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Old 22-02-2024, 15:48   #1
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Florida long term storage

Hey everyone!
I was wondering if there is anyone that could help us with some logistics. We are buying a 42’ sailboat from longboat key and we were looking at reasonable boat yards to work on it over the next 18months. We found a working yard in port LaBelle up the Okechobee river from cape Coral. We would have to pull the mast down to do this. Any ideas of where we could pull it and cradle it on deck to get it to Labelle. Or we may leave it at Sneads boat works but we can’t do anything on the boat there. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 22-02-2024, 15:55   #2
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Only place I can think of is Green Cove Springs marina....they have a huge yard there and many people working on their respective boats. They have a travel lift, club house, showers, etc, and J'ville is not far up the road.
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Old 22-02-2024, 16:20   #3
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Indian town on the other side of Okeechobee
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Old 22-02-2024, 16:42   #4
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Yes, Indiantown.
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Old 22-02-2024, 17:06   #5
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Indiantown could work, but the mast will likely need to come down first.....I think the bridge in the way has a 54" air draft

Green Cove Springs the mast can stay up.

6 of one and half dozen of the other ???
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make that 54'
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Old 22-02-2024, 17:25   #7
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We need to take the mast down around Cape Coral to get it up the river
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Old 22-02-2024, 18:17   #8
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Indiantown could work, but the mast will likely need to come down first.....I think the bridge in the way has a 54" air draft

Green Cove Springs the mast can stay up.

6 of one and half dozen of the other ???
As I read it, they were coming from the west, the mast would be down anyway.
Did I misunderstand ?
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Old 22-02-2024, 23:47   #9
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The Corp of Engineers published the Myaka RR bridge clearance (the lowest on the waterway) along with Route 1 (cross lake) depth DAILY:


https://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html


Currently 48.45'
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Old 23-02-2024, 04:27   #10
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Have you considered Charlotte Harbor Boat storage?
Gasparilla area. Seems like it is close to what you need.
Depending on your draft.
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Old 23-02-2024, 05:23   #11
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I have been to the Indiantown marina by car.
I was surprised to see how many boats are stored there, some large one's as well, with mast up, but have no idea how they got there. It just seemed to be located in the middle of nowhere to my eye.

Have also been to Green Cove Springs Marina several times. Another huge storage yard there and noticed at least two dozen people working on boats there. Town is close by.

A thing to consider at both places is the availability of water and electricity close to the boat as I'm not sure either place has this service everywhere and this should be checked. Bathrooms, showers, etc, is another plus.

Lastly, is the Egan's Creek Marina in Fernandina, not as big a place as the others, but noticed at least two dozen boats on the hill there, being worked on, with several more boats strewn around here and there.

Seem to recall that West Palm Beach had several large yards along the ICW, west of Peanut Island, but can provide no info on these.

18 months on the hill is a long time, a decision that will require some thought. You'll want a place close to marina hardware stores, or other facilities, etc. and you will have to decide how close to the boat you'll want to be so that you can easily and quickly work on it. Commuting long distance to the boat to work on it will quickly stretch anyone's patience.
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We would have to pull the mast down to do this. Any ideas of where we could pull it and cradle it on deck to get it to Labelle.
How tall is your stick--air clearance? If you can clear 55 feet you can go all the way to LaBelle from Ft. Myers. If you can't clear 55 feet you'll have to pull the stick before you get to Ft. Myers.
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Only place I can think of is Green Cove Springs marina....they have a huge yard there and many people working on their respective boats. They have a travel lift, club house, showers, etc, and J'ville is not far up the road.
GCS marina has a ton of storage yards but they are locked on the weekends. I think they have a rule that if you want to work on the outside of the boat you have to move it to the working yard (higher rate). Reynolds park next door also locks the gate on weekends and after hours, they started doing that last year in response to people living on their boat in the yard.
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Old 23-02-2024, 06:21   #14
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Indiantown is great for long term storage but NO work is allowed on your boat unless you move it to the work yard which is more expensive.
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How tall is the mast? On a very low tide you can heel over some and get 56' to LaBelle. I believe you can get a bit more to Indiantown as the E side bridges are a bit higher. The Ft Myers bridges are actually 2' lower than what the charts show. Also, the I-75 bridge slopes and is lower in SW corner as I recall.
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