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The Pilot House Marina is located on secluded Lake Largo just minutes from downtown Key Largo. This choice location borders on John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, an underwater park famous among snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City of239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our  beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.Southwest Florida Yachts
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  • W. P. Franklin Lock and Dam Park – Okeechobee Waterway

    wpfranklin1Back on 5/19/14, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net was privileged to publish a superb article authored by my good friends, Skippers Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, about mooring their trawler, “Beach House,” at the inexpensive wet slips immediately west of the Okeechobee Waterway’s St. Lucie Lock (the easternmost lock on this Waterway – see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140813).
    Later we learned that Chuck and Susan had found a similar facility adjacent to the W. P. Franklin lock, the westernmost Okeechobee Waterway lock. And, as you can readily guess, we asked them to repeat the process, and they have kindly done so. The story below is the happy result!
    We are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing this superb, in-depth article and copious photographs! THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!

    WP Franklin Lock and Dam Park
    wpfranklin2We recently visited the St. Lucie Park and had written about what a pleasant and unexpected gem it was. Imagine, then, our surprise at what we found at the WP Franklin Lock and Dam Park. It is the westernmost lock in the Okeechobee Waterway out of the 5 locks in the OWW. Initially we had thought we might go ahead through the lock and continue on to LaBelle. However, as we approached the lock, the wind began to gust and we decided it was time to call it a day. I had glanced over and realized that the docks were on the east side of the lock and not the west as I had originally thought. Also, they are tucked up in a protected basin and not right next to the river as the docks are at St. Lucie. We spun the boat around and headed for the docks.
    A very nice gentleman, Walt Vliet, who was out for a few weeks cruise with his wife June, came to our aid as we docked with the wind blowing us up on the finger pier. No matter how many years of experience one has, it is still difficult to dock with a single engine and a good, stiff breeze on the beam. Once secure, we had the opportunity to visit with Walt and June. Both are about to turn 80 soon and have been cruising for years. They live in Hobe Sound and often travel back and forth across the Okeechobee on either their small sailboat or their Marine Trader trawler. They were a pleasure to meet.
    But the real story is the park. It is truly a beautiful little place. The RV park and marina, situated on its own little island, is located on the northeast side of the river and lock. Slow speed buoys are located at the entrance to the marina basin. There are 8 slips here as there are at St. Lucie, with 4 being first-come, first-served and the other 4 able to be reserved. Very little wake makes it into the basin. Trees and a decent size picnic pavilion are very near the docks, and a short walk west past a number of RV sites, takes you to very clean heads and showers. Recycling bins are available jus t next to the trash.
    wpfranklin3In the middle of the island is the ranger’s office where you pay your dockage. (Again, the same as St. Lucie – $24 per dock including water and electric, or $12 if you have your Golden Age pass for those 62+.) Just next to the office the ranger’s trailer and little fenced in yard that houses her “babies,” three small dogs. From there, turn and walk due south out to the lock and fishing pier, or turn north to walk over the short causeway to get some exercise or a different view of the island. The other, or west, end of the island has many more RV sites and a larger head and shower facility which also houses a washer and dryer. You can walk beyond that building and find another large covered pavilion at the southern end as well as a bench with a great view to the west.
    If the docks are full, no problem. Figure out which direction you need wind protection from. There is plenty of room to anchor in the east basin beyond the docks, then dinghy in to the boat ramp near the heads and showers. Or anchor in the basin on the west side of the locks tucked up near the causeway that leads over to the island for great easterly and southerly protection. On this side, dinghy into the beach near the large trees just behind the building that houses the heads. The ranger is happy to have you come ashore.
    You cannot walk across the lock to the other side like you can at St. Lucie Park, so drop your dinghy in the water and visit the beach on the other side as well as the visitor center. The only downside we can see is there are no provisions nearby, so come well-stocked and enjoy this little piece of heaven.

