Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Tampa, Fl
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Good locale for boat maintenance?
I wasn't sure exactly where to post this question, but this seems the most appropriate. If you had to pick your favorite place to slip a 40 foot boat (at a marina), with sufficient vendors and facilities available to have anything done to the boat (haulouts, sail repair/replacement, engine work, including re-powering, etc...), where would you prefer to live? I'm coming to discover that there are probably better places than Charleston. I hope I don't hurt any Charlestonian's feelings, but I've met more folks who bring boats here and are dissapointed in the available services for maintaining boats. We're not likely going to be moving anytime soon, and for the moment, we're gainfully employed and doing well. I just don't see myself keeping a bigger boat than our J24 here, unless I'm going to be doing the vast majority of the work on her. Since we're fairly new to sailing, these sorts of things are new skills for me- I'm already fairly proficient at all sorts of house projects, but boat work (like the complicated stuff mentioned above) is something I'd prefer to trust to a professional with a good work ethic. Having moved from Tucson, we definitely prefer a warmer climate, so Tampa is one area we've been looking at... In fact, one friend of mine (marine surveyor) who used to live here, suggested that Tampa has a lot more going for it in terms of boat resources like we're wanting. Any other ideas??