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Old 28-09-2016, 06:26   #76
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Re: Opinions on relocation for sailing purposes.

Most of Tampa Bay is 10'-20' deep. There are shallow spots but a quick look at the charts will keep you out of trouble. Still, consider a shallow draft boat, 5' or less.

Along with the Gulf of Mexico, the bays, the GICW and easy access to the Keys, the Gulf coast almost has it all. The only two things that would make it better would be better diving and access to the Bahamas.........
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Most of Tampa Bay is 10'-20' deep. There are shallow spots but a quick look at the charts will keep you out of trouble. Still, consider a shallow draft boat, 5' or less.

Along with the Gulf of Mexico, the bays, the GICW and easy access to the Keys, the Gulf coast almost has it all. The only two things that would make it better would be better diving and access to the Bahamas.........
Used to live in Bradenton on the Manatee River. Very pleasant location. The West coast of FL is a great cruising ground from Tarpon Springs all the way down to the Keys and out to the Dry Tortugas. Good fishing grounds too. Had lots of great times there.

Once in the Keys or Dry Tortugas its a good jumping off point for other destinations.
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Not sure how snowbirds affect the Tampa / Tampa Bay area. I heard that Zephyrhills about 35 miles from Tampa has a population of 15,000. In winter that number jumps to 85,000. Heard this from a Zephyrhills council person. I do know that Route 19 is very busy in winter.

Also the Skyway (Sunshine) Bridge looks like it is in shallow water by the murky water color. But what a pretty drive.

I think most areas of Florida get busier in winter as most camp grounds fill up with snowbirds.





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Yes, big snowbird population that migrates for winter across all of FL (esp coastal). Interesting demographics: the West coast of FL is mostly snowbirds from Michigan and surrounding States. The East coast of FL...mostly NY/NJ.

The neighborhood where we lived in Bradenton was almost all snowbirds. Only a few of us were permanent residents.

Winter is also tourist season so that swells transient local population too.

Plenty of water under the center of the Skyway and plenty of vertical clearance too (its a major ship channel).
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Re: Opinions on relocation for sailing purposes.

I would probably vote for NC but that because I grew up there. Cost of living is pretty reasonable, plenty of day and overnight destinations depending on where you end up living, lots of sailing community (Oriental, Beaufort, etc.) and plenty of gunkhole anchorages to explore.

Also not sure what jobs you are looking at. That might make a big difference depending on your profession.
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