Anything related to boats and boating
is a compromise- unless money
and time are no object.
I have my own sailboat on the west coast
. But I had the opportunity to partner with a long time friend on a Florida
boat. I fly for free, but am usually limited to three days to a week at a time that I can spend out there. Plus a family vacation
of longer time (3-4 weeks).
I had the bug to see that turquoise water
or the keys. This Beneteau
393 is a 5.1 draft
. My buddy wants to be able to day sail when he comes to town and is less experienced. I have no problem single
handing although I have to get used to currents, bridges and inlets which I don't deal with on the West Coast
He has a condo in Boca Raton, FL where the dock
space is almost free for us. But it's not a practical place for day sailing
and not the quickest place to get in and out of the close inlets, especially when timing tides.
We could move the boat for three months to a better location that would provide us more use. Looks like up to 2 grand a month in Palm Beach in the season.
I want to experience some clear water Bahamas
stuff and the Keys. I don't want to wait til I retire to do this. I'm not going to charter
. We already own this boat so another choice is not an option.
I have read thousands of pages trying to get local knowledge. I have guides, active captain
and the like.
What would you all do? Can't beat "free" which is where she can be most of the year. I have looked at craigslist for $500 dock
space on the AICW closer to usable inlets. Is there private stuff in the keys for that or less that we can leave it there a while and keep moving?
Just trying to maximize the compromise!
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