Boat Ownership in Florida

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by FootballFan, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Just about to have some concrete progress. Boat under contract, surveys done, about to settle on $'s for the survey findings and then will clear the contingencies and close in the next week.

    Thank you for all your help.
     
  2. ocgrant

    ocgrant Member

    43
    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
    Princess 46
    3208TA Cats
    Congrats, I guess this means welcome to south Florida
     
  3. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    yep, early oct.
     
  4. DavidBukstel

    DavidBukstel New Member

    28
    Sep 2, 2014
    Weston
    1999 400 Sedan Bridge
    10 foot west marine dinghy
    Caterpillar 3126TA 420hp
    I agree. Though I live here in weston, 10 minutes from my boat in Fort Lauderdale, there is nothing better than boating in Florida. We moved from Long Island, NY 8 years ago where we owned a 40' silverton motor yacht. Could use it maybe 6 months out of the year and bad weather reduced actual boating days to even less. Bought the 400 sedan bridge in July this year. We pay 10/ft to dock behind a house in brackish water 45 minutes to FLL inlet. The homeowners call us if there are any problems and have kindly adjusted lines. Diesel is now under 3.00 delivered with no marina surcharge. I pay about 1.5% value for insurance with 5% deductible and have homeowners and a friend as backups on my insurance hurricane plan. If your a little handy, many problems can be DIY. I've cleaned strainers, A/C exchangers, installed a c125 mfd, new radar and EV1. Wash/wax top and hull is about 400 for my boat, less when I do it myself. You can cut costs by getting to know boat owners warehouse, sailor man, RPM and Pantropic, among the numerous suppliers serving the huge boating industry down here. I guess what I'm trying to write is that costs can be lowered depending upon how much you want to do yourself.
     
  5. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Thank you for the input. Purchased earlier in the year - docked at a marina down couple of miles north of baker haulover.

    Gotta love the fuel delivered to the marina.
     
  6. flsearay330

    flsearay330 New Member

    14
    Nov 24, 2014
    Merritt Island Florida
    2014 Sundancer 330 -
    Garmin 18xHD Radar - FLIR Camera - Garmin 8208
    Twin 350 Mag Bravo III with Axius
    Agree on McGriff Insurance. Shopped quite a bit on our 330. About $3,000. We currently have the boat in dry storage at a marina. Will move to house once dock and lift are complete.
    Dry storage is about $290 per month with a contract. - Good luck - safe boating.
     
  7. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Are you at harbortown?
     
  8. El Capitan

    El Capitan Active Member

    439
    Jul 9, 2014
    Chicago IL./Vero Beach, Fl
    1970 SRV 180 w 2.5L Mercruiser.
    2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
    120HP Mercruiser
    This is the best thread on this site for me. I used to live in Ft. Lauderdale and had to relocate for work 14 years ago. I sold my SR and have regretted it ever since. I am now looking to buy a boat and was planning on keeping it on Lake Michigan during what is called the "boating season" up here which ends in September, at which time everyone "winterizes" their boats and put them away, and in September I was planning on trailering the boat down to Ft. Pierce or Sebastian area to keep on boating.

    After seeing the rack storage fees and slip fees here on Lake Michigan I have to rethink the whole boating strategy in terms of style of boat, size, power, etc. I was considering a 268 Sundancer because it is a trailerable beam of 8'6, and keeping it in a slip in fresh water wasn't really a problem and would be a big convenience. I would get to know the Lake, do the Triangle, cruise up to Wisconsin, the UP, etc.

    Now Im back to becoming a commuter boater...keeping it in dry rack on the Treasure Coast, and scaling away from larger cabin with all the amenities I was wanting in preference to not being able to maintain all the various systems i.e. a/c, genny, etc.

    Dang.
     
  9. AMFM3

    AMFM3 Active Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Okanagan Lake, British Columbia
    370 Sundancer 1995 Raymarine C 120 Plotter / Radar
    7.4 L Twin inboards,
    V-Drives
    Well nobody ever said this was a cheap hobby / lifestyle!

    I'm a bit surprised though that Lake Michigan boaters are out of the water in September. When we were on Lake Ontario in Toronto, we never came out until the last weekend in October. September was some of the best boating of the season. The same rings true now in BC.

    Good luck in whatever you decide to do!

    Mark
     
  10. flsearay330

    flsearay330 New Member

    14
    Nov 24, 2014
    Merritt Island Florida
    2014 Sundancer 330 -
    Garmin 18xHD Radar - FLIR Camera - Garmin 8208
    Twin 350 Mag Bravo III with Axius
    Yes. We are at Harbortown
     
  11. kevin27

    kevin27 Member

    762
    Aug 8, 2007
    Orlando,FL/Tarpon Springs,FL
    1989 3600 Convertible. 9'6'' AB rib w/ 25hp 2stroke Yamaha. Furuno nav upper and lower helm.
    2002 Cummins 6BTA 330hp diesel straight shaft.
    I may be comming to Harbortown in a few months.
     
  12. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Was just there this weekend buffing/waxing/re-commissioning. Will be back the 14th - 20th. Did the launch go off last night? - my flight was at 7:30 so i missed it.
     
  13. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Great! Where are you now?
     
  14. kevin27

    kevin27 Member

    762
    Aug 8, 2007
    Orlando,FL/Tarpon Springs,FL
    1989 3600 Convertible. 9'6'' AB rib w/ 25hp 2stroke Yamaha. Furuno nav upper and lower helm.
    2002 Cummins 6BTA 330hp diesel straight shaft.
    Boat is in Tarpon Springs now but looking at moving it to there while we are moving down from Atlanta. May be staying on it while we look for a land based home. Or........ I can talk the wife into a bigger motoryacht and live on that. I am now based at MCO so its only a 45 min drive to work.
     
  15. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    Re. moving to Harbortown; Better hurry - slips are almost full for the winter. E dock where my boat is as well as the other larger boat slips, are filled.....
     
  16. 300 weekender

    300 weekender New Member

    26
    Jan 17, 2015
    Florida
    1992 300 30 weekender
    (2)5.7 liters
    I am at harbortown as well. I am at D dock. I can't say enough about this marina. The amenities and staff are just fantastic. I do beleive the whole place is full.
     

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