Summer Boating Tips from Key West Bight Marina!


Boaters who visit and stay at the Key West Bight Marina cherish the ability to explore the many extraordinary shops, unique eateries, and exciting activities and events available all year round at the surrounding Key West Historic Seaport. When asked why they keep coming back, the uniform response is “the pleasing atmosphere, friendly staff, and affordable rates.”

boat in the ocean

Welcome to the sun-soaked paradise of Key West, Florida! Summer is the perfect time to hit the water and enjoy everything boating has to offer. Here are some essential tips from the Key West Historic Seaport and Key West Bight Marina to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable boating experience this season.

Check Your Gear

Before setting sail, inspect all your safety equipment. Ensure you have enough life jackets for everyone on board, functioning fire extinguishers, and a first-aid kit. Check the condition of your flares and sound-producing devices.

a life jacket and other boat safety gear.

Stay Hydrated and Protect Yourself in the Sun!

The Florida sun can be intense. Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and use sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin. Don’t forget hats and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun’s rays.

lots of sunscreens.

Know the Weather

Weather can change quickly in Key West. Always check the weather forecast before heading out and keep an eye on the sky for sudden changes. A marine weather radio can provide real-time updates.

Navigational Aids

Familiarize yourself with the local waters and navigational aids. The waters around Key West can have hidden sandbars and shallow areas. Use updated nautical charts and GPS devices to navigate safely.

Respect Marine Life

Key West is home to vibrant marine life. Respect no-wake zones and keep an eye out for manatees and dolphins. Avoid anchoring on coral reefs to protect these delicate ecosystems.

Plan Your Fuel Stops

Plan your fuel stops in advance. Boating in the Florida Keys often involves long distances between fuel docks. Carry extra fuel if your route takes you through remote areas.


Ensure your marine VHF radio is working and know the local emergency channels. Cell phone coverage can be spotty, so a VHF radio is essential for communication in case of emergencies.

Enjoy Responsibly

Key West is known for its lively atmosphere, but it’s important to boat responsibly. Avoid consuming alcohol while operating the boat to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a safe and memorable boating experience in Key West this summer. Happy boating!

gps on boat
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