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consentration of boats for sale in Florida
This is going to be a huge generalization, but I''ve done the entire state of Florida while boats shopping before. This is something I found. For some reason the midwest (ohio in particular) moves to the west coast when they retire, from Fort Meyers up to the Tampa. They go and buy a sailboat, something they''ve dreamed about all their lives. Their wives hate the thing. They sail it a few times and then their heart gives out. Then it sits at the dock and rots.
OK, this may seem hugely unfair to some, but as a Floridia (UF Class of ''84) I''ve seen it dozens of times as I wandered the state looking for ''the boat.'' Yes, there are some great deals on these boats, but to bring one back to life will cost a bundle, unless you''re lucky and find one that''s just been sitting there a year or two. Generally what I''ve seen is boats bought by someone when they are 65, sail it for a year or two and then just let it sit there until they''re 70, and at that point they''ve either given up the dream of sailing off into the sunset, or kicked off and you end up dealing with the wife who just wants to get rid of the thing.
I don''t mean to be sexist in this statement, of the cruisers I know and run into the women love sailing as much (if not more) than the men. But these folks aren''t ''cruisers,'' they''re retirees who live on canals with docks, so they don''t pay slip fees and thus don''t think twice about their boats sitting there growing green for a few years.
I''ve found that Miami/Lauderdale is a great place for well-kept retiree cast-offs.
Jacksonville also has a decent market, not as big as South Florida, but I''ve seen boats priced a bit lower in this area.