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Old 25-01-2010, 06:15   #1
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Most/Least Liveaboard-Friendy States

Major factors include: Slip availability, costs, stringent regulations, weather, cruising opportunities.

My opinion: Texas is near the top, still easy to find a slip. Weathers decent in winter, costs are low. The downside is the water is muddy due to the countercurrent that brings the Mississippi mud along our coast. Too many oil rigs and other man made obstacles. You can really get away from it all the further south you get. Great place for the loner.

The worst: Well my opinion is too well known. As beautiful California is, I don't consider it to be liveboard friendly. Too many waiting lists, regulations, expensive slip fees. The cruising looks great, and the weather is the best in the country.

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Many of the impressions of little slip availability and high costs in Florida are a result of the search in the area from Palm Beach to the Keys or Marco Island, Naples & Saasota. Many of the "non-resort" areas of Florida have empty slips available at prices from $500 to $700/month for a 41' liveaboard rate. The marina that I'm presently at has about 20 empty slips and I 'm paying $680/month for 41'. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew

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Florida isn't as bad as people make the situation out to be. It looks like a great place to spend the winters. Not sure if I'd want to be there during hurricane season. Floridas proximity to the Bahamas and points beyond are another selling point.
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i would agree with non resort Florida having empty slips .. especially for the 40' and over crowd. summers can be rough but the gulf coast of Texas is the same .. maybe worse.
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The heat is probably simular in Texas and Florida. But Texas gets fewer hurricanes and longer warning when hurricanes approach.
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