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  1. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    Slow. Lower income housing (90% of all who work in the keys) is lacking and price has sky rocketed. The capt we chartered with is a live aboard (why we used him) and said he spends nearly 1k a month to just live aboard a sub 32 ft boat. Lots of storm debris still lying around in piles, parks with torn up trailers plus debris piles of buildings that once were, powe lines and/or catv lines still hanging in water along the bridges. Lots of work left to be done. I really hate if for the working class locals, 1900 a month will not be easy to afford on a 1br/ba efficiency apartment on tips...hell a family wirh combined income of near 60k would have to budget pretty strictly to scrape by. Look at the boats kids...maybe one day we can afford one. I love it down here but it's sad, i try to tip all the people to serve us, clean up after us very well. The keys are full of old people and sadly many times those people feel a 2 dollar tip on a 70 dollar meal is ok. Not all old people...but if you can afford fuel down here and a week plus rental, please tip at least 20% or stick to McDonalds. The struggle down here is real. I haven't seen this much devastation since Hugo. I was in middle school at the time but it was back to normal much more quickly if memory serves me correctly.
  2. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    We motored out past the reef in 150+ ft and trolled for mahi, looked for birds...no luck thanks to sea grass fouling hooks and gave up in less than an hour. Found out days later the tuna were now in 650 ft (10 mile range on boat so we wouldn't have gone anyway as wed be pushing our range) Motored out to sombrero reef but no mooring balls were open. Went to try the reef again on Monday but boat didn't want to stay idling, back fired, hard to restart. This did scare away the 5 manatee that would not get away from the boat. Got it restarted but died at the end of the canal. After a hard restart we heard thunder and called it a day. Had rental place come look at it but would not duplicate the issue. A 4 stroke efi shouldn't be backfiring! Was a wash that day but shit happens. Maybe a bit of water in the fuel, either way the chance of a break down when storm cells are brewing in the distance wasnt worth the risk. Day 3 of the boat it ran like a top. We motored out to the sand bar off of grass key. Great snorkeling and relaxing. Had to have boat back at the seawall for pick up by 4pm. Not nearly as much wild life in the shallows compared to last year. Last summer we had to be careful not to step on conch or upside down jellies. Didn't see the first upside down jelly and less than 6 conch (only one queen). This was the same out at the horse shoe at scout key(i think it's scout key) just south of veterans park beach and on the bay side. Plenty of fish and some large lobster but only one or two conch (one queen) and no jellies. Paid a local charter to take us out to the bridge and some patch reefs for half the day. Grass killed the bridge fishing on both sides, went out to the patch reefs, grass was much better (35 ft or so of water) lots of chum, lots of oats/meal/smelly chum and couldn't keep the yellow tail off the hook. Lost more than we caught. Sharks tore up the bottom...my son loved fighting the sharks. The little lady who was disappointed i took half a day of vacation to go fishing had an amazing time reeling in everything from shark to grouper to blues. Had one 4 ft or so cuda eating the fish off the lines, as well as breaking the line. Got a small fish and put it on a hook, took less than 30 seconds for him to bite. After and intense 30 second battle he jumped some 10ft out of the water and spit out the head/hook. Didn't lose another small fish after that. Never saw him again. Once sharks took over the bottom we went to top water and caught plenty of nice yellow tail for dinner. Next year we either bite the bullet and tow down my 26 ft sailboat, come a day early to set up and sleep overnight on the hook, motor to the sea wall and take back down the day before coming home or buy a 20ft or so boat just to bring to the keys on vacation. Living in an area where there's no salt water and boats sit all winter pre Christmas deals will net you a nice boat for 3k or less when someone needs year end tax money or xmas for the kids money. I love the relaxing on the sailboat and slicing waves vs the pounding a modified v hull takes in heavy wake. However, i did appreciate getting to and from destinations at half speed in less than 30 min in the motor boat. My sailboat doesn't have thrusters so docking at the seawall would be a night mare. It's always windy and it's a tight fit on top of that. Id have to park like jesus. With a 20 ft motor boat i had just a few ft clearance between me and 2 other boats forward/aft. With my 26 id have been pusing them out of my way. There are no sailboats on my side of kcb, plenty of depth for my shoal keel, no issues with height obstructions as some of these huge pro angler yachts have towers nearly at my mast height. Lack if sea wall space and narrow canals are probably the deal breaker.
  3. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    I was being sarcastic about kayak fishing the 7 mile bridge. We've snrorkeled at the parking areas near the bridges, the current moves more quickly than id appreciate in a kayak. In Venice/Indian rocks i didnt notice more than a few feet between high and low tide I was a little shocked to see the boats raise/drop several feet between tides on our first trip. Glad i didn't bring the boat and tie her up tight to the wall our first trip. Currents, tides, shipping lanes, all stuff we don't have to deal with at the lake.
  4. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    So I should kayak fish the 7 mile bridge?
  5. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    Sweet...we'll plan on Monday. Weather pending. Any known issues with the current charts from marathon to the reef since the hurricane? On the 14 hr drive down the admiral will be working up our planned destinations for the gps chart plotter
  6. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    Never understood why people would want to feed a 6ft plus eel that's known to be temperamental.
  7. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    Ill be there Satuday morning....boat is delivered Sunday
  8. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    Ill be leaving out of key colony beach. I found some gps coordinates for sombrero reef. Do they have mooring balls there? I have 200 rode and anchor but with so much grass around the areas i went and my comfortable free dive 20 ft or less setting anchor by hand seems almost mandatory.. If I can get that deep. Thats what she said I dont want to be the jerk that tears up the sea grass
  9. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    Lol...i plan on fishing around the 7 mile bridge but no swimming around it!
  10. Dohcdelsol93

