in any way. Boat named surprise
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gulfcoast john



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gmeyers,

Thanks for your first post here, and I am sure some other C-Brats will be asking for your advice as a local expert, including us!

When we were looking for TC255 suitable ramps and rig storage last Jan, the Marathon Yacht Club office (at 33rd st) told us that their marina was only open to boats that had reciprocal Yacht Club privileges, and not for just any transient visitors.

We and Forfun would be interested if they really take ANY transients not a group yacht club members
(they have a nice pool, but no rig storage that we can see.)

Thanks again for posting, and a hearty welcome to this friendly group of C-Dory boating enthusiasts!

Ask Tyboo, Esteemed Administrator, for an album and post pics of your fab ride!

Welcome Aboard!

John
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