See all those little tiny specks in the water in the harbor? Every one is a boat. Over 250 on mooring balls and another couple hundred anchored wherever they can find a spot. We decided to stay out of the fray and anchor outside the harbor.
The other problem we've had in Marathon is having no place to land a dinghy. Since there are so many live-a-boards, the marinas are not very accommodating to dinghy tie-ups. They'd be over run with them. The only place to park a dinghy is at the City docks (the same mooring field mentioned above) and that costs $23/day. Not terrible, but with a mile ride in we wouldn't use it as much. We paid for one day, got showers and a provisioning run to the grocery store.
So we are ready to move on from such a busy and crowded place - it is a great place to meet people. We plan to cross to the Bahamas tomorrow (Monday, February 1). It will be another overnight crossing. The weather window looks promising for light winds and seas as we cross the Gulf Stream (fingers crossed!).
We won't be accessible by cell phone while crossing, but once we have signal again, we have unlimited international texting and data. So feel free to text or email us. We may not be as quick to respond as we have been, but we'll catch up eventually.