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  • St Lucie Lock and Dam Marina and Campground – Okeechobee Waterway

    St. Lucie Lock Marina Slips

    St. Lucie Lock Marina Slips

    About a week ago, I saw a submission by my good friend, Skipper Susan Landry, about mooring their trawler, Beach House, at the inexpensive wet slips immediately west of the Okeechobee Waterway’s St. Lucie Lock (the easternmost lock on this Waterway).
    And so, I asked both Susan and her “partner in crime,” Skipper Chuck Baier, to please provide the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net with a fuller account of this facility. The below article is the happy result of my request.
    We are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing the superb, in-depth article and copious photographs, set below! THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!

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    St. Lucie Lock Marina and Park

    The St. Lucie Lock and Dam is located a little more than 15 miles upriver from the “crossroads” at the St. Lucie Inlet, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the St. Lucie River. Approximately 10,000 vessels transit this lock every year and the majority of them are recreational vessels. The Locks are operated from 7 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week. It takes about 20 minutes on average for boats to lock through completely. Signs indicate the arrival point on both sides and the Lockmaster is contacted on VHF Channel 13. He will give instructions to wait for the green light before entering and the Captain can choose the side of the lock on which to tie. Lines are dropped from the lock walls to secure the boat at the bow and stern as the water levels are raised or lowered. The Lockmaster announces when it’s safe to proceed after the lock gates are opened.
    Immediately after exiting the Lock heading westbound, boaters will see a series of finger piers on their port side with space for eight boats. The finger piers are short, but with some creative tie ups, boats up to 40 feet have used the facilities. The slips are also narrow, making it difficult for two boats with wide beams to tie up in the slip. But if you find the space acceptable, this can be an excellent stopover along the Okeechobee Waterway and an excellent value for transient dockage. Daily fees are $24.00, a flat fee, and include power and water. If you happen to be 62 or over, you are eligible for a Golden Age Passport, allowing you half price entry to any national park, including the St. Lucie Lock and Dam Park. It’s hard to beat $12 per night for dockage that

    St. Lucie Lock - Okeechobee Waterway

    St. Lucie Lock – Okeechobee Waterway

    includes power and water! The signs near the docks say that there is a 14 day maximum, but the park has allowed boaters to stay a month or more. Technically there are four slips that can be reserved in advance and four slips on a first-come, first-served basis. The Park Rangers don’t seem to enforce this and at the time we were there, everyone had just arrived and paid the fees with no problem. Some boaters from Stuart make this an annual trek to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town for a while.
    The Park is located quite a distance from any kind of shopping or restaurants so without transportation, there is not much to do except rest and relax and maybe get caught up on a few boat projects. As luck would have it, a couple of the boaters there had vehicles and offered rides to anyone that needed one. The campers in the RVs and travel trailers were also a friendly bunch and could be a source for a ride into the shopping centers if needed.
    The Park has clean restrooms for the use by the campers and the marina. Each restroom also has a shower. These are cleaned daily by the Park employees and we found everyone very friendly and helpful. A large pavilion with picnic tables, a fire pit and charcoal grills made for an excellent evening get together spot for the boaters and some of the campers. Every afternoon and evening several of us gathered to share drinks, snacks and swap stories. It’s surprising how much the boaters and the campers have in common. We enjoyed the comradery and solitude so much that we decided to stay for a week and take care of some errands. Enterprise Rent-A-Car will pick up and drop off at the Park if a car is needed.

    St. Lucie Lock Park Pavillions

    St. Lucie Lock Park Pavillions

    There are several smaller pavilions around the Park, all with charcoal grills and picnic tables. Walking is our exercise of choice and the Park offers a number of walking trails. There is a walkway across the entire lock and spillway to the other side of the river, where more pavilions and walking trails are available. The view from the lock is pretty incredible – just be sure to be off the gates when they open and close for passing boats. All kinds of wildlife can be found around every corner. Hawks, eagles and osprey soar overhead and the gators lounge in the sun along the banks of the river. You might even find a few snakes along the trail, so be ready for just about anything. A good insect repellent comes in handy for those times when the wind drops off and the little pests come out to feed. At the opposite end of the lock on the same side as the campground is a small visitor center. There are exhibits on the wildlife and history of the lock, and videos with interesting information. The Ranger at the center can answer any questions and they post the Lake levels daily from the Corps of Engineers website. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and looked forward to getting to the park at the W.P. Franklin Lock on the other side of the Lake and farther across the Okeechobee Waterway. The Park there offers the same services. But that’s a story for another time.

