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  • A Visit to Vero Beach Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaGlad to hear such a positive, if brief report about SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Vero Beach Municipal Marina, from former “Coastal Cruising” magazine publisher, Ted Jones.

    We decided to take a slip at Vero Beach Municipal Marina for the night so we could get organized, do laundry, take showers, and leave packed bags ashore in the rental car we will pick up tomorrow.
    Vero Beach is a great destination and very popular. The heads and showers are good, as is the laundry, and the city provides free bus service from the marina (and elsewhere) to such important stops as West Marine and Publix.
    Ted Jones

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Vero Beach Municipal Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Vero Beach Municipal Marina

  • Good Words About Sunset Bay Marina (on the Okeechobee Waterway, at Stuart, FL)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the Stuart City Marina and later South Pointe Anchorage. This facility was rebuilt a few years ago, wet slip dockage added, and the adjacent mooring field expanded. By all reports, the new facility is really first-class, and it’s VERY convenient for those who are about to run, or those who have just completed the Okeechobee Waterway.
    Sunset Bay is located just upstream of the old Roosevelt Twin Bridges, on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River/Okeechobee Waterway.

    We have been at Sunset Bay for 2 weeks now and will most likely be here another week. What a pleasant surprise this marina has been! We are on a mooring.
    The staff is great; facilities are excellent and easy walk to town make this the best overall marina situation that we have experienced since we left home in NC.
    Highly recommend it even if you planning to continue South; it is worth getting off of the AICW and take time to enjoy this marina.
    Pat Kenefick

    I could not agree more with the compliments on Sunset Bay Marina. Very nice people and facilities. I would highly endorse this stop.
    Paul

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Sunset Bay Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sunset Bay Marina

  • Fort Lauderdale Municipal Marina at the Las Olas Bridge – Captain Jane Reports (Statute Mile 1064)


    The Las Olas Marina is one of several maintained by the city of Fort Lauderdale. All the others are found along new River, hard by the downtown section of Fort Lauderdale. The Las Olas facility also has the twin advantages of being directly on the AICW, and within walking distance of the beach.

    I don’t normally supply a photograph of laundry machines for a story on a Florida marina, and if you’re not a cruiser and are reading this by accident, you might be thinking — is this what cruising is about? Well, yes, and no. It’s what makes boaters comfortable so that they can fully enjoy their cruising. To me, as a boater, this photograph speaks volumes. It says “respite”, it says “you can get your chores done and it will be a clean experience!” It says: Here’s a marina that cares about its boat-living customers.

    View of Las Olas Marina from southern group of slips facing north and the bridge

    I’m not sure why we never tried the Las Olas City Marina, but after recently reading veteran cruising writer Tom Neale’s glowing review of the city’s facilities at Las Olas, we decided to give it a try. Well, well, well. This is very different from what we’re used to. At first, as we spied the marina tucked under — literally — the Las Olas draw bridge, I thought, Tom, what were you thinking? But I was wrong and I now get it. This is yet another Florida city marina that shows what good government can and does do while keeping affordable and good facilities available to the transient boating public.
    As I just mentioned, this marina oddly occupies both sides of the Las Olas bridge. Yes, that Las Olas, the last and huge opening bridge you encounter southbound that brings you into the heart of Fort Lauderdale. So, before you arrive, find out which side of the bridge your slip will be, North or South. The marina staff is very courteous — they offered us a slip on either side clearly explaining the advantages of each. The North side of the bridge brings you closer to the cruisers lounge and facilities and the South side gets you (a) past the opening bridge and (b) a little further from the bridge noise. One thing to note at the moment is that the pump outs on the South side are broken and there are no immediate plans to replace it.
    So what’s it like living under a busy draw bridge? The bridge noise is definitely noticeable — the first night I felt like I was in a Woody Allen movie describing my childhood living under the Elevated train in Brooklyn. After a while, it became white noise. But, a bright side is that being under the bridge, you are in the no-wake zone — so there is surprisingly less wake here than from the apparently more-protected marinas we have stayed in here. Also, odds are a mega yacht will occupy the ICW T-head and lucky you will be protected even more from ICW traffic.
    As for “amenities”, the cruisers lounge, laundry, heads and showers are first rate municipal facilities. They are far better than most facilities we have been offered on the ICW and certainly better than facilities we have used in neighboring private marinas in Fort Lauderdale, perhaps these facilities are designed for cruiser-customers and are not what I have experienced as barely sufficient for their purpose after-thoughts constructed for the crew of or day workers servicing a mega yacht. Euphemistically called “Comfort Stations” in Las Olas-speak, these really are.
    In sum, Las Olas is an impressive facility and well located. It gets special Captain Jane Gold Kudos for its copious and accessible recycling bins (plastics 1 and 2, cans, bottles and paper!) Thank you, Las Olas for your commitment to recycling and for helping cruisers do their part to reduce our impact on the environment! This is yet another example of a Florida city marina that is in many ways superior to its privately-owned pricey counterparts.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For the Fort Lauderdale Municipal Marina at the Las Olas Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Fort Lauderdale Municipal Marina at the Las Olas Bridge

