there are no longer any 'hangouts' for cruising yachts in fort lauderdale
. too expensive. once upon a time, riverbend marina up the new river was THE place for real cruisers, vagabonds, beachcombers, pirates, and wenches to hang out; it's now an upscale marina with armed guards and a gatehouse. just TRY to get in.
as skipmac said, most of the boats for sale
in fort lauderdale
are in locked marinas or, more likely, behind private homes - mainly on the new river, and you will find it difficult without a broker.