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Old 07-11-2010, 08:12   #1
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Where to Store a Large 'Project Boat' in the Tampa Area ? Help ! :)

Hello all, I'm looking at large project boat (1973 52" custom) in the Tampa areas. Will have to be on the dry for probably a year (I'm an optimist!) until I can splash it. Any suggestions? Love a few ideas before I beat the pavement looking at marinas. I'm new to Tampa, live in Oldsmar. Ideally would love to be in a boatyard...but if I have to move her again to splash her, so be it. I've already lost my sanity, what's a little more money and grey hairs?
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Old 07-11-2010, 14:28   #2
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Rivertowm(or possibly Riverfront) in bradenton.Charge per ft per day to work on it.marc
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Old 07-11-2010, 14:55   #3
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Try Salt Creek Marina in St Pete. They were recommended to me by multiple people when I had to do some work on my boat. I was very pleased with their yard.
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You may want to check out Jean St. Shipyard, they have a bad hill to get into but, I think he is reasonable on the pricing. The other option would be Interbay moorings if close proximity to Tampa is needed. Salt Creek, last time I checked was pretty pricey, but the economy may have changed that.

It is pretty slim picking for operating yards in the area.

Your other option would be to research some of the closed yards. The dockominium craze is pretty much on standby. You may be able to work a good deal at one of them.

I wound up leasing a piece of land, putting up a temp shelter and moving the boat to it (48' ketch).
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Another option to consider, if you can find some vacant land you can use for free or cheap and is accessible by a large truck you can have the boat hauled there and dropped. Then you can take your time on the project without worrying about the monthly yard bill.
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I have my 38' boat in the Ozona Boat Storage yard. It is about 15 miles north of Clearwater, but the rates were the best around and for a reasonable fee they let you work on your boat there too. They have power and water distributed around the yard.

There is not slip access however they do have a travel-hoist to lift the boats off of and onto trailers if you are having it trucked in.
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Thanks all. This is just the sort of info I was looking for. Def. going to check out Jean's and Salt Creek. I saw Jean's when I was websurfing, and their site had a really nice feel to it. Salt Creek was recommended by another, also. It's just reassuring to know that options exist.

Had thought of the vacant land/temp shelter idea also, and that might definitely be more cost effective. So much to think about!
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