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Suggestions on launch, lodging, and truck / trailer parking for Abacos trip

Old 12-03-2018, 08:27 AM
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Hi all,

I've spent a few hours reading over the official posts and don't see any thoughts on where to launch boat, stay (preferably with boat in the water) and leave truck / trailer in Florida while travelling 10 days in Abacos. We are trailering 32 contender to east coast and leaving on or around June 8th, 2019. Looking for suggestions on where to launch, stay, and park the rig while travelling. I did see one post offering the yard in Jupiter but can't find marina / hotel facilities. Any thoughts would be appreciated and if anyone is interested in trekking with PM me; this is our first trip. The forum has been very helpful with all kinds of other planning so thanks in advance on that one.
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:58 PM
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Try Lake Park Marina. Speak with Ken or John. The will store your rig while you are away. Good rAMPS TOO.

https://www.lakeparkmarina.com/
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:05 PM
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Agree with Lake Park Marina. You can get a room and a slip at Sailfish Marina, right next to the inlet.
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:27 AM
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thanks for the reply. Plan on calling them today.
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Chri55 - I've done the same trip several times on my 31 contender trailering over from Clearwater. I've used lake park marina a couple times and another ramp down in boynton. Last year we launched at sandsprit in stuart and it is, by far, the best option. We have a house booked on Elbow for June 8-22 next year. and will be going out of stuart again. If everything goes right, lake park marina can work but it will cost $150/week best case scenario. The problem with lake park is there are limited parking spaces for larger truck/trailers. If there aren't spaces in the lot designated for trailers of our size you are screwed. There was a tournament going on the last time we used lake park and thus no spaces in big lot. I pulled forward in another space so that my truck tires were on the grass so trailer didn't block traffic. When we got back 2 weeks later I had 2 tickets for being in the wrong parking area. With all of the other variables involved in the trip re: weather, etc. it's just not worth the worry as to whether there will be space. I'd be willing to pay double to avoid the worry, but sandsprit has plenty of space and is actually free! Because you are leaving from further north, you cross onto the bahama bank at white sand ridge and go straight to Spanish, green turtle or treasure to clear customs instead of stopping in west end. If you wanted to launch the boat the day before crossing, pirates cove marina has rooms and slips and is about 1/2 mile by water from the ramp.
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X2 what Jack said. We Kept our 42' Express in Stuart last winter and launched several times from Sandsprit. We stored our trailer and truck over at American Custom Yachts because we were there for the winter, $140 month. good deal
We rented both slips and rooms at Pirates Cove and were very satisfied. Our spring trip was to Green Turtle and Stuart is a great place to jump from. BTW Hopetown was our favorite spot in Abacos
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by jackcall555 View Post
Chri55 - I've done the same trip several times on my 31 contender trailering over from Clearwater. I've used lake park marina a couple times and another ramp down in boynton. Last year we launched at sandsprit in stuart and it is, by far, the best option. We have a house booked on Elbow for June 8-22 next year. and will be going out of stuart again. If everything goes right, lake park marina can work but it will cost $150/week best case scenario. The problem with lake park is there are limited parking spaces for larger truck/trailers. If there aren't spaces in the lot designated for trailers of our size you are screwed. There was a tournament going on the last time we used lake park and thus no spaces in big lot. I pulled forward in another space so that my truck tires were on the grass so trailer didn't block traffic. When we got back 2 weeks later I had 2 tickets for being in the wrong parking area. With all of the other variables involved in the trip re: weather, etc. it's just not worth the worry as to whether there will be space. I'd be willing to pay double to avoid the worry, but sandsprit has plenty of space and is actually free! Because you are leaving from further north, you cross onto the bahama bank at white sand ridge and go straight to Spanish, green turtle or treasure to clear customs instead of stopping in west end. If you wanted to launch the boat the day before crossing, pirates cove marina has rooms and slips and is about 1/2 mile by water from the ramp.
This is good to know!

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Old 12-04-2018, 01:26 PM
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Thank you so much for the info. I figured there would be plenty of options so I hadn't contemplated it much but I'm glad I asked. Gonna get this reserved as well.
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This is great info thanks, I am planning a trip now for roughly the same time. We will be crossing in a 32 Fountain.
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