Fl. gulf coast suggestions for living

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

  1. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    526
    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler
  2. bobbarry

    bobbarry New Member

    29
    Feb 19, 2016
    South west Florida
    Sea Ray 350 Sun Dancer, 1990
    Mercruiser 454 with v-drives
    Check Ft. Myers. We love it.
     
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  3. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We looked at a few boats in Florida. Most were on canals. The open water was a long way out and you had to go slow. It took us 1/2 to one hour to get to ocean most times as you need to go slow. No Wake to get to open water. If I was looking for a place I would look in a bay that is on the ocean but protected.
     
  4. Brando99

    Brando99 Member GOLD Sponsor

    79
    Feb 18, 2014
    Canyon Lake, Texas
    2009 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer, C80 MFD, Kohler 5K Generator, Axius
    Twin 350's w/Bravo 3's
    We spent the last 2 days looking at marinas on the Gulf coast
     
  5. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    You know he asked in 2014.... probably found a place by now.
     
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  6. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    L.I. N.Y./ Longboat Key FLA.
    2005 500 DB
    2008 205 Sport
    QSM11's,
    Funny this came up today as we spent this winter on longboat key. Due to COVID we got stuck here longer than we had planned so living on the 500DB turned out to be tighter than we planned. We started looking for a neighborhood to escape NY and we found it literally in the last day or so. We’re settling into an area called Lakewood ranch near Sarasota and keeping the boat in longboat for as long as we need a bigger boat. We like that even later when downsizing the boat we can use a 25’ boat and go to a sandbar etc in this area the water is beautiful and we’re only 1/2 hour from the gulf if needed. All I can say is 6 years went too fast.....
     
  7. Brando99

    Brando99 Member GOLD Sponsor

    79
    Feb 18, 2014
    Canyon Lake, Texas
    2009 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer, C80 MFD, Kohler 5K Generator, Axius
    Twin 350's w/Bravo 3's
    We spent the last 2 days looking at marinas along the gulf coast. 4 in Placida,. and 4 in Englewood Wasn't really impressed with any of them. Palm Island Marina was ok, but needs work!! We also checked out the Marinemax marina in Venice. It was nice but needs a renovation.

    Today we went and saw Safe harbor in cape coral, was very nice. We also looked at Safe harbor burnt store in Punta Gorda. That marins is at the top of our list at this moment.

    Tomorrow we will look at a few St. Pete marinas before we head back to Texas.

    Thoughts from anyone? definitely leaning towards the burnt store marina in Punta Gorda as of now
     
  8. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    L.I. N.Y./ Longboat Key FLA.
    2005 500 DB
    2008 205 Sport
    QSM11's,
    Brando it depends on what your looking for we are in longboat key club moorings and love the marina only gripe is it takes an extra 25-30 mins commute to get on and off the island. It’s a full service resort type marina. We liked Burnt store but decided to come here at the last minute.
     
  9. 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
    Be sure to look at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral. We live in Ft. Myers about 10 miles away and really love it. No traffic and easy Gulf access...

    Reach out to fr8dog - he lives in Lakewood Ranch - he moved there from Cape Coral last year...
     
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  10. Todd320

    Todd320 Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Marinas in St Pete:
    Harborage Marina
    Suntek, great location, protected water, easy to take boat out on windy days and never need to hit big water.
    Maximo has 845$ /month for a covered wet slip with a lift for 28-36’ boats, great option to be on the water with 24/7 access to your boat, and yet protected from sun.
     
  11. Brando99

    Brando99 Member GOLD Sponsor

    79
    Feb 18, 2014
    Canyon Lake, Texas
    2009 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer, C80 MFD, Kohler 5K Generator, Axius
    Twin 350's w/Bravo 3's
    Heading to st Pete today to look today before we head home
     
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  12. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    526
    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler
    It may be too late, but on your way up to St. Pete, you could check out Twin Dolphins in Bradenton, and across the river in Palmetto are Riviera Dunes and Regatta Pointe.
     
  13. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    I grew up on Sarasota Bay literally and figuratively. I am now on the NE Corner of the bay. When I lived inland I was at Marina Jacks (Suntex), and the Hyatt Regency. I have spent a lot of time at Harborside Moorings, and we have good friends who own a slip at Rivera Dunes in Palmetto. These are all by and large full service marinas, that are catering to some of the biggest boats that can be operated in this area, and their pricing shows it. But, it's still cheaper than the Bahamas, even 30 years ago.
    I opted to purchase a condo that has it's own slip, so my boat is under my balcony. I like this because I can get away from the hustle of a downtown marina, and the commute is about 30 steps. We are getting intrigued about visiting the Safe Harbor Marina Pier 77, where Perico Boat Harbor used to be off Manatee ave heading to Anna Maria island. Haven't seen it yet, but it has new floating docks, and is adjacent to One Particular Harbor (a Margaritaville property). Not sure if there is amenities access or not.
    The nicest thing about Sarasota besides it's uncanny ability to turn hurricanes, is all these other places become reasonably short haul destinations for us, North and South.
     
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  14. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    526
    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler
    I'll have to check the new marina out when we go to AMI at the end of the month. Sounds like you're over near the airport with your boat now.
     
  15. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    Definitely Cape Coral / Naples areas. Key West and Dry Tortuga is but 80 miles as you know. And, across to the East coast then on to the Bahamas is but a day and a half on the Okee' waterway.
    I think the big decision is what to do with the boat when a named storm is impending; haul out or secure in a slip. Many exposed marinas have a evacuation policy in which the boats are either hauled out or they must leave. Others are a hurricane hole and boats can be secured in the slips. My choice is a home on the water with a good slip I could secure the boat but within reasonable distance to a marina where service and hurricane haul can be done. My home is on the water with a slip just off the Indian River (East coast) but I can't get the 52 across a sand bar to get in; so, the boat is in a marina that is a hurricane hole. Keep in mind they are not making water front property anymore in Florida and from an investment perspective waterfront is the best. Homeowners insurance isn't that complicated; typical hazard insurance with higher deductible for named storm related claims. Flood insurance is a separate policy which is supplemented by FEMA if you live in a flood zone. I don't live in a flood zone but still my policy is a very reasonable $400/year. I have considered self-insuring my home but in reality, right now, the annual costs with Florida Peninsula Insurance Co. are still reasonable.
     
  16. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    final final when they come from the West. We just turn up the radio. Beats paying an extra million to live 1 mile down the road.
     

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