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Dry Storage/Launch on Request Marina


I am interested in finding a marina on the Southern part of Florida, East or West coast where I could store my sailboat on the hard and have it launched when I fly down for weeks long sails during winter months. She is only 22 feet long with bilge keels and a skeg so she sits upright and doesn't need stands. I will probably tow her down on my own trailer so she would be lifted and launched from the trailer and then lifted and placed back on the trailer when the sail was over. I have contacted a few marinas in Miami and they are all wet slip storage. Does anyone know of a preferred marina that would suit my purpose?

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Re: Dry Storage/Launch on Request Marina

Had a small center console of 24í I did this with. It was nice not using up zincs and not needing bottom paint but another consideration is what the repetition up and down does to the boat. Know in England those bilge keel boats make great sense as they dry out daily when not sailing but thatís different then hauls. Would take a good look at your yard. Would they be attentive and gentle to your boat while doing this. Had occasion th yard scratched up the gel coat and it took some jumping up and down to get them to fix it on their dime.

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Re: Dry Storage/Launch on Request Marina

Almost all dry storage type marinas in Miami have long waiting lists - sounds like you are looking for a marina that puts boats in using oversized forklifts - almost always powerboats - if you wanted more traditional marina ( sailboat) you could look at Green Cove Springs Marina - they have space where you can store the boat on the trailer and can launch it for you with their travel lift. You could crusie the St Johns down to Sanford - have the marina there pull the boat out and put it on the trailer then take a short drive to Daytona/NSB/Cocoa to relaunch
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Re: Dry Storage/Launch on Request Marina

Two marinas in my area that might be able to provide what you're asking for is Shell Point marina in Ruskin, FL and the Apollo Beach marina in Apollo Beach, FL both have travel lifts and on-site storage.

However, it might easier/cheaper, to find on outdoor storage yard to store the boat on it's trailer. Then just rent a U-haul type truck to launch/retrieve when you are in town.
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