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Old 26-03-2023, 17:44   #1
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Private dock in Sarasota, FL - liveaboard

Hello cruisers. I'm very interested in living aboard. However, I still don't have a boat for such purposes, which is why I think its important to do this first....

I live in Sarasota, and there aren't any local liveaboard marinas here. I live very close to the downtown marina currently (Marina Jack's) but they don't technically allow living aboard unless, obviously, you're in the mooring field. I'd prefer to live in the marina for my first attempt at life aboard, even if its just for a few months - one year.

Therefore, I'm looking for a private space to put a boat when I do acquire one. I know its a long shot - maybe there's a better place to post this? - but if anybody knows anybody with private seawall or dock behind their house that I could rent I would be very grateful!
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While advanced planning is always a good thing, in this case your choice of location is dependent on length and draft of the boat as both can be limiting factors.
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good idea .. find the dockage before you buy the boat.
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While advanced planning is always a good thing, in this case your choice of location is dependent on length and draft of the boat as both can be limiting factors.
Agreed. I should note Iím looking for a 30-36í LOA sloop. I like the idea of shoal drafted keel, since the bays around sarasota can be shallow, but i also would like a full keel for stable ocean sailing. Ultimately this will be a live aboard & coastal Florida cruiser.
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You can not live aboard at any Private dock in Florida if it is on a canal. Most are.
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Agreed. I should note Iím looking for a 30-36í LOA sloop. I like the idea of shoal drafted keel, since the bays around sarasota can be shallow, but i also would like a full keel for stable ocean sailing. Ultimately this will be a live aboard & coastal Florida cruiser.
I know you really haven't started boat hunting yet, but...

Keels.

Generally, "full keel" means long from front to back. Despite very loud opinions on this forum, that is a very dated design with very poor performance and minimal if any upside. There is a reason no "few?" builder makes one these days, and I don't think it is cost. It is because a fin keel is faster, less tippy, and steers better -- and most buyers want those characteristics.

But, full keels do have one advantage that may fit with your goals. Full keels tend to be shallower, with a longer flat bottom. They fit better in shallow water, and sit better on the bottom when the tide goes out.
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You can not live aboard at any Private dock in Florida if it is on a canal. Most are.
Thanks for the input everyone. @Avionics_Joe I didn't realize this. When you say canal, what exactly defines a canal? And I'm assuming when you say "you can not" that means legally...?

Thanks.
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It may be sacrilege, but any particular reason why you're looking at sail? If you're mostly living aboard, and doing a little coastal cruising, a power boat ("trawler" style) might be more comfortable and "homey." Other options would be the older Carvers and Bayliners and such which have a LOT of interior space, at the expense of some sea-keeping ability. But for coastal cruising where you only go when the weather is good, these are good enough.
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Thanks for the input everyone. @Avionics_Joe I didn't realize this. When you say canal, what exactly defines a canal? And I'm assuming when you say "you can not" that means legally...?

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Not sure of the legal definition but if there is a home on the other side of your dock I would bet on it being a canal.
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Not sure of the legal definition but if there is a home on the other side of your dock I would bet on it being a canal.

Right? Itís a hard question to answer. But you would know one if you saw one, OP

They are these cuts in the land in Florida. They are in between all the houses in the developments.

If you picture a neighborhood and you picture a road running right down the middle of it with lots of houses on either side lining the roadÖ , now fill that road with water and some docks, thatís pretty much what a canal is. .

They look like this from the sky.
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