I recently moved to Gainesville from South Florida and need to find a marina that can accommodate a 34-foot boat. It does not have to be in Cedar Key but it seems that that would be the best place from a driving perspective from Gainesville. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
Also looking to meet people and go fishing.
The CK "marina" is pretty much landlocked unless you have a smaller boat on a higher tide.
They have the warehouse "shelf" storage where they'll bring your boat down with a forklift, plop it on a trailer and drop you off at the ramp, then you call them to come get you.
My friend who lives in Tennessee does this, and it's a fairly decent arrangement for his 22' pathfinder, not sure how it would work with a boat your size. And to be honest, they have done some stupid things, the worst of which was seating the plug improperly so we were sinking all day. Can't get to the plug on those semi-tunnel hulls unless you go for a swim and it was a fairly choppy day. We barely made it in after losing everything but the motor when the flooded harness shorted out.
In short, if you are going to live in Gainesville I would recommend just trailering over for the day, it's not a bad ride at all and the ramps are improved to easily accommodate a boat your size.
CK has a serious shortage of wet slips, and no real way to remedy the situation, unless they built a jetty to protect the outside. It5 gets really sloppy right there sometimes.
I do not have a trailer and prefer not to trailer 50 miles each way on a regular basis. Any other areas I should look at? Was thinking maybe going further South to Crystal River.
Thank in advance!
Here are your choices:
Or for a "different" experience, you could get a wet slip at Yankeetown Marina, which is closer to you.
Good honest folks. In my opinion the best option for a boat that size out of Gainesville.
FYI, St. Augustine isn't that much more of a trip either.(betting it will cost more though)
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Lots of bottom fishing around here. Looong runs though.
It was open last time I was up there. Ed seems to have it listed for sale though.
If anyone has a spot on their boat I am available and always contribute to bait, gas, and beer (if allowed).