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Dreaming of long term Marina hopping...

Discussion in 'Marinas & Waypoints' started by Joe Deepwater, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Capt Cole

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    A competent local area yacht broker should be able to answer some of your questions and help you with immediate and longer term berthing. I'm sure some knowledgeable boat owners from that area will chime in with recommendations.
  2. Capt J

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    A broker or local Captain can solve all of these issues for you. You decide based on your usage and so forth where to put it. For example in the Fort Lauderdale area, dockage behind a house is cheapest. But you can't stay on it. Usually you have a few weeks between the acceptance and closing of the yacht, so you find a place then to put it. Marina's you can keep it long term and enjoy the amenities and sleep on it.
  3. Ormond Bert54

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    A Sabre is a nice boat. With a front window.
  4. SeaLion

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    The problem with getting advice from brokers is that so many brokers don't own boats or know much about them and aren't full time cruisers and have an ulterior motive... your wallet. Brokers do know about where to haul and which surveyors to use. (hint: use the surveyor the broker hates)

    To get answers to lots of boating questions (aside from right here at YF) you might consider joining AGLCA and MTOA and other owner and regional groups. You can attend events and likely meet people who are doing just what you have in mind.
  5. Joe Deepwater

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    Question for the group: Are homeowners on canals in Florida permitted to sublet their seawall? Or does this vary by municipality?
  6. Joe Deepwater

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    We are still a ways from retirement, so we are considering trailering our 27 foot day boat down for the winter, fly down and stay in hotels periodically, and get our feet wet cruising the local waters for a few years before going big. Hope to gain more info that way without the financial risk.

    Anyone know of any boat yards or higher elevation secure storage facilities in South Florida where we can leave our truck, trailer, and boat without worrying about hurricane damage if left there? Not far from a deep draft public launch ramp?
  7. Capt J

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    Owners of deepwater homes generally are able and some do rent their docks out to yachts for additional income. The vast majority of homeowners are not allowed to have liveaboards though.

    In the past 100 years, there has been no storm surge in South Florida or even the vast majority of Florida. Most all of the waterfront homes here were built from 1950-1965 and they're all still standing! I think you're taking this hurricane thing a bit overboard. In most instances with hurricane damage, things are damaged that should have already been replaced. For example, if your 30 year old tile roof that is already leaking, ends up being blown away, it's because the roof should have been replaced already and was in poor condition. Yes, you could rent a warehouse that would fit truck/trailer/and boat. Or an outdoor parking space. Boats on trailers tend to usually fair fine as long as they're strapped to the trailer.
  8. revluc

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    I am not aware of homeowners not being allowed to rent their deepwater dock, I know condos typically don't allow it as you now have someone who isn't an "owner" on the property with their property (boat).

    Having said that I can't think of anyone who does rent out their dock. They have a home on the water and now they have a 'tenant' whose boat they looking at for their main view. Not saying it doesn't happen, but I would consider the options to be very limited. Not many people by houses on the water to get "a roommate".
  9. Capt J

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    It's quite popular in the Tri-county area (WPB,Fort Lauderdale,Miami). Google it, (docks for rent in Fort Lauderdale (or another city)there are all sorts of websites just for that, where homeowners have their dock for rent. I have several of my management yachts behind various homes where the home owner has rented the yacht owner the dock. In fact my mother has rented her dock out for the past 40 years to subsidize her housing costs. Plus a lot of people on a canal would rather have the yacht in the back yard, so the neighbors across the canal cannot see right into their house at night.
  10. revluc

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    Interesting a difference in the coasts or maybe just areas on the coasts, I believe you. Just haven't heard of it much at all in Naples, maybe it is more further north on the west. I have heard of a few shared boat ownerships (like CC's) where one of the partners owns the house on the water and the other partners have access to the property/boat.

    I just always thought of the point of having a house on the water was to have boat out front!
  11. Joe Deepwater

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    What are CCs?
  12. Joe Deepwater

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    We were at the Miami Yacht show last month, where we met Jay Williams, a helpful captain with G-Marine Yacht sales in Fort Laud. I think he is also a broker. He spent time analyzing our situation and advising us of realistic costs for proper maintenance and captaining. He said 60 footers are the general tipping point where owners stop captaining the boat and employ full time captains instead because I was tempted to buy used, older and larger than my target 50-55s. He said plan on 10% of the purchase price for proper yearly maintenance. These 2 metrics alone were very helpful. I believe he is involved in managing a group of captains. His email is Email Address Removed We spoke with many brokers at the show. Besides Jay, I also found Jimmy Matthews from Rick Obey and Associates Fort Laud to be more interested in determining potential solutions for our needs. It's nice to find such nice people.
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  13. revluc

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    Center Console

    Sea-Vee, Yellowfin, Intrepid, Contender, etc.