  • Praise for Tarpon Point Marina, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Standard Mile146.5

    Tarpon Point Marina – Click for Chartview

    Tarpon Point Marina is found just off the Caloosahatchee River, a short hop from the southerly “Miserable Mile” genesis of the Western Florida ICW, and northwest of marker #92.

    Tarpon Point is one of our favorite marinas for many reasons. The location is beautiful and protected. Captains Candy and Ron in the Harbour Master’s office are friendly. There are two very good restaurants–Marker 92 in The Westin and Pincher’s–in the marina village. The shower facilities are very nice. And, the marina is immaculate.
    Our favorite amenity is the recreation center–about a 4-minute walk–with two beautiful swimming pools! There is also a workout room and beautiful locker rooms with showers.
    New this year: Marina Village Trading Co. which is a gourmet food store. Dee has a great selection for provisioning in style. And, Pincher’s restaurant has a fresh fish market!
    We will continue to return to Tarpon Point when cruising SW Florida waters.
    Melanie Humphrey

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  • Caloosahatchee Bridges, Okeechobee Waterway, Fort Myers, FL

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    There are five fixed bridges with 55ft vertical clearances between Lake Okeechobee and the western end of the Okeechobee Waterway, beginning with the I-75 twin bridges and ending with the Mid Point Memorial Bridge at Mile 138 and Cape Coral Bridge at Mile 142. Three of these bridges are in Fort Myers and are listed in the SSECN Bridge Directory. If you have experience with these bridges and have suggestions for Skipper Jolett, let us hear from you.

    I have not been to Ft Myers Beach with my boat , yet. I am going in a few days. My mast is 54 ft above the water. I was investigating the height of the bridges over the Caloosahatchee River for a trip to Fort Myers which is stated at 55 ft above MHW. So, what is the height of the tide at MHL? After quite a lot of digging I found that the Mid Point Bridge on the Caloosahatchee was built to a height of 55 ft above MHL which was specified to be a tide of +.87 ft. This figure was arrived at by local observations of the tide for over 18 years. I have lived in SWF for about 12 years and a tide of + 1 ft is common. So, don’t assume that the bridge clearances correspond to any tide you might see on any day. After I go to Ft Myers Beach this weekend I will report my observations. Lastly, bridges are built by local governments and one can not assume they are are built by the same standards.
    Barry Jolett

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For I-75 Bridges

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    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Thomas Edison Twin Bridges

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    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Hwy 41 Bridge

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  • Report from Moore Haven City Dock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 78

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    Moore Haven City Dock, the first stop west of Lake Okeechobee, is located at Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 78, on the Moore Haven waterfront. This report comes to us from our good friends, Peg and Jim Healy.

    The muni docks at Moore Haven are in good shape, have power and water, and are $1.00/ft. There is a good enough Mexican restaurant about 1/2 mile from the docks, but generally, Moore Haven has limited options. It’s a very convenient stop which we use and recommend.
    Peg and Jim Healy

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  • Advice on Depths at Clewiston, FL, Okeechoee Waterway – Western Lake Okeechobee

    Clewiston, FL – Click for Chartview

    Roland Martin’s Marina is found on a small canal in Clewiston, Florida and has long been a good source for checking depths in Lake Okeechobee. See http://www.rolandmartinmarina.com/water_levels.php.
    The comments below come to us from our friends, Peg and Jim Healy.

    FOR CLEWISTON, the key question is draft. The basin at Clewiston (Roland Martin Marina) is very shallow. Lake “O” Water depths are unusually good right now compared to prior spring seasons, but the basin at Clewiston is shallower than the rest of the route. Softish muck, but shallower. There is no tide on the Lake, of course, inside the lock system, but there can be wind-driven water level changes that look like small rides.
    Peg and Jim Healy

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  • Good Advice on Okeechobee Lake Route Approach to Clewiston, FL – Statute Miles 60-65

    Approach Channel - Click for Chartview

    Approach Channel – Click for Chartview

    The portion of the Okeechobee Waterway “Lake Route,” described below by the Healys is found between Statute Miles 60 to 65 and is charted as Approach Channel.

