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  • Reminder of Transient Moorings at Coconut Grove Sailing Club (AICW Statute Mile 1094.5)

    We’ve had numerous reminders of moorings available to transients at Coconut Grove Sailing Club on Biscayne Bay over the last year and the location sounds so inviting! Give the Club a try and let us hear about your stay, because they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Coconut Grove Sailing Club is a member supported sailing club but the moorings are available to the public on a first come first serve basis. They have 200 moorings in the most protected mooring field in Biscayne Bay. The restaurant on property offers great lunch and dinner choices with a view that is hard to beat in the Grove and they usually have live music on Friday nights.
    Sean Connett

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Coconut Grove Sailing Club

  • High Praise for Lighthouse Boatyard off the AICW at Ponce de Leon Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, FL

    Located off the AICW northwest of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, Lighthouse Boatyard is reached by departing the AICW southbound at MM 839.5 and northbound at MM 842. Click on the link below for a Navigational Alert, Chartview and advice regarding the channel markers into Lighthouse Boatyard.

    I want to share a pleasant experience about Lighthouse Boatyard at Ponce Inlet, FL. While cruising on the ICW near New Smyrna we had major prop damage (long story). We needed an emergency haulout so the first place I looked for help was your Cruising Guide to Eastern Florida. We contacted Terry at Lighthouse Boatyard and like your guide says, they went above and beyond to accomodate us. Not only did she arrange the haulout and lined up a prop repairman, Terry also tracked down a vendor for another part we needed. If that wasn’t enough, she offered refreshments and loaned us her car to run errands. We were back in the water the next day at a fair price.

    Click Here To View An Earlier Posting Concerning Lighthouse Boatyard Which Contains Important Information About This Facility’s Entrance Channel

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

  • Praise for The Loggerhead Club and Marina of Stuart, Fl departing the AICW c. Statute Mile 496

    Formerly the Harbourage Marina and Yacht Club, The Loggerhead Club and Marina of Stuart lies northwest of Okeechobee Waterway/St. Lucie River marker #23, and east of the US1/Stuart high-rise bridge.
    We stayed at the Harborage Marina and Yacht Club, now Loggerhead Marina, in Stuart. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The clubhouse and pool area are gorgeous. The restroom-shower facilities are the best we have found in Florida. (We felt like we were at a spa rather than a marina). There is a nice live aboard community there on both the floating docks and the fixed docks. Saint Lucie Inlet to the East gives easy access to the Atlantic and the Bahamas. Saint Lucie River to the West gives access to the Okeechobee Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. The only negative is there are no marine or grocery stores close to the marina.
    Captain Jeff Prahm aboard mv Java Girl

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For The Loggerhead Club of Stuart

  • Praise – and Advice – for Peck Lake Anchorage (Statute Mile 992)

    This popular anchorage lies immediately off the eastern flank of the AICW, just south of the Waterway’s intersection with St. Lucie River and the Okeechobee Waterway. It is usually available only to drafts of 4 feet or less, but, following Susan’s directions, you might find 6 feet or more crossing the shoals that lie between the AICW and the deeper water to the east.

    We’re anchored in Peck Lake with friends and loving life. We came in at dead low tide turning east just south of Green 19. We headed toward the tower and found good water (6+’) all the way in to deeper water. There’s a nice park on the ocean just a dink ride and short walk away. It’s protected and there isn’t much boat traffic mid week. We plan to stay for a few days.
    Captain Susan Parker

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Peck Lake Anchorage

  • Praise For Sunset Bay Marina (South Fork, St. Lucie River, on the Okeechobee Waterway)

    Since the city of Stuart leased out this property, and the facility was rebuilt as Sunset Bay Marina, we have received nothing but praise for Sunset Bay here on the Cruisers’ Net.

    There is no doubt that Sunset Bay is the BEST marina in the Stuart area. It was opened in 2009 so is not yet in many cruiser’s guides. Everything is new, great facilities, although mostly transient, it would pay to book ahead as many people come in for an overnight, then stay for 2 weeks. There is also a mooring field.
    Keith and Laurie Rawlings
    M/V “KenBane”

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

  • Good Words for Hollywood Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 1071.5)

    Tired of the hustle and bustle of Fort Lauderdale? Try Hollywood Municipal Marina as Captain Tim suggests. Click on the link below for other good words for this marina.

    I have always enjoyed Hollywood as an alternative to Fort Lauderdale. I always try to stay in Hollywood when engaged in a boat project or taking a class at the Maritime school in Fort Lauderdale.
    Captain Tim Maggee

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

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  • Hollywood Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 1071.5)

    Hollywood Municipal Marina flanks the AICW’s western shores a short hop south of the Dania Cutoff Canal. The only remotely negative issue I’ve ever had with this facility is that you have to be careful entering the rear slips. A shoal sits just off the docks to the north.

