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Peck Lake Anchorage (Statute Mile 992)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-03-2009

The Peck Lake anchorage lies immediately east of the AICW’s track, a short hop south of the Waterway’s intersection with the Okeechobee Waterway and the St. Lucie River. I’ve often found less than ideal depths between the AICW channel and the anchorage, but once you are into the haven, depths are good, and the surroundings are wonderful.

If you can comfortably anchor, I suggest Peck Lake, just a mile south of the St Lucie River ICW junction….Good holding, anchor 100 yards off a nice state park beach, swim ashore, nice and quiet weeknights, busy on weekends –as good as an RV on the beach.

Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Peck Lake

Harbor Square Marina (Canaveral Barge Canal, St. M. 894)

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-21-2009

Below, Captain Jennifer gives us a very useful report on one of the facility’s found along the western end of the Canaveral Barge Canal. This marina has a very sheltered harbor, but note in the report below, there are now less serivices available here than in times past.

Harbor Square Marina (where we are presently moored) is still alive and well but has fewer services than is mentioned in the book.  Duncan has no fuel and does not offer repairs, although his father who previously owned the place may have.  However, he has no problem with outside workman and DIYs at all.  He does take in transients, although he rarely has empty docks.  I have seen him make room, whenever it’s needed.  I even talked to a couple in Indiantown who told me that Duncan had moved his own boat to make room for their trawler.  They were quite impressed. It’s a very low key operation.  It’s still one of the most protected harbors for a really bad storm (ie. hurricane) on the E. coast of FL.  People bring their boats from all over to tie up here when tropical weather is on its way.
Jennifer Clendinen

Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Square Marina

Sun Dance Marina (old Diamond 99 Marina, St. M. 911)

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-21-2009

Here’s an update on a marina facility that I thought was no more. The old Diamond 99 Marina, now Sun Dance Marine, is located on the AICW/Indian River’s western shoreline, a short hop north of Melbourne. Glad to know this facility is still active, and under new ownership.

Diamond 99 Marina (SM 910.5) is still there despite getting smashed up by H. Frances and Jeanne in 2004 (We were moored there during those storms.  Not fun.)  The pool, alas, was destroyed by H. Frances, much to my children’s dismay.  The marina has changed hands, however, and is now called SunDance Marine.  As far as I know, Carter’s Marine Services is still operating out of there, also.  I’ve not used him but I know people who highly recommend him.
Jennifer Clendinen

Jacksonville Boat Detailer Recommendation

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-19-2009

The note below is copied from the Net’s “Ask Your Neighbor” page (http://www.cruisersnet.net/ask_your_neighbor/ask_your_neighbor/). All of us are always looking for a good detailer, so I thought I would post this info here.

Subject: Detailer in Jax / St. Aug Area
Cruising News: The one used most by boaters in this area is Northstar Detailing. They come to you with 3-4 guys and will do what you want/need! wash, wax or compound.
I use them 3 times a year on our boat!
Ph. 1-904-687-4755 – Ask for Scott.
Rex

Suggested Florida Itinerary

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-18-2009

The discussion below is copied from the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mailing list. With soooo many contributors, it was impossible to get individual permissions, so I'm ommitting all names. Also, the Florida waters and ports of call discussed below are so diverse, I have decided to post this string on all the Net's Floridian pages.
There's TONS of good Florida cruising advice in these messages. All who are contemplating or engaged in a cruise on Sunshine State waters will want to read through this entire text.

Well, first stay away from Key West unless you are ex military and can stay at Boca Chica. Prices are at least $4.00/ft.
Other than that sage advice, my experience in Florida is limited to anchorages:
Sarasota has a very nice anchorage right near the heart of town. Dinghy to the beach and walk to town. They have many street fairs and festivals scheduled in the winter.
For a couple of laid back places try Boca Grande and Cayo Costa State Park. In Boca Grande you anchor with your stern tied to the shore mangroves. Easy walk to an upscale town. Cao Costa is undeveloped and feels remote, but it really isn't.
I  can't help you in the keys other than the Key West observation. Once you get to Miami, No Name Harbor on the southern end of Key Biscanyne is a real delight. It is a bit of a hoot on weekends when the Cuban Navy takes over, but during the week it is very pleasant.
And of course no cruiser should miss Vero Beach. Nice moorings and first class facilities.
This past winter was unusually cold and you didn't see too many days wiith highs over 80 in Jan and Feb. Who knows what it will be like next year.

