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  1. 11-08-2016 02:26 PM
    Thank you very much, very helpful. Did you find any issues with waiting at the lift due to boat traffic? I'm also looking at some of the salt water canals which might work out better. Seems like the lock takes the spontaneity out of just jumping in the boat and going for a ride, especially if you alone.

    I'm also looking in the Osprey/Nakomis area, have you had any dealing with these areas from a boating standpoint?

    Great help, Thank you.

    Bob
  2. 11-08-2016 02:06 PM
    At the inlets, most if not all of the lifts are strap type lifts. Need to watch the strap locations as they can damage your boat. The homes in Tidewater Preserve are very nice. The HOA fees are high but it includes all grass cutting, landscaping, basic cable and I believe water for irrigation. I think we paid around $300/month for all of that. The sound from I-75 is probably the biggest downfall. Same is true for both the Inlets and TWP. At TWP, if the wind was from the west, I-75 was pretty annoying. Wind from the east and you couldn't hear it. It was an amazing difference when the wind shifted. Enjoy.
  3. 11-08-2016 02:05 PM
    Hey there. The lock systems are a not really a big deal. It makes it much easier if you have at least 2 people. One person to drive the boat onto the lift or into the straps and another person to operate the lift. The lift in Tidewater Preserve was very similar to a traditional boatlift. It is a bunk style system where you lower the lift into the water, move the boat onto the lift, lift the boat, move the boat horizontally to clear the lock wall and drop it back into the water. It was very tricky doing it by myself. Getting the boat onto the lift and keeping it there while you ran over to the controls was at times a little difficult to manage. With 2 people, I would let the wife out at the dock, she would lower the lift, I would drive the boat onto the lift and hold it there while she lifted it and moved it across the wall. You're technically not supposed to stay in the boat as it's being lifted but I always did.
  4. 11-08-2016 01:24 PM
    Hi,

    I read your thread about living in the Inlets and Tidewater Preserve and I have a question about the canals that have freshwater locks. How much of a hassle is this taking your boat in and out? I was hoping that someone would have published a YouTube video of the process but there is nothing that I can find. I am considering homes in the Bradenton area and these look promising. Any issues or lookouts you might share for these areas?

    Thanks and Kind Regards,

    Bob

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