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We are currently in Melbourne FL, heading north. In light of the current virus situation, we are considering putting our boat in storage, and possibly up for sale. We are looking for the cheapest possible options for storage, and are willing to travel. Does anyone have recommendations anywhere between FL and the Chesapeake? Either a marina you have found, or an area that tends to be a good place to find reasonable storage rates. We know how to use Google, but the initial search is a bit overwhelming. The boat is a 38' monohull. Thanks for any help.
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Re: East Coast Storage

Pick a place and the search will be less overwhelming.

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Green cove springs marina
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Hang a left at mayport and go up the st johns river
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Re: East Coast Storage

Green Cove Springs, there are 3 marinas, talking about the cheap one furthest up the river.

Probably the cheapest you will find. They have tons of storage room so it’s a safe bet they won’t be full, still call ahead. 70 ton lift. Hurricane tie downs available. You can order stuff from westMarine/Harbor Supply and Grainger for next day delivery. Allows DIY and live aboard. There is a machinist real close, a couple of independent welders work in the yard, good. And I believe they let in other independent contractors without much hassle. In short you are in control.

It’s remote, you really need a car. It’s hot. A bunch of geezers sit in the porch and kibitz all day. Staff is about as good/bad as any marina staff, mixed bag.

Many other marinas have the same negatives at twice the price. Management smiles nicer while screwing you. Here you get a toothy grin. The end result is the same.

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Re: East Coast Storage

Maryland, NJ and NY currently do not allow recreational boating as we have stay in Place Laws.
When it opens back up, Annapolis has the greatest percentage of sailboats in one area south of Newport, RI.

This will be a tough market to sell a boat and get a reasonable price.


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Re: East Coast Storage

I can't really help zero in on a place with cheap storage. Reading that you might want to sell, makes me think you also want to be in an area where your odds are best, ie lots of sailors. Getting too remote, just to find cheap, may work against you in the end.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid selling anytime soon, at anything better than a notable discount, is going to be difficult.


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Re: East Coast Storage

Kept a boat at Green Cove Springs marina for years - probably your best bet - take all the valuables off boat - I am assuming you are going to haul it - they generally dont have wet slips available - they do have moorings - but they are questionable - I would avoid them - the rates are cheap, the facilities are horrible - i was tempted to use a mask and gloves before entering bathroom - and that was before the virus.
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Unless there is some other compelling reason I would suggest staying put where you are at least for the next few weeks. Then if you need to relocate, get as far north as possible and reduce potential hurricane risk.

Risk reduction should be the primary goal both for Covid-19 and the upcoming hurricane season.

Travel involves interacting with new sets of people and possible risk of exposure.

In a few weeks with more testing there may be more predictability. Chester County PA has begun antibody testing which may provide more information on which groups have been exposed without symptoms or only had mild symptoms.
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Thanks for the advice. I never would have found Green Cove Springs. I will certainly check it out. I appreciate the community wisdom and experience here. Stay safe and well everyone.
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Good advice

In order to put people back to work, antibody testing is so very necessary. It remains to be see if they can ramp up 90,000,000 antibody test kits. Then we will need to start segregating people who get the virus. Hopefully by then they will have room for the sick, or we risk a second strong wave. This scourge seems to be super contagious and quick. It’s only been 3-4 weeks since Covid 19 ramped up.


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