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Another Key West Question

Finally retired! Looking for my O'Day 272 LE. Hopefully sooner rather than later, but when it happens a trip to Key West will definitely be in order. I have heard that there are, shall we say, less desirable anchorages than others.
I really don't mind drunks, and derelicts are in fact a part of what makes diversity so wonderful...but... I don;t want to live next to them. Anyone care to share there thoughts on where one should anchor out and where one should stay away from?

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Re: Another Key West Question

To be perfectly honest, I never encountered any drunks or derelicts in the keys, but I'm confident there must be some at every anchorage, especially the more congested ones.

The Garrison Bight Mooring Field looked like it was filled to capacity the last time I went through there, and I opted to anchor up in Mule Key Basin, which is just on the west side of the Northwest Channel. There wasn't anyone there other than myself.

Now, I spent most of my time in Marathon Key's Boot Key Harbor, about a month on a mooring ball and three months tied to the City Marina bulkhead. Never had any problems with the folks there either. Well, I forgot about a nutcase drunken woman who lived aboard a trawler on the other side of the canal who went berserk one night while we were playing music at the marina's Tiki hut. She was sent packing by the marina a week later.

By and large, pretty much everyone I met while cruising have been wonderful individuals. Now, at some anchorages in Chesapeake Bay, which is where I'm at now, there have been some pretty rowdy individuals playing loud music until 3 am and the Natural Resources Police had to intervene. I understand that most of those problems have been taken care of during the past two years of law enforcement.

Good luck on your retirement, and I sincerely believe you will enjoy a memorable and enjoyable time in Key West and the other Florida Keys locations.

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In my experience people are people wherever you go. There is little variation in the character content of humanity across the spectrum, opportunity seems to be the defining characteristic. Look for the good in things and ignore or stay away from those who seek attention or trouble and you will have smooth sailing.
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Have you looked at Active Captain?

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Re: Another Key West Question

Biggest problem in KW is more the neighborhood than the neighbors... Garrison Bight (and nearby anchorages) are essentially open roadsteads, and can be rough as a cob depending on wind direction and speed. 3' chop is not unusual in the Bight with a NE fresh breeze. Some spots around Stock Island more protected but hard to find a spot.

Boot Key well protectected harbor but moorings are full by mid December. Several other anchorages in harbor and Sister Creek but crowded when balls are full. Quieter night life than KW and lower key in general. Hour and a half bus ride if you go to KW from Marathon..

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If you qualify, the Naval air station has a nice Marina at Boca Chica. Slips as well as moorings. Five miles north of Key West.

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Re: Another Key West Question

I made a quick road trip down the Keys last week and noticed there were no boats anchored or mooring balls in the inner harbor by Garrison Bight Key West as I passed by. Not sure if this a permanent situation or just temporary. I remember seeing boats there in years past but, it's been awhile.

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Mooring vicinity the Navy's Ammo storage area and Army SCUBA school was prohibited a few years ago due to security concerns. Too many boats were mooring within the blast safety zone and Navy finally laid down the law.

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