Any marina or private live aboard recommendations?

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by AllanS, Feb 10, 2023.

  1. AllanS

    AllanS Active Member

    Oct 30, 2020
    1989 440 Aft Cabin
    Twin Caterpiller 3208 (375 HP)
    Hi, we were hoping to find a slip in the Stuart/Juniper/Ft Pierce area for winter 23/24 for live aboard on our 48’ SeaRay after cabin cruiser. Have been looking hard but no openings found so far. Anyone here on Club SeaRay have any tips or strategies? Thanks in advance.
  2. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    Western NY (Lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Generator, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA M-3
    Yes, get a list of marinas and make some calls. Get on their waiting lists and find out what their policy is about when they start filling slips that become available. Most places wait until this year’s snowbirds leave around April or May as those folks make their down payment for next year when they depart. Make a polite pest of yourself by calling around that time and if nothing comes up, keep calling every few weeks to them all as life happens and people are forced to cancel. Maybe consider shorter term stays at a few different places. There are tons of marinas in that area. If you find your self with some gaps to fill, the COE docks at St Lucie South at the lock on the St Lucie River can be easily booked online for up to 2 weeks in a 30 day period on the cheap and is in the area.
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  3. Zach312

    Zach312 Active Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    2008 Sea Ray 47 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-600
    Interested in what you learn. I would like to spend a winter in FL on the boat in the next couple of years. Most likely on the gulf side.

    Are slips that hard to come by? Are you required to notify the marina if you happen to be on the boat during the winter?
  4. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    My experience has been that the gulf side selection of Marinas is a different animal than the Atlantic side. We were in between Fort Lauderdale and Miami for a few years. Now on the gulf side for the past 5 years.

    Landscape is constantly changing on the gulf side. Short term quite a bit of compression in availability due to the recent storm, but that will change over the next year as marina's start to open up again.
  5. AllanS

    AllanS Active Member

    Oct 30, 2020
    1989 440 Aft Cabin
    Twin Caterpiller 3208 (375 HP)
    Still no luck finding anything available, but I'll keep trying. Thanks for the advice. Anyone have any marina suggestions either north or south of Stuart?
  6. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    South Florida
    Dusky 217
    Sunset Bay

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