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Key West in Winter

By Sailingguide

Cruising just about anywhere on your sailboat is great fun, of course, but for us northern types who suffer a wintry off-season, the lower Florida Keys and Key West are great fun if you can get here. I'm writing this now from the 75 degrees and clear water of Bahia Honda, where I trailered our smaller sailboat, a West Wight Potter 19, down from New England. In the boat basin nearby are a MacGregor 26 down from Montana, an older O'Day 19 down from New Hampshire, and a 28-footer with an onboard diesel just arrived (2000 miles by trailer) from Colorado! Just call us the cult of trailer-sailors in the know. I hesitate even to write this, worrying the crowds may discover our little piece of paradise and fill the place up. In a day or two I'll sail down to Key West for grins and fruit punch drinks. The couple in the larger cruiser is headed for the Dry Tortugas.  Ah, it's a tough life!

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