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post #4 of Old 04-02-2002
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South Florida marinas for living aboard

Hi Derek

We just arrived back in Toronto yesterday from a trip to Florida to look for live-aboard communities on Florida''s east coast. We are planning a 6 month sabbatical from work to live-aboard beginning December.

We found that the further south we went, the more expensive a nice, safe boating community became. Of course, we are paying $.60 on every dollar, so it makes it more expensive when we are earning Canadian wages, so you may not consider it expensive.

Titusville Municipal Marina is a lovely marina, with lots and lots of wildlife. Rates are fairly reasonable. Diamond 99 in Melbourne is great if your draft is in the 5 ft. range, however, at this time there is a waiting list.

Frenchman''s Marina, West Palm Beach is very nice but at this time, completely full. Mooring balls are $8.00/day. They will raft you up with someone. Also have a look at Vero Beach Marina. We looked at several working marinas, but found that we were looking for something more pleasant in a liveaboard community. We were looking for nice surroundings, with the ability to lift our boat out of the water if the necessity arose.

We will probably settle on Telemar Bay Marina at Indian Harbour Beach, just south of Cocoa Beach. Very nice, well protected area, great facilities, friendly dockmaster, within walking distance to stores and a 40 ton travel lift and a boat yard. We found it to be the best of all worlds. We own a 44 footer with a 6.2 draft.

We enjoyed searching out the Marinas that we had gathered information on from several sources.

Good Luck!

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