  • Good Words for Harbortown Marina off the AICW departing Statute Mile 894

    Guest Coupon Available On Our Web Site Harbortown Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – is on the south side of the Canaveral Barge Canal between Sykes Creek and the Banana River, departing the Waterway/Indian River east through a well marked channel at AICW marker #67, just north of the Florida A1A Bridge.

    Harbortown Marina is one of the nicest marinas around. That being said, there’s not much to see or do on the waterways around there. We live close by and cruise the barge canal regularly. Nautical Spirits Bar and Restaurant is great for dinner, but there is nothing else around within walking distance. There is a Publix about 5 miles down the road, and a Wal-Mart about 8 miles, if one wanted to cab it. Or you’re about 10 minutes from the beach at Jetty Park from there as well. Too bad there’s only a couple of more shuttles to launch, because this is a great area to watch from. If you get a chance to see one in the next month or so, don’t miss your chance.
    Laura

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Harbortown Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbortown Marina

  • Praise for Area Attractions around the Cocoa Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 897

    The two Cocoa anchorages lie east and west of the Waterway channel, a short hop south of the Cocoa twin bridge.

    Cocoa Village is a great spot to spend a few days – with tons of restaurants to choose from, and arts & crafts fairs to Mardi Gras parties. There is the fancy upscale french restaurant, Cafe Margeaux, Brasas Argentina Steakhouse and a Thai Thai restaurant as well. Lots of shops and walking around, plus a historic theater and let’s not forget Travis Hardware which has been around since the 1800’s and has any hard-to-find fitting you might need. Merritt Square Mall is about 5 miles away over the bridge for shopping at JC Penney, Sears, Macy’s & Dillards.
    Laura

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Cocoa Anchorages

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cocoa Anchorages

  • Drawbridge Incident at AICW Statute Mile 1062.6

    Captain Ehlen does not name the bridges he describes, but we assume he was at East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge which is a twin span bascule bridge north of Ft. Lauderdale. The closed vertical clearance of the bascule spans is 25 feet.

    One of the draw bridges north of Ft. Lauderdale had two sailboats waiting when we arrived for the opening. Four spans rose, and as the northbound sailboat started to go through one of the spans began to close. I radioed the bridge tender. I’m guessing the high winds had something to do with the problem, but in the meantime all three boats started a mad scramble in the wind and current to get out of the way. Once the spans were up and stationary, Shady Lady went through first. As the two sailboats were going through the spans started waving again, but we all made it safely.
    Captain Wade Ehlen

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Sunrise Blvd. Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sunrise Blvd Bridge

  • More on Miami Area Bridge Issues

    There are 15 bridges in a 5 1/2 mile stretch in the Miami River, posing a major headache for waterway and roadway traffic. Greg and Susan Han bring us up to date on steps being taken to improve communication between bridge tenders and vessel operators.

    As a local I am very familiar with the problems with the Miami area bridges. The problems seems to extend from Miami up to Palm beach. I am guessing that the operators in those counties work for various county and even cities and ar not as well trained or supervised.
    See the article
    [ARTICLE NO LONGER AVAILABLE] http://www.miamirivermarinegroup.com/qat99/safety3.html
    from a working group on the Miami River of commercial operators who voices their concerns to the USCG.
    While the commercial operators have different level of critical need, the problems they experienced are similar to ours. The Miami River Marine Group has taken a constructive approach ( after much private grousing I am sure) to communicate these concerns to the authorities and work to alleviate the problems. Perhaps some cruising association could organize their members and report problems and communicate with the authorities. Anyone know of an organization that could take this on?

