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  • L. B. Know/Bulow/High Bridge (Statute Mile 816)

    Looks like the bridge tenders here might give Captain Gray the benefit of the doubt.

    I live in Florida and travel through this area several times a year. The bridge tender(s) always tell me I can get under their [L.B. Knox/Bulow/High] bridge and I always inform them that I can’t. This past month (Sept) they actually had an employ come down and measure (by sight) what my boat height was. Guess what, I can’t clear the bridge! I was told that they would keep a record so we would not have to ‘discuss’ this the next time. With virtually no one on the water in this area this summer, I heard no other boats calling this bridge.
    Richard Gray

  • More Praise For Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, FL, St. Lucie River)

    This is at least the second laudatory report we’ve had here on the Cruisers’ Net about Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart. This facility is the newly rebuilt Southpointe Harbor, once Stuart’s city marina. It is now privately leased, and the new mangers seem to be doing a splendid job.
    Sunset Bay Marina is located on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River/Okeechobee Waterway, just upstream of the old Roosevelt Twin bridges.

    I was one of the first long term dockers at Sunset Bay. I could go on and on about how pristine the faciity is and how professionally run it is but the the biggest asset of the marina is the staff. I have stayed at many marinas but have never had the pleasure of having such a friendly and capable staff as Buz, Sam and Ruth. From day one, they made me feel like I had been there for years. The icing on the cake is the magnificant restaurant, Sailor’s Return. The restaurant is owned and operated buy Bob Davis. Bob has a very colorful cullinary background and will soon have Sailor’s Return known as the best restaurant in Stuart.
    Clay Thomasson

    This is a great place to stay. It’s a marina where you will stay longer than you intended because you will not want to leave. The facilities are new and very well maintained. The staff is professional and cannot do enough for you. The permanent residents are particularly friendly. Every one makes you feel like family. Coincidentally, the marina is very convenient to the town. We are eager to return when the restaurant has opened.
    Walt & Ellen Solomons
    Vessel Rachel

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Sunset Bay Marina

  • “Best Small Engine Diesel Mechanic In Florida” (Fort Lauderdale)

    The glowing recommendation below comes from Captain Milt Baker, founder and former owner of Bluewater Books and Charts in Fort Lauderdale, and, I might add, good friend of yours truly and mariner extraordinnaire! Thanks Milt!

    Contact Bruce Melius, in my experience the best small engine diesel mechanic in Florida. He’s based in Fort Lauderdale and he’s been my mechanic for about 25 years and four different yachts. He is thorough, methodical, professional, and extremely reliable. He has his own shop and all the tools one would ever need. Only problem is he’s a one-man shop and sometimes has trouble fitting you into his schedule. Still, Bruce is well worth waiting for and he knows Lehmans, Cats, Cummins, and Luggers like the back of his hand.
    Call him at (mobile) 954-646-0283 or (office) 954-565-9143.
    Milt Baker

  • Dinghy Dockage at Fort Caroline (St. Johns River, Between Mayport and Jacksonville)

    Boy, this one is news to me. Fort Caroline overlooks the southern shores of the St. Johns River from a high earthen cliff, upstream of Mayport. I don’t remember any sort of dockage here, but clearly that has changed since I last researched these waters. From Captain Thomason’s description below, sounds like this would be a great stop, assuming you can drop the hook nearby, within dinghying distance.

    We don’t have an up-to-date East Coast Florida guide either but the 2000 edition says one cannot dock at Ft. Caroline (and this was the case about 4 years ago when we stopped by). So maybe you already know this but the dock is now open to the public. There are two 28 ft slips on the land side of the dock. The depths are 8 ft or so but the distance from the slips to the rip rap shoreline is not great. A small run-about could dock there but nothing bigger. We anchored just north of the dock in 20 feet of water (just opposite the fort fence) and took the dinghy in to the dock. Like Kingsley Plantation there is a 59 minute docking limit but this is obviously not enforced, especially for a dinghy. There are nice exhibits in the visitor’s center and there is a Park Service constructed fort to give one an idea of what the fort looked like. It is not on the site of the original fort (which is unknown). The memorial column is not walking distance away, according to a ranger. This makes a nice stop coming up the St. John River.
    Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

  • Praise For Marina at Ortega Landing (off the St. Johns River, in Jacksonville, FL)

    The praise keeps rolling in for this fine facility, located on the Ortega River, just upstream from downtown Jacksonville.