    We spent a few weeks at the City of Hollywood Marina and really enjoyed the area. It is 10 miles north of Miami and 10 miles south of Fort Lauderdale. We rented a car and explored the area. Hollywood has one of the best beaches and boardwalks on the east coast. Hollywood is a throwback to Florida before the 30 story condos took over the entire shoreline. Great bakery just across the ICW.
    Bob Mimlitch

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

  • Much More on the Bridge Of Lions Vertical Clearance Issue (St. Augustine, FL, Statute Mile 778)

    If you have been following the Cruisers’ Net, or most any of the other nautical web sites or mailing list, you almost certainly know there is an issue about whether the newly rebuilt Bridge of Lions that crosses the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, Florida, has less than its charted, mean high water, closed vertical clearance of 25 feet. One week ago today, we issued an alert in response to a message we received from Ms. Laurie Sanderson, Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lion Rehabilitation Project, in which we put forward our belief that this span now has only 22 feet of closed vertical clearance.
    All this discussion was initiated by a report from Captain Bob Mimlitch, who noticed that his craft’s antennae seemed MUCH closer to the bottom of the bridge than they should have been, when he passed under this span. Over the past several days, Captain Mimlitch has copied the Cruisers’ Net on a LIVELY series of messages which have passed between himself, Ms. Sanderson, and two members of the USCG! Read on!

    I told some of you that I would report on the Bridge of Lions when we passed it northbound. Here are my findings:

    Approaching the Bridge of Lions from the south

    The following two photos were taken on 15 June 2010 at 9:49am, as we passed under the bridge.

    The south clearance gauge (tide board)

    After photo analysis, the clearance gauge reads 19.5′, plus or minus an inch, which is clearance at “low steel”. The sign also states 4′ additional clearance at center. Thus clearance at center is 19.5′ plus 4′, or 23.5′. All drawbridges are governed by 33 CFR, which states:

    § 117.47 Clearance gauges.
    (a) Clearance gauges are required for drawbridges across navigable waters of the United States discharging into the Atlantic Ocean south of Delaware Bay (including the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, DE) or into the Gulf of Mexico (including coastal waterways contiguous thereto and tributaries to such waterways and the Lower Atchafalaya River, LA), except the Mississippi River and its tributaries and outlets,
    (b) Except for provisions in this part which specify otherwise for particular drawbridges, clearance gauges shall be designed, installed, and maintained according to the provisions of §118.160 of this chapter.

    § 118.160 Vertical clearance gauges.
    (a) When necessary for reasons of safety of navigation, the District Commander may require or authorize the installation of clearance gauges. Except as specified in §117.47(b) of this chapter for certain drawbridges, clearance gauges must meet the requirements of this section.
    (b) Clearance gauges must indicate the vertical distance between ‘‘low steel’’ of the bridge channel span and the level of the water, measured to the bottom of the foot marks, read from top to bottom. Each gauge must be installed on the end of the right channel pier or pier protection structure facing approaching vessels and extend to a reasonable height above high water so as to be meaningful to the viewer. Other or additional locations may be prescribed by the District Commander if particular conditions or circumstances warrant.

    The hand painted north clearance gauge (tide board)

    After photo analysis, the clearance gauge reads 22.5′ plus or minus an inch, which it states is clearance at center, not “low steel” as required by 33 CFR. This nonstandard clearance gauge does not conform with 33 CFR.
    The south side indicates 23.5′ at center and the north side states 22.5′. There is a one foot discrepancy.
    The listed clearance on the charts and according to the contractor rebuilding the bridge is 25′ at center. Charted heights are based on clearance at Mean High Water (MHW). MHW for the tide station next to the Bridge of lions at the St. Augustine City Dock is listed as 6.41′. MHW reference:,%20FL&type=Datums
    This means that if you pass under the bridge at a low tide of zero, the clearance at center would be 25′ plus 6.41′, or 31.41′. We passed under the bridge with a tide of 4.0′ so we should have had a clearance of 31.41 minus 4.0′, or 27.41′. Said another way, we were 2.41′ less than MHW, so 25′ plus 2.41′ or 27.41′.
    When we passed under the bridge at 7:45AM on 28 April 2010, with a 4.5′ tide the north clearance gauge read 22′ at center, which was our boat’s height with VHF antennas up. Because we were almost 2′ below MHW, we expected 25′ plus 2′ or 27′ at center. When we saw the north clearance gauge reading 22′ at center, Sue ran to the upper helm and watched the antennas miss the bridge by less than a foot. If the listed 25′ clearance was correct, we would have had 5.5′ above our antennas.
    Sue did not miss estimate our clearance as less than a foot instead of 5.5′. The north gauge appears to be correct, which means the listed clearance of 25′ cannot be correct. The listed clearance may be off by as much as 4 or 5′.
    According to Laurie Sanderson, the Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, the Contractor still maintains that the listed clearance of 25′ is correct.
    I don’t have all the answers, but I know the following calculations for clearance at center, based on a 4′ tide, don’t match:

