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Re: Florida or not?

We were still very new to sailing the first time we sailed to Florida for the winter and had a great adventure doing it, so much so we are still doing it. We have sailed both the ICW and hops on the outside. If its a dream go for it.
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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.
I Love the Adirondacks...for many years, I would only go in Winter to backpack and camp.
I used to call Spring...mud season...and you had to pack too much..
At least in Winter..I new what to expect...and..I didn't need to worry about keeping food cold.....back to the regularly scheduled program

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If your vessel is 30 years or older, then you can register in Florida as an Antique Vessel. I just recently found this out, and now instead of paying $87.50 per year, I am charged $4.95. It is funny that I pay more now to register my 8' walkerbay dinghy ith 2hp outboard.

As for numbers, I have read that there is a way to keep your out of state numbers, but still register your vessel in Florida. This is ment to be temporary for those staying a short term.

It may be better to document the vessel. That way you don't need to have the registration numbers on the vessel. Documentation is a one time cost, the regular renewals are free. I am surprise a vessel your size is not documented.

That said, I kept my sailboat (5.4' draft) in the St Pete/Pass-a-grill area of Tampa bay. While the area is nice, I now keep my sailboat in Carrabelle, Fl which is across the big bend at the start of the Gulf Itracoastal waterway. I personally think the sailing here is by far better than the Tampa area. But the area is more rustic, so if you want an area which is overly developed, then this part of the FL panhandle would not be for you.

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Dreuge,

I don't mean to hijack this thread...but we also keep our sailboat in Carrabelle, FL...we are at the Moorings...how long have you been in Carrabelle?

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Useful information for Florida boat owners and cruisers visiting Florida from other states (page 7, I believe).

http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/FFFVO.pdf
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Re: Florida or not?

I picked up a boat in Passe-a-grill in feb. for a delivery, what an awseome bar scene, I was very hung over, well fed, and broke when I left in the morning for the key's!!

" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
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skelmir, the florida dmv has a web site and answers the phones, you might want to contact them directly. Anything with a motor must have a registration on it, so if you have a dink with an outboard--it also will need to be registered.

Anything with a motor that stays in Florida more than 90 days, needs a FLORIDA registration as well. They've got an oddball rule for boats, you can keep your home registration and pay for a florida registration as well, and not have to change the primary registration and title.

Your insurer may have some objections to keeping it in Florida during hurricane season, and moving it from one home port to another will probably change your insurance price as well.

Other than that? You might want to install some dorades or solar vents, because anything closed up in the florida heat and humidity may get real nasty, real fast.
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I picked up a boat in Passe-a-grill in feb. for a delivery, what an awseome bar scene, I was very hung over, well fed, and broke when I left in the morning for the key's!!
Where u upstairs on the deck?
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Where u upstairs on the deck?
I don't know, I drunkingly followed my buddy around who grew up in the area, We went to a really cool street party that was having live bands every where and this great bar that reminded me of something from Key West, with Sassy bar tenders and pool tables, I don't know, I know by the way I passed out in the cockpit in the fetal position that I had fun.

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There is a cool club/bar/rest on the beach side across from the crab jiont that has a rooftop 3rd floor that's cool to party at...its been about 4 years since i have been there
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