  • Reminder: the Florida Manatee is a Protected Marine Mammal

    If this is your first visit to Florida waters, please be aware that these docile, slow moving creatures – unlike their acrobatic cousins, the dolphins – cannot avoid your vessel, even at idle speed. Keeping a sharp lookout for manatee is really the only way to prevent hitting them.

    The Captain of the Port advises all mariners operating in Florida’s waters that the Florida Manatee is a protected marine mammal under State and Federal Law. These protected species are known to inhabit the Lower St Johns River between the months of March and December. The Captain of the Port Jacksonville advises that all vessel crews be aware of the existence of the Florida Manatee during river transits. Vessel crews post adequate lookouts for these protected mammals when maneuvering near berths and in shallow areas. Should an incident occur, notify Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), Law Enforcement Division at 888-404-3922.

  • Captain Jane Reports on the Vero Beach Art Museum

    The always-worth-visiting Vero Beach Museum of Art has some great offerings right now and through January 11, 2011. It’s only a 15-minute stroll from the city marina and it would be well worth visiting, even if it is two shuttle buses away from where you are docked. For those at the city marina, turn right at the marina exit, cross the highway (not so bad — there are traffic lights); the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway will be on your right; follow the signs to the museum.
    Our favorite exhibit of the current three is Metamorphosis: Abstract Works by Federico Uribe — and he’s not kidding about the metamorphosis part. The artist uses CDs, vinyl records, retired library books, chopsticks and plastic forks and transforms them into works of art. Federico Uribe was born in Colombia and now lives in Florida. This small exhibit packs a wallop — each item gave us a double-take as in “those are chopsticks?!!!”
    Don’t just look around you, also look up in the corners of the ceiling — in this installation the metaphor of “art is everywhere” is also literal. I asked the security guard which of Uribe’s work was his favorite and he said: Everything! I urge you to visit this exhibit and promise you that plastic forks will never be the same.
    The featured special exhibit, Fay, is a selection of William Wegman’s charming and bizarre photographs of his second weimaraner Fay Ray; the entrance fee is $5 and includes two 30-minute movies in the auditorium and on a video monitor outside the exhibit a series of shorts he did for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live. The Saturday Night Live dog baseball game is a hoot.
    Mr. Wegman bought Fay three years after the death of what may have been the most photographed Weimaraner in the world — Man Ray. As bereft as Wegman was, a four-month old weimaraner puppy named Cinnamon Girl captured his heart and he was soon taking pictures of dogs again. He renamed the puppy Fay Ray and she proved to be quite the actress and performer. A docent is on hand to give you background information on Mr. Wegman and his work.
    Just across the hall is a small salon with the third special exhibit, but don’t let the small size fool you — this is a fascinating, varied exhibit worth savoring. Clearly Color offers selections from the museum’s collection of glass works. Each item is a jewel. Note that some of the works are by Dale Chihuly, his first assistant and the assistant’s student. It’s fun to see the relationships of teaching and inspiration in their works.
    If you are headed for Vero Beach after January 11, check out the next series of special exhibits. It’s a wonderful, creative museum with a splendid sculpture garden and sense of humor.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Basic Information:
    Vero Beach Museum of Art,
    Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 4:30
    Sunday, 1 to 4:30
    http://www.vbmuseum.org/index.cfm

  • Captain Jane Reports on Vero Beach Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaWow, what an active social life and great community spirit at this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! If you are cruising through VERO, please stop off here if time permits, and let them know how much you appreciate their support of the cruising community, by way of their support for the SSECN!

    View of the Bridge just south of the entrance channel to Vero Beach City Marina

    Here is your 2010/2011 season update on Vero Beach City Marina. This AICW Cruisers Mecca is hopping. While you can sometimes get a mooring ball for yourself, boats are doubled and tripled up on
    mooring balls as I type this, a vessel spent the night at the fuel dock and one boat is heading to a mooring after two at the dock because a previous reservation bumped her. If you want a slip ($1.50 a foot), we recommend you reserve at least several days in advance.

