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Re: Storage costs in FL

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In this ex-snowbird's ten "flights" between Chesapeake Bay and Florida 1990 - 2004, I've made several trips from Stuart to Fort Myers and back via the Okeechobee (Okee-dokee, I calls it!) Waterway. Passage is restricted by a 54' high level bridge at (~) mile 28. -----
I believe that the vertical clearance at the Port Mayaca railroad bridge is 49'.

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Kee-rek-it! Should have known from the get-go this was a trick question! Seriously, though - and purely as an aside - IMO (and 20-20 hindsight!), of all the factors in the pursuit of the mythical "perfect" sailboat, the height of that bloody stick and the question of keel v. deck-stepped trumps all other considerations as the starting point of the whole chase, along with its companions keel type and draught. Assuming, that is, one has already cleared the hurdle of inshore v offshore work. For the skipper of a 30-some footer, the difficulties multiply tenfold. ChesBay sailors know the meaning of the word "compromise" better than most - the % of shoal water, its flukey wind, the frequency and severity of pop-up spreaders-in-the-water squalls out of a dead calm (horrible movie BTW!) and the endless coves and rivers and creeks make it challenging at best, and utterly frustrating for so many. Gotta account for the ever-present swarm of Cigarettes and Donzis blasting from all points through what must have once been Ragbaggers' Inshore Paradise. Wha' hoppint, Capn Nat? - where did it all go so horribly wrong...
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Re: Storage costs in FL

CDY: Thanks for that man, that's hitting the nail on the head. A recommendation from someone who has been there and done business with the boat yard. At$225/mo and a good geographical location looks pretty good.

ShipShaper: Super, thanks for the info. A good place to start sniffing around.

All: Before beginning to look at a bigger boat for coastal sailing in winter months I wanted to get an idea of the cost, preferably from boat owners who have first hand knowledge of the marina/yard. Before I buy, I want a plan for where I'll be taking the boat and what it will cost.

No doubt a trip to FL would be in order

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Florida has some tough tax, environmental and anchoring laws that can really be a problem for a cruiser.
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Re: Storage costs in FL

I would look at Indiantown Marina or Green Cove Springs Green Cove Springs Marina - The Cruiser's Homeport

Both are DIY friendly yards

5$ a foot a month is a ball park figure for a low cost yard. Haul and splash will be extra.
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