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Old 12-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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looking for a cheap slip in Florida

greetings all, me and my wife have just purchased a beautiful 1982 Chris craft
motor yacht ,shes 39' and we are looking for a good home of port in the Florida area. any and all advise is welcomed.


thanks Daniel and Raine
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Somewhere in Stuart or even the west cost is cheap. When you start going more southern like West Palm, Fort Lauderdale, Etc it's get expensive.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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Hi Dan and welcome. Florida is a big place with over 8000 miles of tidal coastline and more than 1500 in Ocean or Gulf Coastline alone. Can you narrow it down to a particular area like Panhandle, Gulf Coast, Keys, SE Atlantic, Central Atlantic or North Atlantic. The most expensive areas are probably West Palm Beach and South to the Keys, cheapest is probably North Atlantic side or Panhandle.
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we had hoped to find a good spot in middle to lower Florida, but perhaps we shall make due with somewhere in the northern area. just trying to stay warm for the winter. we are sick of cold weather lol
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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we are docked right now at pass-a-grill marina in st. pete. would love to stay around this area somewhere. Either way we shall continue our search and thanks for the quick replys
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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this is our new boat, its a 1982 chris craft 39'
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:35 PM   #7
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There's lots of nice marinas around St. Pete area, but your cheapest alternatives sometimes appear in the Sun Coast Craigslist with owner-rented slips in various marinas, canal slips or rivers. Also check the classified in St. Pete Times.
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thanks again Larry, that's a great help sir
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Take a look up the St Johns River. Navigation ends in Sanford outside Orlando. Fresh water and underpriced for Florida.

I had a shipyard in Green Cove Springs - really an affordable area - the last best value in Florida.
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Pass-a-Grill is a great place! Love the seafood joint by the bridge. You can always drop the hook inside off the Ft DeSoto campground. Save enough in a months slip rent to buy yourself a bunch of solar panels
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Take a look up the St Johns River. Navigation ends in Sanford outside Orlando. Fresh water and underpriced for Florida.

I had a shipyard in Green Cove Springs - really an affordable area - the last best value in Florida.
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No disrespect but I wouldn't go anywhere near Green Cove Springs.
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No disrespect but I wouldn't go anywhere near Green Cove Springs.
Ok, now I'm curious, why? Was planning on cruising the entire St Johns river at some point, am wondering if that part needs to be avoided.

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Draw a line across Lake O , south of the line is the climate you go to Florida for,

North of the line is just South Georgia or South Alabama.

FT Meyers Muni is nice , and very walkable to down town.

Having to drive for everything gets real old in season.
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No disrespect but I wouldn't go anywhere near Green Cove Springs.
I am with O C Diver. What are your experiences with Green Cove Springs and the St. Johns?
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Draw a line across Lake O , south of the line is the climate you go to Florida for,

North of the line is just South Georgia or South Alabama.

FT Meyers Muni is nice , and very walkable to down town.

Having to drive for everything gets real old in season.
I disagree with FF. The Tampa Bay area rarely freezes and the cruising IMHO is far more interesting than the FL east coast, especially south of Lake O

I stayed at Legacy Harbor right next to Ft Myers Muni for a couple of months. That location is great.
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Maderia Beach

We kept a boat at a private slip in Maderia Beach area for 6 years @ $150.00 included water and electric 15 amp circuit only. no liva board.
We also stayed at Pasadena Marina when we wanted to live aboard. Very nice but pricy. We love the area of Tampa Bay. The Harborage has good prices for the area. Cheap gets you what you pay for. Go with a private slip for less cost.
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I disagree with FF. The Tampa Bay area rarely freezes and the cruising IMHO is far more interesting than the FL east coast, especially south of Lake O

I stayed at Legacy Harbor right next to Ft Myers Muni for a couple of months. That location is great.
Capt. Tim, I will agree with FF about the weather, but the weather from Tampa to the South is perfectly acceptable to me. I agree with you about the cruising in SW Florida. The Keys have their charm, but SW FL cruising can't be beat. I have kept my boat in St. Pete, Bradenton, Venice, and Placida. I hope to choose from among those again one day. Weather good, cruising great-----what's not to like.
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I didn't say anything about the St John's river just Green Cove Springs. The "people" who run the big yard there (can't remember the name) are right out of "Deliverance". Crime is also an issue. The St Johns is very nice as I understand (never cruised yet).
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Check Active Captain's reviews for Green Cove Springs Marina.
The marina is full and one of the few yards you can work on your own boat.
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Hi, If you are looking for low cost, try the County run moorings in Ft. Myers. Easy acces to the Everglades and the keys. They also have slips available.
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