    The social life on shore has changed just a bit, so here’s a summary of how it appears to be for the moment.

    1. Weekly Cruisers Breakfast hosted by Vero Beach’s CLOD (Cruisers Living on Dirt) continues on Wednesday mornings at 8 at 2002 restaurant (the Publix stop on the free Vero Beach GoLine shuttle bus.)
    2. Thursday Night Is Happy Hour, bring your own beverage and bring an appetizer to share at the picnic area near the main dinghy dock. I think this begins at 4:30 PM; there are signs in the cruisers lounge. If you are a musician, bring an instrument. It was hopping this past Thursday.
    3. Free GoLine Shuttle Bus seems to have more routes than ever. Note that the stop at Publix has changed — it no longer stops right in front of this reprovisioning gift to cruisers, but it’s only a short walk across the parking lot. Ask the driver to point to the new return spot just across from where you get out. The GoLine bus stop sign is still in front of the Publix, but don’t let that fool you — or so we were told.
    4. Free Wifi now at Vero Beach Municipal Marina — but it’s a little peripatetic at the moment. Yachtspots is gone and the city marina is in the process of upgrading and installing high speed wifi. The staff may ask you to limit your heavy internet use to the hours of 7 PM to 7 AM until the full upgrades are in. When they are up and running, the high speed signal should reach all the way to the most Northern moorings. Ask for the pass code and current status at the office. For now, easy on the Skype and hold back on Netflix streaming during office hours. 😉
    5. Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. The 10 AM GoLine Shuttle will take you there and pick you up an hour later. Or you can walk. It’s a pleasant 20 minute stroll there and a little less pleasant on the way back if while shopping you forgot you will be walking back.
    6. Recycling is gone, temporarily, we hope! Most cruisers want recycling and value marinas who offer it. From what I have learned, recycling is expensive and the marinas need our help to make it work. Most of us do it right, but it only takes a few to muck it up and it seems some transients have created a problem at Vero which the marina is earnestly trying to resolve. The staff is trying to come up with a way to train cruisers into behaving so that recycling can resume. It seems that some transients, particularly in the summer, have been dumping garbage in the recycling containers and the recycling company did not have the time or person power to sort through the garbage. The marina staff, out of personal commitment to recycling, then set up their own bins and tried marking them really clearly — but then they experienced personally why the recycling company gave up. So, please urge your fellow boaters to behave. Marina staff asked me to ask folks also to please, please, please honor the recycling of oil rules; they collect $1 for disposal and it truly costs them more in labor and fees to provide this important environmental service. Please don’t mix anti-freeze in with the oil or other contaminants as it slaps the marina with a huge bill later in the process. Also, please don’t skirt the rules and dump used oil by the trash or outside the trash bins. Those who tuck in their oil-related trash between the bins and the doorrs create opportunity for costly and time-consuming cleanup when the trash area doors are opened and everything topples over.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Vero Beach Municipal Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Vero Beach Municipal Marina

  • Sunset Harbour Yacht Club (Miami Beach)

    Sunset Harbor Yacht Club is located near 25 47.712 North/080 08.726 West. The easiest way for powercraft to reach this facility is by cruising under both the easternmost section of the MacArthur Causeway Bridge (vertical clearance 35 feet), and then under the bascule section of the Venetian Causeway Bridge. Caution – this latter span has a restricted opening schedule – follow link below to check out its opening times.

    Sunset Harbour Yacht Club–upscale, pretty, well protected. Front entrance opens about 3-4 blocks from above Publix and about one block from a second Publix—frequent city buses available from both locations which take you about 8-10 blocks to South Beach beach. Have stayed here several times, sometimes they haved asked for other yacht club affiliation, sometimes not. Is also bicycle friendly. If you are going to do a marina, this is a good one.
    Howard H Cole
    aboard the C Horse

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sunset Harbor Yacht Club

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing for the Venetian Causeway Bridge

  • Miami Area Anchorage Between Watson Island and Palm Island

    The anchorage described below by Captain Cole would seem to lie near 25 46.903 North/080 10.152 West. This is NOT an anchorage that we currently have listed on the Net’s “Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory,” and would very much like more information on these waters. If have anchored here, or sounded these waters recently, please click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.
    In studying chart 11467, it appears as if reaching this anchorage may be something of a challenge. Looks like the best way would be to cruise up to the western end of the Government Cut Inlet, then cut north through the easternmost section of the MacArthur Causeway Bridge (vertical clearance 35 feet), and then hook around the little island labelled as “Momument” west of marker #2.