    Recommend snorkeling spots near marathon

    Not really into the party charters snorkeling trips or fishing. For the price of a 4 hr trip i have rented a boat for 3 days. Will get me some fishing, sight seeing and some snorkeling in for an area i plan on sailing around in the next few years. Im renting the boat locally, shopping there locally, eating locally...how much more do you want me to support their economy? Buy them all matching hats? I wont have a trailer for the boat. Its delivered and picked up at the sea wall. I wouldn't trust random people who rarley use a boat more than once a year to launch/retrieve my boat either.
  11. Only been to the keys once before and other than kayaking have not been out on the water. Want to take my sailboat down but having never sailed outside the lake i grew up on i figured renting a power boat with navigation and charts, much smaller and much less draft would be a good idea for the first time. Only have a boat for the first 3 days of the trip. Fingers crossed weather stays good. We will be on the Atlantic side. I know there are a few reefs right off marathon. Which one would you recomend? If we have time we will visit more than one but which one would you consider cant miss? Will be going next Sunday or Monday. Thanks guys/gal
  12. Dohcdelsol93

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Rimas doesn't actually exist, Rimas is a state of mind. Rimas is inside all of us. Anytime you see someone asking for change, ignoring sound advice, running aground or fingering a chicken ...its just the little Rimas inside of them coming out.
  13. Dohcdelsol93

    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Rimas on land is completely useless. Rimas on the sea is better entertainment than television. Every seen the Truman show? A film crew could make a nice living off of this. He is a role model for the homeless and unemployed
  14. Dohcdelsol93

    Sailing is cheap

    Does anyone actually trailer down a 25 ft or so sailboat just to set up for the weekend and head back home? And do they do it on a regular basis? Im on a lake where i have free mooring by my parents place but the lake sucks compared to the big water on the other side of the lake. I feel like I'd never go sailing if i had to raise and lower a mast weekly. My san juan is a shoal keel but even launching is a pain, pray for no cross winds! I have a little y flyer 18 i bought for my son and i to use when we vacation in the keys but found i cant solo raise the mast because of the pivot mast step. Had I noticed that When i first looked at the boat i would have kept looking. It was my first dingy, all my boats have been cabin boats. Sailing doesn't have to be expensive but keeping maintenance up on cheap(usually old) sailboats is either expensive or time consuming. Or both.
  15. I picked up two y flyers this winter, between the two of them i can build two. Want to teach my 9 yr old to sail. One is a helms built model and is missing the traveler and associate hardware/track that would cross the transom. The other has a line running across the transom with two pulleys connected and hardware seems complete. Any one got any pics of how the rear main sheet attaches, how jib sheets are run and how running rigging is run? There is a weird metal line running from under the transom in the cockpit towards the keel trunk.