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06-24-2015 06:54 PM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

Originally Posted by markg47150 View Post
oh sorry im trying to get down to the key's looking for a FREE BOAT HOUSEBOAT that is but i need to start in Homestead hopping to get some help in a place to stay as i keep looking
Well if you are saying the boat "must be free" does that mean you don't have $10,000 to re-power it? Hydrolic steering will cost you several grand to get working again. Keep in mind this "FREE" boat has likely had someone who was broke, living in it like it was an abandoned trailer in the woods, one step away from homeless. So likely no maintenance has been done to it. If it is steel or aluminum hull it will have pretty good scrap value so you won't get one of those for free. I had a houseboat a long time ago, and in fresh water and it was a nightmare, well for me it was not too bad because I only owned it for a few months, and sold it for what I paid for it, and ran off to get married. It was a big mistake, well not the part about selling the boat!

On top of that while house boats can give you lots of living space per foot of boat length they are lousy boats to take anyplace. They mostly have flat bottoms so in a good cross wind they will go sideways as well as straight. The one I had was 40 foot and had twin motors and mechanically was good just needed interior fixed up a bit. Lots of room for a recent college grad to have parties in! It was far from free and in the entire time I owned it I took it out twice because they are awful out there in anything but a calm lake with no wind or current. I can't imagine being on one in a storm when not in a protected harbor.

Not to mention you dredged up an unrelated 3 year old thread to discuss this is a sailing forum?

Good luck, but it does not sound like you have much of this thought out. People don't "give away" much that has value. For a few thousand you might get something that could possibly be sea worthy for what you are talking about after putting in ten grand or so.
06-24-2015 10:32 AM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

First off, if you want to get down to the Keys why do you think you need to "start" in Homestead? Yes, you will probably go through Homestead on the way to the Keys, but then you might as well say that you have to "start" in Georgia, or Miami, or anywhere else that you are going to pass through on the way. Is there something special in Homestead that makes you say you have to "start" there?

Secondly, let me repeat what hellosailor said, since it does not seem to have registered with you. Any boat that you can get for free is going to be a derelict piece of junk, not suitable for living aboard (at least, not without a lot of work), and will probably end up costing you a lot of money to either fix up, or dispose of. People simply do not give away boats that still have any real value. In fact, the most expensive boat you will ever get is probably the one you THINK you are getting for "free." There ain't no such thing as a free lunch--most especially where boats are concerned.

If your plan really is dependent on finding a "free" boat that you can live on, then my best advice to you is to start working on Plan B, because Plan A is a recipe for failure!

Good luck to you, whatever you do.
06-23-2015 06:09 PM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

oh sorry im trying to get down to the key's looking for a FREE BOAT HOUSEBOAT that is but i need to start in Homestead hopping to get some help in a place to stay as i keep looking
06-23-2015 01:54 PM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

Homestead is inland, home of an AF base and neighbor to a nuclear plant, not a place were you'll find boats or dockage. The nearest waterfront would be pricey Miami and Biscayne Bay, I doubt you'll find "free" anything there.

Try checking out the local "southeast florida" Craigslist online, but expect that "free" translate into "a derelict you'll have to tow away" and be aware that Florida has a special passion against liveaboards of any kind, as well as derelict vessels.

Finding out that your boat has to be towed, removed, or has been seized and fees assessed on you, can be an expensive surprise. You might do better in other parts of Florida, I doubt you could do worse in them.
06-23-2015 10:27 AM
Re: Live Aboard Marinas in Florida

hello all new here i am in Indiana now coming to Florida in 8/2015
and have no place to go to I'm going to homestead try my luck
i am looking for a houseboat at least 35ft in any condition must be FREE
can anyone help ? >< thank you all for looking me over
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
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