Sailing to Marathon

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To get to Marathon in the Florida keys, we had to sail "outside" in Hawk Channel.  The inside route, which is between the Florida Keys and the mainland of Florida, can be tricky due to some shallow areas. To go on the outside we would need a good two day weather window, as there are not many protected anchorages along the way. The outside is in the Atlantic Ocean, but there is a barrier reef a few miles offshore that runs parallel to the coastline.  This reef, which I believe is the second largest barrier reef, provides protection from big ocean waves. So while in rough weather you may still have big waves and swells, it is much more protected than without a barrier. We had a lot of fun hanging out on the bow of the boat while "AP," our auto pilot steered us on towards Marathon.

The sunset at our anchorage at Rodriguez Key.

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  1. I was wondering what you were getting up to! THat water looks amazing! We are so landlocked here in Oxford! I will have to read your whole journey:) So exciting that you are living your dream!!! very inspirational!

  2. Wonderful! we just love following y'all on the blog. So fun and such great pictures and videos!

  3. You are professional photographers and your blog is outstanding. Thank you for all your publishing, I really enjoy your work!

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    We wanted to reach out and let you know that we've listed you on a blogroll in our resources section:

    Although we are RVers, we too found Marathon beautiful.

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