Originally Posted by crazyhorse77
. . . Alternately we would be looking for an affordable slip in a marina east of Orlando, you know of one?
In the water or on the hard, the marinas/boatyards east of Orlando charge about the same whether you are in the water or on the hard.
- - One advantage of being on the hard in eastern middle Florida
is the lack of bottom fouling. The waters here are rather prolific and it doesn't take long to acquire a massive amount of bottom fouling.
- - This would add to the costs of preparing the boat for sea trials as you would have to pay to have a diver scrub the bottom if you kept the boat in the water.
- - As to sails and stuff on the "hard" most yards here in Florida
flat out prohibit any sail raising while in jack stands and even make you remove any headsails before the boat can be hauled. As mentioned by other posters, an average Florida thunderstorm or squall cells will blow the boat over before you could react.
- - The most economical "in-water" marina I found in central east coast
Florida was Harbor Town marina in Cape Canaveral/Merritt Island. All the other charge (amazingly) pretty much exactly the same for a slip.
- - For storage
on the hard, the most economical I found was Titusville's Westland Marine
. They were giving the "second month" free, otherwise the rates are also the same as elsewhere.