Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Nov. 13 - Key West

Got in Key West about 1:30 AM this morning. It is a fairly complicated arrival, but probably easier at night than in the day since the lighted bouys are easier to see. There are about 8 miles of narrow channels with 5 or 6 turning points to navigate through the shallow waters surrounding Key West.

We pulled into the Conch Harbor Marina and found the fuel dock and tied up for the night. Around sunrise we got a knock on the hull to indicate the fuel dock was open and we filled our fuel and water tanks.

After moving the boat out to an anchorage, we all took a well needed shower and hopped into the dingy to spend the morning in Key West. First stop was Customs and Immigration where they simply noted our passport numbers and sent us on our way.

It was great to get out and walk a little after lying around like a couch potato for over a week at sea. We didn't need to buy much since we stocked the boat pretty throughly in Puerto Rico, but we did pick up some fresh fruit and a chart for the remainder of the trip to Tampa, Florida.

Got back out to the boat just before lunch and decided to get underway. It takes about an hour and half to run through the channels to get out to deep water in the Gulf of Mexico. Peggy had lunch ready for us about the time we made it to the end of the channel.

Here we are leaving Key West as we pass the cruise ship docks.

As I write, we have been headed for Tampa for about 24 hours. We are currently making 7 knots which will put us in there in about 5 hours, at about 4:00 PM this afternoon. Next post will be from Tampa.

While we were in Key West they were having power boat races and I thought this overly wide boat on it's trailer was well worth a blog post.

And the truck that was pulling it was very cool too.

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