    If you are considering staying a night or a few months in the JAX area this winter, I strongly suggest you consider Ortega Landings. Great staff, super friendly and helpful. Friendly live aboards. Very aafe and secure. Great boater’s lounge. Dockside pump out. Floating concrete docks. Pool. Free washers/dryers. Very clean and bright restrooms/shower facilities. Nice mall within 2 residential blocks of the marina with Publix, CVS, two marine stores, department stores, several fast food/coffee shop/casual dining places, two banks. Nice park near by for evening walks. I think this place would make a great ‘destination’ marina for snow birds who are looking for some place more laid back than the south Florida scene.
    Rick Parish

    Ortega Landing is a great marina anyway you want to judge it. The staff is very helpful and very professional. The facilities are new and beautifully organized. The pricing is very competitive. Walking distance to good resturants, grocery stores, UPS Store and a West Marine. We are extending our stay and plan to make this an annual stop. I would recommend this facility to anyone.
    Marsha and Bob
    M/V “Threadbare”

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Marina at Ortega Landing

  • Marina/Repair Facility On Dania Cut-off Canal Recommended (St. M. 1068.5)

    Picked up this little tid-bit below from the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) Mail List. I thought the crusing community should know about a facility that receives this sort of recommendation!

    If you are doing any work on boat etc. There’s a marina on the Dania Cut-off canal called Cozy Cove Marina that has concrete covered dockage. It’s just one mile to beach, intracoastal, and Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Price is around $20/Foot. Nice people – Family run for 60 years.

  • Good Words About North Palm Beach/Lake Worth Anchorage (St. M. 1014)

    Below, the crew from CuteSea gives us some good words about the anchorage on northern Lake Worth. Now, if only the city of North Palm Beach will learn that the new Florida state anchoring law makes it illegal for them to interfere in anchoring ANYWHERE on Lake Worth, we will be getting somewhere!

    We live nearby and use this anchorage as a “getaway” from the RatRace of beachbumming. Easy access to: Publix, CVS, West Marine about a mile walk, Bank of America ~3/4 mile, restaurants, etc. Some sailors spend the whole winter. Anchor in the “right” spot and no cost / hassles from N. Palm Beach officials. Can’t tell you where the “right spot” is … the lines I draw on the water keep floating away. Politics!
    CuteSea

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For North Palm Beach/Lake Worth Anchorage

  • Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, Florida, on the St. Lucie River)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the old Stuart City Marina – South Pointe Anchorage. This facility has been completely refurbished, and is now operating as BOTH a marina with slip dockage, and an adjacent mooring field. We’ve had several earlier postings here on the Net’s “Eastern Florida” cruising news section concerning Sunset Bay Marina, but the one below from Captain Berry is so chock full of useful cruising news, I’ve posted it here on its own.

    The moorings have gone back down to $10 per day or $240.00 a month. There is free wifi, a nice boater’s lounge, new showers, new laundry facilities and a new waterfront restaurant next door. The restaurant is opening in October. The marina is full but they have a waiting list. They still take transients for short term stays. We walked a short 10 minute walk to the grocery store and to downtown Stuart. They also have a public bus that takes you to just about any store you need to go to. All in all it’s a great place to stay and the staff is the best you’ll find anywhere.
    J. Berry
    S/V Lil Rain

  • Cocoa Village Marina (Statute Mile 897)

    Cocoa Village Marina occupies the mainland side of the Waterway, just north of the Cocoa bridge. As you can tell from Captain Kat’s message below, it’s a quick step from the docks to the downtown Cocoa business distict!

