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Old 07-07-2019, 01:07 PM   #1
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Moving to Gainesville area

Hi, I am going to be moving to Gainesville in one year and want to do some serious spearfishing on the weekends. I have all the gear for free dive spearfishing (have done it in Hawaii, and Cabo) and read the PADI free diver manual several times. I am also going to take the FII course. I will likely live in Gainesville for 1-2 years. I am interested in owning a boat while I am there that can get me to some excellent spearing without breaking the bank. I was thinking somewhere in the range of 20 ft. or so. Would a walk around or center console be more practical? Also, how far out do you need to get for decent opportunities on the gulf side vs. Atlantic?

My other thought was to just find a good group of guys who are down there more permanently and try to split gas/expenses with them instead of owning the boat myself......but something about having my own boat just seems nice......


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Old 07-08-2019, 10:48 AM   #2
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Re: Moving to Gainesville area

Hi Chuck,
Gainesville is inland so you'll be looking at a pretty good tow to reach either coast. The water in the gulf is very shallow. I've been out 20 miles and only been in about 50 feet. Of course on the Atlantic side it gets deeper much faster. We used to use my buddies 23 foot boat with a cabin in front and a 225 hp outboard. There's lots of room in back for 4 guys, ice chests, and dive gear. The front cabin was mostly just to keep some of our gear dry. This was a heavy boat to haul around. We used a Suburban.









You'll need a good engine and good electronics. Then you'll need some gps numbers.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:08 PM   #3
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Wow that’s awesome. Looks like a heck of a time! How far north were you guys and how far out did you have to go that day?
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Re: Moving to Gainesville area

Here's what you might find

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