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04/05/2011 21:18:27

Adey Cullen<br>Canada
Adey Cullen

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I'm planning on buying a boat in the Caribbean soon. Right now the boat is located on the hard in St Martin. I know that hurricane season is approaching and am wondering what to do. Would the boat be safe in/out of the water there?
Alternativley I could take the boat to N. Florida cause moorage and outfitting would be easier/cheaper there. Does anyone recommend any locations in Florida that would be safe from the storm season and is a good place to outfit a boat?

Thanks for your help.
05/05/2011 11:43:54

Sue Richards<br>United Kingdom
Sue Richards
United Kingdom

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Hi, there's a couple of articles on noonsite about this that might give you a few ideas.
29/05/2011 13:39:17

Hank DeMent<br>USA
Hank DeMent

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There are a couple of good hole up locations in Central Florida. Accessible via the Caloosahatchee river At Fort Myers (West Coast of Florida) and Port St. Lucie (East Coast). You can get in behind the locks so there won't a tidal surge problem. Turkey Creek has a couple of slips and Port La Belle may have some too. Price is good. More details if interested.

Capt. Hank
30/05/2011 09:17:14

Jim Den Hartog<br>Netherlands
Jim Den Hartog

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Hi Adey

We can recommend Wayne's place in LaBelle highly depending on your attitude. It is a 'place with character' and we have enjoyed two long refits there. It is fourty miles from Ft Myers and therefore you will need transportation as there is not much boatwise in LaBelle.

Also draft is a limitation as Wayne specializes in hauling cats. Our monohull, a Colvin Gazelle, now draws 4'4" and we had no problem but anything over five should be looked into.

Wayne's is or at least was when we were there last, not expensive and is of course ultra sheltered. In fact from the river you cannot even see the place as it is on an oxbow hidden amongst the palms and oak trees. Lovely orange blossom smelling orchards nearby and some delicious ones in the yard. Wayne and his wife are gems

Our favourite place after leaving Canada 16 yrs ago--------------------

01/06/2011 17:23:54

Glen Roger<br>Canada
Glen Roger

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We keep our boat in Indiantown, 20 miles inland up the St. Lucie River. Easy access to lots of marine facilities Stuart and a nice community feel to the marina. They have been hit by hurricanes in the past and some boats have suffered damage... but the "hurricane straps" help keep your boat upright and stable.

They allow owners to do their own maintenance and have great service techs if you want them to do the work.
edited by Glen Roger
Canada on 01/06/2011
25/07/2011 01:00:43

Edward Butt<br>United States<br>Zoe
Edward Butt
United States

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There are well protected and inexpensive marinas at Cape Canaveral, FL. Harbortown Marina (321) 453-0160, for example, is located on a barge canal just off the ICW and behind a lock. It provides one of the best hurricane holes in FL, and you can outfit your boat there for reasonable prices.

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