Goodbye Key West!

Three days after arriving, we’re leaving Key West and heading for Marathon (about 40 miles up the keys).

Key West is a great stop over point after crossing the gulf. Here, we were able to decompress a bit in the local bars and restaurants.  Tug, Michelle, and I enjoyed walking around the city and taking in the sights and local color.

Key West is a bit like New Orleans, without the sleeze and smell of stale beer. It’s a fun party town with clear water, fresh ocean breezes, sunburned tourists, and eclectic residents. We love it – for a few days at a time!

Now it’s time to head north and prepare to cross the Gulf Stream and enter the Bahamas.



  1. James D. Haley
      April 12, 2013

    Clark, I never thought I’d hear you say ugly things ’bout West Marine !!! Had to be badsville in Key West Store. Bet you could’ve found whatever you were looking for in the old Haley’s Marine Store in Port Isabel!!!!

  2. Clark
      April 12, 2013

    Dad, I was thinking about Haley’s and all the gear we used to carry. Back in those days, there was no option for internet ordering and overnight shipping, so your customers expected you to have a lot of options in stock. With a few exceptions, the West Marine stores have become nothing more than boutiques with a few sailboat parts — and what they have is very expensive. It is refreshing to visit a locally owned store like Cubanito and be waited on by staff that knows something about boats and very little about the latest trend in yachting apparel.

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