Fog is a very rare creature in the Florida Keys.  Yet yesterday we awoke in a fog bank on the T-dock at the Florida Sea Base.  Many people asked what this strange smoke was.  Most had heard of fog, but no one ever expects to see it here.

The cool morning gave way to a warm, but not hot, sunny afternoon.  The T-dock was a bee hive of captains working on boats, preparing for the soon to arrive spring season.  Spring starts in late February at the Florida Sea Base.  It is a wonderful opportunity to escape the cold and go sailing, snorkeling, diving, fishing or camping.


I spent most of the day in the engine compartment and bilge on S/V Escape.  Pirates didn’t have engine rooms and were the better for it.  And the bilges were tended by the imprisoned crew members of captured vessels.  It was a simpler, dirtier, disease ridden time.  It doesn’t really sound all that great.

Come visit the Florida Sea Base this spring and be a modern day pirate for a week.  You’ll probably never even see the bilge.  2017 registration opens 15 January 2016.  Start your adventure at

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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