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post #21 of 31 Old 12-28-2010
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The cheapest docks are going to be found on craigslist. Someone who owns a waterfront home with a dock, but doesn't have a boat of their own, and wants to make a little money renting out their dock. The only problem is that few of these will allow you to liveaboard more than the rare overnighter.
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Re: Florida sailing

consider goin to the Books Online - New, Rare & Used Books - Movies & Music - Alibris Marketplace
and searching for "claiborne young cruising guides"
marinas are described with phone numbers and pictures 8-)
also chart books.
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Fort Lauderdale anchorage at $1,00/foot? It must be by the day. It will be hard to find an anchorage less than $8.00/ foot/month. Then you have to contend with bridges and lots of traffic. Miami, South of the Rickenbacker causeway is your best bet, but as NightOwl said, you may face draft issues with a keel longer than 5 feet. There is lot of traffic in Miami, but then, there is also a lot of space. Biscayne bay is great with many sights, anchorages and good protection. I suggest you give the Coconut Grove Sailing Club a call. They are inexpensive, right on Biscayne Bay,have a great restaurant, close to everything, but no liveaboards. Their # is 305-444-4571. By the way, all they have is a mooring field with 24/7 security
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I've not seen any mentions of West-coast Florida in this thread. Placida is a nice place to visit; saw white pelicans there.

The ICW is unsuitable for any vessel with a draft over 4'. It is ill-maintained and rarely dredged nowadays. Plus ill-mannered power-boaters speed through it. A big displacement-hulled power-boater can push you right up on the mud. SeaTow membership needed...

There are a very few live-aboard marinas along the Caloosahatchie and in other nooks and crannies of West Florida, but they seem to try to stay hidden and unnoticed by the state.

Condo owner folks may resent you enjoying the environment without having to pay real-estate prices and taxes to do so. But they also like to look down at 'all the pretty boats", so they are often torn between envy and enjoyment.
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Re: Florida sailing

where tug n tow rigs can travel, so can any sailboat with a 6 ish foot draft. if tugsntows dont go there--is short water. be careful.
we did the icw on west fla with a 4 1/2 ft draft and some others had 6 to 6'6....as i said--where tug and tow rigs move, so can you.


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Did you recently transit the ICW opening to Tampa Bay? Last time (years ago) I was there, it was very shallow and the markers unclear.
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There are several ICW openings to Tampa Bay, not sure which one you had trouble with. The Pass-A-Grille channel is the main one on the north side of the Tampa channel. It leads you into Boca Ciega Bay. Six foot draft is not an issue, but the channel is VERY narrow. Coming in during heavy weather can be a harrowing experience in a small sailboat. Ask me how I know... But usually it's very placid.

There is a secondary ICW inlet on the north side of Tampa channel that also takes you to Boca Ciega Bay the long way. Or you can transit the Tampa channel to get to St. Petersburg municipal marina and draft is no issue here.

Or were you talking about going south toward Bradenton and Sarasota?
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tampa bay itself is very shallow except where the tugs n tows traverse. there is always deep enough to motor sail even in a 6'6 draft boat.


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Enigma, ... There is a secondary ICW inlet on the north side of Tampa channel that also takes you to Boca Ciega Bay the long way. Or you can transit the Tampa channel to get to St. Petersburg municipal marina and draft is no issue here.

Or were you talking about going south toward Bradenton and Sarasota?
Yeah, my question was unclear. South; ordinarily, one doesn't head North in Winter...

Channels that are often used by commerce are usually maintained. Something about paying big in taxes, and lobbyist clout...

Boca Ceiga was once a relaxed place to be. Plus, remember the old Isla del Sol?
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Calling all cruisers to check out our place in the Port! Port Canaveral Yacht Club is a private, member-owned, non-profit yacht club. We are members of the Yachting Club of America and therefore, respect reciprocal club membership. We also have very competitive transient rates. I love our club because of the awesome restaurant with a gourmet chef and two bars along with laundry, shower and a workshop on property. Also, there are a dozen restaurants just a short walk away along with a staggering array of boating services, mechanics, electronics, you name it. We have fast access to the Ocean (takes us 20 minutes in our 30' sailboat) and with some patience (two swing bridges and a lock) access to the ICW - approximately 45 minutes in our 30' sailboat. We love sailing up and down Cocoa Beach with the dolphins, whales and turtles! Check us out at Port Canaveral Yacht Club on the web or call the office Mon-Fri 10am to 2pm EST @ 321-784-2292 or contact our Dockmaster @ 321-482-0167.

Fair winds and following seas to sailors passing through our area!
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