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Old 05-01-2015, 10:45 AM   #21
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There are two types of boaters in Charlotte Harbor, Thoes who have been stuck and those who lie LOL. My boat drafts less than 12 inches and I still get stuck now and then.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:17 PM   #22
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There are two types of boaters in Charlotte Harbor, Thoes who have been stuck and those who lie LOL. My boat drafts less than 12 inches and I still get stuck now and then.
I couldn't have said it better myself. We have a CC that also draws about a foot and I would bet in the 3 months we spend there each winter I find a new bar every couple weeks. You just ain't going anywhere if you don't touch bottom in this area.?de01
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:32 PM   #23
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Then the area you are looking at, as well as the Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda areas are perfect for you

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It takes me right at two (2) hours to two and a half hours, to drive from where I live in the Citrus Park area of the NW portion of Hillsborough County which encompasses the City of Tampa for reference (not far from the Pinellas County/Pasco County line), all the way to Cocoa Beach or Melbourne. 99% interstate and turnpike travel.

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And here I thought ya'll got around on air sleds with gator tails hanging from your antenna's. My dream has been crushed...

Thanks for the info. What is boating like in Tampa, comparable to other areas? I have read some good posts regarding Charlotte Harbor, Fort Meyers Beach area, etc. When you want to go to your favorite spots, is it local or farther south or north? Time available is always a factor, but if it wasn't which way would you go? Let's say for a weeks adventure.
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Agreed. There is a lot of skinny water on the west coast of Florida. Personally, I would not consider anything with a draft deeper than 5' (and even less would be better) for this area.
I was looking at a chart of Charlotte Harbor and thought wow that is a little skinny looking, which caused me to post the question. Is Tampa the same way or the whole west coast? The Capt in a previous response stated Training Wheels might be needed, which I may have to be outfitted for. How about "Channel Feelers" like the 60's and 70's versions of curb feelers on the Caddy?
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I couldn't have said it better myself. We have a CC that also draws about a foot and I would bet in the 3 months we spend there each winter I find a new bar every couple weeks. You just ain't going anywhere if you don't touch bottom in this area.?de01
So do the pros of keeping your boat there outweigh the cons by a sufficient margin? If given a "do-over" would you pick the same area?
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So do the pros of keeping your boat there outweigh the cons by a sufficient margin? If given a "do-over" would you pick the same area?
I think so. Its great middle ground. You can go North or South for cruising plus your at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River so you have the ability to run up river to escape storms or go right across to Stuart on the East coast.
We stay on the North end of Pine Island by Jug Creek Marina. You can bring 4' draft into the canals but the Marina's really don't handle anything bigger than 30'.
The GICW has quite a few good Marina's and restaurants as well as secure Anchorages.
Open up Active Captain and have a good look at the surrounding area.
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Is Tampa the same way or the whole west coast?
Pretty much. Yes.

Of course, you can get around with a deeper draft. I mean, big cruise ships and cargo ships come and go from the Port of Tampa. They stay in the channel, though. To get to the "interesting" places you have to have a shallower draft.

Well worth it, though. In my opinion. There are lots of great places to go, and things to see and do, around this area. You just have to be mindful of the water depth. That's all.

Good luck.
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Pretty much. Yes.

Of course, you can get around with a deeper draft. I mean, big cruise ships and cargo ships come and go from the Port of Tampa. They stay in the channel, though. To get to the "interesting" places you have to have a shallower draft.

Well worth it, though. In my opinion. There are lots of great places to go, and things to see and do, around this area. You just have to be mindful of the water depth. That's all.

Good luck.
I have to agree.
Getting around up here in general is not really a big deal. Watch the markers, and you're ok. Stray outside and you have to be mindful of the depth. But like Don said, there's a lot of great places to explore along the west coast.

And not to ruin your image of us, yes, I've spent more than a couple of hours on an "air sled" as you called it as well, but I try to leave the Gators alone lol.

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We looked at BS for a new home, passed on it when we found out you cannot buy a dock or slip, must rent and you are at the mercy of the owner operator.

Bottom line, never buy real estate in Florida that doesn't include ownership of deep water access.
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We looked at BS for a new home, passed on it when we found out you cannot buy a dock or slip, must rent and you are at the mercy of the owner operator.

Bottom line, never buy real estate in Florida that doesn't include ownership of deep water access.

So where did you end up and why?


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[We have decided to stay in Palm Coast, we looked all over the West Coast from Tarpon Springs south and could not find anything to replace what we have here for less than a Million. At this stage of life, I don't need to spend that much money for a residence that needs work and is smaller than we currently have. The kids will just have to accept the fact that they have a 4 hour drive rather than 2 hours.
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[We have decided to stay in Palm Coast, we looked all over the West Coast from Tarpon Springs south and could not find anything to replace what we have here for less than a Million. At this stage of life, I don't need to spend that much money for a residence that needs work and is smaller than we currently have. The kids will just have to accept the fact that they have a 4 hour drive rather than 2 hours.
I was talking with another retired LEO the other day, and he was saying something very similar. He retired, kept what he had, and spend his time and $$$$ traveling. A fellow LEO nearing retirement, married a lady half his age, bought a 300k + home, and as a result is tied to the department for a good bit longer!
I guess it's all about what makes you happy of course, but at this stage in life, if you don't need it, why do it?

And you could always do worse that Palm Coast.
The dozen or so time's I've been there, always seemed like a very nice area
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I draft 4.5' and go most places 6' would be a bit restrictive east or west coasts of FL.
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