    The one additional thing to highlight about the Lake crossing that I have not seen mentioned is that the area charted from Rocky Reef to Clewiston is a narrow channel exposed to whatever prevailing crosswinds are to be found on the lake. It is a man-made, dredged channel. The natural bottom is sandstone; hard, not soft, and so, the channel edges are also hard. The markers at the Lake end of the channel are further apart than the markers at the shore end. They can be hard to see depending on daylighting conditions. BE SURE YOU STAY IN THAT CHANNEL. DO NOT ALLOW THE BOAT TO GET PUSHED OUT OF THAT CHANNEL BY CROSSWINDS. Backsight to make sure you really are *in* that channel. Sandstone is soft rock, but it’s plenty hard enough to hurt bronze propellors and SS rudders and shafts.
    Peg and Jim Healy

    Excellent advice! We were in Roland Martins marina in Clewiston a couple years ago, and there was a brand new 54 foot trawler being delivered to a boat show on the face dock. The delivery captain just barely missed a turn in that channel, and took out both props, shafts, and rudders. I don’t even want to think about that yard bill!
    Jonathan Gorham

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  • Report on Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL

    St. Lucie Shoaling – Click for Chartview

    Skipper Harmon is referring to a stretch of shoaling at the eastern end of the Okeechobee Waterway where we have had a Navigation Alert posted since May of 2013, (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=113451). Again, our advice, and that of Skipper Harmon, is to ignore the magenta line and follow the markers.

    The problem stretch near markers 17 and 17A claimed another boater. I recently completed the Okeechobee Waterway and found the charts make this area very confusing and, the small can marker 17A is hard to see. The charts depict a dredged channel and the magenta line indicates you can pass west of the green marker 17. If you follow this route (magenta line) you will find very shallow water. When I passed the area all east bound traffic was leaving the green markers 17A and 17 to the starboard, west bound to the port. If you are meeting traffic, slowing down will allow everyone to pass 17 safely.

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  • You Never Know What You’re Going to See While Cruising the Okeechobee Waterway

    How about this totally unexpected sight while cruising the Okeechobee Waterway in October of 2012 near Alva, Florida!!!!
    We are once again greatly indebted to Skippers Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing this unique image! THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!

    Must’ve been on a Wednesday.
    Paul

    Is that a wind generator on that “trawler camel”?????
    Mike Anderson

    It’s so nice that there is a swimming pool for the camel.
    One never knows what may be found in sunny Florida.
    Robert Wilson

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  • Praise for LaBelle, FL and LaBelle City Dock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 103

    The recently improved and expanded LaBelle City dock overlooks the south side of the Okeechobee Waterway, just west of the LaBelle bridge. Skipper Burnham gives high, well deserved marks to LaBelle for its new docks and hospitality. Our thanks to David for this thorough report!

