Boot Key Harbor
"Marathon- the Heart of the Florida Keys"

An On-Line Cruising Guide for the Florida Keys & Cuba
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- Harbor Photos Below -

BKH looking SE

BOOT KEY HARBOR MESSAGE BOARD - General Community Bulletin Board -
(post your own personal notices or comments)

Local Cruisers & Liveaboards! - send in pictures of your boat & we'll post them here. Send pics by either email to , or mail copies for us to scan (we'll return them if you include a self addressed stamped envelope) they'll be posted here.

City of Marathon,  Marina & Mooring Field Information. (goes to the City of Marathon Marina website)
    Contact the city marina directly for any information on slip or mooring rentals.


submitted by Jennifer Brower. - Taken years ago on a cruise through the harbor.


Winter Sunset in Boot Key Harbor 2009
submitted by Joe & Mary Beth Amelia aboard "Pot-Of-Gold"

2009 Looper get-together under the tiki hut.  When we put out the call for Loopers on the cruisers net, we expected about 10 Loopers to show, there were 68  people, and 34 boats represented.
submitted by Joe & Mary Beth Amelia aboard "Pot-Of-Gold"

April, 2009. Taken from the masthead of Bird on a Wire by Cathy McRitchie:
Boat Carpe Diem, Chris & Penny Goodfellow, moored on ball E10


2009 BKH Mooring field from the mast of "Pot-of-Gold"
submitted by Joe & Mary Beth Amelia aboard "Pot-Of-Gold"

Doug Fletcher aboard Viking
(2006 - Doug has since sold Viking and retired to Guatemala)

SV Viking@ anchor
(Jimmy Buffet learned to sail on this boat)

BKH mooring field (before it grew)
courtesy Capt Marti Brown

Hunter Witt, Gulfside Sunset
courtesy Pat Witt


"WittsCraft" - Folk Boat 2003
courtesy Pat Witt

(2008 - "Wittscraft" has now found her original owner in Canada, restoration continues, and has reacquired her original name "touchwood".

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Capn Greg & Admiral Lisa aboard Creative Touch
(in the days before my hair turned gray)

Now THAT's a paint job! - May 2004 at Banana Bay Resort

Burdines waterfront & ChikiTiki - West end of Harbor

Faro Blanco Oceanside (They are also have one Bayside), just beside Burdines

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Sunset out the West Channel to BKH from Creative Touch

East end of Boot Key Harbor, looking almost directly East. City Marina on the left, and Dockside Lounge and Sombrero Marina at the upper right. Sombrero Resort & Lighthouse Marina would be all the way at the end here.

Dinghy Docks at Dockside Lounge & Sombrero Marina at East end of Harbor
(Old Photo - "good old days" - not current establishment)




Sunset looking West (of course) through Boot Key Harbor drawbridge (monitors Ch 09)
Photo - Courtesy
Forrest Myers aboard "Trident"

Dinghy Docks at the Marathon City Marina in mid Harbor

Frank Vetter from 30th St aboard "Creative Touch" for one of the Christmas Boat Parades.
Anyone that goes to Fed Ex in Marathon knows Frank.


Where else in the world, besides Marathon in the Florida Keys, could you find an actual Turtle Hospital, complete with it's own Ambulance!?  -- Did you also know we have our own Wild Bird Hospital?


Photo - Courtesy Forrest Myers aboard "Trident"

Sunset Photo - Courtesy Forrest Myers aboard "Trident"

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A Classic MotorYacht

In January of 2004 a chain link fence was erected under this bridge, thereby preventing boaters from landing their dinghies and walking into town on 20th St. We recommend that the City remove them, put in a small floating dinghy dock and encourage boaters to use them to help business' in that end of town benefit more from the transient dollars.


Sunrise of Hurricane Charley - Keys Fisheries Gulfside - Click it to Enlarge
Courtesy Mark Bartlett - Sunset Dance

Calypso Explorer out of Fort Lauderdale

SV Viking & MV Creative Touch rafted up
(Greg & Lisa Absten, and Doug & Eric Fletcher)

Bill Green (& wife Marian), from Cape Girardeau MO, live on their boat here in Marathon during the season. I wonder if everyone back in Cape Girardeau knows that Bill can slip right into his "Keysy" role?

Sunset, Entrance to BKH looking West into Atlantic (Click to enlarge)
Courtesy of Hunter Witt, Marathon FL

Sunset, East end of 7 mile bridge. CLICK to enlarge (really large!)
Courtesy of Art Collins, Marathon, MV Veronica

BKH Sunset - Waddy Thompson
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