A few "don't miss" places are:
1.    Sarasota – the City Marina (Marina Jack's) is located on the downtown waterfront.  Shops and good restaurants abound.  The Ringling Museum is a short cab ride away, as is St. Armand's Circle.
2.    Boca Grande – Take a slip in a marina or anchor in the basin, with your stern to the mangroves.  Great town for a stroll.  Good restaurants.  See how the rich folk live on their winter "break".  A friend of mine put it well when he said "All the damn rich people are running us millionaires out of town"! Pres Bush (Sr.) used to spend the week between Christmas and New Year at the old Gasparilla Inn.  Always a side-show when that circus comes to town.
3.    Pelican Bay, at Cayo Costa.  Just south of Boca Grande Pass.  Beautiful anchorage, beautiful beach, short dinghy ride to Cabbage Key.
4.    South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island.  With all the money you have saved by anchoring out you should be able to afford a night or two there. This is a world-class resort.  Don't even think about a holiday weekend – $5/ft-3 night minimum.  They closed for two years after hurricane Charlie and spent $140M renovating.
5.    The Keys are full of places to anchor or you can join in with the crowd at Marathon and pick up a mooring in Boot Key Harbor.  There are slips to be had and last year the marinas were far from full because of the economy.  We spent about $900/month for our 36' boat.
The left coast of Florida is a great cruising location.

Don't miss the Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson. You'll need a good weather   window but it's well worth doing.
If you are going to spend any time in Fort Lauderdale consider staying at  Marina Bay. The facilities are great and a good jumping off place for road  trips. You will have to rent a car or use taxi's but at that time of year  you  will save more than enough on dockage to make up for it.
Right now we are at the Municipal Marina in St. Pete – great place to visit  and you can walk to everything. Farmers' Market on Saturdays.

Coming down the coast, Everglades City is a nice stop, the historic  Rod and  Reel Club has cheap dockage.
Anchoring off Cape Sable beach is nice too, in good weather.
Key West is a tourist trap in my opinion…  you can anchor in New Found  harbor (good over night spot). there are also good spots north of Bahia  Honda, off little pine key.  Bahia honda (anchor bet. the bridges) is a good  stop for the day, i woudnt' spend the night there.
Going up the coast, if you stay outside around islamorada, you can grab a mooring at Indian Key. After that, i like the inside route better. Plantation Yacht HArbor is one of the best marina in the mid/upper keys,  Have not been there in a couple of years but reasonable and very nice (Park, pool, etc…)
I like anchoring north of Pigeon Key/ tavernier, very remote, makes you feel like you are miles away "from it all".  good water.
After that, a stop at Eliott Key in Biscayne Bay is a must… nice clear water. Boca Chita is nice too, on week days, channel has a 6' MLW at the east end so you shuld be fine.
No Name Harbor is good on a week days,  on week ends it's too crazy, we dont' go there anymore.  too many loud obnoxious idiots…   but you can land a dink and walk to the village (groceries, drug store, etc…)
A  better anchorage is on the west side of KB, between the sandbar at the SW corner and KBYC.  good protection, calm.  you can land a dinghy just north of KBYC behind the presbypterian church/school and walk to stores.  I've done that a few times, nobody said anything
Otherwise not a lot dinghy landing in Miami beside Dinner Key.  By october, the mooring field should be operating (yeah…right…) but it's up to 40' anyway.  smart,isnt' it?   you can land a dinghy there and walk to the grove.    good location for reprovision.. restaurants, etc…
Further north, thru jupiter it's all $3 a ft marina… there is anchorage on the north side of Lake Worth.  In St Lucie, i like the anchorage in Hooker Cove, jsut off the ICW but the channel has shoaled up and I haven't tried it lately (the boat i captain draws 6+).   5' should be fine.
I like stopping at Cocoa Beach, tehre is a marina just north of the bridge which is reasonable and near the town, with some nice restaurants and shops.
Further north, anchoring near New SMyrna is limited with larger boats…. Daytona Beach doens't appeal to me much…   St Augustine Municipal is in a great spot, near the old town, but $3 a ft.  there is room to anchor.
Not much north of St Aug until Fernandina Beach, a very nice little town.
Hope this helps…  obviously www.cruisersnet.net and www.activecaptain.com will be your most visited sites for the next few months… as well as http://www.atlanticcruisingclub.com/search/MapNew.aspx which i like when looking for marinas.

