Turner's prices are very hard to beat, and their facilities are quite adequate. Don't fret about distant shopping -- they had a courtesy car available for tenant use.
A couple of negatives for Turner's was a lack of pump-out and fuel facilities (those are available around the corner at Dog River Marina.) Also, don't expect full length floating docks -- Turner's has fixed docks with short finger piers. You may want to think about how you'll tie up to make sure you can get on and off your home without worrying about taking a dip.
PF, I'm glad to hear good things about Turner's. My mom had stayed on the boat for a week a couple years ago and mentioned that the bath house and facilities were pretty nice.
I'm in the market for a new car at the moment, and enjoy the flexibility of being able to go where I want on my own schedule. But in case I choose not to buy until after getting down there or have a gap, it's good to know there's a courtesy car. I've never taken advantage of that amenity before. Is it really only meant for once in a blue moon usage or could someone check it out once a week for groceries without taking advantage of the situation?
Also, I've only ever used the boat when it shared a slip with another boat with floating docks and a 20' finger pier. I'm used to tying up bow first and boarding over the side. I'll probably be fine with getting on and off however I need to, but what's your suggestion for how I should tie up? I've never had to deal with tides before, sailing on a depth controlled lake and only mooring in the Caribbean, so any suggestions to do with that would be helpful too! (Please!)
The OP apparently doesn't enjoy cooking...
It's not that I don't enjoy cooking in particular, but rather that I enjoy eating much more (and am not the most patient person when I'm eating by myself). So then, it looks like SVAuspicious has got the food, CaptainForce has got the wine, and you've got the dessert. I can only take so much in one night, so we'd just have to repeat another night with a shrimp boil and gin bucket, courtesy of me!
I did the next best thing ... got a Ranger 23 berthed right next to the Cal 28 ... ready to leave a moment's notice ...
Cal, have you heard of hoarding? (Haha.) And thanks for the good advice - I like the idea of an oil lamp, so I'll have to start shopping around.
And that actually reminds me of one flaw I have in satisfying wingNwing's suggestion to go digital. I probably wouldn't have thought of it, but I'll have to get a Kindle (even though I've long avoided the iPad/Kindle debate by resorting to real book snobbery), so that I can read by the glow of the oil lamp.