Marathon, Florida has a large community of seasonal and full-time boat residents. Many of them live aboard boats attached to Boot Key Harbor’s hundreds of reasonably priced ($225/month) mooring balls.
Boot Key’s residents commute by dinghy to a shoreside dock / restroom / shower facility where many boaters keep bicycles as their only transporation to shopping, retaurants, and recreation.
At 9:00 every morning on VHF channel 68, a volunteer moderates a radio chat room covering these topics for anyone within radio range:
- Announcements (weekly schedule for city park pickle ball/yoga/bocce groups, one-time events like “VHF radio bingo”, and lots more)
- Welcome to boats arriving
- Goodbye to boats leaving
- Comments, questions, needing help, lost & found
- Buy, sell, trade, giveaway
- Trivia questions
It is a corny, fun, informative, truly local event. Many of the messages are between boats on the mooring field, hoping to borrow a tool, tout musicians at local haunts, or sell spare parts. The best offer on today’s “Net” was a used 12V-to-110V power inverter for $5 or two beers. It was snapped up immediately!
Our new dock neighbor and friend Steve says that he has no reason to listen to Cruisers Net but can’t not do it because it’s like watching a train wreck as it happens.