Just a couple more thoughts.
1.    Sarasota is installing a mooring field so the anchorage that David mentioned will likely be gone by the time you get there.  I was in the dockmaster's office last month and they had notices posted warning the anchored boats there when and where the mooring field construction would begin.
2.    Key West has another marina at Garrison Bight.  Since it is not anywhere near the hullabaloo of Duval Street, it is preferable to many folks.  You do have to be sure that you can clear the power cable at the entrance. It is charted at 50' but I'd sure call and have a conversation with them about that!
Also, there is a mooring field on the E side of Fleming Key, near Garrison Channel.  Not ideal in northerly winds but OK for the prevailing SE.
3.    What lots of folks do when they want to see Key West is take the shuttle bus from Marathon.  It costs just a couple of bucks and you don't need to worry about parking, DUI's , etc.  Way cheaper than renting a car.

Cooleys Landing Marina (Fort Lauderdale, New River)

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-15-2009

Cooleys Landing is one of the city of Fort Laudedale’s fine marina. It is the most upstream of the municipal marinas on New River. As Captain Ellis notes below, there is tons of good dining and shopping within easy walking distance. In short, this is a superior city marina in every way!

Cooley’s Landing Marina on the New River in Ft. Lauderdale rates a ten as a place to stop.  Megayachts with a tug at the bow and another at the stern pass by regularly.  The downtown and the riverwalk area are all within walking distance.  There is a multiplex theater nearby, and there is an Imax theater even closer.  Further, the Imax shows first run pictures.  There is no better way to see a movie.  There is a Publix nearby, as well as drug store, etc.
Ellis Simon

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

Palm Coast Marina (St. M. 802) and Vero Beach Municipal Marina (St. M. 952)

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-11-2009

Vero Beach MarinaThe string below is copied from the Net’s “Ask Your Neighbor” page, and, in turn, from the AGLCA mailing list.
There’s some good info in Captain Larry’s message, partciularly about the Vero Beach Municipal facility, And, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Mas Bueno has made the last crossing of Lake Okeechobee until Sept when the Moore Haven Lock reopens.  It turned into a bit of a rush.
We are now at Indiantown getting ready to head north up the Fl East coast from Stuart and would like to stop at a marina along the way for a few days to a week that is close to the Beach for some slower time.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Hal and Cheryl Baker

You might try Palm Coast Marina at  M – 208.  You can walk or bicycle to the beach from their facility.  Can bike or walk to stores, banks etc.  The staff  welcomes cruisers and they are super nice folks.
We also stayed in the mooring field at Vero Beach.  They also have slips but I think you need to call ahead.  Again you can walk or bike to the beaches or all over the town.  They have plenty of dingy docks. Buss service is free and you can get to all major stores by buss.  The drivers were very helpful and again very welcoming to cruisers.
Larry V
M/V Lauren Grace

Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Vero Beach Municipal Marina

Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

Mariners Cay Marina (Manatee Pocket, off St. Lucie River, St. M. 988)

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-02-2009

Manatee Pocket like a short distance upstream on the St. Luice, River, from this stream’s shoal prone intersection with the AICW and St. Lucie Inlet. I have visited Mariner’s Cay many times over the years. It is a medium sized facility, with a very quiet environment. It’s a long walk to reach any restaurants or provisioning possibilities, but, if you are looking for a place to just rest from your travels, this could be the spot.

