Love this thread!!!
First, the florida boaters greeting to others boaters seems to be the bird...don't take it personal, people in Florida on their boats are like people on opionionated FB types, or even the trolls who love to argue on this site cuz they read something they didn't like LOL...bored people wanting to express themselves and stir it up cuz they are bored!
Liveaboards who live in mooring
fields/anchorages IMO are the worst florida boaters commonly known as "boat people" LOL
people tend to look down on "anchorage people" as a sub species of Boat people but they're all one in the same, cheap
and usually without means..
Also, Boat people typically cuz they don't cruise
much less boat/sail...like ever??? I had boats in Boot Key Harbor FL and had neighbors who never boated in all the time I was there, and don't get me started on the down masted vessels LOL, many Boat. People just live on a boat instead of ashore
again, worst I've seen in Florida is specifically city marina marathon florida this twin boat person boasts about (yet admits how corrupt it is?) dock
master there is beyond corrupt kicked out people local boat people group dint like just because, yet looks the other way at those committing crimes, breaking marina rules..funny how many people I seen kicked outta city marina marathon as well as how many move their boat to a dock
at another marina...boat people of city marina like to fight for power and control no no end, has a jail mentality there, quit ghetto!
Cruising florida is fun, but being a liveaboard
not cruising, not fun...you get caught up in boat people/culture mentality, too many hungry people exploiting/back stabbing others, and one day you'll be sitting there and realize "I'm keeping company with sociopaths" and you'll leave or maybe not?
As far as trouble FWC ("Florida water
cops" as slang) keep a serviceable, seaworthy
boat, paperwork legit, and mast
light on at night at anchor and you'll be fine...maybe they'll harass you some, maybe not? It's the derilict boat thing they wanna identify and remove...funny how some boat people get away with this though, much like those who earn living ilegally and it's all overlooked...
FWC does do stings I've seen, they've targeted people while ignoring others I've noticed..this comes back to boat people being informants to said FWC which allows boat people to cast the suspicion to others taking the focus off them IMO...
Florida as a whole is crooked, corrupt..lotta favoritism for some as well as discrimination/less than fair dealing for others..that's just florida and the south...it's acceptable and not gonna change.
Biggest thing I notice is the attitude against those not looking for/needing acceptance, those not looking to make friends, the independent types...amoung boat people communities you are their biggest threat after police informants...gotta remember florida is filled with drug trade
workers both active and retired...too many overly suspious active/former drug trade
workers...that is what spoils especially the keys...not Key West
as it isn't so much the drug trades area...
Worst rafting/partying I've seen is place called hurricane
hole off Key Biscayne LOL, every fair weathered sat/Sunday it's a boat convention/boat show with loud music
contests and drunken bow bunny falling overboard
and the wave runners coming from Miami
mach1...place is the waterborne version of the movie