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Dry Tortugas

If you are going to head out to Key West, and you do not mind making a overnight passage, punch west about another 70 miles and hit the Tortugas. It is beautiful, the fort is an awesome example of early american history, and there are some beautiful reefs - including one that you can dinghy to that still has the hull of a hundred year old ship (with wooden mast still sticking barely up out of the water) that you can explore.

Truth is, you will find it hard to leave there once you arrive. I would NOT go in there at night. Very shallow outside channel (thus all the shipwrecks). THere is no water or food either, so you have to bring your own supplies. But you can get lost in the history and it has been one of the more memorable places we have been.

IM me if you have any questions about it... but in my humble opinion it is much more beautiful than anything you will find in the Keys... and more secluded. Here is a quick link:

http://www.nps.gov/drto/

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sab, you might also post a note, or leave word, at the local West Marine (etc) and at the local docks. There *will* be others heading across, and asking the same question, and running into the chandleries to pick up the usual last minute stuff.
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hellosailor,

If you're looking for company crossing the stream from Miami most people, who have not buddied up yet, just give a call on channel 16. Late December, early January there's tons of boats anchored in the Miami area ( South Beach to No Name Harbour) waiting for a window.

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We did not stop at many marinas along the way as our draft was limiting but can tell you that there is a good harbor with town run moorings in Boot Keyand they have a dinghy dock/etc. and are a short walk to provisioning and restaurants. Suggest the Waterway Guide Southern edition will give you the lowdown on all the choices available for your draft! Have fun!
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Anyone here have a good sugggestion for a crusing guide to "Cruising The Florida Keys".
Current edition would be helpful.
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Styles... I just bought Dozier's Waterway Guide, Southern 2007 addition. Camaraderie above endorses it as well.
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I'll give it a look.
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BTW: Where did you find the 2007 edition. West Marine only has the 2006 ??????

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Gary...try this link:
http://www.bluewaterweb.com/Cruising...521&SKU=WWGS07

This one is also excellent for the "inside" route and anchorages:
http://www.bluewaterweb.com/Cruising...SKU=096198385X
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Thanks much camaraderie!
That should just about cover it.
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I have also planned on the Keys trip but I am still waiting for retirement. However the wife and I drove the keys this summer and I have done a lot of research.

Try this link: http://www.geocities.com/palmbeachboating/keys.html

Check out the reality check and the sample navigation guide. I found all of it interesting and seemed to be right on the money as far as I could see driving down. We loved Key West and the sunset sails were very good. I plan on going back (and a lot of other places) when we do not have a schedule anymore.
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