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Re: Florida sailing
I've not seen any mentions of West-coast Florida in this thread. Placida is a nice place to visit; saw white pelicans there.
The ICW is unsuitable for any vessel with a draft over 4'. It is ill-maintained and rarely dredged nowadays. Plus ill-mannered power-boaters speed through it. A big displacement-hulled power-boater can push you right up on the mud. SeaTow membership needed...
There are a very few live-aboard marinas along the Caloosahatchie and in other nooks and crannies of West Florida, but they seem to try to stay hidden and unnoticed by the state.
Condo owner folks may resent you enjoying the environment without having to pay real-estate prices and taxes to do so. But they also like to look down at 'all the pretty boats", so they are often torn between envy and enjoyment.