We [use to] own a condoat the Mariner’s Cay marina in the Manatee Pocket years ago. It’s a small, private marina about 1/2 m inside the Pocket on the west side. It has fuel, transient dockage, pool at the docks, laundry/baths and was always very clean when we were there. Rates usually less than the commercial area marinas and docks were on the outside and very easy to access. The other nice thing was that Mariner’s Cay was within walking distance of the West Marine Store, about 1/2 m walk/ride away.
Gary


Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Mariners Cay Marina

Rough Weather at St. Augustine City Marina (Statute Mile 778)

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-20-2009

Of course, with winds this high, boats in most marinas would be whipped around a bit. Be sure to take a look at the video, linked below. It makes for interesting viewing!

Here we are at the municipal marina. The core of the NEer is right over us this AM.  Winds 30-35 knots steady. It will blow for another day more.
I tool this video of the boats on the north side of the marina – bucking in the surge coming in from the inlet. The floating docks really break the surge so the south side in much better.  The boats in
the anchorage are doing much better than those at the dock.
Here is a youtube video of a poor sailboat bucking in the surge.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY5Pwr_c7E4
Greg and Susan Han
Allegria

Subject: Nor’easter in St. Augustine
Cruising News: The boat to the right in the video posted by Greg and Susan Han is our boat, the Ellen B.  Our first night here was really tough… even snapped a line.  Then the winds shifted to the east and it has been much calmer.  That first night the winds were coming NNE.  This has been a very damp visit to St. Augustine!
Ellen


Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For St. Augustine City Marina

Haulover Canal (near Statute Mile 869) Speed Restrictions

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-18-2009

Captain Les’ message below is a follow-up to an earlier series of postings here on the Net’s “Eastern Florida” section about ridiculous enforcement of no-wake restrictions on the Haulover Canal. HOWEVER, this account shows that sometimes speed restriction enforcement IS a good idea!

Subject: NASA R.R. Bridge and Haulover Canal N. of Titusville
Cruising News: As we headed to the Haulover Canal, a gray center consol O.B boat with STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT written on its side gave us a friendly wave as he passed.  We were doing 8 knots in the channel.  As we approached the canal, my wife noted that said Law Enforcement, who had been standing just off the channel, went behind us to challenge an approching high speed express cruiser.  She observed them side by side and assumed that they were conversing.  We entered the haulover at 3.7 knots.  It was crowded with small craft.  The strong S. wind was now blocked by the land on each side.  Quite suddenly, with no warning, said express cruiser passed us on the starboard rolling us quite a bit.  Seconds later, the Law Enforcement boat speed by us, also without warning, and stopped the cruiser.  We carefully passed them both and were quite glad they were apparently and appropriately nailed.  Shortly after we were N. bound on the Mosquito Lagoon, the same cruiser sped by us again.  Obviously, this is NOT inappropriate law enforcement
Les Rothman
M/V Autumn Saga

It seems unfortunate that law enforcement would SPEED through Haulover to catch a speeder – doubling the chance of hitting a manatee. I wonder if their procedures might call for caution radio calls, and catching the violators at a later time….
opsailor

Hollywood Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 1071.5)

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-17-2009

My only real problem with Hollywood Marina, has absolutely nothing to do with the facility. It’s just that virtually the entire AICW passage from Port Everglades to Miami is now one, looonnngg no-wake zone. It can seem to take forever!

