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Maybe everybody knows about it but I recommend the No Name Pub on Big Pine Key (a few miles down the road, maybe you're headed there?), cool place. Look for my dollar bill on the far left side way down low under the service window identified Neil and Kimberlee (daughter).

https://nonamepubestore.com/pub/
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+1. Linda and I enjoyed lunch there as we headed south. April 2018.
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From very recent experience...
try to get as far away from the mangroves as possible.
No-see-ums and skeeters will make sleeping ugly.
It was a good news/bad news situation. After the front went through, the temp plummeted. This made exploring in the dink unattractive, but kept the bugs down in Little Shark River.

No bug issues so far in Boot Key Harbor anchorage, but it's warming up.
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Did you see the meteor today?
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No, what meteor?
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A significant meteor crashed into Cuba yesterday on a North to South trajectory. Reports said it was visible from the Keys in the western sky, big smoke trail.
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Just an update.

We've spent the last 3 weeks in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon. Took us 12 days at anchor to work our way up the mooring ball waiting list from #24!

We really like it here , and I understand why some people come for a weak and stay 10 years!

We took a bus trip to Key West for the day and played tourist.

Yesterday, Joan got in the dinghy to scrub Dolce Vita's waterline, when she got a visit from a large adult manatee.
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Wonder if your mooring is close to this camera!?

http://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/governm...marina-webcam/

- looks to be down currently though otherwise let us know when you are doing a web show!
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You guys hafta go have a basket of fries and watch the sunset at Burdines while you're there.
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Indeed, we did that for Valentines Day.
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Wonder if your mooring is close to this camera!?

http://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/governm...marina-webcam/

- looks to be down currently though otherwise let us know when you are doing a web show!
We are on mooring ball N1, almost directly out from the marina (see image), so we probably would be visible if the webcam was working. Alas, a lot of infrastructure is still down from Irma damage, and they're waiting for FEMA approval. If they start any repairs before then, they forfeit their aide grant.
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Bimini!

Well, the morning of Feb 28, we said goodby to Marathon and headed out.

Our original plan had been to work our way up to Rodridguez Key (near Key Largo), anchor overnight, and then cross the gulf stream over to Bimini.

But since our friend Bil has joined us, we have the option of overnight passeages with double overlapping watches, se we decided to head directly to Bimini from Marathon. Chris Parker gave us a good weather window for this, so off we went.

Took about 24 hrs, and was an easy motorsail (thanks Chris!), and we got into Bimini early this morning. Thhe A4 performed flawlessly, consuming about a gallon an hour. We have a 30 gal tank, but at the halfway point I added 5 gal from a jerry jug just to be sure of not running out just as we were entering the channel!

The Bull sharks are still here, circiling under the boats in 11 ft of crystal clear water at the dock.

Total NM for the trip so far has reached 1500!
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Wow! I didn't realize it had been almost 3 weeks since my last post!

After spending 3 days in Bimini, we set out for Great Harbor Cay in the Berries. In order to get in ahead of some upcoming weather, we did it as a single 16 hour overnight run.

Spent 6 days in Great Harbor. I've always liked this Cay. We met a number of other cruisers at the marina, rented a jeep (Suzuki Sidekick) for the day, drove from the "Ghost Town" at the northern tip to the beautiful shelling beach at the south, had lots of lobster and fresh fish, and generally had a great time.

We left Great Harbor, looped around the cruise ship district in the north, and crossed Providence channel to Sandy point, on the SW end of Great Abaco Island. We had picked a good weather window and it was an easy crossing of this sometimes rough area.

We spent a few hours at anchor, but needed to leave at 1AM in order to time our arrival at the Sea of Abaco at Little Harbour Inlet so as to have slack high tide and the sun behind us. I had originally planned to the anchor behind Lynyard Cay, but more weather was coming the next day, so we pressed on North all the way to Marsh Harbour, where we anchored.

Marsh Harbour is an OK place, but it's more like the Florida Keys than the Bahamas. Four (!) hardware stores, a real full-sized grocery, numerous resturants and marinas. But this makes it a good place to reprovision, so we did.

Our friend Bill also left us here, catching a flight out and back home to the frozen north (Baltimore).

A really severe front was predicted to be coming through on tue-wed, so we wanted to move before then so as to not be stuck in Marsh Harbour for that long. So, on Sunday we moved to a mooring in the NW mooring field in Man O War cay. This place is bombproof, with all around shelter, but the moorings are spaced VERY close. Less than one boat length between boats!

It's now tue afternoon, and it's raining like mad with winds 25-28 kts, but zero chop in here. Great for the wind generator!
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The Bull sharks are still here, circiling under the boats in 11 ft of crystal clear water at the dock.
A story related to those bull sharks...

A couple years back we did the same crossing.
Marathon to Bimini

Once we were tied up at Brown's Marina, I jumped off the stern into that inviting crystal clean water for a refreshing dip.
One of the Brown's Dock guys came running down the dock waving his arms and screaming for me to "get out of the water NOW!"
I thought maybe it was some sort of Marina regulation not to swim or something.
After climbing out, the dock hand apologized for yelling but explained there were a couple of very large bulls that frequented the dock area and they were very aggressive.
Right then, just to prove his point, a large 6-7 foot bull just like Ed's picture, cruised slowly by.

It seems the Big Game Club Resort just a few yards down like to chum the water to attract them and they charge money for the tourists to come see them.
Maybe by now they just feed a tourist to them for the attraction.
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Yeah, there's a group of three bull sharks and one nurse shark that make the rounds between the fish cleaning stations at Brown's, Blue Water, and Bimini Big Game!

We spent a great 6 days at Man O War Cay. The place is clean, neat, and well maintained. A perfect mix of quaint small village and modern. We really liked it!

One day we hiked out to "The Low Place", where the island is only about a hundred feet wide, and the Oceanside waves crash over the "road" at high tide.

This morning, we departed and motorsailed the 5 miles to Hopetown Harbour. Though we were warned that the Harbour was packed, we went inside and got very lucky, finding a mooring that had just been vacated this morning! Our friends on S/V Erin Kjarr anchored outside the Harbour.

We plan on staying here for a few days, as always, dependent on the weather.
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This morning, we departed and motorsailed the 5 miles to Hopetown Harbour.

We plan on staying here for a few days, as always, dependent on the weather.
Take the lighthouse tour.
Interesting and worth it.
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Edward, I am so enjoying traveling with you vicariously with the strains of Jimmy Buffet's One Particular Harbor playing in my brain. Thank you for sharing.
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I think this is the spot Ed is talking about. Looking north.

http://www.moyermarineforum.com/foru...&pictureid=973

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