    IDLER arrived yesterday at the free city dock at LaBelle and registered for an overnight stay. Then our crew walked the seven tenths of a mile to the Log Cabin on Hwy 80 for the meatiest half rack of Baby Back Ribs we’d ever eaten. Along with free soup and ice cream dessert we had to give our meal 4 and a half out of 5 stars. I’m giving the service all 5 stars even on a.busy Friday evening. Not to be missed for a great taste of Americana.
    A year ago I didn’t stop at LaBelle because the free city dock was full with three boats stern-to. Today the NEW dock has stern-to berths for six vessels between fifteen foot fendered concrete pilings. One large sixty foot yacht is anchored and tied to the dock immediately to the east of the six berths with room for one more her size to the east of her. This is a rare treat for cruisers in Florida to be welcomed with generous hospitality and LaBelle is the NEW standard to be met by communities looking to pull in the boaters that would pass them by to get to LaBelle.
    LaBelle could be the poster child for waterfront communities, but I’m only speaking for the cruising community.
    It will be at the top of our must stop list now whenever we cruise the OWW.
    The only drawback is a lack of fuel docks but small amounts of gas are available at the CITGO station on the north side of the OWW is you are willing to hike over the drawbridge and back. Of course gas and diesel are available dock side at the small marina to the east of LaBelle, IF they are open that day and you don’t run aground at the entrance.
    Otherwise, the six 16 foot wide stern-to berths and the four adjacent open slips on the west side of the drawbridge with water and 30amp service OR the two smaller slips on the west side of the drawbridge with no water and electricity but nearer to the public park and bathrooms are just the beginning of a great visit. The registration log at the west side dock allows a 3 day in, 8 day out registration system that is a model for any waterfront community that can serve the transient cruisers.
    I have included some photos of the dock in LaBelle Florida. The first is of the two slips on the east side of the drawbridge in the park with no electric or water but near the public restrooms with no shower taken from the drawbridge.
    The others are of the ten west side berths that do have water and electric.
    David Burnham

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  • New LPG/Propane Access Point, Bimini Basin Anchorage, Off the Okeechobee Waterway and Caloosahatchee River, Statute Mile 145

    Bimini Basin - Click for Chartview

    Bimini Basin – Click for Chartview

    SSECN is grateful to Skipper Steinbrunner for the kind words as well as the location of another source of LPG/Propane. Bimini Basin anchorage is found in the charted lake-like body of water, lying just west of the “Cape Coral” designation on Chart 11427.

    Quick note to say “Thanks” for the LPG/Propane availability feature on this website (we use it all the time), and to pass on an addition. From the Bimini Basin anchorage on Cape Coral near Ft Myers, Lee County Plumbing Supply at 532 SE 46th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL, 239-542-4618 does propane refills. It’s less than half a mile walk from the anchorage which has a dinghy dock available at the park.
    Thanks again for all you do to make this cruising life easier, safer and a lot more fun.
    Lori Steinbrunner

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Western Anchorage Directory Listing For Bimin Basin

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  • Canvas Shops Recommended, Ft. Myers/Cape Coral Area, Okeechobee Waterway

    Cape Coral Waterfront - Click for Chartview

    Cape Coral Waterfront – Click for Chartview

    Fort Myers Waterfront - Click for Chartview

    Fort Myers Waterfront – Click for Chartview

    The recommendations below comes from our good friends on Cruisers Forum, http://www.cruisersforum.com/.

    We live in Cape Coral and have had Tom Seiller (239-910-1679) replace our entire bridge bimini and eisenglass, including changing the frame. We’re happy with his work. He does a lot of work in our marina, Cape Coral Yacht
    Basin, but I know he works all over SW Fl.
    Steve Smith
    M/V Island Time
    Cape Coral, Fl

    I have had good work done by Scotties canvas in N. Ft. Myers.
    Rich Ward

    We had our entire flybridge and sundeck redone at Cape Canvas. Are very please with the quality of workmanship – even put Velcro flaps over the zippers to protect from sun. Their number is 239-772-0300.
    Janis Richter

    We have used Sea King Kanvas in Ft. Myers twice. Once to replace the Isinglass in our front panel and this year to make a new side panel that we lost. The window was one with a “smile” zipper opening. They did excellent work. The zipper was installed with a welt to cover it on the outside (the old one did not have that) to prevent leaks. The new panel has a fixed window in it. They came out and made a template. They fit the new window and it is a perfect fit. They are not the cheapest around but they stand behind their work. I can recommend them.
    Mitch & Carole Brodkin

    We recently had some canvas replaced by a shop in Ft. Myers Beach called Landseair. We were very satisfied. It is on San Carlos Avenue. Sorry, I don’t know the number right off hand.
    Don & Anita Gulseth
    Limelight
    Land, Sea & Air Upholstery & Canvas, 239-466-1944

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  • Navigational Notes on Okeechobee Waterway “Lake Route” and Clewiston, FL

