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Anthony asked: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Booked a week at Hawks Marina Village in July. I am considering bring 18' boat. Can I drop in water there? Cost for dock per day, Dry store if dock too much $$$, etc.
A: Hello Anthony! I hope you are excited to join us in July! We have a couple different options for you. Depending on when you are joining us, we could keep your boat in the water in our Basin at the rate of $50 a night (July 23-29th it would be $75 a night), or you could keep the boat on a trailer for $25 a night. Trailer parking comes on a first come first serve basis and can get very limited in July especially around Lobster Mini-Season. If you have further questions or wish book a slip in our Basin, please call 305-743-9000 opt 2.
Robert Borgmann asked: Government Rate
Q: Do you have a government rate for rooms and dockage? If so what is it? I am looking to arrive on Thursday, 9/15/2011 and depart on Sunday, 9/18/2011
A: Robert, we will be offering special fall dockage rates in September. Your best Dockage rate might be our Heroes Welcome rate of 50% discount every other night of your marina stay. Please contact us with specifics about your boat so we can determine where best to pur your vessel.
Hillary asked: Boating from Miami
Q: We have a 30' SeaRay and would like to boat down to Hawk's Cay for a weekend. We keep it at the Loggerhead Marina at Blackpoint in South Dade. Approximately how long will it take us to boat there?
A: Hilary, your travel speed and sea conditions will determine how long it takes to get from your marina to us. For a close reference point, we are 85 miles from Government Cut in Miami.
vaughn luten asked: boat ramp
Q: wondering if you have a boat ramp or just your in an out service
A: We do have a boat ramp available for public use. If you aren't staying at Hawks Cay the price would be $20, this does not included trailer parking however. If you are staying at Hawks Cay the price is included with either your slip or the trailer parking fee.
Erich asked: Small boat basin or dock?
Q: I plan to come down 07/24-07/29 and I have a 19' center console. Can I get dock space based on the size of my boat or will I need to use the small boat basin? If it is the basin, is this basin somewhat protected and will I have access to fresh water?
A: Hello Erich, The small boat basin is available for resort guests only. If you have a room reservation already, you should book your slip now, we can probably still get you into the small boat basin at a rate of $75.00 a night for mini season. The basin is protected and has hose hook ups at every slip, all you need to do is bring is your hose. Looking forward to you joining us for Lobster Mini Season.
Robert Castro asked: Tiara 42
Q: I am due to arrive from Ft. Lauderdale Friday 03/11/11 around 3pm. I already have a slip reserved. My boats draft is 4.5', is this a problem as to you entrance or other. If so is there a best time for high tide? or is this 4.5' draft not an issue to worry about when entering? thanks, Robert.
A: Hello Robert, Welcome to Hawks Cay! Im sure you will enjoy your stay with us. As for the questions about your draft, with a draft of 4.5' you shouldn't have an issue but we would like to make sure that you don't try to enter at a low tide. The tides vary in time, especially around Duck Key, we can go over tides and try to plan a great time for you to arrive at our Marina and to also make sure that you enter through the correct channel entrance by contacting us directly at 305-743-9000 option 2.
Ann Heckmanb asked: Sailing instruction
Q: Do you still have a sailing school?
A: Hello Ann, Unfortunatley the sailing school is no longer at Hawks Cay. Here is the number for the regional office: 888-454-7015, contact them to see if they still have any locations still in the keys.
Tom Guyton asked: Boat Slip Accomodations
Q: Am considering staying at Hawks Cay with my family and trailering our 30 ft outboard. Having read your Q & A I wanted to verify you have a ramp and trailer storage to accomodate me. Thanks, Tom
A: Hello Tom! We do have our boat ramp available from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm everday and limited trailer parking available. Trailer parking comes on a first come first serve basis and is $25.00/night. We also have our boat basin available for vessels with an LOA of 32 ft or less for $50.00/night (excluding some holidays), that would put your boat in the water for your stay. If you have any further questions or wish to book please contact the dock office at (305)743-9000 ext 2
Capt. Rick Wolfson asked: Dockage
Q: I am looking for dockage for one or two nights March 3rd & 4th. Private Affair II is 66 ft. and draws 5.3 ft. we requirer 2 -50 amp 220v. Please let me know if this is availible and any navagation information on entering your marina.
