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08-13-2012 10:40 AM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

That's a lot of coast and a lot of marinas. I'd suggest picking up one of the CIW guides or using those web sites. In paper you could be looking at a couple of thousand pages describing what to see and where to stay. Active Captain will also give you lots of online reviews and information.

And of course, if your boat is going to stay in a Carolina for 90+ days you may need to register it there or pays sales tax there. Check into time periods and tax laws to avoid a surprise.
08-13-2012 12:54 AM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

the wife and I are close to purchasing a (43') boat in the Northeast. We are West Coasties and are hoping to pick it up in late September and sail a bit around New England before heading south to the Carolinas. We would like to slip/moor it for a month or so then come back early December and spend 2 weeks continuing south. Suggestions on Marina's? We have cruised SoCal so this is a big 'leap' so any help is greatly appreciated.
06-14-2012 04:48 AM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

Originally Posted by littlejw View Post
Just read your old info. Can you tell me current rates and wheather a sailboat with 6.5' draft can even get in.
There are at least 7 or 8 marinas that I can think of in the area that could handle that draft in the Pensacola area.
06-13-2012 04:13 PM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

Originally Posted by soul searcher View Post
Don't know if your interested In northwest florida at all but my marina allows live aboards. they charge 10.00 a foot 30 foot minnimum and 100.00 for power. Its not a luxury place with pools and such but its nice. and has a yard with a 25 ton lift. things are gennerally quite a bit cheeper than south florida and we have better beaches this is changing fast though.

PS we don't have snook just red and black drum and specks
Just read your old info. Can you tell me current rates and wheather a sailboat with 6.5' draft can even get in.
05-23-2012 02:04 PM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

There are a few decent places to live aboard in the Ft. myers area. Would probably cost about300.00 - $4oo. per month for a 36-40 ft. with water and elec. Not cheap! Good Luck
05-23-2012 01:50 PM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

Fort Pierce City Marina allows liveaboards. I'm not sure what the fees are now. It was a clean, well kept marina with restaurants, shops, bars, Farmer's market, library all within walking distance. There are bathrooms, showers and laundry on site. The fees were about $500. a month for everything, including cable and internet. At the time we had a 34' Moody. We loved living there...friendly people and lots to do!
04-16-2012 01:47 PM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

Originally Posted by Snookcatcher View Post
My husband and I would like to retire and fullfill a life long dream of buying a sailboat and living aboard. We are unsure where to begin with locating a marina in Florida that allows live aboards. Any suggestions?
I don't know how old your request is, but check out the St. Petersberg Municipal Marina...great pricing, right in the heart of the city...gorgeous sailing...
11-20-2011 10:01 AM
joethecobbler Tou can still anchor out anywhere you need to in florida for as long as you need to per florida state statue 327. a few areas are attempting to circumvent that state law w/ local ordinances and such, but little success. Recently the FWc has begun a pilot mooring field program and a few of the areas impacted boats anchoring (St.Aug. , miami, ets.) have attempted to use the placement of mooring fields to eliminate anchoring. Recently St. Augustine installed mooring fields north and south of the bridge of lyons as well as in all or most of salt run in an attempt to eliminate anchoring. THey attempted to regulate the length of time at anchor and the area to anchor. Fortunately these attempts have met w/ opposition and currently the anchoring will be allowed for 30 days w/ a 24 hour break then another 30 days. (this seems workable,although annoying)

In Daytona there is anchoring available alot of places and easy public boat ramp access to dinghy ashore as well as public transportation and provisioning as well as west marines ,a sail loft,as well as a used boat chandlery nearby.
Although , the municipal marina offers no dinghy dockage or shore facilities for those at anchor they do offer free pumpout and fresh water.
I'm suprised Daytona doesn't advertise to cuisers more.
in 2009 I had to "tune up" the local PD as to anchoring statutes when they attempted to regulate me anchoring between seabreeze bridge and Main Street bridge. I basically informed the officer in charge of the marine patrol that the local ordinance did not apply to non-liveaboards vessels at anchor and supplied him w/ copies of the state statutes, statetements from the local FWC commander , the states attorney,and the contact information of a maritime attoney .
He then said he wasn;t interested in being the parking police for the halifax and I had no more issues w/ Daytona.
what suprises me more is he local sailing association (HSA) is very anti-liveaboard and has enacted a rule excluding liveaboards as members as well as being very unwelcoming to liveaboards and achored vessels. I think they are missing an opportunity to further the interests of Sailing and cruising as well as a financial opportunity to charge fees for access to the upland facilities at their club and a wider awareness of there existence.
They could/should take a less from places like Castleton boat club , on the hudson whom offer dockage and a DIY crane for mast stepping to transients. they make out well w/ the funds generated and its a great place to stop.
11-17-2011 05:52 AM
Rickem East coast Florida inland 25 miles south of Jacksonville, Green Cove Springs. When I finalize on a boat I'm heading there. An old/current girlfriend told me no problems hooking there free and many stores and such walking distance.

11-13-2011 08:32 PM
Melrna Where exactly?
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