Our retirement plans, after selling our home in Massachusetts include spending 3-4 Summer months aboard Seaya and the balance of the year, ashore, in the Sarasota/Venice area. I would like to leave our D41 somewhere in the Bay for the winter layup. I am looking for a small yard with a lift large enough for us; a place where you can do your own work, dog friendly and a yard where you can stay aboard just prior to launch and just after haul out.
Location is a factor for transportation issues. Reasonable rates are a factor as well.
I keep my boat at Bert Jabin’s on Back Creek. Well protected. A couple mile walk to grocery store and marine stores, but likely a cheap cab ride. A working boat yard. Not the cheapest but the guys are helpful.
If you want to come further south for warmer weather, we can recommend Sailcraft Services in Oriental NC the sailing capital of NC. Dog friendly town, can work and stay on your boat in the yard, good yard workers, showers and washer/dryer on site, easy walk or bike ride to grocery store, restaurants, marine consignment store, hardware store, PO, pharmacy…….and a boat friendly town. 889 residents, 2500 boats.