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There are loads of decent live aboard boats in Boot Key Harbor, many of which I've been aboard. Not all, however, are in pristine condition, therefore it would behoove you to contract a certified surveyor, spend the money to have the boat properly surveyed, and make sure it is worth what the owner is asking.

As for the location, I, personally, would be a live aboard in Boot Key Harbor in the blink of an eye, but my loving wife of more than a half-century says NO! So, I only get to live in Boot Key for a short period of the year when I can sail down from Chesapeake Bay.

Good luck,

Gary :cool:
 

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I always check the boats in the City Marina, mainly because I got to know each and every person residing there during the winter of 2012/13 - really nice folks. And they came to hear me perform music every Saturday night at the tiki hut.

Of them all, Captain Jack, who turned 92 while I was there, was among the most colorful individuals you ever want to meet. I played for his birthday party that year and he gave me one of his autographed treasure maps. Hope he's still around when I get back there next winter.

Anne at the marina desk doesn't live there, but she is a live aboard across the highway at another marina. Nice lady and always willing to help. The guy that drives one of the city's garbage trucks is also a live aboard, his boat is on a mooring ball.

Randy and his daughter Miranda, live aboard a boat on a mooring ball as well. Randy is a fantastic guitar player and performed every Saturday evening with me. His daughter is growing like a weed, goes to school in Marathon, and she loves to catch monster iguanas that lurk in the nearly mangroves. It's not unusual to see her walking down the dock with a 4-foot iguana on her shoulder taking a ride.

There were lots of great folks there from Canada that I met, most of which did not want me to leave when I headed north on March 1st. I really didn't want to leave, but I had commitments here in Maryland, contractual obligations for music jobs.

I also performed regularly at Sombrero Resort's Tiki Bar, Wednesday evening Happy Hours, had some huge crowds, they didn't want me to leave either.

I'm hoping my wife will change her mind when I drive down this coming January and spend a few months down there with her in Marathon. I'll be taking my music gear, performing at the same locations, and maybe a few more, and I think that once she gets to meet the wonderful folks I met, she just might come down and live aboard with me the following fall and winter. I know she would really enjoy it if she gave it a try. She would rather me rent a home instead, which is really expensive, averaging $1,000 a week during winter.

Good Luck, and I hope the boat works out for you,

Gary :cool:
 
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