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Shang
12-06-2003, 12:25 AM
Us and another couple are toying with the idea of a vacation cruise in the Keys. I've heard that there are crewed (captained), wooden boat charters available in the Keys, but I haven't found one yet.
Anybody got any suggestions?

http://www.destinationorlando.com/outdoor_florida/scuba-dive-florida-keys.jpg

(I'm not acquainted with the lady, I just hijacked the picture from the web)

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Jack Heinlen
12-06-2003, 12:39 AM
Are you set on being coddled?

There was a company down there, last I looked, that had plywood sharpies for rent on Florida Bay. Two of those, a couple coolers full of food and drink, some weak and willing spirits...

Shang
12-06-2003, 12:56 AM
"...Are you set on being coddled?


Naugh.
Our buddy and his wife are an ex-marines, and used to run a dive-shop...they now run a rapid-fire business you'd recognize if you were into that scene.

Seven Mile bridge.
"Why do they call it Seven Mine Bridge?"

Well...let me explain that...)
http://www.fla-keys.com/marathon/images/7sevenmilebridge.jpg

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Jack Heinlen
12-06-2003, 01:03 AM
Well here. Just a link, no endorsement.

http://www.hallman.org/bolger/BlackSkimmer/

Shang
12-06-2003, 01:12 AM
Yeah, a Black Skimmer sharpie would be cool.
Probably lookin' for sumphin' a little bigger,
maybe 30-footer or a little more. (Gotta' consider the ladies on board...)

http://www.cheoyleeassociation.com/images/Members%20Photos/DENIQUE.jpg

(these are hijacked pictures...)

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Shang
12-06-2003, 01:46 AM
http://dry-tortugas-national-park.com/images/Sailing/sailingb2.jpg

The objec is to hang out a little, snorkle dive a little, mess around, visit some of the dive-spots (I'd love to see the old fort in the Dry Tortugas), ...and enjoy life and friends.

http://data2.itc.nps.gov/parkphotos/drto%2Ejpg]

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Concordia..41
12-06-2003, 05:46 AM
There's a couple in Key West with a cool wood boat that used to be a mail boat from California to Hawaii. The thing has a remarkably low freeboard, turns out it was so the mail wagons could pull right along side on the dock and throw the mail bags right down through the hatches.

I WILL try to remember their names/boat name. Super nice folks. He plays guitair at Captain Tony's and Schooner's Wharf and he and his wife did the sunset cruises - Geeze - hate to have his life :rolleyes:

The boat is right on the dock at the Key West Bight with several other charter boats straight down the dock from the outside bar at Schooner's Wharf.

As it's just them working to make a go with the boat, with enough notice, you might be able to organize a Dry Tortugas trip or something.

She's an artist and has posted here a couple of times - per my instructions :D - when they were trying to buy/build some mast hoops. Probably 18 months ago in B&R. Kate Peachy is her name, and I'll think of his next. I Googled her and came up with a reference to an art show at Schooner's Wharf - so they could be reached through there if nothing else.

Now you do know the policy of stopping in St. Augustine and picking up your WBF friends right!!!!

Concordia..41
12-06-2003, 06:00 AM
Capt. Carl is his name

Shang
12-06-2003, 11:06 AM
Would this be Carl Peachy, singing with Lori Kelley at Capt. Tony's?

http://www.lorikelley.com/img158.jpg

Dave Hadfield
12-06-2003, 12:18 PM
We rented a Hunter 43 (actually we rented a Hunter 36, but they gave us the bigger boat because of a scheduling problem) and sailed from Key West to the Dry Tortugas in 2000. Fabulous place. Not the best sailing in the world -- too many lobster traps and not enough gunkholing -- but good fun nonetheless.

What astonished me about the waters around Garden Key, where the fort is, was the abundance of sea life. It was like being in a Cousteau film. We spent a day snorkelling around Loggerhead Key seeing fish of a variety and size I thought had long since disappeared. Stunning. The sea was literally hopping with life. Huge parrotfish and barracudas and everything else.

It's a Marine Park, and a wonderful one. No fishing allowed. Good thing, too. At one point I chased the biggest lobster I've ever seen under a large coral structure (The beast was as long as my arm.) That was fine, but then the next dive showed me the cave where his great-great grandparents were all holed up -- a tunnel jammed with huge lobsters, some with tails as big around as my thigh. There must've been a thousand years of lobster growth in that one cave.

I've snorkelled and dove in a lot of places, but this beat the pants off all of them.

The fort is interesting too.

Shang
12-06-2003, 12:35 PM
Dave H,
Was yours a bareboat charter?
I don't know from shinola about sailing, so we'd be looking for a captained boat.

The lobster traps are a pain. Last time we were down there we heard that an estimated one million traps were out between southern Florida and Key West. We tried to dodge the floats, but if we ran under power we could count on having to dive and cut lines fouled around the prop shaft.

Concordia..41
12-06-2003, 01:30 PM
Would this be Carl Peachy, singing with Lori Kelley at Capt. Tony's?Yep. Like I said, the guy must have a really rough row to hoe :rolleyes: ;)

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ahp
12-06-2003, 03:35 PM
At least five years ago I ran down the guy, whose name I cannot remember, who was chartering Black Skimmers. He had sort of gotten out of the business a few years earlier. If there is someone else doing this in the Keys I would like to know.

Dave Hadfield
12-06-2003, 04:41 PM
Shang, yes it was bareboat. I don't know about renting powerboats, but I don't see why you couldn't. As for renting a sailboat with a captain, sure you can, but his fee is minimum $100 a day plus food and drink. He could hardly work for less, but it's steep....

And indeed, even with the utmost viglance, we wound at least one trap line around the prop.

Still, it was worth it. We had a very good charter, even considering the fight we had with a 40kt Norther to get back into Key West. And I learned that I don't like handling sails on large sloops -- too big and heavy and awkward when the wind blows, which it certainly did. Ketch rig for me....