As I struggle through winter, I figured I'd use this great forum to start asking a number of questions about boating in other parts of the U.S. that I've always been curious about. First, I must admit, being able to boat all year around sounds nice and I guess you could say Florida is the boating capital, but as a fresh water boater on the Great Lakes (well kind of, Lake St. Clair), I've always had these questions about boating in Florida and salt water in general. Is it difficult keeping your boats “pristine” in the hot sun and salt water? Do you constantly have to rinse with fresh water and wax to keep the gel coat nice? Most the boats I see brought up here to Michigan purchased from salt water look fine. However, many boaters up here advise to stay away from salt water boats. What do the owners of salt water boats have to say about that? Second, it's got to be nice in the winter months to be out on the water down in Florida, but what’s it like boating in Florida in June – September? Up here, we can just hang out at the marina, or out on the water in typically 80ish temperatures. Is this difficult in the extreme heat and humidity down there during the summer months (sounds like you guys go through air conditioners and refrigerators like crazy)? Do you guys use your boats much this time of year? My next post will be about getting your thoughts on another question I have about boating in the ocean - sharks! Yikes!