We have always been comfortable at Hollywood municipal marina:  Hollywood:  Hollywood Marina, 700 Polk Street, P.O. Box  229045, Hollywood, FL 33021
Scott Gebhard, Dockmaster Ph:  954-921-3035, FAX:  954-921-3032 Email:  sgebhard@hollywoodfl.org
Call ahead, they don’t have lots of free slips, but it is convenient and secure.  You can rent a one-way car from the local Enterprise, be picked up at the marina and drop the car off at the airport, though there is a one-way drop-off fee usually.
There are lots of marinas in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area which you can find on the Web with just a search for Miami, FL marinas 
Jeanne


Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Hollywood Municipal Marina

Jacksonville, FL, Lambs Yacht Center, Cruising the St. Johns River

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-16-2009

Below are a couple of items from the Net’s “Ask Your Neighbor” page (http://www.cruisersnet.net/ask_your_neighbor/ask_your_neighbor/). There is so much good info in Captain Doug’s reply about Lambs Marine (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), downtown Jacksonville and cruising the St. Johns River, I thought it a good idea to put this data here also.

Can anyone recommend a detailer (buff & wax) and/or marina in Jacksonville, FL.  We are currently in St Augustine and plan to be in Jax for a week or
two. 
Jerry & Lynn 
Sea la Vie

Lambs Marina is pretty good and they have buff & wax services.  You can also stay at the free docks right downtown in Jax.  We did and enjoy it, except when a fire boat went through the no wake zone there and waked everybody.  It’s right downtown and an easy walk to lots of interesting things.  It’s also lots of fun to go up the river from Jax.  A fun side trip is to go to The Outback Crab Shack 2 days upriver, free doclk, etc., and very interesting to go through Murphy’s Creek behind Murphy Island on the river.  It’s like a Disney Jungle Cruise.
Doug


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

Adventure Yacht Harbor (Statute Mile 837)

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-12-2009

I have also found the personnel at Adventure Yacht Harbor to be quite friendly.

We wanted to share with you our very positive experience at the Adventure Yacht Harbor.  We found the facility and staff very accommodating, restrooms very clean, overall very tidy marina. Boondocks Restaurant on-site very good.  Rates are the best in the Daytona Beach area.  Jim Boren is the Harbormaster.  Overall, tumbs up!
Layla & Warren
TimeOut


Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Adventure Yacht Harbor

City of Fort Lauderdale Las Olas Marina and City Anchorage (St. M. 1064)

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-08-2009

Both the city of Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Marina, and the city anchorage lie just south of the Las Olas Bridge. I have always liked this marina, but I’m sorry to hear that their Wi-Fi has not been repaired. That service is almost mandatory these days!

Subject: Las Olas anchorage/marina
Cruising News: 2 comments regarding above facility. As of my visit to the marina last year wi-fi had not been repaired from hurricane damage, and the anchorage/buoys are at the SW corner of the bridge, not SE
Colin Brewer

Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Las Olas City Marina


Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Fort Lauderdale City Anchorage

MSD Inspection South of New Smyrna Beach

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-05-2009

Well, at least the inspecting officer was respectful this time.

May 4, 2009 at 11:30 am, Volusia County Sheriff's boat was boarding all vessels transiting the AICW south of New Smyrna Beach and checking heads with dye to insure heads were discharging into holding tanks and not overboard. Officer Wilkes boarded our vessel, was very courteous, and conducted himself as a professional. We were not cited for any violations.
Bruce Franz
"Hemisphere Dancer"
Dickerson 41

Holding Tank Inspections – Daytona Beach

Posted by admin | Posted on 04-29-2009

Subject: holding tank inspections
Cruising News: We were stopped by the Sherrif near Daytona Beach.  They checked our Y Valve and added die to our holding tanks.   They checked everyone coming up the Waterway.
Sheryl

Cruising the St. Johns River

Posted by admin | Posted on 04-29-2009

As I've said many times, I don't think any cruising grounds in Eastern Florida can compare to the wonderful St. Johns River!

