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  1. My count down begins

    Introduce Yourself
    Hello! I'm new here although I have been reading on the forum for a few years now. My first mate and I have been researching, taking classes and generally preparing to become first time sailboat owners / live aboard. We've narrowed our location down to the Tampa area for several reasons...
  2. atomic 4 mechanic needed in the tampa florida area

    Atomic 4
    I recently purchased a 1968 tartan 34c that needs a total and complete never ending refit.. and I'm ok with that... I need to figure out if the repower moyer marine model is worth fixing vs repower and need a little help. anyone have an atomic 4 mechanic in the tampa area?
  3. Florida Keys Mooring

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Florida Keys’ best moorings…. I live in South Florida and am looking for a decent mooring to keep “Little Tortuga” at for the next year or two. My goal is to be able to drive down on a Thursday or Friday afternoon and spend a long weekend on the boat visiting sandbars and lesser keys...
  4. Moving to Florida.. Miami vs Ft. Lauderdale for sailing

    Florida - Eastern
    I am thinking of applying for a job in Florida with openings in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. I currently live in northerm Michigan Manistee County to be more precise. I love the water and sailing. Which place would be more likely to have a chance for me to sail with locals. I have a Merit 25 but...
  5. Sharks

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    How does anyone know when the water is safe for swimming and don't have to worry about sharks ?
  6. Best Destinations for Small Boat Sailing Florida

    There's This Place...
    Hello, I am new to the site. My two college buddies and I were wanting to take my family's small O Day, dat sailor down to Florida and camp for about a week. The boat is only of 17' length so we are wanting to stay in protected areas and camp on islands. We have looked at the 10000 Island's...
  7. First Delivery

    Gulf of Mexico
    My son (16) and I just finished a crewing opportunity delivering a Hunter 38 from Bradenton FL to Destin that included a 24 hour crossing. We were supposed to go to Biloxi MS but engine problems, along with a myriad of other minor issues, ended our trip early. You can read about it here. I'll...
  8. Project Hollywood Florida

    Introduce Yourself
    I have a Rawson 30 she is in rough shape. Needs everything so I am looking for all kinds of advise and knowledge. I am in South Florida hoping to first make it livaboard ready then ready to cruise. Dave
  9. "Good Old Boat" From NE or FL Preferred?

    Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Ahoy, all - I currently live in NE, but I am contemplating moving to St. Pete, FL. I'm "between boats", and I'm wondering if there's any advantage to buying something while I'm here in NE and sail it to FL? Somewhere I thought I read that the FL sun and greater portion of year in water is...
  10. Advice sought on south Florida older boat insurance

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Looks like we're finally moving to south florida soon, specifically the West Palm Beach/Jupiter areas. We're in the market for a late 80's to early 90's boat, about 40' and non-liveaboard. We have to keep it put in the marina during hurricane season, due to work obligations. I have three...
  11. Crew available. East coast to Tampa bay or surrounding area

    Crew Wanted/Available
    Hi. Able bodied crew Looking for passage from anywhere on the east coast near Pennsylvania to Tampa Bay Area in Florida. Let me know where you want me to meet you. Any questions? Email or pm me please. Thanks!
  12. Anyone sailing around Lake Placid, Florida???

    Crew Wanted/Available
    Hey folks, I am about to move down to the Lake Placid area of Florida. I'm trying to get a feel for the sailing community in that region of Florida. I would love to get your feedback!! Thanks so much! Biologist
  13. Where has better sailing - California, Pacific Northwest, Florida, or the Chesapeake

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Out of those places, what one has the best sailing?
  14. Looking to rent a boat near Palm Beach FL

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hi All... I'll be in Palm Beach, FL next week, and a friend and I would love to go sailing. Sadly, Google has been unable to help me find a boat rental company with sail boats, unless of course they are the huge crewed charters. Can someone point me in the right direction? We'll be in Palm...
  15. Looking for crew member: Florida, Bahamas, and Caribbean

    Crew Wanted/Available
    I'm sailing south; my journey began in Maryland and Im looking to spend the winter in The Bahamas and the Caribbean and return to Florida next spring. As of 11/08/2013 I am in the Jacksonville area. From 11/10/2013 to 11/12/2013 I'll bein St. Augustine. After that various stops along the coast...
  16. The Pine Island Sound, Florida west coast

    Gulf of Mexico
    Anyone thinking about our little-known treasure on the west coast of Florida? I have made cruises here spending 7 days, never two nights on same anchorage and covering just 22 miles of chart distance. It is a delightful cruise where you see more birds and sea creatures than anywhere else I've been.
  17. U.S.-Bahamas, Crossing the Stream

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Good morning, My father and I have just completed leg 1 of our journey, taking our '98 Dufour 45 classic down the Chesapeake, through the ICW to Charleston, SC. We're taking a two weeks off to perform boat maintenance, plan, etc. Knowing that a north wind makes the Gulf Stream nearly...
  18. Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hi all. This is my first post. Just joined the forum. I have a question. What is the best way to sail from California to Florida? In the next year I want to do this. Some of my relatives moved the Southern US recently from California and I want to be closer to them. I'm planning on keeping my...
  19. New Orleans to Tampa Florida – Two spots left for the 16th Sept

    Crew Wanted/Available
    Hi I’m looking for 2 more crew for a 10-day cruise down the West Gulf Coast. I plan to depart New Orleans on the 16th of September and expect to arrive in Tampa up to 10 days later. If we arrive in Tampa early you are welcome to continue with us on down the coast towards Naples Fl. My boat is a...
  20. Need Help Outfitting for Cruising. :)

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Hello Everyone. My husband and I have been working towards running away on a sailboat for years. We have owned numerous smaller vessels and finally upgraded. We kind of stumbled upon an Ericson 35 Mk II. It was an EXCELLENT deal so we jumped on it. It has been sitting a little while and...