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Old 04-03-2015, 12:07 PM   #41
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15 min. Do lunch on it during work days. Evenings & weekends quality time.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:13 PM   #42
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It would be nice to have the boat close, so the pleasure time can increase. With our boat in Alaska we budget one week for maintance and this seems to work so far. Our boat is kept in a barn so we can work on it even if it's raining. Varnishing is done during the summer, usually in a beautiful bay.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:33 PM   #43
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In the backyard, 82 steps from the back door to the door on the trawler. Wonderful , it's like having an addition to the house!
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:51 PM   #44
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We are 44.3 miles from our slip, mostly freeway (no tolls.) Just long enough so we week-end all the time(southern California, 12 month boating.)
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:22 PM   #45
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Adding a bit to my previous post, if you kept it closer such as on the TN River, then there would also be considerable savings and with that savings if a Coastal Lust hit you a couple of times a year, you could charter.

There are other issues you will have to address if you move it from fresh water to salt. These start with your anodes, include your bottom paint, include how protected your engine is from salt water.
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Old 04-03-2015, 02:48 PM   #46
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I'm almost exactly 2 hours away , unless traffic dictates otherwise.
It's not bad. I could move the boat closer and may in teh future. Originally, I was going to keep it in WA (600 miles +). I am sure glad I didn't do that as we love being on the boat as much as we can.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:04 PM   #47
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Our marina is little less than a mile away.
Great walk with the dog!
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Our marina is little less than a mile away.
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Exact same situation.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:42 PM   #49
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Our marina is little less than a mile away.
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Wifey B: We don't have a dog so we'd never be able to walk to your marina.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:58 PM   #50
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Hilton Head is about 4 1/2 hours from Atlanta. Since I am in Chattanooga, it is a good place for us. Shelter Cove Harbour is kind of a second home to us, and we keep going back for several months stays. We plan on spending some more time there before going up to the Chesapeake again.
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:18 PM   #51
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Hilton Head is about 4 1/2 hours from Atlanta. Since I am in Chattanooga, it is a good place for us. Shelter Cove Harbour is kind of a second home to us, and we keep going back for several months stays. We plan on spending some more time there before going up to the Chesapeake again.
I would say Hilton Head is great for "several months stays" but if he's dealing with weekends and a week perhaps twice a year, then it's a bit far. It's really a matter of frequency and length of trips.
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We live just outside Atlanta and right now our boat is in Punta Gorda. We generally make it down every other week from Wednesday to Sunday. As bad as I hate the drive, I love the area so much we keep going back.

We moved her to Jacksonville for a while, and then to Jekyll Island last summer and the drive was easier, but the boating was a lot harder. Had to time everything around the tides and it just seemed like too much work. And it was so much hotter than South Florida ... we didn't expect that. Loved Jekyll itself though, the island grows on you.

We've talked a lot about taking her to Chattanooga, but I just don't think it would be the same. We've been lake boaters our entire life and we're having so much fun on the gulf coast we'll just put up with the inconvenience. Might go to Sarasota or St. Pete for a month or two this summer.

I'm working towards a week at the boat, and then a week at the house.
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:55 PM   #53
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We live just outside Atlanta and right now our boat is in Punta Gorda. We generally make it down every other week from Wednesday to Sunday. As bad as I hate the drive, I love the area so much we keep going back.

We moved her to Jacksonville for a while, and then to Jekyll Island last summer and the drive was easier, but the boating was a lot harder. Had to time everything around the tides and it just seemed like too much work. And it was so much hotter than South Florida ... we didn't expect that. Loved Jekyll itself though, the island grows on you.

We've talked a lot about taking her to Chattanooga, but I just don't think it would be the same. We've been lake boaters our entire life and we're having so much fun on the gulf coast we'll just put up with the inconvenience. Might go to Sarasota or St. Pete for a month or two this summer.

I'm working towards a week at the boat, and then a week at the house.
What we haven't heard from the OP is how frequently he can go or how long he can stay. Wednesday to Sunday is much better than a regular weekend.
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3.4 miles....I go down the the boat, most every day.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:42 PM   #55
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We live just outside Atlanta and right now our boat is in Punta Gorda. We generally make it down every other week from Wednesday to Sunday. As bad as I hate the drive, I love the area so much we keep going back.

We moved her to Jacksonville for a while, and then to Jekyll Island last summer and the drive was easier, but the boating was a lot harder. Had to time everything around the tides and it just seemed like too much work. And it was so much hotter than South Florida ... we didn't expect that. Loved Jekyll itself though, the island grows on you.

We've talked a lot about taking her to Chattanooga, but I just don't think it would be the same. We've been lake boaters our entire life and we're having so much fun on the gulf coast we'll just put up with the inconvenience. Might go to Sarasota or St. Pete for a month or two this summer.

I'm working towards a week at the boat, and then a week at the house.
I understand completely where you are coming from. We have kept boats at St. Pete, Bradenton, Venice, and near Boca Grande at the west end of Charlotte Harbor. Easy cruising, and great weather. It is a butt buster of a drive for us. We have already discussed going back there when we return to south Florida.

We like Hilton Head because of the short drive and the island surroundings. There is also some nice cruising and fishing to be had. Savannah is about 20 miles. Beaufort about 30 miles, and Charleston about 90 miles.

Living is Chattanooga, I have boated all of the river many times. It is a great cruise, but Chattanooga is the best stop on the River. I live in the middle of the waterfront area. I love the place, but also enjoy the change of cruising on the coast.

Without going to the islands, the two places we enjoy cruising the most are the Chesapeake Bay and Southwest Florida. Both are easy cruising.
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250 miles from my driveway to the marina little less than 4 hours, all highway either 2 lane or 4 lane. I'am in Kansas and the boat is in Illinois on the Mississippi River, I don't do much driving back and forth, drive over in March and winterize the boat in December. I'll drive back and forth 2 or 3 times in between.
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