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Old 16-10-2011, 03:11   #1
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Have You Seen the Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately ?

Their outrageous for what they are. $20 a day, or 360 a month in St Aug! Transient slips in some marinas are less than that and they give you water for free, generally free electric and you dont have to row in.
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Re: Seen the price of mooring balls in florida lately?

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----- $20 a day, or 360 a month in St Aug! Transient slips in some marinas are less than that and they give you water for free, generally free electric and you dont have to row in.
Please let me know where in Florida I can find some of those cheap transient slips for my 40' boat.
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Re: Seen The Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately?

There is a great variety in costs for mooring balls in Florida, but they are generally far less expensive than the fees in New England. There are also many anchoring opportunities. Mooring fields have been increasing in number in Florida, but they are still not common. They are currently found in Fernandina, St. Augustine, Stuart, Vero Beach, Fort Lauderdale (very limited number), Miami (Dinner Key), Marathon, Key West, Fort Myers Beach and Fort Myers. I'm sure there are some I have not listed, but these are the ones that I am familiar with. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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There is a great variety in costs for mooring balls in Florida, but they are generally far less expensive than the fees in New England. There are also many anchoring opportunities. Mooring fields have been increasing in number in Florida, but they are still not common. They are currently found in Fernandina, St. Augustine, Stuart, Vero Beach, Fort Lauderdale (very limited number), Miami (Dinner Key), Marathon, Key West, Fort Myers Beach and Fort Myers. I'm sure there are some I have not listed, but these are the ones that I am familiar with. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
You are right. I am in New England. $20 is very very low compared to what we pay here! And you get nicer weather!

Never seen a slip anywhere for $20 - maybe $20 for one hour
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Re: Seen The Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately?

$20 - another reason I need to move, because that is cheap to me
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Hard to believe how beautiful the weather has gotten down in SE Florida the last few weeks. Perfect time of year with the ocean warm and air cool 70's. Those dockage numbers are similar rates I am used to quoting in Lauderdale.
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Re: Seen The Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately?

Boot Key Harbor , $275 per month which includes garbage and pump out once a week, dinghy dock, etc.

Don't know what's expensive about that, plus it's a protected harbor.
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Re: Have You Seen the Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately ?

Learn to anchor and trust your technique; you will be way ahead of the game. When things blow up you will know what's holding your boat rather than hoping that all is well below on a mooring that may have been uninspected for many years. It is a high mark of seamanship and you cannot really claim to be a cruiser if you ae not accomplished in this art.
Do you think that your mooring will be waiting for you when you finally arrive in paridise?
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Re: Have You Seen the Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately ?

Ha! They're $75 per night in Nantucket. Typically $40 per night in most of southern New England, and around $1200 to $1800 or more for a six-month rental. I've seen $85 per foot for a six-month rental mooring near Newport!

Still plenty of opportunity to anchor out in Florida, but if you want to keep it that way you'd better start writing and/or calling your political representatives, BoatUS, SSCA, and whomever you can think of. Check out the other thread running on here about what is happening in St. Augustine to limit and/or eliminate anchoring in conjunction with the Pilot Program. The same thing is happening in the five locations chosen for the Pilot Program. And "Pilot" means that they look at this as a way to test out anchoring laws that can be extended to other parts of Florida. Now is the time to nip it in the bud.
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Re: Have You Seen the Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately ?

I am at Dinner Key in Miami and pay $294.00 monthly including tax and everything. Twice weekly pumpout service. Daily from 8:00AM to 5:00PM hourly shuttle service to land (weather permiting). Dinghy dock. Clean and I mean clean bathroom and shower facilities. Coin operated washers and dryers. Long term parking, if you have a car. Very trendy, safe neighborhood. No free electricity but free municipal freshwater.

And if you ask them they will point you out to free moorings next to their own facility and provide you free pumpout service twice in week in the free moorings also.

Disclaimer: I don't work for them, I am a satisfied customer.
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Re: Have You Seen the Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately ?

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Learn to anchor and trust your technique; you will be way ahead of the game. When things blow up you will know what's holding your boat rather than hoping that all is well below on a mooring that may have been uninspected for many years. It is a high mark of seamanship and you cannot really claim to be a cruiser if you ae not accomplished in this art.
Do you think that your mooring will be waiting for you when you finally arrive in paridise?
There is no anchoring in the mooring fields. I prefer my own ground tackle to moorings, however in St. Augustine, formerly one of my stops on the way south the mooring fields have taken up all the areas where cruisers used to anchor. The choice now is to bypass St. Augustine or take a mooring.
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Re: Have You Seen the Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately ?

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i'm at Hidden Harbor Marine in St Augustine. I've enjoyed it here, close to town but off the icw, nice people. 10 dollars a foot plus electric for liveaboard. They do have a web site. hiddenharbor.biz
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Re: Have You Seen the Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately ?

Whats happed in St Aug will happen in all of the other 5 pilot program cities and then to every city in florida after 2014. Once they make mooring fields then a city or county can outlaw any and all anchoring anywhere within the limits of that city or county. Its water facism
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Re: Have You Seen the Price of Mooring Balls in Florida Lately ?

Whats the point in buying quality anchor and chain if you dont use it?

Whats the point in having a mobile self sufficient home if you still insist on being chained to the cities?
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