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Old 06-06-2019, 06:40   #1
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Looking for marina suggestions for the next couple of months in Western Fl/Gulf Coast to New Orleans. Looking for something reasonably price for my 41'/6.4' draft boat at around $500-750/mo including electrical. Got no car so there needs to be grocery and a few bars/restaurants within walking distance or a place with a good bus system (but not some 1 hour each way bus trip to go to just the store). Would like something with reasonable weather protection (I know I know).

I'm currently in Sarasota Fl on a mooring but with the heat ramping up the added costs of running the generator for AC start to make the cost of a slip not much more than a mooring + fuel.
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Re: Western Florida/Gulf Coast Marinas

You might take a look at the Bradenton Beach Marina.


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Regatta Pointe in Palmetto may be a good option, Publix grocery store just north of the marina. Has a bar/restaurant onsite. More nightlife across the Green Bridge in downtown Bradenton.

Not sure if it will fit your budget though. Friends were paying about 1K a month for liveaboard fee. Maybe if you are just a long term transient........
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The number of marinas with no pricing info in their web page is amazing! Is it a case of “you can’t afford it if you have to ask”? Looks like pricing drops a LOT once north of Clearwater.
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Looks like pricing drops a LOT once north of Clearwater.
With a 6.4' draft, you can almost forget about anything north of Clearwater.
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Pricing does indeed drop a LOT once you get the the Panhandle.
Call the Marina at Panama City, the city one that survived, itís right downtown.
Iíll look up the name.
Depth is of no concern in Panama City.
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With a 6.4' draft, you can almost forget about anything north of Clearwater.
I can get into Tarpon Springs and places in the panhandle. Those are only a couple days travel away.

I know how to use Active Captain etc. itís just thereís so many places to look into it would be nice to cut the number down. My goal is actually New Orleans itís just that I wouldnít mind not getting there till Fall and cooler weather.
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St Andrews Marina, itís not as downtown as the City Marina was, but it didnít survive Michael either, there is also a good trolley bus that serves most of the City.
I had to replaced my IPad due to dead artery and have to download Active Capt. But Iím sure you can look it up and call.
There is also Carrabelle which I have heard is a very good live aboard Marina, but itís also in a tiny, sleepy fishing kind of town, depends on what you like.
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There is also Carrabelle which I have heard is a very good live aboard Marina, but itís also in a tiny, sleepy fishing kind of town, depends on what you like.
Yes I saw that earlier this morning and it looks interesting.
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I donít think we were paying more than $400 for the Marina in PC a few years ago, and a dock mate was moving to Carrabelle because it was cheaper, prices have of course gone up, but the panhandle is really about half of what further South costs, and get on the East side, itís likely 1/4.
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Carrabelle is not like Brunswick, it not in the ďhoodĒ or didnít used to be, we kept a boat there for years and of course it may have changed
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Carrabelle is not like Brunswick, it not in the ďhoodĒ or didnít used to be

Doesnít sound like a loss
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Doesnít sound like a loss


Itís not, I assume the difference is, because I have never been to that Marina in Carrabelle, we kept our boat at the Moorings, which I believe has run down a lot.
My data on Carrabelle is very dated, probably been 20 years.
Anyway I believe the difference is that Brunswick is or used to be a hub of full time Cruisers, for whatever reason, it was the Cruisers and Ralph that made Brunswick for me, now Ralph is gone I believe and I havenít been to Brunswick for a coupe of years.
My impression of BLM was a great Marina, in a crappy town. Others will have a different opinion course.

Couldnít hurt to stay a month, and if you donít like it, move on to PC.
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Shields Marina, St. Marks, FL
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well you need to support this recommendation as it seems to be near nothing
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