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post #11 of 18 Old 08-06-2006
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I would say their chances of renting a boat to try living aboard in different places ranges from "darn slim to nigh impossible" as the saying goes. The way most folks would choose a liveaboard location is to SAIL IN on their own boat. Moor or dock for a week, check out the area, sail on to the next spot, and at some point either sign a lease or go back to the place they liked best.

The west coast of Florida will cost them way less than the east coast (at least, less than anyplace south of Jacksonville) but the trend all over the US and especially in Florida in the past 20 years has been "I own the water, get out." Some of the local cruising guides and clubs may be of better use to them. Coming from Maine to Florida...land to sea...Big change. They might want to come down and visit you for a week or two, and in that time, spend all day every day driving to different towns, walking the docks, checking the charts, and asking around ot get first hand information. Way cheaper and faster than coming down on a boat and sailing from one to the next. And, I'd suggest, they should come down NOW in the low season to see the worst of the weather, too.
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Davis Island

I have a mooring at Davis Island near Downtown Tampa. I enjoy the time there but there are no facilities other than a dingy dock. You have to go else where to pump out, get fuel, etc. Nice peaceful place to hang out. My boat is not on the mooring right now, so I would be willing to rent it.
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Skipper Bob has a book "Marinas on the Intracoastal Waterway" It includes information Marinas on Floridas West coast. The listings include marinas that except liveaboards, the costs and amenities. It includes most marinas. You can get info on purchasing a book at http:/skipperbob.home.att.net/
As far as the type of boat, a trawler would be my first choice for a liveaboard. It's just nicer living above the waterline and as it seems it is going to spend almost all of the time in the marina, fuel is not a problem.
They can charter a boat out of Regatta Point Marina in Palmetto and just not take it out. While all marinas are not alike this is a fairly nice one and it will give them a feel for marina life.
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check into i think its titusville,fl i was going to dock there b4 i lost my boat. slips are 10.oo a foot if i rember right.
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Our Houseboat experience in Tampa area

Hi Nikki,

I came across your thread looking at liveaboard info. We live in Edgecomb Maine and bought a 38' Burnscraft Houseboat on Ruskin (small town on Tampa Bay) It has been great. We had the boat docked at Little River Marina (also known a Bahia Beach) Nice place, allowed liveaboards, etc. and still do, but the marina, like MANY others, is slowly being converted to condos. We would come down for a week or so 3 times a year. We now have the boat out of the water at Cuts Edge Marina in Palmetto. If we can find a suitable marina that allows liveaboards, I will let you know. We may consider renting it out during the time we're not there. We are also considering selling the boat, once it is on a suitable slip. Living aboard is a great, and inexpensive way to go, providing you can find a marina you like that allows liveaboards. A marina we're looking at is Regatta Point in Palmetto...

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I lived aboad in a small marina in St. Pete a few years ago. Can't remember the name, but it was just West of the Gandy bridge, on the South side of the highway.
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We used to live at the Harborage Marina in St Pete before we left to go cruising for 2 years. As of last May, the rate was $1000/month plus electric for our size boat, a 50 footer and they had slips available. It's much closer to SpringHill then Sarasota.
PS: We checked out Regatta Point and Twin Dolphin mentioned earlier. They were both around $1500/month.
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Nikki: Ref...your parents coming to Fl. I have a 37' Endeavour in Daytona Beach for sale. I am in the city marina and have a live aboard slip ... The new owner can take over the slip and it's under $500.00 per mo. for everything. Contact firemanbob55@netzero.com PS asking $49,900 for the Endeavour
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