    Anchor between Watson Island and Palm Island about 300–400 yds North of MacArthur Causeway–this will put you in area with other anchored and moored boats of all types about 200–400yds east of small sailing club on Watson Island. Dingy to east about 2 to 3miles and go up canal to Publix(this is written up in Skipper Bob’s).
    Howard H Cole
    aboard the C Horse

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Anchorage Described Above

  • Captain Jane Plans A Return to Titusville City Marina (Statute Mile 879)

    451 Marina Rd., Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 321-383-5600, Fax: 321-383-5602, Contact: Joe Stone General Manager, Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 am, Groceries within walking distance  , Restaurants nearby  , 5 minutes from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge  , 10 minutes from Canaveral National Seashore  , 20 minutes from Kennedy Space Center  , 1 hour from Orlando Attractions , I’ve said it before, but I’ll keep saying it. For the past thirty years I’ve been researching the Eastern Florida coastline. Titusville City Marina has shown itself, time and time again, to be one of the best small to medium sized facilties I’ve ever reviewed. And, that’s not just because they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    What Titusville the city may lack in accessibility and immediately-apparent charm, it more than makes up for in wonder, whether your

    View from Titusville Municipal Marina's A Dock

    idea of wonder is astronauts and space stations or wood storks and roseate spoonbills — or if you are like us, both. Frankly, we found our three days a little short and plan to stop in again in the Spring.
    At the moment, one of these wonders is Titusville Municipal Marina’s generous Stay Three Nights Pay for Two Offer, now extended through March 31, 2011. This discount coupled with Titusville’s already generous 25% Boat US Discount, makes this one of the best deals on the waterway.
    Obviously, cruising is not about staying somewhere you don’t want to be — so use this discount to find out why those in the know come to Titusville on purpose, not just because the more apparently charming Cocoa Village was out of cruising range on a leg South.
    A cold snap and the zingy discount coincided with our journey this year, so we had ample time to venture further than the walkable small and pleasant historic district and Dixie Crossroad’s Rock Shrimp.
    I confess that for the past ten years, in the back of my mind has been, “Gee, I wonder whether the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is as good as they say for birdwatching.” And “Gee, I wonder if the Kennedy Space Center is actually worth the hefty ticket price and car rental…” The answer to both Gee-I-Wonders is a resounding: Don’t miss this! I’ll tell you more about these national treasures, and how to get there, in a separate posting.
    It just so happens that Titusville also features one of the better municipal marinas on the ICW — clean well-maintained docks, professional and courteous staff, a good entrance channel, wide fairways, free wifi and well-maintained laundry and showers. Even its rack rate is a good value.
    Special kudos to Titusville Municipal Marina for its commitment to recycling. Several well-tended big recycling bins outside the marina office offer recycling for plastics, metal and aluminum cans. Thank you, Titusville Municipal Marina for your commitment to the environment and for helping us boaters dispose of our waste responsibly.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Titusville City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Titusville City Marina

  • Another Volusia County Boarding Incident (near St. M. 846.5)

    Those of you who have been following the Cruisers’ Net, know there was an uproar in November of 2010, involving a boarding of a pleasure craft in Volusia County by sheriff’s deputies. Claims were made that the one of the law enforcement officers in question approached the captain below decks with a drawn weapon. That story is linked below, and we will not further comment on it here.
    The incident described below is certainly less disturbing than the above referred happening, but it is troublesome nevertheless. All we can do is suggest that all cruisers proceed through Volusia County waters, ready for a boarding anytime, even when your vessel is about to pass under a bridge
    .

