Originally Posted by kcmarcet
Hell, I know this isn't really where I should post this, but I really couldn't see the right place to post it. Anyway, I am going tomorrow to look at my first boat, a 19 foot fixed keel
daycruiser, supposedly a "Montego" built by a builder
in St. Petersburg FL sometime in the 80's. It's a bit smaller than I wanted but not too much. The current
owner has it moored off Long Boat Key on the ICW
side. I'd like to find a place to moor it closer to where I am in Venice. Anyone know of a place, or can direct me to a site to find a place? Thanks in advance. And the owner said he would even sail it down this way for me.
Montego's are great little boats.
1-Check Out Sarasota
Sailing Squadron, join & You can anchor
out there for almost nothing.
2-Sarasota Mooring/Designated Anchorage. It's a temporary fix as they're planning on running off all the folks anchored out/moored there w/the new law coming in October, however between now & then, or at least for the next couple months it would work. I'd go for the sailing squadron 1st (membership is cheap
can be left there, & folks are in constant watch over all the folks on a hook...bottom's better than the anchorage as well)
3-any place off the ICW on the back side of Manasota Key?
Downside w/2(soon) & 3 now is where You launch a dinghy
from to GET to Your boat on a hook.
You also need to make arrangements for a spot on the hard
NOW, rather than when the next hurricane
has already formed & heading that general direction...get their promise in writing, w/a deposit on Your part. Whether You use it during the season, or a haulout afterward to paint
the bottom (by then it'll need it), or as a storm approaches, both the Yard master will appreciate Your intent to protect Your boat, and take good care of You when the time arrives, regardless how You cash in that chit(deposit).
From a guy who lived aboard before marriage while working & going to school
right out of that Sarasota
anchorage, all three are gr8 locations. Only #3 is really close to Venice.