A: Rick, we need to beam of the boat to verify availability, but it looks likely that we can get you in if we book quickly. We will also want to discuss tides with you as we have an area in our channel which is 5 feet at mean low tide. Please contact us at 305-743-9000, option 2 or email your contact cell number to us at email@example.com so we can get your slip booked while we still have a large dock open. THe dock office is open form 8am to 6pm daily.
TODD asked: DIRECTIONS VIA INTRACOSTAL
Q: IF CRUSING DOWN THE ICW FROM MIA WHAT ARE THE DIRECTIONS AND PROCEDURES TO GET TO OUR ASSIGNED SLIP SHOULD YOU HAVE ONE AVAILABLE, HAVE NOT HEARD YET, 31'SEA RAY EXPRESS CRUSISER PORT 2 30 AMP POWER( take time)
A: Todd, if you are coming from the east coast of Florida, the easiest place to cross over for most boats is the Channel Five Bridge which is about 7.5 miles northeast of us. Channel Five joins Lower Matecumbe and Long Key. You will come out in Hawk Channel near marker 44. From Hawk Channel Marker 44, take an approximate 255 heading to our 8 channel markers on the center of the Atlantic side of Duck Key. Lat/Long within visual range of our entrance markers is 24 45 48, 80 54 40. Hail us on channel 16 VHF, and we will switch to working channel 10 or 68 to give you further directions.
Stephen Lovas asked: Depth at entrance to Marina
Q: I plan on coming down this week. I have a 70 foot Motor Yacht drawing 5.5 to 6.o feet.
I note in your correspondence with Ed Pratt that you don't recommend it.
However, you mention that you are looking for options for larger vessels. Have you found one ?
A: Stephen, at this time we do accomodate a lot of boats that draw 5.6 feet (they go over tides with us and decide when they feel safe coming over our shallow area), but if your draft is greater than that, we recommend you call us with exact dates so we can go over tides and help with your decision. I am sorry to say that if your boat draws close to 6 feet, we still cannot recommend coming into our marina. One option for you would be to dock in a nearby deeper draft more basic marina and come stay in a room or villa to enjoy our beautiful resort. We do occasionally have deep draft vessels anchor out nearby and visit by dinghy. Contact the dock office directly at 305-743-9000, option 2 to discuss dinghy dockage options.
bob klein asked: 1/2 day fishing
Q: what is the price for a 1/2 day of fishing for 2 people?
A: Bob, we have such a wide variety of charters available that this is a many faceted question. The range of half day rates for 2 would be from $450.00 on a Backcountry skiff all the way up to $1200.00 on the largest Offshore charter, with many options between. Our trips are all private charters with the crew working just for you (a very cool experience!), so you could reduce the rate on the larger boats by finding someone to pair up with on the charter. We don't have a head boat where you just buy a seat on the boat, but we do keep a split board at the Dockside Store to facilitate your contacting others that share your interests in fishing.
chris corley asked: dolphin fishing
Q: My wife and I are visiting in April and I would like to dolphin fishing. Who would you recommend?
A: Hello Chris, All of our offshore/reef boats can take you on a Mahi Mahi trip. Early in April that trip can be done in a half day because the Mahi are closer to shore (8 to 10 miles offshore), once it gets to be later in April however, the Mahi move farther offshore and we highly suggest a full day. We have a variety of different options, from a 26’ Center Console to a 50’ Sportfish, all of which would work for a Mahi trip.
Eugene Robichaux asked: fishing in March
Q: How is the fishing in March? I'm interested in coming down with a few friends. Would like to target snapper, grouper and others
A: Eugene, Snapper fishing should be good in March (REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR FILETS TO TOM'S HARBOR HOUSE FOR HOOK AND COOK), and Grouper may be biting well, but many species of Grouper are catch and release in March. March is a real transition month between winter and spring species so you are likely to shots at a wide variety of fish.
woody woodall asked: visit in March
Q: We are coming in Mid March. What will be biting and what are sea conditions (generally) in march. I have brought my boat to hawks cay before but it was in summer when seas are better. Please advise.
A: Woody, March is a transition month, with winter Sailfish and Kingfish moving out and the first of summer Mahi starting to appear, so you may have shots a wide variety of species. By mid March, we are also often starting to see Tarpon trickle in for the beginning of the spring migration, so we have some great shallow water options beginning to show up too. Sea conditions, like fish species, are pretty much dependant on fronts coming through, but we should have warm weather and lots of nice days to enjoy having the boat here.