Originally Posted by Wayward Drifter
I am planning to spend this June looking for a 25-27 sloop in southern Florida. I plan to live aboard in the upper keys. Because I plan to live on the hook, my limited past experience down there tells me that many of the best spots to anchor are on the Florida bay side of the keys. Water depth is obviously a big concern. The question I'm putting out there is, just how shallow of a draft must I consider to be able to reasonably maneuver on the NW side of the keys. I know that a swing keel would be great, and I have had one before on an Oday 25' that I owned. But looking for a swing keel only, really limits my purchasing options. ANY input would be much appreciated.
Why the upper keys? Job?
You can grab a ball at marathon for 300/month. I am typing from there right now! Bathrooms, showers, workroom, common room with internet, bbq grills, and a damned community. Dont put down the importance of a community. 9am cruisers net abd hundreds of people to help and ask questions of. Wednesday and friday meet and greet and pot luck. Everything from west marine to publix is walkable.
Love key largo. Really do. Will be anchored off Rodriguez in a few day and waiting for a weather window to bimini as i dive jesus. But i would never make it my long term anchorage.
Now here is the million dollar question: have you ever lived aboard? ESP florida in the summer? Last night we saw 82 as our LOW with no wind. Shut down the boat and you fry. Open it up and the mosquito screens let in the no-seeums.
Aint like the magazines. A day like this is fine. A week and the tourists love it. Your life? Well, better be ready to man-up.