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Old 12-02-2019, 11:27 AM   #21
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"Sadly for us, my first mate, nixed the trawler idea. I think we could have likely been happy in about a 40' Europa-style boat. I found a few seemingly nicely priced."

My suggestion would be to rent a canal boat for a week or so at Watertown NY on the Erie barge canal.

Great vacation , no navigation hassles , and tied up for free every night within walking distance to a few dining spots.

In many places you could walk ashore.

No danger or fears ,little effort it might prime her for coastal cruising.

https://midlakesnav.com/canalboat-rentals is one company , there are multiple others.

This is also a recommendation I make to folks BEFORE going to see any boats or to a boat show.

Once she is happy and comfortable in a boat with 8 ft beam , the Roomarans where the toilet echos is less attractive.

As cruising is a secondary goal a houseboat , not a trawler would perhaps be a better choice.Their shallow draft makes slip space easier and cheaper to locate.and the investment maybe 10% of a "trawler".


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Old 12-02-2019, 02:30 PM   #22
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I lived aboard my 52 Californian for 5 years at Cocoa Village Marina. My office is located right next to the marina so it was a no brainer. There is a parking garage for marina tenants and a fabulous shower and laundry facility. The staff is great. Plus I am next door and can offer plenty of advice on mechanics, etc. I recently moved my Californian to a friend's house so I can buy a larger boat. 60' is the limit at CVM unless you are just passing by for the night. We sometimes have 125' megayachts spending the night. Cocoa Village is right across the street with great restaurants. Orlando International Airport is only 45 miles away on it is almost all highway. I pull out of my parking lot and can be parked at OIA within 40 minutes. Beach is close. Orlando attractions are close. If you want to spend more keep heading south. Harbor town would me another good place to stop but it is not as convenient to restaurants and doesn't have a parking garage. CVM is right off the ICW. Contact me if you want more info. Steve M.
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Old 12-02-2019, 02:43 PM   #23
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Hey Wetstuff. There are two other places to consider. (1) Palm Coast Marina on the ICW south of St. Augustine, I had a boat there for about 5 years -- less crowded than further south; and (2) have you considered Sanford on the St. Johns River? Way less expensive, covered slips and freshwater to minimize maintenance. When you're ready to go cruising there's plenty to see or go all the way downriver to Jacksonville and out. I have a 52' Vista in Sanford that's for sale: Fully enclosed aft deck (so two large salons, queen centerline aft, vee up front and a third cabin with two bunks) and 3208s with low hours for sale in one of those hard-to-get covered slips. Price is right; I bought another boat in Panama and gearing up to move. Good luck in your hunt!
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Old 12-02-2019, 03:41 PM   #24
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I think someone has mentioned Manatee Cove Marina at Patrick AFB if you're retired military or a civilian contractor working at the base. It's a great newly refurbished marina, but you'd need a car to get anywhere.

Otherwise, the middle section of the east coast of Florida is much less crowded than the west coast of Florida (someone has indicated otherwise).
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Old 12-02-2019, 03:52 PM   #25
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A general observation. IF you find a "good" slip for your boat, "for sale", buy it.
The price will not go down.
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:26 PM   #26
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Are the Ft Pierce city and municipal Marina's one and the same?

If so you might want to check the current discussion on the MTOA site as to being boarded at nitetime, threatened use of guns, etc. Doesn't sound like the safest place to me.
Hopefully a one time event...
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:04 PM   #27
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"IF you find a "good" slip for your boat, "for sale", buy it."


For someone looking for a home afloat, a good slip would be someplace 30-45 min away from a great protected anchorage.
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Are the Ft Pierce city and municipal Marina's one and the same?

If so you might want to check the current discussion on the MTOA site as to being boarded at nitetime, threatened use of guns, etc. Doesn't sound like the safest place to me.
Hopefully a one time event...

Where is the discussion on the MTOA website? Do you need to be a member to read what you are talking about?
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You do need to be a member to access their forum.
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I figured as much...wish people would add a bit more than just a point to another site that one has to be a member of...lots of times its news sites that one can't access.
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