    I just wanted to let everyone know that we had a very pleasant stay at Cocoa Village Marina. We went to Ryans Pizza just a few blocks away. A sweet girl named Mel was the server. We had a wonderful meal and a very enjoyable evening. I recommend every one to go to Ryans. Next day as we cruised South we saw several pods of dolphins and were happy to be back in Florida.
    Kat Luchene

    This is a great spot for cruisers. The basin is nicely protected and the staff is very nice. Cocoa Village is across the street and should not be missed. Great shops and rest. as well as the best hardware store on the east coast of Florida. I’d give the marina 4 stars.
    Scott W.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Cocoa Village Marina

  • Boat Tree Marina (St. Johns River, just north of Lake Monroe and Sanford, FL)

    The series of messages below are yet another example of how things don’t stay the same in the cruising guide business.
    Boat Tree Marina guards the St. Johns River, a very short hop north of this stream’s entry into Lake Monroe. The last time I researched this facility, the transient dock had 30 amp power connections. Then, today, I received the message below.

    Boat Tree Marina: has 50 amp and pumpout at most slips. The othe “T” and slips have 30 amp.
    Frank Hartle

    So, I e-mailed Captain Hartle, and allowed as to how my information was at variance. He sent along the very informative reply below:

    Claiborne, in February 2006 the Admiral and I moved our 47′ Atlantic from Florida’s west coast to the St Johns River and Boat Tree Marina. They put us on a 40′ “T” dock at the end of “F” dock which is located on the river. That was their transient dock and had 30/50 amp with pump out at dock. We resided their until December of that year because they were full at the time. Have since moved to the beautiful and remote Sanford Boat Works and Marina that I have wrote to you about. That transient dock is still unoccupied as is over half of the slips in the marina.
    Regards,
    Frank

    So, clearly Captian Frank’s information is more up to date than my own!

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Boat Tree Marina

  • Marina Bay Resort (Fort Lauderdale – New River)

    Marina Bay Resort is located well upstream on New River, above the downtown Fort Lauderdale municipal facilities. It has been around for many years, as I remember reviewing it in the late 1980′s. From Captain Bevely’s description below, it sounds like this facility is more desirable than ever!

    We have been to this marina many times over the years, even with a sailboat with a 53 foot mast, and have always been pleased, even as it was going through its transition from old, to what is now a new, first class facility. It is like being at a country club, with a beautiful pool, hot tub area, exercise room, internet room, movie room, lounge with coffee always available, monthly parties, and new floating docks. Staff is friendly, and the location, at the intersection of 95 and 84, couldn’t be more convenient. Downside is the exhaust particles from the traffic and nearby airport that coat the boat, as in most big cities, and the long passage up the New River, which is fine for longer stays, but not for a night or two. We usually rent a car, and we are minutes away from all the marine places of business, restaurants, Costco, everything you could possibly need. Highly recommend this place.
    Beverly Feiges

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Marina Bay Resort

  • Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802)

    Palm Coast Marina lies directly off the AICW, between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. The loss of the “amenities” described below by Captain Jennifer is probably due to the destruction of the once adjacentt motel.  Doe anyone know if another structure has taken this one’s place?????

    We stayed at Palm Coast Marina on the way up. Again, nice place but it doesn’t have near the amenities that your cruising guide says it once did. The pool and courtesy van that once took cruisers shopping are both gone. It is clean and well run but we were disappointed because the kids were really looking forward to swimming. Those things were the main reason that I chose to stay there. Oh well.
    Jennifer Clendinen

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

  • New Smyrna Beach City Marina (Statute Mile 846)

    New Smyrna Beach Marina, 201 N. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168, 386-409-2042Below we have a quick word from Captain Jennifer about who much she enjoyed New Smyrna Beach City Marina. We agree, and that’s only natural as this facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Symrna Municipal Marina is also very nice. We stayed there both up and back and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Many things right within walking distance. Very nice area. I would stop there again.
    Jennifer Clendinen