First off, don't be discouraged by the river run to Palatka–wide, fairly featureless…it gets MUCH better the further you go beyond Palatka.
Silver Glen Springs and Blue Springs Parks are fascinating places— for your draft, anchor on the west side of Lake George and dinghy in to Silver Glen, water like champagne, a nice park, too.  At Blue
Springs, anchor in the river , avoid the manatee-only zones, dinghy ashore to the little "beachlet" and walk the boardwalks to see the manatees.  Pretty spot.
Our favorite anchorages  were among the Sisters Islands just south of the Amtrak railroad bridge–narrow and deep, use a trip line due to some log snags here and there;  also, in the mysteriously named "Hontoon Dead River", about a third of a mile around behind Hontoon State Park, anchor anywhere as there is no traffic.  Note that the docks at Hontoon State Park are outboard scale and depth–not for you!  Great dinghy exploring among the lillypads in the Hontoon, and the unusual black buzzards add to the otherworldliness of this place. Diesel usually available at Astoria and of course at the nice marina in Sanford.
Olrick

The Saint Johns is a very nice side-trip.  I second the comment that it's fun to go 47 miles up to "6 Mile Creek" where you can dock overnight free at The Outback Crabshack's very long dock on the
river.  Great food there too.  Then go further up past Palatka and take the winding jungle tour through Murphy Creek which is about a hundred yards wide but plenty deep to cruise.  Watch your charts and depth finder at the far end as it gets down to about 5 ft. where it rejoins the St. Johns.  There are very nice anchoraqges there completely off in the wilds and beautiful.
You can see what we did on our sidetrip there in our blog:
http://dougandkathysboatlog.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html  and scroll down from March 22nd through March 27th.
Have Fun,
Doug

Don't plan a short trip — plan a long trip!  Take at least a week,  go all the way to Lake Monroe and the nice town of Sanford, FL.  Use  Skipper Bob, Waterway Guide and Claiborne Young books to research the area.  Plan to anchor mostly — there are many, many lovely and protected anchorages.  Lots of birds, alligators and other wildlife.
I must urge you to stop at Six Mile Creek, about 15 miles upstream from Jacksonville, tie up at the free 1000 foot long floating dock and eat at the Outback Crab Shack.  It is a real experience.  You can
stay overnight for free if you buy a meal at the restaurant.  A  second highlight for us was the Welaka Maratime Museum in Welaka,  FL.  It is truly one-of-a-kind.  If you don't find it in the guides,
email me and I'll tell you how to find it.
You can see the highlights of our trip here: http://tinyurl.com/d2jpc4.  Look at days 342 through 351.
You will love this side trip once past Jacksonville.
Bill

Watch Out For Speed Limit on Haulover Canal (St. M. 869 -870)

Posted by admin | Posted on 04-29-2009

Messages like the one below just make be boiling mad. It looks like Captains Alice and Phil were going as slow as possible, and yet still they got a ticket!
Clearly, all cruisers need to proceed thorugh Haulover Canal (which connects Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon) at dead slow speed!

Be careful when you pass through Haulover Channel, approx ICW mm 868. A very rude federal Fish & Wildlife officer was ticketing nearly every power vessel passing through the channel for manatee zone speed violations. He was even stopping sailboats & warning them. Two of us (the other boat was a power catamaran) were ticketed there today even though we were both running at dead idle-5 kts through the channel (there were several fishing boats & kayakers in the channel), but the F&W officer said we were still throwing too large a wake. Winds were over 20 kt. All the kayakers said we were not making a wake, but the idiot who was 200 yds away when he turned on his flashers to stop us would not interview them. 
If we fight the ticket and lose, which requires a court appearance in Orlando, it becomes a felony conviction with up to 6 months in jail & $25,000 fine. If we just fold and pay the fine, they said it does not "go on our record". Isn't our government wonderful to us? Let's put more environmentalist wackos in public office.
Alice and Phil Priemer
Aboard M/V Wonderland

Hi, 
Got your message about Haulover Canal to late.  But I was lucky — stopped but not ticketed and I was going VERY slowly.  There was a patrol boat at both ends of the canal that were visible and also several small boats fishing.  I could not believe that he stopped me.
Keep up the wonderful job.    
ED

