Who really thinks this is cruising?
14 March 2011 | Marathon, Vaca Key, FL
Sunny, light easterly winds
We sailed down to the Black Fin Marina on the Florida Bay side of the Keys from an anchorage on the west side of Long Key (Jewfish Hole). Skinny water the whole way, but a beautiful 4-knot sail with our Genoa under beautiful skies ... Please, tell me, Rob Mundell, where the hell is our spinnaker?
We needed showers and to do some laundry, and since Publix is just a 1/2 mile walk, we wanted to stock up on fresh produce. So the Black Fin suited us for a night. On the walk to Publix we saw several "cruisers" on their little collapsible bicycles carting groceries back to Boot Harbor, and the store itself was filled with boaters.
But really, who really thinks cruising is coming down to the boat RV mooring camp in Boot Harbor (150 plus moorings and another hundred boats anchored or in marinas)? We thought Georgetown in the Exumas was a bit of a summer camp for boaters, but it has nothing on Marathon. We can hardly wait to get out to a quiet anchorage and away from the maddening crowd. But, I suppose the folks in Marathon are like those who sit at the yacht club bar ... don't untie your lines, me hearty, for who knows what danger lies out there!