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Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

I live in southern Oregon on the west cost. Sailing here is not easy by any means. Weather is on the cooler side and seas are choppy. But we do it.
I would like to spend more time on the water than I can here. I would love to try living aboard, but for now I am only able to devote about month a year to the sea.
So I believe for a budget minded person, Florida offers an incredible amount of opportunity. It would be great to have a boat in the 30 footer range and they seem to be affordable there. But I am thinking the upper 20s (27) with a retraceable keel maybe the bees knees for us. I own a northwest 21 now and love it.
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Re: Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

Florida is an expensive place to keep a boat and the local governments are working hard to restrict freedoms of navigation including anchoring. As noted above the Bahamas are much nicer. If you want to stay in the US there are a lot of great places to sail on the East Coast outside of Florida.
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Re: Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

The panhandle (Pensacola, Ft. Walton, Panama City) is a very nice sailing area and not too expensive. I wouldn't say anti-cruiser, either. It can get a lot colder in the winter there than in the Keys.
Are you really thinking of more than one person living aboard a boat under 30 feet?
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Re: Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

A few years ago I had the option to move (back) to Florida with a new company. Career wise it would have been a lateral move with promises of advancement.

I was torn. The sailing year round was beckoning me but the Florida traffic and cost of living increases made it an easy decision once I made a long list of pluses and minus (lifestyle and expenses). I stayed in New England and have not regretted it.

It really depends on what part of Florida you end up in. It's a big state and the costs and lifestyle can be polar opposites from one place to another. Spend a month in Live Oak, then a month in Miami

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Re: Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

That would be awesome Ö..But I can drive to Florida and I donít know much about the Bahamas. But part of the goal is to get there. I was figuring on a year or 2 on a smaller boat and then work my way up in boat size and out into deeper waters as I gain some experience.
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Re: Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

With a trailerable boat it would lower the cost of storage considerably. To be honest I am a jump in all at once type of guy, but I have a wife that is a little more reserved. I guess the ideal is the mobility of the trailerable and if we donít like it in one place we can cheaply move it to another.
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Re: Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

My experience has only been week ends on a boat and I loved it. I am not sure I am into spending the next 5 years living aboard, 18 months on the other hand is real feasible. Unless living aboard means a chance to live a life of travel. We are addicted to traveling. A lot of it depends on how much my wife enjoys long term sailing. That is why I am thinking of doing it this way. If I get her hooked Ö I am in.
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Re: Is Florida all its cracked up to be?

Guy it seems you have already decided. But there are a lot of places with better sailing that Florida
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