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Re: Liveaboard in Key West?

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As noted by capt.aaron earlier in this thread, there's plenty of room to anchor out in Key West - also lots of boats are anchored in Marathon.
From my perspective, the only tenable year round anchorage in Key West is Garrison Bight...which they have turned into a mooring field @ $315 a month.


Dont get me started about Marathon...
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From my perspective, the only tenable year round anchorage in Key West is Garrison Bight...which they have turned into a mooring field @ $315 a month.


Dont get me started about Marathon...
Tell me about Marathon - I have a big investment of time and money coming up this winter in that area and really would like any and all input on the area.

Thanks in advance,

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Tell me about Marathon - I have a big investment of time and money coming up this winter in that area and really would like any and all input on the area.

Thanks in advance,

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My frustration is that the only good place to be in Marathon (all weather) is Boot Key harbor, and that is one massive mooring field with some scraps left by the old bridge to anchor in. Mooring fields *THIS* big are a disgrace and an end-around to banning anchoring out.
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Re: Liveaboard in Key West?

Yep, can't argue with that. And, of course, when a city government gets involved you know it's just going to be expensive. I was worried that there was something about being in Marathon that was bad that I should know about, crime, etc... I have a tentative job lined up there for next winter, and I'm hoping to work out a deal with one of the marinas with a Tiki Bar to do some horse trading. While I could spend some time on a mooring ball or at anchor, the problem I have is transporting thousands of dollars worth of musical equipment to the dock without getting it wet, something that's nearly impossible in a dink.

The way I look at these city-owned mooring fields that are situated in resort areas is they figure they have the rich, boat owner by the short-hair and can extort huge sums of money for tying up an a 1,000-pound anchor with a float and chain. And, if they eventually make it so you can no longer anchor in the area, you will be limited to pay them or go somewhere else, such as Key West, which has recently jumped on that band wagon.

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Re: Liveaboard in Key West?

Gary - thats exactly my concern with these "well run" city mooring fields. Cities, counties, and other municipalities should *NOT* be using their natural resources as profit centers to cover for profligate spending in other areas, or subsidizing their citizens in other ways. Its not the city of Marathon citizens that own the waterways...its the STATE OF FLORIDA.

This is bordering on a political thread now...but I've always wondered why people get so wound up about gov't waste at a national level. The worst offenders and the most corruption is local. The worst is "legal" corruption like some of these cities can get away with. 24 hour obscene parking charges on public beaches or areas of attraction...mooring fields where you used to be able to anchor, ridiculous fees to enter county or city parks...lexus lanes on public interstate systems! Sheesh...you gotta be rich to leave your hovel nowadays.
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Re: Liveaboard in Key West?

No argument from me, Owl. This kind of thing began in Maryland three decades ago, it is significantly worse at this point and all those miniscule fees have escalated at 10 times the rate of inflation. Some states now have undertaken measures to tax live-aboards in the same manner as someone living ashore. Like I said earlier, this will only get worse. Governments have screwed up every enterprise they've become involved in. Recreational boating will soon be something that the average person can no longer afford.

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Re: Liveaboard in Key West?

MHillman,

Are you still looking to liveaboard in Key West? I may have a lead for you.
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Re: Liveaboard in Key West?

This is just a thought for everyone to consider when using a mooring ball ... when was the last time it was inspected? ...

Personally I never use a mooring ball unless I know how and when it was set. My vessel means that much to me and I do hope yours does too
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Re: Liveaboard in Key West?

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This is just a thought for everyone to consider when using a mooring ball ... when was the last time it was inspected? ...

Personally I never use a mooring ball unless I know how and when it was set. My vessel means that much to me and I do hope yours does too
How have you found that the easiest way to ascertain that information would be?
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Re: Liveaboard in Key West?

you would need to chat with whoever set the mooring ball or perhaps who ever has control over it.
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