    Clewiston, FL - Click for Chartview

    These navigational observations and advice on the lake portion of the Okeechobee Waterway refer to the “Lake Route”, also known as “Route 1″, as opposed to the “Rim Route”, across Lake Okeechobee.
    Captain “kulas44′s” comment about “Dont go through the lock at the end if going west, it gets tight in there.” refers to the flood gate lock at Clewiston. Indeed, if your vessel is large than 36 feet, turning around in the Clewiston canal is TIGHT!
    These comments come from our friends at Trawlers Forum, http://www.trawlerforum.com/

    We went straight across, not the rim route. Enough water, our draft was 4 feet. We did dig some dirt on the west end. Markers were far apart so pay attention, plot from one to the next, autopilot was good for that. Dont go through the lock at the end if going west, it gets tight in there. All together a very easy one day transit.
    kulas44

    Once in the lake, I never saw less than 10′. Across the lake to Clewiston, turn right into the rim canal, up to and through the Moore Haven lock.
    Ted

  • Reports on LaBelle, FL and LaBelle City Dock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 103

    LaBelle - Click for Chartview

    The LaBelle City dock overlooks the south side of the Okeechobee Waterway, just west of the LaBelle bridge. These reports come to us from our friends at Trawler Forum, http://www.trawlerforum.com/

    LaBelle City Dock:
    Stop off at the free dock (med style mooring) in Labelle and pick up some of the excellent local orange blossom honey a short walk from the dock.
    Boatpoker

    La Belle is a good cruisers stop, walking distance to the Post Office , and the 1/4 block away library has free wi fi.
    FF

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  • Reports on Roland Martin’s Marina, Clewiston, FL, Okeechobee Waterway

    Clewiston, FL - Click for Chartview

    Roland Martin’s Marina is found on a small canal in Clewiston, Florida and has long been a good source for checking depths in Lake Okeechobee. See http://www.rolandmartinmarina.com/water_levels.php.
    These reports come to us from our friends at Trawler Forum, http://www.trawlerforum.com/

    You can stop at Clewiston at Roland and Mary Ann Martins Marina. Don’t let them put you right under the bar. It gets noisy. Going into Clewiston be certain to stay in the middle of the channel. It is cut out of solid rock. Same goes for parts of the rim canal to Moorehaven.
    Don on Moonstruck

    Greetings,
    We stayed at Roland Martin’s one night and side of boat got damaged by skiff being towed by unknown commercial fishing vessel exiting the channel @ 05:30 hrs. doing, what I would guess, 20 knts. Channel is about 50′ at that point and our beam is 15′, Anecdotal and probably isolated incident.
    R. T. Firefly

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  • Information on Moore Haven City Dock, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 78

    Moore Haven - Click for Chartview

    Moore Haven City Dock, the first stop west of Lake Okeechobee, is located at Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 78, on the Moore Haven waterfront. This report comes to us from Trawler Forum, http://www.trawlerforum.com/

    You can tie to the city dock there for $1/ft with water & elec. They have restroom facilities if needed. Not much there otherwise.
    Don on “Moonstruck”

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  • Report from Roland Martin’s Marina, Clewiston, FL, Okeechobee Waterway

    Clewiston, FL - Click for Chartview

    Roland Martin’s Marina is found on a small canal in Clewiston, Florida and has long been a good source for checking depths in Lake Okeechobee. See http://www.rolandmartinmarina.com/water_levels.php.

    Merry Christmas Claiborne!
    Just did the Lake O from Ft. Myers to St. Lucie lock with Pete and Linda on the MV Where’s Linda, a 48 Welcraft Californian.
    Good news and bad news: (for the good news, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=130493)
    Bad news:
    At Roland Martins, “Gloria”, Gloria Vanderbuilt’s limo that was the courtesy car for years, is no longer. She [the car] died. Unfortunately, they said they will not be offering a courtesy car again. Gloria was our main reason to stop, allowing us to shop, etc. Guess next time we will stop at Moore Haven for $1 a foot.
    See ya next Year!
    See you in Paradise!
    Capt. Sterling

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  • Report from LaBelle, FL, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 103

    LaBelle - Click for Chartview

    Captain Sterling’s reference to LaBelle City Docks is correct; the docks were closed in July for repairs and re-opened this fall. The LaBelle City dock overlooks the south side of the Okeechobee Waterway, just west of the LaBelle bridge.

