Fl. gulf coast suggestions for living

Discussion in 'Gulf Coast' started by Havana Shamrock, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. DB360

    DB360 Member

    61
    Feb 25, 2010
    CAPE CORAL, FL.
    360 SUNDANCER 2004
    BOW THRUSTER
    YANMAR DIESEL 315'S
    8 KW KOHLER
    4 HP JOHNSON
    After being down here for 15 1/2 years, (never looking back from New England winters), I can agree with all those that have said Florida West is a great location. From Tarpon Springs to Marco, we have all you could ask for. I couldn't agree more with the suggestion of visiting those spots that might become your winter home. There are so many to chose from! All offering their own special amenities.

    Good luck on our quest!

    Regards,

    Dennis
     
  2. Mystic Dreamer

    Mystic Dreamer Member GOLD Sponsor

    382
    Oct 10, 2006
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2006 44DA
    Cummins QSC-500
    Florida sucks, stay away. We are full, no more room.

    Just kidding... everyday is a vacation when living in Florida. Good luck with your search.
     
  3. almostenuff

    almostenuff Member

    477
    Sep 18, 2010
    Cape Coral, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 390 Sundancer
    2002 SeaSwirl 2301 WA
    T-380 Cummins
    F225 Yamaha
    Bought a house with dock out back in Cape Coral in 2012, but I travel for work extensively. Every day that I'm not there leaves me feeling empty inside.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2014
  4. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island. N.Y.
    2005 500DB
    Furuno Tztouch2 12” MFD x2
    Furuno NXT radar
    Furuno Navpilot
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    We have 5 days to cover as much territory as possible in this trip so I'll list the spots with my thoughts when we arrive home. We appreciate the info and opinions. Then we'll schedule more trips with other locations Thanks everyone
     
  5. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    Just curious...
    Say you own a 40' boat and live in FL full time. What is less expensive to do - buy a house on a canal and pay the extra insurances to keep it there OR buy a landlocked house and keep the boat at a marina a few miles away?

    Here in NJ, the home values for a house on the water are higher than the would be for the identical house that's not on the water. This means higher property taxes on the waterfront homes.
     
  6. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars

    Very good point, but you also have to factor into the comparison the cost of absentee management for a 40 ft boat in Florida. The cost here is nothing at all like you guys who are used to wintering under shrink wrap on blocks and stands. If you think you will leave a boat in Florida for months without running and exercising it, then hop it her an go, well, that won't happen. If you think your baby will look great with one wax/polish a year….well, that won't happen either unless you are in a barn or under a covered slip. And, if you think the guy at the marina who told you yeah, list me as your hurricane plan ; I'll take care of your boat when a storm comes" ………..well, that ain't gonna happen either because that guy will be barred from crossing any bridge to get to the boat because the state closes all bridges when the wind get to 5O mph and besides, he won't be at the marina, he going to be nailing plywood over the windows at his house.

    I choose to keep my boat in a full service marina with 24 hour security. I can do everything from a full detail to a bottom job with one cell phone call. The marina hauls every boat out of the water when a named storm comes within 75 miles of here….and I don't even have to make a decision or make a call….I just have to pay the bill when it comes. Our marina truly makes long distance ownership easy.

    Buying a canal home locks you out of being near a beach and a beach view. That may or may not be a consideration, but our beach house is a family house. While we bought it primarily as a second home, now that our children are out of school and well into their own careers, having beach access is important since they come to Florida whenever they want to, put their key in the door, no reservations needed and they don't need the boat to enjoy Florida.
     
  7. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    Frank
    Understood. But I was wondering from a standpoint of living full time in FL when I was presenting both scenarios. There are many things to factor in when you are considering parking your boat behind your house vs. at a marina 15 min away. Of, of course, is the marina-life camaraderie that some say is "missed" when you aren't part of a marina. But I'm taking that out of the equation - let's pretend you didn't care about making friends.

    Omitting the advantages of a full-service marina that is at your beck and call, how do the costs stack up in both scenarios.

    Disclaimer: I am not moving to FL and likely never will. This is just something I've thought about as it pertains to NJ. Here in NJ, the answer is that even if you factor in the extra property tax and the premium you pay for waterfront (which you'll get that back when you sell), it would be cheaper to put the boat behind the house than at a marina for $100/ft summer (I'm omitting winter storage b/c I'd still haul out somewhere for the winter).

    Joe, sorry for the tangent here but it is somewhat relevant (I think!).
     
  8. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Darn - I'm sorry to hear that!
     
  9. almostenuff

    almostenuff Member

    477
    Sep 18, 2010
    Cape Coral, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 390 Sundancer
    2002 SeaSwirl 2301 WA
    T-380 Cummins
    F225 Yamaha
    When you get to the 40' level, I'm not sure $10,000 a year one way or the other makes a difference...ask me how I know :^D
     
  10. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island. N.Y.
    2005 500DB
    Furuno Tztouch2 12” MFD x2
    Furuno NXT radar
    Furuno Navpilot
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    Ron very good point. I believe as of now we would look for a marina either in or near a community that would take care of the boat when we are in NY as well as FL. My wife is interested in a "community" setting and maybe not a residential home again.
     
  11. Bucit

    Bucit New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    St. Petersburg Florida
    2005 280 Sundancer
    2004 SPD-104 Achilles w/ 8hp Yamaha
    Twin 4.3 MPI's with Alpha drives.
    heTSre' nothing better than looking out your back door/windows and seeing your boat sitting there. Ask me how i know. Been doing it for 16 years. Gets cleaned, used and maintained much more since I see it every day. Just saying.............
     
  12. FeLizDream

    FeLizDream Member GOLD Sponsor

    252
    Jun 28, 2015
    Marco Island Marina Yacht Club, FL
    2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge, with engine synchronizer.
    Cummins 6cta 450 HP, prop 22 Lx 22" L cup.
    Take a look at Marco island, small city with everything near by, PUBLIX, liquors, cigars, lowes , west marine, Walmart, a lot of very good restaurant, nice bands, can be quiet a night, is close to Naples and a shor distance to for lauderdale airport or Fort Myers Int’l airport. Is also a run of 4 to 5 hours to the keys or to Sanibel or Captiva for a day trip.
    We live on the marina marco island yacht club on the weekends and work in Fort Lauderdale, hope to retire soon in Marco Island
    Our boat sea ray 400 sedan bridge 2001. Looks like a great place to live year round, a lot of friends.
     
  13. paulswagelock

    paulswagelock Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    pa
    2018 SDX 270 OB 300 Verado
    Verado 300
    We just bought a place in Bonita Springs. Love, love, love the area. We will use it for a vacation home for now, then we plan to be snowbirds in 2 years (we are 54 now and are retiring early). We started looking for a place on a canal, then changed our minds once the practicality of that set in (being away for a storm, insurance, boat complications) etc.
    I plan to rack store a boat once we are snowbirds. For now I will remain just a northern boater.

    I have spent time in Marco Island several times now. Great place, but if you will be there during the peak season, it is very crowded.
     
  14. Blkbird

    Blkbird Active Member

    284
    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    Sigh... my dream too...
     
  15. kysearay

    kysearay Active Member

    171
    Jun 15, 2017
    KY
    42 Sundancer

    65 Monticello
    8.1's gassers
    We are traveling there from KY in July and are checking out homes in Bonita for a winter place. I want a canal home close enough to the beach for my wife!! Prices sure have jumped!!!
     

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