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A good place in the south to liveaboard

Does anyone have a suggestion for a fellow sailor who is retired and wants to liveaboard somewhere in the southern US. He is a lifelong sailor but his knees are shot and his back is too creaky to continue sailing his own boat.

He will probably buy a houseboat and it probably won't move from it's pier. If possible, he would like to meet some sailors there in the marina who might be generous enough to take him along occasionally as crew.

He doesn't have lots of money but he doesn't spend much either. At any rate, he won't be able to afford anything fancy.

Does anyone have an idea where he might look.
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Have you looked into the lakes along the Tennessee River? Or, if you're wanting saltwater Clear Lake on Galveston Bay is fairly inexpensive, compared to Florida.

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forget florida -- it is getting very expensive and liveaboard marinas are disappearing fast - florida is also very boater unfriendly
i agree with the comment on galveston or along the upper gulf coast
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Also, insurance rates along the florida coasts have gone through the ceiling.

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Yes, Florida is out of control. Last year, we tried up at a pier in the Keys for $1.50/ft. This year, the same dock is up for sale for $250,000.

I think my friend would like an inland lake. Tennessee lakes might be a good choice, Galveston too.


I'll pass along all of your suggestions when the thread trails off. He can go land sailing and check them out.

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Hi Foxglove,
Try Ft. Myers FL. A friend of mine is tied up there on a yearly slip rental for $500 plus utilities. He likes the area and has had nothing but good things to say about it. The sailing isn't very exciting though - it's more of place to tie up your boat and soak up the sun.

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Re: A good place in the south to liveaboard

Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana is reasonble. Check the various marinas in the area.
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