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Old 29-09-2009, 14:25   #1
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Due to a shortage of work I am on a tight budget this year. I still would like to go south from the chesapeake bay, The last 2 years I stayed at a marina in hollywood that cost $730 per month that will not be possible for me this year so.... where in south florida and the keys can I fing moorings that are affordable? I know about the new anchoring laws, is anybody living on the hook and how is that wotking out, any hassles?
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Old 29-09-2009, 14:43   #2
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My characteristically nonresponsive answer is:

Consider the Bahamas instead - lots of cruiser friendly free anchorages. One year cruising permit is $150-$300 depending on boat length.
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Old 29-09-2009, 15:26   #3
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I think you would love the west coast of Fla. Lots and lots of nice anchorages, lots to explore. Some very nice marinas that are much more reasonably priced than on the east side. We left New Orleans on Sept. 1, and are currently in Ft. Meyers, on our way to the Dry Tortugas. Tonight is the second night we have spent in a marina. You could spend an entire winter just looking around and exploring SW Fla.
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My characteristically nonresponsive answer is:

Consider the Bahamas instead - lots of cruiser friendly free anchorages. One year cruising permit is $150-$300 depending on boat length.
Bahamas sound great but... I am traveling alone so I need a place where I can have social interactio that is somewhere I can meet woman
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Old 29-09-2009, 16:32   #5
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Last time I was in Bahamas there were women there.
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Old 29-09-2009, 16:57   #6
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Dinner Key, Miami's new mooring field is supposd to be relatively cheap...less than $300/month but not been home for 6 months so no confirmation.

YOu can anchor in Biscayne Bay for free.
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The Bahamas have everything including women: Big towns - Freeport, Nassau, Marsh Harbor; Party towns - Little Harbor, Green Turtle Cay, Staniel Cay, etc.; the Cruising Sailboat Capitol of the world - George Town; and yes, deserted islands.

Also, there are more than a few women between the Chesapeake and Florida who will find you a lot more interesting if they think you might take them to the Bahamas on a boat.
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Last time I was in Bahamas there were women there.
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Really? I read the guide book and it did not say anything about woman there
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Old 29-09-2009, 17:24   #9
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You see, this forum has better information than any stinkin' guide book!
Have a great trip! Good luck on the water and with the ladies!
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You see, this forum has better information than any stinkin' guide book!
Have a great trip! Good luck on the water and with the ladies!
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Thanks Steve I am a trawler guy by the way
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Old 29-09-2009, 17:45   #11
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Dinner Key, Miami's new mooring field is supposd to be relatively cheap...less than $300/month but not been home for 6 months so no confirmation.

YOu can anchor in Biscayne Bay for free.
I just read an story dated 9 09 stating the new mooring field was not yet open due to lack of funds to complete shore side faculities Is the old mooring field usually full? Yes $300 a month
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Don’t forget motion30 says he is on a tight budget. So I suspect wherever he goes it might be a bit of a turn-off, after asking them if they would like to see his sailboat - but would they mind paying for their own margaritas.
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Donít forget motion30 says he is on a tight budget. So I suspect wherever he goes it might be a bit of a turn-off, after asking them if they would like to see his sailboat - but would they mind paying for their own margaritas.
That was good
My budget is not $0 I just can not spend $900 a month on dockage
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Thanks Steve I am a trawler guy by the way
I've always found that, for the most part and present company excepted, the hot girls are always at the power boat show compared to the "hearty" girls who attend sailboat shows. Maybe because less strength is required and you can actually wear stiletto heels on a power boat. Not sure where trawlers fit into all this.

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We really liked the Marathon mooring field last year. They have done a great job cleaning things up. Last year it was $260 a month. Good shopping nearby. The other option is the Key West mooring field. Same rates but more open to weather and harder to get to good shopping...but the partying is better. They fill up after New Year's.
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