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Re: Umm...well...uh-oh...

Secured a place in Ft. Myers for a few months (May-Sept). Hopefully that'll give me enough time to at least find something and get anything major done to it.

So far the biggest monkey wrench is what to do about my dog, don't know if I could give him up if I have to, and don't know how he'll take to a boat.
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Secured a place in Ft. Myers for a few months (May-Sept). Hopefully that'll give me enough time to at least find something and get anything major done to it.

So far the biggest monkey wrench is what to do about my dog, don't know if I could give him up if I have to, and don't know how he'll take to a boat.
I bet he'll take to it just fine as long as you are there...keep the dog!!!!

Oh, and congratulations!
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Congrats and the best of luck, keep us updated here
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Re: Umm...well...uh-oh...

Good going so far. Your really set off a bruhaha with that keel question. I think it is still getting responses! There were some very thoughtful and detailed discussion there.
While you are looking for a boat, keep your eyes open to cold weather boats that go on sale this spring. Cold weather boats have used up half their life compared to warm weather boats and could save you a lot of time and expense and give you a chance to cruise around out of the hurricane zone while getting ready to cross over to the Carib this fall.
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Quick update: Rolled into Ft. Myers Beach last night, getting unpacked and settled in today.

So, I'm here! But, now what?
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Re: Umm...well...uh-oh...

What ever you buy now plan on keeping this boat and don't think of upgrading in the coming years.
What is your budget for this new live aboard boat.
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I don't know but I'm looking forward to hear what kind of trouble you get yourself into!

Good luck and atta boy!!!
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So, I'm here! But, now what?
Short answer would be: Anything you want.

Are you retired or will you be working towards your dream?
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Re: Umm...well...uh-oh...

I guess I'm semi-retired. I've got a roughly 2-3 year plan to buy a boat and cruise around a while and see how the life suits me, then figure it out from there.
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Re: Umm...well...uh-oh...

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I guess I'm semi-retired. I've got a roughly 2-3 year plan to buy a boat and cruise around a while and see how the life suits me, then figure it out from there.
I know that area extremely well!!

First, if you are going to learn the boat there, you will not want anything over 6 foot draft with preference well under.

Good place to stay is probably Snook Bight. I kept my boat there for years, will be again soon if I don't head further south. THey are in the midst of replacing their docks, but be aware, it is still about a 6' approach around teh Mound House at mid+ tide. But there is a Publix right behind it in walking distance and the trolly runs pretty regularly. It is an easy walk to the beach too. Nice pool upstairs an a good restaurant too if you don't mind spending a few bucks (little more upscale).

FMB is very low key. Good restaurants are Nervous Nellies and SOB (Smoking Oyster Brewery), though it is often standing room only. The Hooters there is very good too - not your typical Hooters. Is a bit more of a locals hangout. Next to that is the cottage if you like some night life. Always a live band at night.

I really think FMB is a awesome place to get your skills down. The water is calm and there are a lot of destinations. Cabbage Key, Factory Bay (Naples), Keys, and when you are ready, the Tortugas cannot be missed.

You might also consider migrating south to Marathon. That is my favorite place in the keys for us (as a family). Key West is not for us except by day. Marathon Marina I think is the best place to stay unless you want to grab a ball in Boot Key. Lots of restaurants, etc. I can give you lots of info there too if you want.

Good luck with it all!!! This is where it gets exciting.

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