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ccmanuals
03-27-2016, 08:08 PM
We finally bought our retirement home in Florida. It's located in Port Richey on Miller's Bayou about 15 minutes by boat to the Gulf. The plan is to move sometime in May. Has a decent dock with four pilings but I will need to install a boat lift. Plus, I will be looking for a boat as well. I'm thinking an 18-20 center console. I want something easy to handle and maintain. Looking forward to taking the grand kids fishing.

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StevenBauer
03-27-2016, 08:23 PM
That looks pretty nice, Tom. You must be psyched. Congratulations.

Steven

CWSmith
03-27-2016, 08:38 PM
That really does look nice. I have friends who retired down there and they love it.

Paul Pless
03-27-2016, 08:49 PM
Plus, I will be looking for a boat as well. I'm thinking an 18-20 center console. I want something easy to handle and maintain. Looking forward to taking the grand kids fishing.Chris Craft Sea Skiff converted to center console. :)

Steve McMahon
03-27-2016, 08:52 PM
Congratulations. Florida is one of my "nice place to visit (in the winter) but I wouldn't want to live there" places. :d
In all seriousness, good on you, enjoy your retirement in the place of your choosing. It looks real nice. I look forward to more pictures as you make the transition and find a boat. What part of Florida?

Durnik
03-27-2016, 09:12 PM
here you go, Steve

Port Richey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Richey,_Florida)

congrats, Tom. But ya know - with water nearby, I could never understand a pool.. 'course, that's just me!

enjoy
bobby

ccmanuals
03-27-2016, 09:17 PM
Chris Craft Sea Skiff converted to center console. :)

CC made one. It's called the Dory.

http://www.yachtforums.com/attachments/22-chris-1979-tournament-jpg.38872/

ccmanuals
03-27-2016, 09:18 PM
Congratulations. Florida is one of my "nice place to visit (in the winter) but I wouldn't want to live there" places. :d
In all seriousness, good on you, enjoy your retirement in the place of your choosing. It looks real nice. I look forward to more pictures as you make the transition and find a boat. What part of Florida?

The house is in Port Richey which is on the Gulf Coast just north of Tarpon Springs.

Vince Brennan
03-27-2016, 09:19 PM
Mazel with the house!

ccmanuals
03-27-2016, 09:19 PM
here you go, Steve

Port Richey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Richey,_Florida)

congrats, Tom. But ya know - with water nearby, I could never understand a pool.. 'course, that's just me!

enjoy
bobby

I'm with you on that and actually there are some nice Islands close by out in the gulf that have sandy beaches and are popular places to beach your boat and swim and fish. The pool was something the wife really wanted.

Ted Hoppe
03-27-2016, 09:37 PM
That will be a super house. Thanks for letting share your fortune and excitement.
the only thing missing is a wonderful friend to help you find the mullet and lend you a flipper if your engine konks out.https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/Flipper_The_Dolphin_1968.jpg

Durnik
03-27-2016, 10:15 PM
The pool was something the wife really wanted.

Ah, makes sense now..

and those islands sound good. you did mention g'kids. ;-)

enjoy
bobby

pipefitter
03-27-2016, 10:15 PM
You will love it there if you don't become a slave to the AC. About 45 mins NW of me by car. Fishing is top notch all around there if you put your time in, even close to shore. Smallest CC boat I would recommend, if you plan on exploring the gulf in anything but the dead of summer would be 23ft.

ccmanuals
03-27-2016, 10:19 PM
You will love it there if you don't become a slave to the AC. About 45 mins NW of me by car. Fishing is top notch all around there if you put your time in, even close to shore. Smallest CC boat I would recommend, if you plan on exploring the gulf in anything but the dead of summer would be 23ft.

Sounds like are near Bradenton or St. Pete. I'm not sure how much gulf exploring I plan on doing but you are right. You sure want some size if you are heading out for the really deep water.

Reynard38
03-27-2016, 10:23 PM
Congrats. Boat in the backyard, most excellent!

Ian McColgin
03-27-2016, 10:30 PM
You want to be a woodenboat guy, check out any of the Rescue Minors for sale. Cool boat well suited to your goals.

slug
03-27-2016, 11:04 PM
We finally bought our retirement home in Florida. It's located in Port Richey on Miller's Bayou about 15 minutes by boat to the Gulf. The plan is to move sometime in May. Has a decent dock with four pilings but I will need to install a boat lift. Plus, I will be looking for a boat as well. I'm thinking an 18-20 center console. I want something easy to handle and maintain. Looking forward to taking the grand kids fishing.

