Marathon, Florida

Boot Key Harbor

Aerial Photo Credit:  Capt. Gregory Absten, 2000.

In early April 2009, LA moved the boat from the bay side of Marathon, to the Atlantic side of Marathon to a city-operated mooring field, Boot Key Harbor.  Marathon is a cruiser's paradise.  The City Marina is located next to a beautiful park and sports complex.  West Marine, Publix grocery store, Home Depot, and several restaurants are close by within short walking distance or a quick bicycle ride.  Public bus service connects Marathon to nearby Key West or to "the Mainland" (Miami).  Located in the "heart of the keys", Marathon is at mile marker 48 in the middle of the keys.

The Mooring Field

Genesis was moored on "S2" to the west of the main entrance to the city marina.

The mooring field occupies most of Boot Key Harbor.  Moorings are permanently attached systems that provide secure holding for sailboats and trawlers.  The boat is secured to the mooring with line (rope) and there is no need for an anchor. Very little scope is required on a mooring, so many vessels can be accommodated in a small space.  This eliminates crossed lines, worrying about dragging anchors and other worries from anchoring in an over-crowded anchorages.  

How a mooring ball is set up:

We were moored close to the entrance to the city marina which made it convenient to dinghy ashore to take advantage of the amenities offered... dinghy dock, laundry room, showers, TV, internet access, book exchange, ice, and mail service.

                                            City Marina Office                                                         Laundry and Shower Facility

The marina offers free holding tank pump out service.  The pumpout boats come to your boat on the mooring once a week to pump out the holding tank.  A holding tank is used so that boats do not discharge sewage into the harbor.

The dinghy dock is the shore "parking place" for dinghies. 

Scenes from Boot Key Harbor

Genesis in the mooring field

                          Entrance to Boot Key Harbor                                          View from Genesis back to the bridge   

                                             Beautiful moonsets                                                   Thunderstorm on the Way


                             The beautiful Carey Ann, custom built by Carey and Mike Cummins, our friends from Fort Myers


Trip to Key West.... Susan, Carey, Mike, Louise.... then LA.....

Tom and Valentina

Our favorite local hangout... Keys Fisheries... great stone crab claws!


Our favorite Keys Fisheries bartender, Jackie  and one of our favorite bar patrons, Russell

                   David and Neal Henderson visited in January     LA and Barry Weaver on harbor cruise in January (bayside)


                                                                                    Bayside Scenes in January


Historic Seven-Mile Bridge... No longer in use....great place to bicycle

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