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Old 12-06-2007
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Hey John,
Missed you at Indian key the weather snuck up on us and we had to leave sooner than I thought. we are in Bimini now.
We liked Marathon met a lot of real nice folks It is definatly cruiser friendly
every thing you could possibly need for your boat is available there.
good place to be if your planning any repaires.
Don't miss the Overseas Lounge. raining hard gotta go scrub the boat
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I'm still in Miami anyway. Probably stay here till the front passes before heading down the Keys. 15-20 on my butt isn't my idea of fun

Was there space at Marathon? I think I'll stay there a month, then over to Key West.
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When we left they were only 1/3 full lots of room but they say it fills up fast. when the season gets rolling. 250 a month gets you use of the dingy dock showers and once a week the pump out boat will come by and pump your holding tank out. phone number is 305-289-8877. whe you get there get ahold of the smorgass boat they well give you a welcome kit that has all the info you need in a nice canvas bag. maybe we will track you down on the way back planning on being in key west some where around the 20th of Jan.
You need a chute! 15 to 20 from behind is a ball
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No chute and not even a pole. But I'm in no hurry. Sounds like I need to get there by next week though. Have fun and we'll hope to see ya on the way back.
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John,
My brother kept a boat and an RV at Knight's Key, which is right by the bridge in Marathon. He and his family lived in the RV, and they day-sailed for grins. The place is definitely expensive, but the location and setting are awesome. Fun little tiki bar there to boot. They'd sail off in the morning, and the local yokels would be having drinks there and toast them as they departed, and they'd still be there and toast them when they returned at dusk... Some heavy drinking going on down there...
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John, I've stayed at both and enjoyed one as well as the other. Marathon is more cruiser friendly but Key west was defiantly more fun....may find this link helpful... http://marinas.com/view/overview/212 we anchored in Man-O-War harbor just north of "G31". form there it's a short ride to the city dingy dock. Depending on winds you could round Flemming and take a mooring.
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We left Marathon a week or two ago and the moorings were nowhere near full. In fact about half were empty and there are a lot there. It is pretty convenient and there is easy access to stores, etc. The prices seemed about the same as on the Mainland except gas and diesel are higher and marina slips are steep. I expect it will get much busier by Christmas however.

Marathon is a good stop along the way but I am not sure I would want to stay there tooooo long.

I have not stayed on a mooring at Key West, but I know the anchoring there is a challenge. Lots of current and very crowded. Other anchorages are unprotected. Lots more to do in Key West than Marathon.
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Just My two cents, not being qualified to pipe in . . . . . . but it seems to me there is not enough of a price difference to matter. I would think Key west would keep my interest longer. Not that I'm into drag races but as TB says . . . it is colorful. Not the old Key West I remember.
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I'm not into bars and restaurants, so in that respect, either one would suit me.
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