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Nice Part of the world.

Looking good.

and a center console is the way to go. Spontaneous, low maintenance and capable of covering long distances.

Never much cared for a boat lift...guess i use boats so often it wouldnt make sense.

pipefitter
03-27-2016, 11:29 PM
Sounds like are near Bradenton or St. Pete. I'm not sure how much gulf exploring I plan on doing but you are right. You sure want some size if you are heading out for the really deep water.

If you meet enough people, which you will if you own a boat, someone will always have a larger boat for offshore. I have my Simmons for the bay and my buddy has a 28ft with twin 200's and it's just more affordable as a group outing anyway. So I cover his inshore needs and I have an open seat for any offshore adventures. Honestly, I can get my fix just with the endless miles of inshore fishing. Tampa Bay is a small ocean in and of itself.

I actually built the tee-top, lean post/seat and bow/anchor pulpit for his rig. He takes it to the Bahamas a few times a year and to the keys, or he hits the pipeline off of Hernando for snapper.

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I tried to talk him out of red, as it's not a UV friendly color but he's a colorful Jamaican fellow so, red it is. :)

He has his on a lift on a canal up around Hernando beach.

ccmanuals
03-28-2016, 09:06 AM
If you meet enough people, which you will if you own a boat, someone will always have a larger boat for offshore. I have my Simmons for the bay and my buddy has a 28ft with twin 200's and it's just more affordable as a group outing anyway. So I cover his inshore needs and I have an open seat for any offshore adventures. Honestly, I can get my fix just with the endless miles of inshore fishing. Tampa Bay is a small ocean in and of itself.

I actually built the tee-top, lean post/seat and bow/anchor pulpit for his rig. He takes it to the Bahamas a few times a year and to the keys, or he hits the pipeline off of Hernando for snapper.

I tried to talk him out of red, as it's not a UV friendly color but he's a colorful Jamaican fellow so, red it is. :)

He has his on a lift on a canal up around Hernando beach.

Pipe, I actually like Hernando Beach and was pushing for that location. There was a couple of really nice houses there I was interested in. The wifey thought it was to far from civilization and kinda nixed the whole thing.

That 28 footer is a serious fishing machine. I will probably end up with something for more inshore fishing. Like you mentioned, you don't have to go out far to have fun and I enjoy exploring the inshore areas.

S.V. Airlie
03-28-2016, 09:23 AM
Congratulations. Florida is one of my "nice place to visit (in the winter) but I wouldn't want to live there" places. :d
In all seriousness, good on you, enjoy your retirement in the place of your choosing. It looks real nice. I look forward to more pictures as you make the transition and find a boat. What part of Florida?I tend to agree here but, it does look like a nice house. My brother lives there in the winter, his wife hates the cold although from Chicago. My brother hates the heat and is allowed to come home (Cooperstown) for the summer. That's the give and take in a 40+ year marriage. :) Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

jack grebe
03-28-2016, 11:43 AM
Congratulations, we lived in Tarpon for a while, great area.

StevenBauer
03-28-2016, 01:26 PM
Your new place is only a couple of hours South of Lefty and Carter's place. And a half hour North of Curtis'.
I just heard Lefty has reacquired his Catspaw Dinghy. That'll be a fun boat for some inshore adventuring.


Steven

Curtism
03-29-2016, 07:53 AM
Congrat's on the purchase, Tom. That's a nice area, being on the northern boarder of the urban sprawl and horrendous traffic of Pinellas and the "greater Tampa Bay area". Yet you're a short trip away from pretty much anything you're interested in seeing or doing. Good choice and I hope you all find it a good fit.

Aren't you already somewhat familiar with the area? I seem to recall you had family up that way.

ccmanuals
03-29-2016, 12:56 PM
Congrat's on the purchase, Tom. That's a nice area, being on the northern boarder of the urban sprawl and horrendous traffic of Pinellas and the "greater Tampa Bay area". Yet you're a short trip away from pretty much anything you're interested in seeing or doing. Good choice and I hope you all find it a good fit.

Aren't you already somewhat familiar with the area? I seem to recall you had family up that way.