    Merry Christmas Claiborne!
    Just did the Lake O from Ft. Meyers to ST. lucie lock with Pete and Linda on the MV Where’s Linda, a 48 Welcraft Californian.
    Good news and bad news: (for the bad news, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=130495)
    The good:
    Looks like the City of LaBelle has totally rebuilt their docks. Concrete, with pilings, and looked like 30 amp power posts. We didn’t stop to check it out. I will attach a pic.
    See ya next Year!
    See you in Paradise!
    Capt. Sterling

    LaBelle City Docks

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  • Bikini Basin Anchorage Recommended, Cape Coral, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 142

    Harney Point - Click for Chartview

    Well, thanks to Captain Jeff Moore, we may have just uncovered a real Western Florida “anchorage find” near the city of Fort Myers, and on the Caloosahatchee River’s shoreline. Bikini Basin is not named on most charts, but it is located south and west of Cape Coral fixed bridge and almost due west of Okeechobee marker #70.
    Based on Captain Moore’s comments below, this is not the most navigationally simple anchorage on the Western Florida coastline, but it sounds like it may be one of the most secure! If anyone else has anchored on these waters, PLEASE let us hear from you. Use the “Click Here to Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, or send e-mail directly to CruisersNet@triad.twcbc.com.

    A great anchorage in Cape Coral, Florida is in Bikini Basin, inside Harney Point and a few yards down river from marker 70 in the OWW. Unlike Bimini Basin there is no power line guarding the entrance to the anchorage. There is only room for a few boats (3 or 4 at most) but since it appears on no lists of anchorages there is rarely anyone there. I live on Bikini Basin and regularly take my Westsail 42, OSPREY, 5’8″ draft, in and out at mid-tide rising. The holding is sand and mud. Wind protection is 360 deg.
    Enter the rim canal to the north between mkrs. 1 and 2 a few hundred yards down-river from OWW mkr 70. When the channel forks, take the right fork and hug the green side until you are at Harney point. From there on split the reds and greens until you are abeam the first channel to port and head to port, into the channel. Anchor in the middle. There is no place to dinghy to shore as the basin is surrounded by private property. I have anchored there hundreds of times, waiting for the tide to rise enough to get over the sand bar at the entrance to my slip at the end of the basin. BTW, if coming down-river from Ft. Myers, Don’t be seduced by the first channel to stbd., that parallels the Cape Coral Bridge on the down-river side. It’s 3 ft. deep at MLW.
    Jeff Moore

    After further thought, I would replace the mid-tide rising comment with “1.0 ft. above MLW with a 5’8″ draft, when wind is not a factor.” A strong wind with any north or west in it drains the basin significantly.
    Jeff

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  • Recommendations for Summer/Winter Storage, Okeechobee Waterway

    River Forest Yachting Center - Click for Chjartview

    River Forest Yachting Center is on the St. Lucie Canal at statute Mile 17.5 of the Okeechobee Waterway, west of the St. Lucie Lock. Their website is www.riverforestyc.com. The comments below were copied from the AGLCA Forum.

    In Florida waters we have found some very good storage facilities, some climate controlled and some not. On the east coast in Stuart, Fl one is River Forest Yachting Center….tel 772-287-4131. They have inside climate controlled, as well as all of the necessary services. We are very familiar with River Forest as they have one near MoorHaven also, have not “stored” there but have cruising friends who have and they recommend them.
    We have stored inside during the summer months for a couple of months on the west coast of FL one time without climate control, other than large overhead fans. We placed 2 to 3 dehum bags, bought at any of the major hardware stores, on the interior, and the yard folks changed them each week. We had no mold or any other issues during the storage period.
    Regards, Tom Jones. m/v Marbles.

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