    I’m glad someone mentioned this marina. We ended up ducking into Ponce De Leon Inlet AS a major thunderstorm was coming through (42kt+ winds). We had called SeaTow about 30 minutes before entering the inlet as we were told it was a “local knowledge only” inlet. They said just follow the markers, and anchor just inside the first green inside the inlet. We rode out the storm here, but as the sportfishers started heading back out again and throwing up wakes that threatened to swamp our 40′/25,000lb sailboat, we felt it would be better to find a marina (after all of the lightning and wind we wanted to be able to step onto land). We ended up at the New Smyrna Beach City Marina and were welcomed with open arms. The floating docks were nice, but the people there were the best part. We pulled in just as the sun completely set, and before we even had shore power hooked up we were being invited to their weekend potluck dinner. We spent a couple of hours with everyone at dinner and had a wonderful time. The next morning, one of the slipholders there volunteered to drive us to Walmart to pick up some necessary supplies (this was our first stop from the Bahamas). I often feel that the people make the marina – not the facilities (and the facilities here were good) – and this place would definitely rate 5 stars with regards to that.
    Chris s/v/ Pelican

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New Smyrna Beach City Marina

  • Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, Florida – St. Lucie River)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the old Stuart City anchorage and mooring field. It reopened several months ago, and will undoubtedly be a prime location for the fall and winter 2009-2010 cruising season!
    This facility is located well up the St. Lucie River/Okeechobee Waterway, from the St. Lucie River/AICW intersection. In fact, you must cruise upstream of the new high-rise US1 Bridge, and the old Roosevelt Twin Bridges, to reach the new docks.

    If your are staying at Sunset Bay for less than 4 nights expect to PAY… $76.00 per day for 32 as of 07/20/09, better to use there mooring field $12.00 per day if Sunset happens to be a stop… new docks and OK amenities know close shopping without transportation.
    John Connon
    S/V LOROLI – Watkins-32

    Subject: Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage
    Cruising News: I’ve been docked at the NEW Sunset Bay Marina & anchorage, Stuart, FL for a few months now and want you to know what a well run place this is. They sell gas and diesel and you might want to include them in your report. The Harbormaster is Buzz Billue with Sam Portolese and Ruth Conrad as Assistant Harbormaster’s. They have pumpout and sell gas and diesel at reasonable prices. Please give them a call at 772-283-9225 or fax: 772-283-7361. And, by the way, thanks for publishing my sunrise photo
    Best regards,
    Dick Harding
    aboard HMS TURTLE

    The moorings have gone back down to $10 per day or $240.00 a month. There is free wifi, a nice boater’s lounge, new showers, new laundry facilities and a new waterfront restaurant next door. The restaurant is opening in October. The marina is full but they have a waiting list. They still take transients for short term stays. We walked a short 10 minute walk to the grocery store and to downtown Stuart. They also have a public bus that takes you to just about any store you need to go to. All in all it’s a great place to stay and the staff is the best you’ll find anywhere.
    J. Berry
    S/V Lil Rain

    I was one of the first long term dockers at Sunset Bay. I could go on and on about how pristine the faciity is and how professionally run it is but the the biggest asset of the marina is the staff. I have stayed at many marinas but have never had the pleasure of having such a friendly and capable staff as Buz, Sam and Ruth. From day one, they made me feel like I had been there for years. The icing on the cake is the magnificant restaurant, Sailor’s Return. The restaurant is owned and operated buy Bob Davis. Bob has a very colorful cullinary background and will soon have Sailor’s Return known as the best restaurant in Stuart.
    Clay Thomasson

  • Colee Cove – Pacetti Point Anchorage (St.Johns River)

    The Colee Cove – Pacetti Point Anchorage is located on eastern banks of the St. Johns River, south of Green Cove Springs. Look out for the piling discussed below by Captains Rex and Jimmie!