    I was boarded by the Volusia County deputies on 10/27 as we were staged with several other boats waiting to go under the New Smyrna bascule bridge. We were dealing with wind and some current, and the deputies boarded us just as the bridge was about to open, so that I had to turn the helm over to my wife who took the boat under the bridge, while I escorted the officers below. I was surprised that they were not considerate enough to wait until we cleared the bridge before they approaced us, and that certainly added to the tenseness of the situation.
    I showed the officer my diverter valve which was correctly valved to the holding tank, but cannot be secured because of extremely poor access. The officer agreed that it would be almost impossible to secure the valve with a lock or wire tie, but said that was not his problem. I explained that I had records of having pumped out the previous day and 4 times in the previous four weeks. He issued me a $250 citation.
    The officer stated ” I spend three months in the spring and three months if the fall doing nothing but stopping boats going north or south”. I concluded that Volusia County is operating a “toilet trap” that is just like a speed trap, and that their primary interest is to raise revenue rather than to insure the cleanliness of the waters. It seems that this law has given them the perfect tool to generate funds for their raises and toys, while getting to spend their days boating, rather than doing the unpleasant work of serious crime prevention.
    My take on the requirement for permission to board is that a boat is just like ones home on land. Boarding the deck is not an invasion of privacy, and if all crew members are on deck, it is not unreasonable to require all to stay on deck until the officer is escourted below.
    However, a crew member below could be sleeping, undressed, showering, or adding to the holding tank contents. That person must be allowed to prepare for visitors and then grant permission for entry. If an officer violates this, he is guilty of invasion of privacy and should be subject to disciplinary action or worse.
    A written policy should be published for dealing with this, so that all can understand their rights and limitations.
    I was able to petition the judge with my pump out records and photos of my diverter valve compartment showing the access problem and the fine was lowered from $250 to $100. I am installing a lock on the compartment door to hopefully achieve compliance with the securing requirement. I must say that this requirement does little to prevent overboard discharge, since the captain and unlock and operate the valve at will (but then logic has never been a requirement for government regulations).
    William Lackey
    SV Jezabel

    And, comments from fellow cruisers on the above incident:

    As some folks are FINALLY beginning to realize….
    THE LAND OF THE FREE….ISN’T.
    William

    I hate to sound unsympathetic here because I am not.
    The premises and policies behind these laws are often flawed and contain a considerable animus toward toward boaters, especially those who do not vote in Florida and who have a long history of abusing Florida’s welcome both with public nuisance, sewage discharge and attempted tax evasion.
    In many cases these local laws are the current cruising community reaping what decades of abuse by the prior community has sewn. These laws (if they should be changed) will not be changed soon. They are constitutional (not talking about anchoring here), they are tested, and they are proportional to the offense. I doubt if they are money raisers given what it costs to police and adjudicate them.
    Before we cruise, we spend as much time on the relevant laws of the jurisdictions we are going to transit as we do the charts [well almost].
    I would ask, had one been stopped by a highway trooper for improperly towing a dangerous load*, would difficulty in attaching legally required safety chains have been a sufficient defense. I think not.
    We have a responsibility to fully honor the spirit, intent, and letter of the laws of those whose commons we share. If we, as a class, continue to seek special dispensation, we may well get it, but it won’t be the kind we were hoping for.
    *having been seriously sickened by sewage during a pump out incident, I certainly consider it dangerous
    Chris

    Click Here To View the Article About An Earlier Volusia County Boarding

  • A Visit to Sailfish Marina, AICW near Statute Mile 1018.5

    Sailfish Marina is on the western shores of Singers Island, just north of Lake Worth Inlet. Don’t confuse this facility with Sailfish Marina in the Manatee Pocket near Stuart. These two facilities have nothing to do with each other, except their name similarity.

    Stayed here overnight to join friends crossing early tomorrow. Docks are for large sport fishing vessels and hard to tie off a small 30 ft sailboat. Docks are concrete fixed with no bumpers. $3.85 a ft plus elect. Groceries are a mile away. The water is clean and clear. Saw a small sea turtle caught in a new rod and reel. It was dead from being wrapped in the line. Fuel dock is easy in and the dock hand is helpful. Showers average. I will stay somewhere else next time.
    Skipper Sonny Reeves

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Sailfish Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sailfish Marina

  • Two Pleasant Stops at Palm Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 747

    FULL MARINE SERVICE ON SITE TRANSIENT DOCKAGE WELCOMEA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Palm Cove Marina is in a channel west of the Waterway departing at flashing marker #32.

