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Thanks for the replys everyone! Sorry I did not reply back sooner, for some reason I did not receive a notification that there was activity on my post.

I appreciate your input!
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Hey Everyone,

This coming winter (Dec 21st to January 11th) I'd like to trailer my sailboat (23' S2 7.0 swing keel) down to the Florida Keys and live on the boat for a 2+ week period of time while doing some cruising around and visiting different areas in the keys.

Is transient dockage hard to come by at this time of year in the keys? I'm a member of a yacht club up on Lake Erie and I'm hoping to find some yacht clubs in the keys with reciprocal privileges.

Can you recommend any places where I can launch my boat and leave my truck and trailer for the time I'm down there?

Thanks for any info and advice!
Bump for more info! I'll be right around there with you, cdsnyder83, at the same time and in a similar boat. My wife and I will launch our Catalina 22 from Marco Island right about December 21st. We plan to gunkhole our way down the coast to Marathon Key, then out to Key West, then hopefully straight through back to Marco, weather permitting. We were hoping to do the Dry Tortugas while we were there, but it doesn't look like time will allow it.

We're not much for slips or mooring balls and would much rather anchor out if given the chance, but who knows how this one will go. I've never even been to the Keys, despite being a native Floridian, born in Miami. I hear you can be flogged, keel-hauled and sometimes even hanged if you drop an anchor in the wrong place in the Florida Keys!

I have read a lot of good reports from other trailer-sailors about South Dade Marina. If we were launching from that area it would be the first place I'd call.

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If you plan to anchor in the usual places, Panther Key, Indian Key Pass, Little Shark River, etc., be prepared to seal your boat up to guard against the mosquitos. Two other tid-bits, you will lose cell phone service south of Indian Key Pass. Turn your phones off, otherwise they will run batteries down searching for a signal. Also, at that time of year, the area will be a mine field of lobster traps.

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Hi Gene, I was talking with a guy at my sailing club who is from miami and who has done a lot of boating in southern florida, and he suggested to just drop anchor instead of using transient docks or mooring balls, both of which he said would be expensive at that time of year and hard to come by in the keys. According to him, a boater has the right to drop anchor pretty much anywhere they want as long as it is not prohibited due to navigation or ship lanes. I'm going to look more into this, but it might be my plan for my trip down there.
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You can dock at Garrison Bight, the city-owned marina in Key West. They have one pier for transients.
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You had better avoid the coral reef. Best to anchor in or near a mooring field unless you are familiar with the area,
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Re: Tansient Docking in the Florida Keys??

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Hey Everyone,

This coming winter (Dec 21st to January 11th) I'd like to trailer my sailboat (23' S2 7.0 swing keel) down to the Florida Keys and live on the boat for a 2+ week period of time while doing some cruising around and visiting different areas in the keys.

Is transient dockage hard to come by at this time of year in the keys? I'm a member of a yacht club up on Lake Erie and I'm hoping to find some yacht clubs in the keys with reciprocal privileges.

Can you recommend any places where I can launch my boat and leave my truck and trailer for the time I'm down there?

Thanks for any info and advice!
Check with these folks in Marathon: Marathon Yacht Club

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Do not miss out on No Name Harbour - just below Miami.
I anchored outside the expensive harbours and used a tender to go in and out.
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I'm looking for places to dock/moor/anchor between Miami and Marathon in mid-October. I'm not a yacht club member, so Marathon YC is out. Other ideas?

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I'm looking for places to dock/moor/anchor between Miami and Marathon in mid-October. I'm not a yacht club member, so Marathon YC is out. Other ideas?
Tons of good places....check Active Captain....

https://activecaptain.com/index.php

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