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Wife and I had a 42' trawler for years...would spend 5 months on the water, Lake Michigan,Lake Huron, North Channel, Georgian Bay...devided our time between slips and anchorages...always felt welcome, many times locals would come out to the boat to check it out and say hello. For someone traversing the Gulf Coast the bay off the Esplanade, even though it takes a while to get there is a perfect stop. The depth is perfect for an anchor at about 15 feet...takes about fifty feet of rode, it is protected from all sides, there is entertainment on Thursday night, several great restaurants, even Winn Dixie has a dock for boater provisions. Most people that are traveling like this have good means, running a boat like most I've seen is not cheap and bringing a few bucks to the local economy is part of the joy. Marco is a lovely water oriented boater's paradise and in my experience many villages like Marco welcome the traveling boater...it is the ones that never move, that blight the waterways that you want to be able to move along, and I think we have the means to do that.
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