Retirement home in the south

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by Havana Shamrock, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Sounds like Florida is a neat place. What size boat would you feel comfotable running up and down both coats and along the nothern Gulf coast as far as the Mississippi. Fore those that moved there do you find your boat deteriorates any faster than it did in the north and are moorage cost similar? We go to Baja Mexico for the winter and miss having a real boat to go out on. We have brought down our 21 footer but it is not the same as a cruiser. May try Florida next year. No offence to those in AZ but there is not much open water there.
  2. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    In Northwest Florida, we have the ICW that allows you to go from Mississippi to East of Apalachicola FL in a dinghy if you want to. IT is a great place for any sized boat because there is something and somewhere for everyone. We find that a fairly large cruiser affords us the ability to trade either off shore in the gulf or via the ICW depending upon the winds and weather. The size boat you need depends more upon your comfort level for space than sea keeping since barrier islands protect most of the coast and give you a flat water option.
  3. Sea Ray Mark

    Sea Ray Mark Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wildwood, N.J.
    1999 33 Sundancer

    2005 Mercury Amanzi
    40 HP Super Dinghy

    1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    Thanks John.
  4. Sea Ray Mark

    Sea Ray Mark Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wildwood, N.J.
    1999 33 Sundancer

    2005 Mercury Amanzi
    40 HP Super Dinghy

    1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    Besides the fact that it just feels right I'll list a few things that come to mind.

    Quiet little town but has everything you need as far as retail, bars, restuarants.
    Lots of waterfront parks, walking trails, bike trails.
    Canal system and seawall behind my house are maintained by the city.
    Deed restricted community - all houses are stucco with tile roofs - nothing looks junky.
    Right on Charlotte harbor with lots of open water and reasonable distance to the gulf.
    Great back water fishing. Tarpon, snook, sheepshead, redfish, jacks.
    Lots of community activities and events.
    Very low crime
    very low crime
    Very low crime
    Affordable homes
    Nice people.
    The only thing you hear at night while laying in bed is the sound of fish jumping in the canal and the rustling of palm trees. It's very quiet and peaceful. Mark
  5. kilroy

    kilroy Member

    Feb 5, 2007
    Woodbury, MN
    260DA 2000
    7.4 w/Bravo III
    Sounds great to me!
  6. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    Man, I'll sign up for that too!

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  7. 320Bob

    320Bob Active Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    2012 Chaparral 267 SSX Sold
    No offense taken because there is no open water here that would allow for extended cruising like in the ocean or Gulf. The bigger boats here are pretty much dock queens.

    BTW Frank W I saw a picture in the news this morning of a Florida license plate with ice on it in Fort Walton. Better get some long johns for your resident gator!!!:smt043
  8. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler
    My sister and her husband have been wintering in PGI for probably 15 years and finally bought a place around 5 years ago. They love it there. Their both boaters and have 1 in PGI, and 1 in their full time place on the North Shore of LI.

    I've only been there once, and that was in the summer and it was REAL quiet then. Like nobody there.

  9. Ctsearay

    Ctsearay Member

    Apr 19, 2009
    Milford Ct
    Formula 40PC Volvo IPS500's Pod Drives Joystick- SOLD 2002 360 Sundancer
    Twin Volvo IPS 500s with Pod Drives

    LONG GONE Twin Mercruiser 8.1 HO's
    Sea Ray Mark - You must be mistaken, that town is called "Heaven" LOL!!
  10. Aerobaticflyer

    Aerobaticflyer New Member

    Mar 24, 2009
    Bradenton, FL.
    390 Sundancer 2005
    Cummins 380's
    Seems like another good reason to pay off the mortgage. I live on an inland FL lake that is in a 100 year flood plane but the lake level is controlled by the corps of engineers so flooding is unlikely. It's the lender requiring the flood insurance.
  11. griff4

    griff4 Member

    Mar 19, 2013
    Saint Pete Beach, FL
    2007 Bayliner 325
    2 350's w/Bravo II drives
    Hi Mike; Have you met Deb and Scott Cusenz yet? They have the 53 Hatteras at Twin Dolphins. We had a nice Sunday morning brunch with them last month. A nice couple, and they are living on the boat. Griff4

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