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Re: Florida or not?

Jacksonville is colder than a well diggers @ss in the winter.
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Re: Florida or not?

That is some deep draft for the west coast of FL. You'll be somewhat limited if you bring her here.
Not to discourage you but Fl is not really that awesome except being able to sail all winter. However, you will NOT want to sail in summer (June -October 1).
The Keys.........after awhile, they all seem the same, shallow water too. I'd say that around Jacksonville on the St Johns River is your best option in FL.
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Re: Florida or not?

I'm an FL resident on the northern gulf coast...I think a draft of 5'10" is suitable for the FL west coast...there are some shallow areas but they can be avoided. The above poster is correct, July through September finds numerous thunderstorms - almost daily - with light winds from the south/southwest...at least up here in the Panhandle. However, I still manage to sail most every week during this time. As for the use tax...I would imagine that is pretty lax up here as well..although cannot say for certain.
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Re: Florida or not?

We have a 6' draft and live and sail the west coast. You are fine from Tarpon Springs on down.
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Re: Florida or not?

He paid his tax already. Not an issue
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Re: Florida or not?

Key West is the most sailboat freindly place in Fla. by a long shot. the weather all year, the infrastructure, anchorages, moorings, facility's, it's true the key's all seem the same after a while....the same awesome place to be. Every time I go anywhere else, I'm reminded of how much better life is in the Key's.
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Re: Florida or not?

From a different perspective....just some food for thought.

The time to leave from Boston to get to Florida is fast approaching..and you could miss some good fall sailing at home.

If you want to get out of Winter and still sail...Take the money that you'd use to hire a skipper and all the added expense of use fees, slip fees, added insurance etc...
And Charter a sailboat in the BVI this winter.

Keep your new baby at home under your watchfull eye..and break out the charts for Maine...
Just saying...you've got some of the best cruising grounds on the entire eastern seaboard right in your backyard....I'd enjoy the fall at home...take a Winter trip to warm weather...and cruise up to maine..when it thaws out up north.... my 2 cents for what it's worth...

In any case..congrats on your new purchase!
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Re: Florida or not?

I'll second that suggestion Tempest.
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Re: Florida or not?

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From a different perspective....just some food for thought.

The time to leave from Boston to get to Florida is fast approaching..and you could miss some good fall sailing at home.

If you want to get out of Winter and still sail...Take the money that you'd use to hire a skipper and all the added expense of use fees, slip fees, added insurance etc...
And Charter a sailboat in the BVI this winter.

Keep your new baby at home under your watchfull eye..and break out the charts for Maine...
Just saying...you've got some of the best cruising grounds on the entire eastern seaboard right in your backyard....I'd enjoy the fall at home...take a Winter trip to warm weather...and cruise up to maine..when it thaws out up north.... my 2 cents for what it's worth...

In any case..congrats on your new purchase!
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Re: Florida or not?

Then again, if sailing is the objective, sailing back and forth to FL/Bahamas will get you plenty of that. Isn't it snowing in Maine yet? Here in the Adirondacks we only have two seasons: The 4th of July and winter.
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