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Florida and the Gulf Coast

This section contains our stories about the Florida Keys, America’s mythical Margaritaville. Miraculously, a 60-year-old building boom has failed to ruin the Keys, which continue to exude a funky charm and fin du terre feel. Skinny waters here run from azure to emerald, and the authorities have seen fit to classify the entire region as a no-discharge zone, forbidding even the use of waste treatment systems.

Okeechobee Crossing

We were headed south to the Keys for the winter when we got the call. “We’ve bought the boat,” Deb said, almost like she couldn’t really believe the fact that she and Henry had actually done it. Three years ago, they had joined my husband,…

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Web Extra: Cruising Close To Home Tarpon Springs

To learn more about Anclote Key Preserve State Park: www.floridastateparks.org/anclotekey/ Three-Rooker Bar: wikimapia.org/47858/three-rooker-bar   TARPON SPRINGS AREA MARINAS Anclote Harbors Marina 523 Anclote Road Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 727.934.7616; info@ancloteharbors.com www.ancloteharbors.com Anclote Village Marina 1029 Baillies Bluff Road Holiday, FL 34691 727.937.9737 www.anclotevillagemarina.com Location: From…

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Marina Contact Information

Cruising Close To Home: Caladesi Island & Clearwater Beach Web Extra Caladesi Island State Park Marina 1 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin, FL 34698 727.469.5918 Open 8 a.m. to sunset year-round Clearwater Municipal Marina 25 Causeway Blvd. Clearwater, FL 33767 727.462.6954

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Florida’s Big Bend: A Memorable Passage

For long open-water passages, a sailor needs a sea-worthy vessel, capable crew and captain, safety measures in place, good luck and so on. But on these journeys, much of it comes down to one critical factor—weather. And that means being prepared, watching, waiting, and then…

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Florida: The Most Cruiser Unfriendly State?

Florida may well be the most cruiser unfriendly state on the East Coast, if not the entire United States—boater friendly maybe, cruiser friendly not. The cruising environment dramatically improved in 2009, however, when state lawmakers made it illegal for local cities and towns to ban…

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Destination: St. Augustine

“First, we went to St. George Street and visited the oldest house in the United States. Then we went to Hospital Street and seen the oldest house in the United States. Then we turned the corner and went down St. Francis Street and inspected the…

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Pine Island Sound

The passageway into the small harbor looked wide and inviting, but the chart showed that only about one-third of its width was safe to use. And that one-third, I observed fearfully, any professional basketball player could walk across without holding his breath. But this was…

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A Florida to Texas Delivery

If you buy the trawler of your dreams in another location far away, how do you get the boat back to your own cruising grounds? Although we have always been diehard sailors, my wife Kathy and I finally decided to sell our Irwin 31 and…

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