Joined: 12 Mar 2013 Posts: 566 City/Region: Destin, Florida
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2017
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Lady Onyx
Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 4:57 pm Post subject:
Just called Bahia Honda State Park and it's about 32 miles from Key West. I can leave my truck and trailer there as long as I'm paying the $2 per ft., per night, slip charge. Having a 25 ft boat does have it's advantages lol
This might just work out and I can use Bahia Honda as my home base.
Joined: 02 Nov 2019 Posts: 79 City/Region: Jensen Beach, Florida
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 1998
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Waypoint
Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 5:59 pm Post subject:
Base yourself out of Bahia Honda State Park! It is actually way better than anything you're going to find in Key West. Not to mention in my opinion, the park has the best beach in the Florida Keys. Drive the truck down to Key West, leave the boat at Bahia Honda. We use our C-Dory 22 down there like that it's really fun and you'll enjoy that trip with your boat! Key West better with the truck. _________________ Mark n' Yuka Elwell
Joined: 14 Dec 2012 Posts: 973 City/Region: PENSACOLA
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2010
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: Cat O' Mine
Photos: CAT O' MINE
Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 6:05 pm Post subject:
Snatch the Bahia Honda reservation and don’t let go. Travel the 35 miles by truck. Count on $25/day for parking near town. The best beach in Key West is Zachary Taylor SP; agree Bahia Honda is the best beach in the keys but pitiful compared to our beaches. Bring your FL State Park Geezer Card.
You might also try Cudjoe Garden Marina, closer at 21 miles with a very good ramp, eclectic rig storage and lots of er, character.
This season’s Looper fleet is much larger than usual and approaching South Florida after Hurricane Ian destroyed or disableled untold marinas and transient slips. Standard advice BEFORE Ian was ‘if you didn’t pay for your Florida transient slip six months ago, it’s way too late now.’
On the other hand, those boats avg LOA is 40-45 feet and they draw 4.5, sailboats even more. The advertised depth at BHSP marina is 3.5, but it varies by area, sea grass winds and tides. You’ll be able to maneuver around with care.
We had our usual six weeks planned at Pink Shell Marina Resort in Feb, but it (both the marina and the reservation) no longer exists. Our old standby, Stock Island Marina Village Key West (now Perry Hotel and Marina) has no transient slips until April 2023 and 30 days is now $3,5000 + with a 40 foot minimum if there is a cancellation.
Here are our choices for Florida marinas with adequate ramps for a TC255, transient slips and rig storage on site or nearby. I don’t list BHSP marina ramp because it’s marginal for a TC255, since the sponsons ride above the bunks rather than lower or partially between them. This list is on the AGLCA Trailer Boaters Special Interest Group, but only Members have access. PM me if you want the whole list.
Safe travels and hope this is helpful.
This is our updated (as of Q2, 2022) list by State of marinas with with adequate deep or steep boat ramp (or nearby) for a C-Dory TC255, and transient slips if you get there late. (Requested on main AGLCA Forum Nov 8, 2022 by David Levin). That combination plus nearby rig storage works best in our experience as the starting point for a one-way Cruise or Loop segment. Our intent here is to provide a potential list for larger trailer boats. The nature of this beast is such that current info does NOT age well, so ALWAYS call to confirm current policies. Ex: Hurricane Ian affected almost all SW FL marinas. We have personally launched at or visited them all, except as noted.
For public transportation options between the put in and take out towns, we like https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Buffalo/Clay
This example shows all choices between our Pirates Cove, NY put in and the end of the West Erie Canal at Tonawanda, NY for our summer 2021W Erie Canal/Finger Lakes Adventure.
FL PANHANDLE Pensacola.
(per Bob Austin) Pensacola Shipyard and Marina, has a security guard, and safe parking. $5 launch includes a day parking. For long term trailer parking is $65. I believe that $5 a day for short term parking--until you are at the $65.
Pensacola Shipyard, Boatyard & Marina
FL PANHANDLE Pensacola Military.
Pensacola NAS Sherman Cove Marina 4ft shoaling, day rig parking only, shore power inop since Sally.
NAS Bayou Grande Marina (sailboats), seaplane ramp, $300,000 liability insurance with ‘wreck removal’ with marina named as ‘additional insureds’ transients required for both, inquire at office re temp rig parking. DoD cardholder required in vehicle to sponsor guests with RealID state drivers licenses to enter base marina.
