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Key West To Marathon

Key West to Marathon

 FROM: The Captain –

Conditions: Mostly sunny.  Winds from the east 5-10 mph. Easy two foot easterly swells 

Distance traveled: 40 nautical miles

Time underway: 4 hours 6 minutes

Average Speed: 10 knots

Max Speed: 14 knots

Fuel used: 52 gallons

It was a melancholy morning as we left our beloved Stock Island Marina and all of the new friends we made in our more than two months there.  They are now a part of our OLOH family.

We’ll have plenty to say in an upcoming post about this special place that caught us by surprise by exceeding the already high expectations we had when we arrived.  We already look forward to returning to our new home.

The day before our departure was spent ticking off all of the boxes on our pre-departure checklist including fueling up the dinghy prior to hoisting it aboard.  As we untied the tender from the dock for the last time and made our way around OLOH we were greeted by a manatee mother and child floating just beneath the surface as if they were there to wish us well.  They are amazing creatures and it was a beautiful moment.

We’d only seen this mother and child once before in our basin, so when we saw them prior to our departure it felt like they had come to say goodbye.

While it was a little tough snapping back into the “cruising mode” we had been away from for two months, the weather was perfect for our first day back at it and we are excited about what’s to come.  After delivering a thank-you supply of pastries from Croissants de France de Stock Island to the marina staff, we fired up OLOH and made our way out into the Hawk Channel just off-shore for our easy run up to Faro Blanco Marina in Marathon.  Other than having to keep a vigilant watch for crab pots it was a straightforward cruise up to the Moser Channel where you turn to the north to pass under the Seven Mile Bridge that keeps the lower Keys connected to the rest of the world.

The water glowed, boat traffic was light, the tunes were smooth and Jasper quickly settled back into his cruising mode of relaxing on a pile of pillows while underway.

After passing under the bridge we continued a bit to the north before joining the ICW eastbound and turning to the southeast to make our easy approach to Faro Blanco.  It’s a very nice marina with fixed docks in excellent condition and a friendly staff.

The welcoming lighthouse at the entrance to Faro Blanco.

Marathon martini sunset.

We’ll continue up the Keys with one more stop before returning to mainland civilization and our final preps for The Bahamas.  See you out there!

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This Post Has 10 Comments
  1. Oh, dear! Know you were so sad to go ...but the sooner you leave, the sooner you'll be back! As always I love the shots of Jasper; poor guy, he looked bummed too 😔 Beautiful video, beautiful travel day! What a paradise you live in! Keep 'em coming, love to read & look at your fabulous posts! Happy travels! 👍🏻😊⛴
  2. So wonderful to see this post! It has been so difficult for Mother Nature to say goodbye to winter here. Your photos are beautiful and help us take a deep breath and see the wonders of nature and know it’s warm somewhere!
    1. Always happy to help. We look at the weather back home every day and would be fighting off depression at this point if we were there. But the warm & sunny days are on the way...
    1. Thanks Shana! My hair hasn't been this long since the day VH1 hired me ("We'd like to hire you... we'd like you to cut your hair" was how that conversation went).

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