Trailer Boating in the FL Keys

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by SCJeep, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. SCJeep

    SCJeep Member

    May 3, 2016
    Upstate, SC
    2016 21 SPX
    4.3 MPI, Alpha One
    We are considering renting a home in the FL Keys on canal/waterfront and taking our boat (21 SPX). It looks like there are plenty of things to do and see. Anyone have any experience in the area or doing similar? Looks like my wife has found a few houses on Marathon. We would probably be most interested in cruising to some sandbars, beaches, sightseeing and some reef snorkeling. Cost of renting a boat for a day appears to be more than what it would cost me to drag my boat down and back from SC.
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  2. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    I like Marathon and also Big Pine... Big Pine is a bit more sleepy. If you like evening entertainment then Islamorada. Key West is shopping, and lots of peeps.
  3. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    2012 185 Sport
    2014 Sea Fox 256 Commander
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1, 300 Yamaha OB
    I'd highly recommend a GPS with charts for the Keys
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  4. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 29, 2016
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    A while back we towed our 24' down from Chicago and kept it un Key West for a week. Totally worth it.

    Learn the area before you go. Lost of open water mixed with lots of skinny water. Wind direction and waves will play a big role in how much you can explore.

    Enjoy, and share when you are back.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2018
  5. SCJeep

    SCJeep Member

    May 3, 2016
    Upstate, SC
    2016 21 SPX
    4.3 MPI, Alpha One
    Well the house is booked, Marathon in 2019. Got a house at Key Colony Beach on a canal.
    Boat already has GPS and have Bluechart G2 coastal maps which I've used going up and down intracoastal in SC.
    Anything else I might need to maximize my time in the Keys? I'm planning on getting a Salt Away kit for my fresh water drive/engine. I also thought about getting a hook or pole for grabbing mooring buoy when going out to reefs.
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  6. SloBurn

    SloBurn Member

    May 30, 2013
    Greenwood Lake, NY
    1994 270 Sundancer. 7.4L Merc. Tow with a 2006 Dodge RAM Hemi
    340 HP Merc 454 c.i.
    Go to Sombrero reef off of Marathon, great snorkeling, easy 3 miles off of Marathon. Sombrero Beach is nice, too. Bring a picnic lunch/BBQ.
  7. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3

    If you're interested pm me. Up until last year we use to spend 2 months at a time for several winters at KCB. We would tow our center console down from Ohio and spend as much time on the water as possible. Still have a number of friends that are either renters or year round residents. I can answer any boating questions you may have.
  8. joelife

    joelife Member

    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    I am in Ft Myers for the winter and plan on trailering my 240 SD to the Keys this winter. Its 175 miles from Ft Myers to Key West. Trailering is easier.I think I will go to Islamorada and days trips from there. Let me know when you get there and maybe we can hook up and buddy boat.I always carry Salt away and my flushing kit. Buy the Salt away by the gallon on line much less expensive.Amazon $44.00 per gallon Safe Travels Cheers Joe
  9. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    All that sounds fun. It may have been a typo, but a Sundancer is a DA not SD.


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