Thanks. Yes, I have family in both Tarpon Springs and St. Pete. Florida is already my second home, so to speak. As a kid I grew up in Marathon in the Keys, was stationed at Homestead AFB (before Andrew blew it away) and of course visited my family often throughout the years.

Curtism
03-29-2016, 01:45 PM
That sounds all the better then. Since you spent time in south Florida and the keys, I don't suppose I need to tell you that you can hang a bright light off that dock and, in certain seasons, catch fresh snook right in your back yard.

Ted Hoppe
03-29-2016, 02:04 PM
That sounds all the better then. Since you spent time in south Florida and the keys, I don't suppose I need to tell you that you can hang a bright light off that dock and, in certain seasons, catch fresh snook right in your back yard.

We had a house in Dunedin on the water with a dock like yours. I enjoyed that house every much. The mullet would run. I would stand on the dock and use a throw net. Would have 20 lbs of fish in no time. Get a fine smoker to do it right.
i would opt for a good 23' penn yan cruiser to keep off the dock. You will be able to explore the coast, come into tampa bay or go beyond with ease

I am vicariously living through the you. I hope you do this right. I think you are.

ccmanuals
03-29-2016, 02:16 PM
That sounds all the better then. Since you spent time in south Florida and the keys, I don't suppose I need to tell you that you can hang a bright light off that dock and, in certain seasons, catch fresh snook right in your back yard.

Actually, I didn't know that. But, I am looking forward to trying it out. :)

(I was kinda young when we lived in Marathon but I do remember going with my dad to fish for Tarpon off the Old Wooden Bridge at Big Pine Key.)

ccmanuals
05-11-2016, 01:46 PM
Well, we closed on the Florida house last week and have sold our home in TX and will close on that in June.
While in FL last week I spent a little time looking at some boats. Wow, it's been awhile since I was boat shopping. They are not the prices I recall.

Getting closer to the big move to Florida.

delecta
05-11-2016, 02:16 PM
Look for an older boat that was lake kept, makes a huge difference. The price to get it south will be nothing compared to the hours spent dealing with corrosion and the sun burn of a south Florida boat. I know it's kinda silly and far away but look for a boat out of Wisconsin, New York and so on.

Salt water is evil.

Paul Pless
05-11-2016, 02:19 PM
Look for an older boat that was lake kept, makes a huge difference. The price to get it south will be nothing compared to the hours spent dealing with corrosion and the sun burn of a south Florida boat. I know it's kinda silly and far away but look for a boat out of Wisconsin, New York and so on.

Salt water is evil.

Michigan perhaps. :D

And the inverse is true in used cars and trucks which should be purchased from the deep south or the desert southwest

delecta
05-11-2016, 02:22 PM
Michigan perhaps. :D


Power boats don't need a lead keel :D

Breakaway
05-11-2016, 09:31 PM
Ideally, buy a good quality boat with a 6 or 8 year old outboard. Upon closing, tow it to a dealer, trade in the old motor against a brand-new outboard. Go have fun for six or seven years, then trade in again.


If you find it in Florida, it will be less than the New York/ Michigan boats if for no other reason than a year of age only represents 6-9 months use versus 12 months for FLA.

Kevin

BrianW
05-12-2016, 07:19 AM
Ideally, buy a good quality boat with a 6 or 8 year old outboard. Upon closing, tow it to a dealer, trade in the old motor against a brand-new outboard. Go have fun for six or seven years, then trade in again.

Mirrors my thoughts exactly. Buy the hull, plan on adding new power.

ccmanuals
05-12-2016, 12:45 PM
Mirrors my thoughts exactly. Buy the hull, plan on adding new power.

I kinda like that idea. That's why I have been looking at older Makos, Aquasports, Parkers, etc.

TomZ
05-12-2016, 01:30 PM
here you go, Steve

Port Richey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Richey,_Florida)

congrats, Tom. But ya know - with water nearby, I could never understand a pool.. 'course, that's just me!

enjoy
bobby

Pools have fewer 'gators.

oznabrag
05-16-2016, 09:53 PM
http://images.craigslist.org/00u0u_76SXmIy1v70_600x450.jpg

Probably more than you want to bite off.

$750 (http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/boa/5564673620.html)

oznabrag
05-16-2016, 09:56 PM
Yoiks! (http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bod/5552401299.html)

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