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Old 10-27-2013, 05:09 AM
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I've decided that Stuart Florida is where my boat is going to live for the next 6 months. Does anyone have any advice on a good dry stack? Also any tips on the area would be much appreciated. My boat is a 284 Mako (28' CC). I hope to spend most of the winter on it!
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Look into loggerhead marina. If you join them you can use any of there marinas and they have like 18 of them all down the coast. So you can fish down south and pull in and leave your boat ect.
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I looked at Loggerhead Marina and it appears they don't have any out of water storage. I would really like a dry stack rather than a wet slip. It would be nice to use all of their marinas though!
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Try Sailfish marina in Manatee Pocket, real close to the inlet....used to keep my boat there years ago and was pretty happy with the service. I think there is another dry stack in Jensen beach..further from the inlet, but probably less expensive...worth it? is up to you
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There are 3 dry stacks in the pocket. manatee marina next to shrimpers,Pirates cove and sailfish all have drystacks
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With the price of gas and the value of your time your best bet is going to be sailfish/pirates/manatee vs the dry stacks up the river in Palm City. I used to keep boats at Martin Marina in Palm City but the place went downhill a few years ago, never had fuel, etc.

If you do decide you want to keep the boat in Palm City look at Riverwatch.
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Hi
Think security as well as storage.
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With the price of gas and the value of your time your best bet is going to be sailfish/pirates/manatee vs the dry stacks up the river in Palm City. I used to keep boats at Martin Marina in Palm City but the place went downhill a few years ago, never had fuel, etc.

If you do decide you want to keep the boat in Palm City look at Riverwatch.
Under new owners now so that is history. The price is super reasonable and last time I went out I had an issue with my out drive and they sent out the owners boat with their staff and helped me out for no charge after I waited 2+ hours for the major tow companies with my 3 kids wife and buddy on board. Give tim a call he is the owner ask him outright about the old issues and he will be upfront with you.
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Under new owners now so that is history. The price is super reasonable and last time I went out I had an issue with my out drive and they sent out the owners boat with their staff and helped me out for no charge after I waited 2+ hours for the major tow companies with my 3 kids wife and buddy on board. Give tim a call he is the owner ask him outright about the old issues and he will be upfront with you.

If that's the same guy that's been running the show for a 3 +/- years now, tall guy, I'd second my notion to look elsewhere.

When I kept 2 boats there and move them a bunch of my stuff went missing, rubber floor mats, etc. Stopped in to discuss but the guy wasn't there, never got a call back, never saw my stuff again.

Was not happy.

This is coming from someone who had multiple boats in that facility since, to the best of my recollection, about the mid 90's or so and was happy until all the stuff happened with the transition.

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Kept my boat at Pirates Cove. Very good service overall.
Down side was that if you leave your boat in the water overnight for early morning departure, there is a bar right there. Let's just say that you would not be the first boat owner to discover someone in your cabin. (they may have put a gate since, this was 2 years ago...)

Sailfish Marina. I kept my boat there for about 3 month till there was a huge scratch on the side of my boat. Of course, they blame it one me. That's when I went to Pirate Cove.

There is another one in Manatees pocket, at the very end. Don't know the name but have never heard anything negative about it.
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Great Info! I'm going to make phone calls tomorrow. I'll let you know where I end up.
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Riverwatch or Sailfish. If you get too deep in the "pocket" it's just as long as being in Palm City. Both of these marinas have barns although I don't know if Sailfish has availability. People at Riverwatch couldn't be friendlier.
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I second Sailfish Marina, I keep my boat there and they are real nice folks. Forget Sundance Marine in Jensen Beach....have nothing good to say about them.
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Did exactly what you are considering 2 years ago. I used Riverwatch which has 1st class inside or outside rack storage...very friendly service, but it is not cheap and it's a 25 minute plus run to the inlet. Also, you have a railroad draw bridge that can occasionally cause a delay & hassle!

If outside rack storage is an option, I would call John at Four Fish Marina in Jensen Beach...they are a smaller operation, but they have always treated me fair, they are much less and they have better gas prices. Also, they are only 12-15 minutes to the inlet and no draw bridge hassle. These guys store one of my boats in the summer.
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I keep my boat at Riverwatch because of the service.
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Pirate's Cove Resort in Manatee Pocket is a great spot and the guys are very easy going there. If you are in rack storage there you also get a 10% discount on everything (except fuel) at both bars, the restaurant, and the on-site tackle shop. It's VERY convenient having everything in one spot, and you can also jump into their pool to cool off after fishing while sipping on some cool ones. I've been there almost 4 years now with just two small fork lift incidents that they immediately corrected.
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Four fish also has 24 hr security which is a plus. My buddy keeps his boat there and has not had a problem. You also have a dock with lifts up the street in down town Jensen. Not sure how much or a phone # but its straight at the end of Jensen Beach Blvd.
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So here's is what I've found. Sailfish, Manatee, and Pirates Cove have no availability. Riverwatch does have availability. Whatcha Think??? I feel like there isn't much of decision if I want to be in Stuart.
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So here's is what I've found. Sailfish, Manatee, and Pirates Cove have no availability. Riverwatch does have availability. Whatcha Think??? I feel like there isn't much of decision if I want to be in Stuart.

Stuart - Jensen Beach are basically side by side...same general area.
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The reason Riverwatch has availability is because they are up the river and a 20 minute run to the inlet providing you don't get stuck at the train bridge. That said, they have a lot of nice boats kept in their facility.
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