FL PANHANDLE Panama City Beach, Pirate’s Cove Marina. Rebuilt 2020, small pool, near St Andrews SP (short ramp), no ramp or rig storage.
FL PANHANDLE Carrabelle Moorings and other marinas often full in winter with Loopers awaiting a weather window for crossing the Gulf
FL W FL Anclote key, Tarpon Springs, Anclote River Park ramp. Kiosk up to 10 days rig storage.
Anclote River Park
Tarpon Springs city marina upriver.
FL W FL Punta Gorda city marina (Laishley Marina).
Good ramp and 300 ft day dock while you go store the rig.
Laishley Park Municipal Marina - Punta Gorda, FL
Lyft 3mi to Crystal Cay for rig storage vs Frequently Asked Questions
Entrance to Lake OK waterway upriver, few locks.
FL W FL Ft Myers Punta Rassa ramps. 3 miles from Pink Shell Marina. 3 day max rig parking pay at kiosk.
Rig storage downtown FM Guardian Storage monthly but prorated, cheaper options exist further out from town.
Covered & Open RV/Boat/Storage,
Pink Shell Marina and Resort 5 star, 3 heated pools 1 adults-only, 9 miles sand beach walkable at all tides, was $1.75/ft (no min!)/day for over 30 day stay. Lots of wakes, request inside long dock, Ft Myers Beach. This year our reservation is late Jan til Hontoon Hoot in March.
FL Key West.
Garrison Bight city mar, hose to rinse trailer brakes and engines
Garrison Bight Marina
Very safe. 40 foot trailer boats launch. Rig storage $10/day dual axle trlr, $15 triple axle, $10 truck but limited spaces, choose a weekday. Only ramp in Key West for a TC255
Stock Island Marina resort (now Perry Hotel and Marina), two heated pools, shuttle to downtown, our former winter getaway but they finally started enforcing a 35 foot min
FL KEY WEST military.
NAS Key West, Boca Chico marina may fill 12 mos in advance, $1/ft 30ft min, free rig storage on access road. Bus to downtown.
Dinghy ramp only, launch large trailer boats at City Marina ramp, Garrison Bight. Sigsbee Annex on Dredger Key marina has a shallow ramp, no rig storage or transient slips.
FL Cudjoe Key, Cudjoe Gardens Marina.
Cudjoe Gardens Marina – – A full Service Marina –
Good ramp, clear water. Call re transient slip availability. Tricky navigation out into the Atlantic side. Call re rig storage, sometimes defers to other innovative spots like behind the seafood shop.
FL Marathon 33rd st ramp.
8 spaces, store rig at Briers trailers, rate depends on length, fills early. RV Parking | Boat Storage
Faro Blanco resort and marina nearby, no trlr storage, 2 pools, Lyft around.
Florida Keys Marinas | Marina | Faro Blanco Resort & Marina
FL Biscayne Bay.
Herbert Hoover marina. 6 ramps, kiosk payment, call re rig storage, seems to vary.
Herbert Hoover Marina
FL W FL Calusa Island marina. Drive to Tigertail Park $16/car/day. Marco Island marinas were much more expensive.
TC255 launch requires medium to high tide.
Goodland, FL S of Marco Island, good folks who will work with you.
Safe Harbor Calusa Island
FL E FL St John river (3 miles south of Ed Stone ramp), Hontoon Landing marina 0.2 mile north of Hontoon Is SP. Scary steep single ramp, rig storage and transient slips for reasonable fees. $5 pump out. C-Dory owners are cheap (like me) and prefer Ed Stone County park 3 miles north for free with free safe rig storage (park close to Hwy 44).
FL Okeechobee canal, Franklin lock and ramp. Call for rig storage advice, informal.
Cruisers Helping Cruisers
FL (military) Jacksonville NAS marina. Good ramp, newer floating docks and transient slips but no formal rig storage on base. We used the ruse of putting the trailer ‘for sale’ in the Lemon Lot for a month with the truck parked near the BOQ. Nearby commercial rig storage options.
John _________________ John and Eileen Highsmith
2010 Tom Cat 255, Cat O' Mine
Yamaha F150, LXF150
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