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New to coastal cruising and live aboard

Good morning,

Been sailing a 22 FT Chrysler in Minnesota lakes for 20 years.

Decided I am moving to the Ft Myers, fl area and I have bought a Allmand 35 in Mobile with the plan to move it to the Burnt Store marina off of Charlotte Bay.

Isn't technically going o be a live aboard as I travel for work. I figure 9 or so days per month on the boat. Winter it might be more.

50 years old and still working. I figured the 35 was a good size to learn what I like about that boat and what I don't for when I decide to go bigger. I single hand my Chrysler and figure I will likely be doing the same with the Allmand.

Anyone else in the Ft Myers area?

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Re: New to coastal cruising and live aboard

Tom, we spent over a year in the Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Naples area and really liked it. We are currently cruising but would not hesitate to stay in the area again. We much prefer the west coast to the east. Chuck
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Re: New to coastal cruising and live aboard

Welcome aboard! My parents are in Naples, and I like the stretch of the West coast between Ft. Myers and Naples. We get down that way periodically (once every 2 years or so). Next time I'm there, I'll need to take a peek at your boat!!! Is yours the one that had been on eBay? If so, she looked really nice. I had chatted with the seller a while back, seemed like a nice guy.
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Welcome aboard! My parents are in Naples, and I like the stretch of the West coast between Ft. Myers and Naples. We get down that way periodically (once every 2 years or so). Next time I'm there, I'll need to take a peek at your boat!!! Is yours the one that had been on eBay? If so, she looked really nice. I had chatted with the seller a while back, seemed like a nice guy.
As a matter of fact it is. Next time your in town, drop me a note. We can take it out!

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Welcome aboard! My parents are in Naples, and I like the stretch of the West coast between Ft. Myers and Naples. We get down that way periodically (once every 2 years or so). Next time I'm there, I'll need to take a peek at your boat!!! Is yours the one that had been on eBay? If so, she looked really nice. I had chatted with the seller a while back, seemed like a nice guy.
Yes that is the boat. Looking forward to it. Tried to PM you, but I haven't posted enough yet.
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Re: New to coastal cruising and live aboard

Have spent many, many years in that area. We lived aboard and cruised out of Fort Myers Beach. Know the area very, very well! Also know the area from Mobile to there if you want some good anchorages and how I would go.

Curiously, why Burnt Store?

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PSS Watch out for shoaling coming into Boca grande Pass. Its shallow right around 3A... even in the middle of the channel. 6 feet draft is tight. We got real close to bumping.
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Re: New to coastal cruising and live aboard

Brian,

i always worry when someone with a lot of experience asks a question like that.

The reason I am leaning to Burnt Store is that Charlotte harbor seems like a great spot to go for a quick afternoon sail without an hour motor. They allow liveaboards and the showers and amenities will be attractive to the fiancée

The Fort Myer Yacht Basin was also on my short list, but the 2 hour motor to the gulf discouraged me.

May become a moot point as I may be close to purchasing a Sailboat assessable home soon in the Port Charlotte area.

Are there Marinas or other options I am missing?

I may take you up on the advise. How long do you think it would take?

Tom

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Have spent many, many years in that area. We lived aboard and cruised out of Fort Myers Beach. Know the area very, very well! Also know the area from Mobile to there if you want some good anchorages and how I would go.

Curiously, why Burnt Store?

Brian

PS Congrats!!! DOn't forget to sail over to Useppa (Cabbage Key) and have a Cheeseburger Burger in Paradise!!! Bring a dollar to hang up (and 30 more to pay for lunch).

PSS Watch out for shoaling coming into Boca grande Pass. Its shallow right around 3A... even in the middle of the channel. 6 feet draft is tight. We got real close to bumping.
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Re: New to coastal cruising and live aboard

no friend not at all never been to that area anytime in my life ever
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