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Tugs helping
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Do you take?

Key West marriage at sunset with photographer, female preacher and a boat full of friends and family.
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Painted Look

It was very windy and the air was full of salt spray so this very high resolution photo looks to me like a painting.
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Surprise Docking

10/20/2021: This ship made an unscheduled stop in Key West to have a sick passenger taken off. As there were no line handlers the ship had to hold itself against the pier using its very powerful side thrusters as it could not be tied. Passenger was removed, ship spun 180 degrees and slipped out of the harbor towards the shipping channel and on to its next scheduled port.
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America 2.0

Looks like a wonderfull evening for a sunset sail in Key West.
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Wait for the green flag

This is the pace lap before the race begins. Blue boat holds the yellow flag while maintaining a certain speed. When the boats are lined up a green flag will be raised and the racers will rapidly accelerate towards open ocean racing. This particular class of boats will go 100-150mph over a 5 mile course for 12-15 laps.
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Heading Out

Ship is leaving Key West full of tourists and t-shirts. Sailboat is full of tourists hoping for a nice sunset.
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Front Row Seats

Every evening boats of all types and sizes head out with friends or customers to watch the famous Key West sunsets.
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America 2.0

Sailboat that gives rides in Key West
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Rush Hour

One ship heading out of the channel while the other waits its turn.
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Full Sail

Afternoon sail on the America 2.0 off Key West FL
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Evening Sail

Yet another Key West sunset sail photo. As someone who likes to look through a camera it's hard not to go "click" at these scenes.
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Green Flag

The monthly KW Powerboat Race "Daily Pix". The races, held over a week every November are fun to watch.
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Lake Geneva

This lake in WI could have more wood boats than anywhere else in the US. A couple years ago there were still 3 wood steam powered yachts in the mix.
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Racing

Key West FL sailboat races
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St Clair River

Looking at the USA Side and behind me is the Canada shore
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Powerboat Racing

Key West
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KW Visitor

Probably here for the sailboat races this week. It usually attracts a number of very large yachts.
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Beautiful Bookends

Key West
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And they are off!

Key West
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Twin turbine engines

Key West power boat racing
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The photo is not that great but

Look at the little girl and the dog in the bow
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Catamaran Class

Power boat racing Key West
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Photographer & Rescue Swimmers

Key West powerboat racing
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USS Cobia

USS Cobia was launched November 28, 1943, in Groton, CT. In June 1944, she began the first of six war patrols in which she sank thirteen Japanese vessels. By July 1944, Cobia had established herself in the annals of World War II sub history by attacking an enemy convoy bound for Japanese-held Iwo Jima. In 1986, Cobia was incorporated as a part of the Manitowoc Maritime Museum in Wisconsin, declared a National Historic Landmark, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Disney Ship Departing

Spinning 180 degrees to exit the Key West harbor via the shipping channel.
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Offshore Powerboat Racing

Key West hosts a weeklong long event every November with 3 days of practice and 3 days of racing.
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Just Passing Through

Sure has some beautiful lines.
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Front Row Seats

150mph, twin turbine engine scream, 10 feet away!
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Afternoon Sail

One of the resident sailboats in Key West that take people out for a few hours every afternoon and evening. These always make for photo worthy events.
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Spinning

This was 1/2 way through it's 180' spin when I took this. She's turning to the left before heading out the shipping channel towards it's next port.
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Day For Sailing

America 2.0 is a large sailboat that winters in Key West giving day and sunset sails. This particular day it was extremely windy.
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Powerboat Racer

Racing in Key West is the 47-foot-long Miss GEICO Victory catamaran is made of carbon and Kevlar for high performance and can reach top speeds of 170 mph.
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200′ of Fun

Anchored off Key West visiting during the powerboat race week.
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Dueling Sea Monsters

Offshore powerboat racing in Key West. The Qatar boat is 50' long and is powered by a pair of turbine engines, delivering around 2,900 hp each, which gives this boat a top speed of 244mph. The one next to it has similar specs making for spectacular racing.
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Race Start

Key West Offshore Powerboats. In 2021 they raced 3 days, 4 races per day by class of boats. This was the start of the second race. The pace boat, a few frames back was flying a yellow flag telling the boats to remain in line with it. This green flag tells them they may accelerate and begin to race.
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Docking at dawn

These ships would quite often glide in at first light to dock in Key West. What always amazed me was even at this short distance, these huge ships never made a sound when arriving.
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Shrimper

When you see the shrimp boats anchored you know winds and rough water are coming.
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Jet Fuel Delivery

