Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I see a Florida Bay Coaster?
In general, most of them are currently located on the US East Coast. There are also two on the Great Lakes, one building in New Zealand (that will be homeported in Alaska) and one building in Thailand. Since many of these Coasters are actively cruised, their location is the proverbial moving target. Check in with us via e-mail or phone and we’ll try to figure out where is the best chance of finding one.
Where can I cruise my Florida Bay Coaster?
Almost anywhere she can go without running aground and you can travel in comfortable weather. If you’re serious about longer ocean passages, talk with the designer about which versions are best suited and/or what modifications might be in order in case of storm conditions for protecting the windows.
Who buys a Florida Bay Coaster?
Coasters are bought by people who want to live and cruise in comfort in a boat that looks like a boat, not a floating running shoe. From a weekend get-away to a permanent retirement home to a mobile office, there are many reasons that so many different folks are attracted to the Coaster Lifestyle.
How much does a Florida Bay Coaster cost?
The cost varies widely, depending on the size chosen and the level of finish and equipment chosen. It is fair to say that the comparable range of investment is from to a beach condo in Ocean City all the way to a studio in Manhattan.
How much maintenance is required?
Most maintenance on boats is on the systems rather than on the structure. The steel work will need attention to the coatings if they’re scratched or otherwise damaged.
How many Florida Bay Coasters are there? Where are they?
Over a dozen. See the pages on The Fleet for details on the boats.
Who builds Florida Bay Coasters?
Several builders participate in supplying Coasters. The specific builder will be chosen when we know which suits your circumstances and location best. Get in touch with us for ideas and information.
How long does it take to get one designed and built?
If you are building a stock version, you should allow from almost a year to two years, depending on the model chosen and the detailing requested. If you want to create a new version, add several months to that time.
What do I need to know to be a responsible Owner and Skipper?
You need to know all the basics that you would learn in a US Power Squadron or USCG Auxiliary course, plus be willing to practice prudent seamanship in the choices you make about operating the Coaster. The Florida Bay Coaster Company and the designer, Jay Benford, are available for consultation and questions during the purchase and afterwards, while you’re operating the boat.