Swing Set

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

October 2013


Calm Before the Storm

Sunday was the last day of Fantasy Fest, and things are back to normal here in Key West, if there is such a thing. While this blog is intended to be mostly about living aboard our boat, I'm going to give myself a little more latitude in my subject matter if for no other reason than attempting to maintain some interest in the blog. HeartLand Boating may decide to remove us as a featured blog, but I can't write a blog about setting at the dock everyday. "Today we were at the dock. The boat is still floating." Yawn. I guess our everyday experiences while dockside can inspire folks who are contemplating this lifestyle by knowing that leaving family and friends back home will not mean an end to social activities. Quite the opposite will occur if you let it. Not...

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Fantasy Island

We're spending most of our days right here at A&B Marina, and we're getting spoiled. In the picture above is our new Duck Club burgee brought down by some St. Louis friends, who arrived with several others for the Fantasy Fest activities here in Key West this week. We aren't Duck Club members anymore, but we like to fly a reminder of how enjoyable river life has been for us. Always a river rat. Right now there are more than a dozen folks down from the St. Louis area, and nearly as many that we know from the Tampa area visiting, too. We can't say they're here just to see us, but it's certainly an added bonus for us to see them. There are others coming for Jimmy Buffett Days in a few days, and then a whole slew of folks will be here for the offshore...

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The Rainy Days Have Come

It's been two weeks back in Key West, and we've gotten reacquainted. We've visited some of our favorite haunts from when we were here last January, and we've discovered some new ones. A week ago, we took Swing Set out for a Sunday cruise over to a marina we've been wanting to check out, Sunset Marina. Sunset is on the "back side" of Key West, and it's a long boat ride to get out to the ocean through some skinny water. The marina is typical of what you find in the Keys, full of questionable looking vessels in various states of repair, or disrepair, however you want to look at it. Although the condos adjacent to the marina look fairly nice, the opposite view is of the prison, or "correctional facility." The landfill we had been recently...

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Key West Again

On our last day in Boot Key Harbor, last Sunday, we took the dinghy over to Sombrero Beach to try out our beach umbrella setup with the rod holder I installed near the bow of our Mercury dinghy, on the bulkhead of the anchor holder. Rosie and Holly sat in the shade while I completed the overdue job of cleaning the dinghy with the Formula 88 Degreaser that we bought at Home Depot. Outside of some subtle mold spots on the dinghy, it looks close to new. With my work completed, we took a slow cruise over to Sunset Grille for a late lunch. Even though it's the slow season, the pool was full of kids and adults, and we stayed for most of the afternoon, getting back to Swing Set before sunset. We left Boot Key Harbor at the break of dawn on Monday morning and had an...

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