    The submerged piling shown on chart is still there and SOLID.
    N29 56.569 W81 35.079
    ALSO—- The row of pilings shown in bottom of cove (east) many are still there and solid!!
    Rex & Jimmie

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida – St. Johns River Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Colee Cove – Pacettia Point Anchorage

  • Good Words About Ortega Landing Marina (Jacksonville, St. Johns River – Ortega River)

    Ortega River Marina is the first facility you will encounter as you enter Ortega River from the St. Johns River, just upstream from downtown Jacksonville. 

    You really need to check out this marina if you are in the area!!! Facilities are as good as you can find in N. E. Florida.. Staff is great! and location is a good “bad weather hideout”, and you can walk to stores, banks and restaurants. Ortegaa Landing is right in the middle of Jacksonville’s boating community here. This weekend sounds like a blast.
    A FIRST CLASS MARINA !
    Rex & Jimmie,
    M/V “MY HARLEY”

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For The Marina at Ortega Landing

  • Westland Marine (Titusville, Statute Mile 879)

    There has been an ongoing discussion on the EXCELLENT MTOA Listserv about the “best live aboard marina.” I have pirated a couple of the contributions in this string here on the Crusiers’ Net. as they give excellent advice about several marinas and marine facilities.
    Below, we hear from Captains Laurel and Murray about Westland Marine in Titusville, Florida. This facility is located in the same semi-enclosed harbor as Titusville Municipal Marina, but whereas the city facility guards the southwestern bank, Westland flanks the harbor’s southeastern shores.

    We spent time the past 2 winters at Westland Marine in Titusville, Florida. It is across the Indian River from Cape Canaveral.
    They have not had a hurricane in many years and insurance is not restricted there.
    It is a DIY yard and has excellent local services as well. Grocery, drugstore and West Marine are within walking distance. It is about an hour from Orlando or Jacksonville. Good shopping in the small friendly
    community.
    We would go back there without hesitation.
    Laurel and Murray Thompson
    Northern Magic I

  • North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage (Statute Mile 1014)

    The long popular anchorage described by Captain LuAnn below, is located on the northern section of Lake Worth, bypassed by the AICW. In the past, there has been coversation, and sometimes action, to charge cruisers for dropping the hook on these waters. With the new Florida anchoring law now in effect, we’ll have to see what happens here!
    More details on this anchorage at:  http://www.CrusiersNet.net/north-palm-beach-anchorage

    The anchorage is great. Lots of room for our 47′ Sailmaster. Excellent holding in 40 mph winds. A little nerve racking to get into from Lake Worth inlet on the weekend. Litterally thousands of people and hundreds of boats and jet skis and hobie cats, plus large commercial ships, cutting back and forth across the ICW. Looked like a great party spot for the younger crowd.
    LuAnne Woods


    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage

  • Lambs Yacht Center (Jacksonville, FL – St. Johns River)

     Serving the North Florida area for over 50 years, we welcome you.  We are in the process of updating this site. If you need help with your question or additional information, feel free to email us atLambs Yacht Center is one of the fine facilities located on the Ortega River, just upstream on the St. Johns River from the downtown Jacksonville waterfront. These good people are Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net sponsors.
    More on this facility at:  http://www.CruisersNet.net/6-lambs-yacht-center

    Lambs is a first class facility. They have some of the best mechanics and repair facilities available in this area. Very protected location on the the Ortega River. This place gets my highest recommendation.
    Bill Batelco

    We are now at Lamb’s Marina on the Ortega River. The marina is probably not the ritziest facility for transients (no laundry and the showers are a long walk from the dock and not climate controlled)) but there is extensive shopping at the mall nearby and the staff at Lamb’s knock themselves out to be helpful. (The Chief Administrative Officer is going to drive us to the airport and someone will drive me to a laundromat and get me back.) There is an extensive repair facility which we are making use of. The slip fee for monthly stay on the uncovered dock is $8.50 per foot plus $36 electric. This is most reasonable for Florida. The covered dock is more and has metered electric. There is a security person who checks the docks at night.
    Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Lambs Yacht Center

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