    We stopped by at Palm Cove in my 38′ tug on our way down to the keys. We had no problem entering the channel and the fuel dock and pumpout were easy to get to. The staff was excellent with helping us dock and gave me a t-head on C-dock, which was very easy to leave in the morning. Clean restrooms and showers plus good food nearby. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely plan on stopping back there on our way back home.
    What you tuggin bout?

    As a new cruiser to the cruising community,I found PCM [Palm Cove Marina] a great place to stay. I have a 42 Whitby Ketch that draws 5′. I had no problem getting in to the Marina. I requested a deep slip, so the Dockmaster found me one @ slip D-14. I only wanted to stay for a day, but these people working here were throwing a Christmas party not to miss. What a blast!
    I found this place different as the Dockmaster lent me his SUV to run some errands. I needed some parts as well as I had to buy a small toy for their party. They also suggested I check out Marker 32 which they provided a nice Coupon for as well.
    I can’t wait to come back, thanks Pcm crew!
    Princess

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

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  • Good Words for Fleming Island Marina off the St. Johns River South of Jacksonville

    Fleming Island Marina is located on the southern shores of Doctor’s Inlet, well west-southwest of St. Johns River marker #11 in the St. Johns River.

    Absolutely the best for quick access to wonderful day sailing on the wide St. Johns and the best of amenities with an expert service yard.
    Captain Stewart Force

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  • Unhappy Times at Grove Harbour Marina (Coconut Grove – Dinner Key, Miami, near St. M. 1094.5)

    Hmmmmm

    This marina is the worst I have ever seen. We had a reservation. They did not answer radio or phone calls. When my wife asked about the laundry facility advertised on their web site the manager lied to her face saying there was no web site. He then said there were no laundries in town and no rental car agencies (there are both). Finally he told my wife he “didn’t like her and hoped we would leave soon. We did. In 30 years of boating I’ve never come across anyone as rude and aggressively unhelpful. Stay away from this place.
    David Gillespie

    Agree, we stopped there back in January of 2010 before crossing over to the Bahamas. Even though the facilities and area were acceptable, the staff at the marina was the most unprofessional I had ever met. The staff at Dinner Key Marina was the same. I don’t know if its just a Miami thing but we completely bypassed the Miami area on the way back because of our experiences there.
    Lou

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  • A Good Visit to Boathouse Marina, St. Johns River, Palatka, FL

    Boathouse Marina overlooks the shores of the St. Johns River west-southwest of Palatka City Marina and marker #1. Cruisers docking here are within walking easy distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Palatka

    Boathouse Marina, Palatka 12/07/10
    This marina has a nice tee dock and a few slips for transients. The folks are friendly, the bathrooms and showers are old, but well maintained and clean. There is an old but serviceable washer and dryer on site. The dock is a few blocks from downtown and a 15 minute bike ride from the very impressive Ravine Gardens State Park. Angels about 5 blocks away in downtown is the oldest RR diner in Florida and the food is great.
    Captain Joe Pokorney

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  • Good Words for Green Cove Springs City Dock, Green Cove Springs, FL

    Green Cove Springs City Dock is on the St. Johns River between Jacksonville and Palatka. This facility should NOT be confused with Green Cove Springs Marina, which sits a bit farther upstream, in the heart of the old Navy Base.

    City Dock, Green Cove Springs 12/05/10
    The city dock extends far out into the river ad has depths of 8 ft or more. There are eight slips that can accommodate boats up to 40 feet or so and widths of 14 feet. There is also a tee dock that could handle a 50 foot boat. The slips have 30 Amp or 50 Amp power and there is dockside water. There are public restrooms just a block or so from the dock. The best part is that overnight is $10:00 for the slip and $10:00 for the electric hookup. This is paid at city hall or at the police station a few blocks up from the dock. The town is a neat little place with friendly folks and Ronnie’s Oyster bar has great fried food especially the fried pickles!
    Captain Joe Pokorney

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