This will be docking near the Key West Coast Guard Station where it will offload jet fuel to be used at the Boca Chica Naval Air Station.
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Returning to Station

Very rough seas were building fast.
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Tugs helping

this barge into docking position to offload its cargo of jet fuel which will be pumped miles away to the Naval Air Station. I was able to get this and many other up close photos due to my friend allowing me the privilege to ride on the harbor pilot boat while he's up on the bridge overseeing the docking.
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Trying to get back in the harbor

This weather came up during a sailboat race.
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SS Badger

Built in 1952 it transported trains, trucks and autos across Lake Michigan. In 1992 it was reconfigured to carry cargo, trucks and autos. It is the only steam powered ferry still operating in the USA.
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Key West Visitor

With it's protected harbor (and really fun place to visit) many ships stop for various reasons. Years ago this visitor sailed by and I took its picture. I wish I remembered something about it but I've since forgotten what I once knew.
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Jolly Roger

Taken from the America 2.0. This pirate ship likes to fire its canon at other boats out enjoying a sail.
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Cruise Ship

Tied up in Key West FL
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Not Mine

I would be very happy to own the very pretty boat tied to its stern.
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Steam Powered Yacht

One of three on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
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One can only imagine the interior

When one of these mega yachts pulls in, most people Google the name to see pictures of the interior spaces.
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Sunset

Hard to take a bad photo on an evening like this one.
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Sunset Sailing

A beautiful evening out on the water.
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The Spin

Holland America ship making a 180 degree turn to depart Key West harbor
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Spinning Disney Ship

Standing on Sunset Key with Key West in the background. Because the harbor is a "dead end" all ships must turn around and head back out the way they came in. I love watching these huge ships to their spin.
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3am photo

Moonset required a long shutter opening. Fortunately it was calm out or the yacht would have blurry.
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Foggy Afternoon

Like ghost ships sailing past one another.
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Offshore Powerboat Racer

I am not using a zoom lens and he's moving past at over 100mph. Very thrilling sensation and fun to photograph.
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Turbine Powered Racer

Over 150 mph, 10 feet away and you can see his eyes.
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Kite Boarding

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Crab & Lobster Boat – Key West

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Brave Boaters

Used to come to the Florida Keys. Imagine taking a styrofoam boat all the way from Cuba.
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Sunset Sails Key West

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Sailboat Racing

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Lake Superior Traffic

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Amsterdam

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Power Boat Racing

Key West Offshore Powerboat Racing - twin turbine engine powered
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Foreign Training Sailboat

Can't recall the country it was from but it seemed creeper by young sailor cadets.
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Heading out to sea

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Moonset

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Hard to imagine a more exquisite yacht

Owned by Mrs. Steve Jobs, the Venus, visiting Key West, is 260' in length.
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Sail Racing

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Cruise Ship Angles

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America 2.0

Schooner America 2.0 is the newest, largest, most elegant sailing boat designed for Classic Harbor Line. LOA: 105’ Draft: 10.5’ Beam: 20’ Rig Height: 84’ Freeboard: 4’ Sail Area 3,600 Square Feet She features shroudless carbon fiber spars, a two part hull with a removable, aluminum deadwood section for water and fuel tanks and features electric motors for propulsion. Her hull is constructed out of an end-grain balsa core, sandwiched between two layers of Port Orford Cedar over wooden laminated frames, an aluminum cabin structure with integrated mast supports, and bullwarks and cabin soles constructed out of plascore, an aluminum honey comb material, for improved strength and additional weight savings. She was launched in August 2011 and is Classic Harbor Lines’ flagship vessel at Chelsea Piers. She spends her winters in Key West from November to April.
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USS Cole

Being escorted into Key West
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US Coastguard

Helicopter landing
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Offshore Powerboat Racing

Key West
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Busy Key West Harbor

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Escorted

By the US Coast Guard Key West FL
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European Riverboat

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Cruise Ship departing Key West FL

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US Coast Guard

Key West station
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Out for a sail

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Sailboat Races

Key West FL
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Sailboat racing

Key West
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Special Forces Training

Key West
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Navy Ship

Departing Key West
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Wisconsin regatta

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Waiting to cast off

Artsy Ships Key West
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Navy Ship

Visiting Key West
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River Boat Trip

Rhine River
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Race Week

Key West Sails
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Key West

Sail Racing
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These racing boats are in the 80′ class.

Sailboat Race Preparation Key West
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Key West Catamaran Trials

Serious Sailing
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