Claiborne,
Regarding the post re ticketing in the Haulover Canal, I hope you'll forward that to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. I doubt very much that it was a "federal Fish and Wildlife" officer as the post claims – I've never seen one of those around here. I also think it does a disservice to those who are concerned about the environment to refer to this obviously ill-trained and over zealous officer-of-the-law as an  "environmental wacko" suggesting that action on the part of the officer has anything to do with environmental concerns, and I hope you'll  support that idea on your web site in your comment to that posting.
That officer needs to go back to school or be fired, and the tickets he's issuing in the manatee zone should be reviewed the Fish and Wildlife.
Bob McLeran and Judy Young

Subject: Haulover Canal
Cruising News: Claiborne, 
Please note that these are most often Federal Officers in the Haulover Canal due to it's prosimity to the Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore.  The problem is that current flows through the canal and creates a wake if you are holding position.  If they actually protected the Manatee it might be more paletable, but they just harrass most of the time.
Mark Leslie

Read the message below. Looks like the word got to the "powers that be" in Talahassee about how the law enforecement officer described above was acting.

Subject: Haulover Canal
Cruising News: Hi,
Chez Nous went through the canal on Thursday and a State Law Encorcement boat was politely instructing all boats to slow to a minimun due to 18 Manatees being
in the canal.  We actually saw three and the boat behind us saw two.  No tickets, just polite warnings.
geozeck

No Overnight Tie Up at No-Name Harbor (Key Biscayne, hard by Miami)

Posted by admin | Posted on 04-20-2009

First, No-Name Harbor is located at the extreme southern end of Key Biscayne, and is part of the Bill Boggs Florida State Park. The harbor is a wonderfully sheltered anchorage, and the fee for staying at anchor overnight is very reasonable.
When I first read Captains Bobbi and Warren’s message below, I did a double-take. I thought it reported that overnight stays were no longer allowed at No-Name Harbor. But then, I read more carefully and understood that it’s just vessels tied to the seawall that are no longer permitted. OVERNIGHT ANCHORAGE IN NO-NAME HARBOR IS STILL VERY MUCH IN THE OFFING, AS LONG AS THE FEE IS PAID!

Subject: TOW AWAY ZONE IN NO NAME HARBOR
Cruising News: No Name Harbor at Biggs State Park in Key Biscayne is now enforcing the “no overnight mooring” policy that has been in effect but largely ignored. There are now “Tow Away Zone” signs and any illegally moored vessel (i.e. those staying overnight at the wall or those not paying the fee) will be towed by SeaTow “at the owners expense”. Rangers may ask to see your receipt from the envelope used to pay fees. A ranger will also make patrols at No Name after dusk to ensure boats have vacated. To recap the rules: you can tie your boat up at the seawall during the day for $2 or anchor overnight for $15/night. You cannot stay overnight at the wall. The pump out is free.
Bobbi and Warren
s/v Grand Eagle


Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For No-Name Harbor

Fort George River Anchorage (Statute Mile 735)

Posted by admin | Posted on 04-19-2009

The report below concerning the anchorage on Fort George River, is far more positive than one which still appears earlier on this page. Fort George River intersects the AICW, a short hop north of the St. Johns River, and has long been a favorite anchorages in northeastern Florida. Then, just two weeks ago, a report surfaced here on the Net’s “Eastern Florida” section about shallow water near the river’s western entrance. As you will read below, looks like Captain Fred successfully avoided these shallows.

Subject: Fort George River Anchorage (Statute Mile 735)
Cruising News: Subject:Fort George River Depths
AMARSE was anchored in the Ft. George River Anchorage the night of 04/15/09.  Departing early in the morning of 04/16, we saw nothing less than 8.8 feet total depth even across the river mouth.  The GPS tide chart indicated that we were 1.8 feet above MLW so that should have yielded at least 7 feet of water at MLW.  We followed Skipper Bob’s advice to use the a range line using the
R72 on the ICW and the R2 on the George River as range markers to intersect the waterway.  We also followed his advice to favor the the southern shore on the George River to G5.  I believe that this is a very good anchorage spot and don’t forget to use your window screens to avoid feeding the voracious “No-See-Ums”. (YMMV)
Fred Reed
M/V AMARSE
Marine Trader Sundeck  Draft 4 1/2


Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Fort George River