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Old 12-14-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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We just arrived in Stuart, via AICW from Upper Eastern Shore on the Chesapeake. We are planning on crossing to the West Coast in April, and exploring that area thru June. We prefer anchoring out. In June we want to move the boat to a safe marina thru late September. We will not be on the boat during that time. We will return in September and continue to explore. We are looking for recommendations in the Ft. Myers, Cape Coral area that can keep our boat safe June thru September and then be our home marina as liveaboards.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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Message FF. He has a safe spot behind his house he rents out from what I hear. It is inland past LaBelle.
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:11 AM   #3
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Plenty of space here , no problems during the summer for storahe.

Electric for battery charging is usually included , but air cond , reefer , freezers and de humidifier is usually on a meter , depends on the neighbor setup.

Live aboard is more difficult as only a couple of folks can be bothered.

For long term use we have a different property with a dock , that would work.

However we are very remote , about 13 miles to town and the nearest traffic light.

The FT Myers city marina or Fishermans Village further up the west coast would be better if you like to be closer to town.

If your boat is set up as a cruiser and a couple of months on the hook is desired Gulfport has a great harbor , but if air cond is required a marina is far cheaper than 24/7 noisemaker.
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:33 AM   #4
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Here is one option you may not of thought of. It's expensive to store a boat in the water in south Florida so you might want to consider storing it ashore. I've used Safe Cove boat storage, formally All American Boat Storage in Port Charlotte.
The boat is out of the water during part of the hurricane season and you can get some bottom work done if needed. You use to be able to do your own work there, I presume you still can.
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:06 AM   #5
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Thanks so much for the suggestions, will look into them.
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:23 AM   #6
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Be sure to check the land elevation of any storage area near a coast .

About 11 ft above high water is required for a CAT 4 and 16 or so for a CAT 5 ..

We have been lucky for the past few years , but it wont last forever .
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:28 AM   #7
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We have been lucky for the past few years , but it wont last forever .
Most of Florida has been lucky for 10 years.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:15 AM   #9
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Here is one option you may not of thought of. It's expensive to store a boat in the water in south Florida so you might want to consider storing it ashore. I've used Safe Cove boat storage, formally All American Boat Storage in Port Charlotte.
The boat is out of the water during part of the hurricane season and you can get some bottom work done if needed. You use to be able to do your own work there, I presume you still can.
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Hi Tim,

Just looked that up. Great rates. Thinking an option for winter and use for Florida cruising point.

Never knew such places (size and scope) existed. Thanks for your post.
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If you can clear 22' or so air draft. Loggerhead marina in st pete is almost land locked. No worry about waves and somewhat sheltered from winds by elevated freeway and buildings. Some covered slips 30 minutes from Tampa airport.


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If you can clear 22' or so air draft. Loggerhead marina in st pete is almost land locked. No worry about waves and somewhat sheltered from winds by elevated freeway and buildings. Some covered slips 30 minutes from Tampa airport.


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This is a great place and you can negotiate rates for over a month
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Glades Boat Storage, you need to honk your horn to get the cows to move off the road to get there, no worries about storm surge

Glades Boat Storage is owned and operated by boaters, do it yourself boat storage, no tides, fresh water

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Old 12-18-2014, 05:03 AM   #13
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Thanks again for all the great advice. Good to know that we have some solid options
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Glades Boat Storage is owned and operated by boaters, do it yourself boat storage, no tides, fresh water

Glades is about 3 miles away and most folks here will use it as a DIY yard , for bottom work.

They at times have had many problems with break ins and theft from stored boats.

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SLING TIME: All sizes $145 per hour (1 hr. min. charge) CRANE SERVICE: $145 per hour (1 hr. min. charge)
PAYMENTS: All bills to be paid in full prior to launching.
Work yard - cash, mastercard, visa, checks HAUL AND LAUNCH:
30' Minimum Charge 16'9" Max Beam
Boats measured - charges length overall
Wood and Steel Hull Boats require $1,000.00 CASH only deposit,
which is refunded upon launch. Haul-out $2.50 per foot 2 Straps Launch $2.50 per foot 2 Straps $15 charge each additional strap used. For safety, decision to haul, # of straps and # of stands will be determined by owner.
BLOCKING: 4 stands, blocks or combo $1.25 per foot
Additional stands (blocks) $6.00 each Stand move $20.00
Re-block with lift $60.00
PRESSURE WASH: All sizes $2.00 per foot
DO IT YOURSELF WORK AREA:
Bring your own ladder - 1 vehicle per boat
Bring your own tarps or purchase/rent tarps from us. Tarp must be under boat entire time in work yard for any work being done. Vacuum recovery system must be used for any and all sanding. No pressure washing or spray painting in work yard. Yard crew will pressure wash in our designated area. Spray painting and sand blasting is only to be done in blasting area.


RENTALS:

Vacuum Sander w/ bag $40 per day
Tarp Rental 1 time $10 charge each
Day In & Day Out $20 day charge
Work Yard $20.00 per day up to 2 people, includes non-potable water and
110 volt electricity
Run A/C extra $1.50 per day
Each Extra Person $2.50 per day
Camper-plugged in, stay in or taking up boat yard work space $20 per day OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS:


Due to it being a do-it-yourself work yard all outside contractors must report to office and provide proof of insurance. $40 per day charge to boat owner.
LONG TERM DRY STORAGE:
Have boat ready for storage upon arrival. 30' minimum charge - on stands or blocks. Three month minimum charge / no refund until after the three month minimum is met. Storage fees are to be paid quarterly in advance. (Under certain conditions we will store for one month or two. Check with office before arrival for details).


DRY STORAGE: - 30' and up, on stand / blocks $4.50 per ft., per month with 4 stand / block
$6.00 per month for each extra stand / block
$50 per month elec. spot to run your own dehumidifier - $85 for two. Boat check available if it doesn't contain mildew preventative - $25 per check (no battery checks) Vehicle Storage $25 per month, per car
RV / Trailer $2.50 per foot per month
Boat on Trailer 25' - 30' $75 per month
Boat on Trailer under 25' $50.00 per month
Must have hitch lock and provide us with key or combo or purchase one from us. All empty boat trailers $2.50 per ft.
All moves $2.50 per ft. plus charge for any extra straps or stands reset.


No working in storage area. No vehicles allowed in storage area except day hauled. No Pre-launch loading in storage area. NO ONE ALLOWED IN STORAGE AREA AFTER HOURS OR ON WEEKEND.


SUPPLIES:

Materials do not have to be purchased from Glades Boat Storage, Inc.. However, materials can be ordered through yard. We stock some paint.

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We are currently at The Yacht Basin in Ft Myers and really love it. The Staff is great and will go out of their way to assist. I would have not problem leaving our vessel for several months. ALSO... we recently spent 2 months at Safe Cove performing needed bottom work and other repairs...great yard and very reasonable. Fantastic security with keypad entry and complete access shutdown after 8pm. Matt, the yard manager, is great and Painter George does fantastic Awlgrip work. They have large concrete storm anchors to secure your vessel during storage. Easy 8 hour cruise from Ft Myers. Cheers!
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