    South clearance gauge = 23.5′
    North clearance gauge = 22.5′
    Listed clearance = 27.4′

    Something is still very wrong. Was the old bridge really 25′ and the new bridge 20′ or 21′?
    Captain Bob Mimlitch
    USCG 100 ton Master Captains License #1002684

    And, below, based on the above described observations, is a copy of an e-mail sent from Captain Mimlitch to Ms. Laurie Sanderson:

    I realized that as Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, you may not realize the importance to mariners of the Vertical Clearance listed on the charts and in the cruising guides. As a Captain, I don’t know in advance what the clearance gauge is going to read until I am very close to the bridge. Any Captain knows that in normal conditions and at tide levels less than Mean High Water (MHW), he should have more than the listed Vertical Clearance. It is against the law for me to request a bridge opening when my boat height does not required – thus I must plan ahead. As I approached the bridge on 28 April, I had planned on the listed Vertical Clearance of 25′ plus two additional feet because the tide was 2′ below MHW. This should give me a Vertical Clearance of 27′. My boat required 22′ of Vertical Clearance, so I did not request an opening.
    I approached the bridge with the current behind me. The current here can reach 2 knots in this area. To maintain rudder steerage of my vessel I need a speed through the water of 4 knots. Heavy currents passing under the bridge and between the fenders can cause eddy currents and challenging steering. Thus I am approaching the bridge at about 6 knots and expecting 5′ of clearance above my antennas.
    What I found was a 5′ disparity between my planned clearance and the tide board reading. What do I do? I can slam both engines into reverse and try to stop in time, back out of the bridge entrance and try to resolve the real height. If I had thought that I only had a couple of feet clearance, with the current behind me, I would have requested an opening just to be safe. Because the listed Vertical Clearance is wrong, my planning was in error.
    We, as boaters, should not have to wait for an accident and the accompanying law suits to resolve the true Vertical Clearance of the bridge. Organizations such as the Waterway Guide, ActiveCaptain, and[Salty]  Southeast Cruiser’s Net stand ready to get the correct bridge height out as soon as the contractor can determine it. Please, as the Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, insure that the contractor knows that this Vertical Clearance must be based on MHW.
    Thanks for your help in this matter.
    Bob Mimlitch

    And, Ms. Sanderson’s reply:

    I appreciate the e-mails you have sent this morning. I also appreciate your position, and the very real concern you present. The information I have provided to you is that which was provided to me by the project engineers and the contractor’s personnel. I have forwarded the e-mails you sent this morning to the Senior Project Engineer and to the contractor, so they may hear directly from you the concerns which you have detailed for me. Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.
    One tiny edit, if you please:
    “According to Laurie Sanderson, the Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, the Contractor still maintains that the listed clearance of 25′ is correct.”
    The contractor actually maintains that their tide gauge is correct, not that the listed clearance of 25’ is correct. If the listed clearance of 25’ is incorrect, the Department of Transportation believes it is not within their jurisdiction, but within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard, to make that correction. The Department of Transportation is responsible for overseeing the contractor and ensuring that the tide gauge is correct. I have forwarded your e-mails to the Senior Project Engineer and to the contractor.
    Laurie Sanderson
    Public Information Officer
    Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project

    From Captain Mimlitch:

    I don’t know whether it is DOT’s responsibility or the USCG’s responsibility, I would assume that Laurie is correct; so who do we contact in the USCG. I hope that one of you have contacts.

    Below, Captain Mimlitch brings this matter to the attention of Mr Dragon, the USCG Chief of the Bridge Branch

    Dear Mr. Dragon;
    I would like to bring a situation with the Bridge of Lions to your attention. I have been discussing this with Laurie Sanderson, the Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, and others for about two months and in todays email Laurie states that the responsibility for insuring the accuracy of the 25′ Vertical Clearance listed on nautical charts and published on government website is the responsibility of the USCG. Below Laurie’s reply, you will find my email detailing my findings and photographs of the conflicting bridge height data.
    Thank you for your help.
    Bob Mimlitch

    And that, sport fans, is where things stand as of late Friday afternoon, June 18. We’ll keep you apprised as more develops!
    In any case, for the moment, we strongly suggest that all skippers count on a MAXIMUM closed vertical clearance of 22 feet when passing under the Bridge of Lions, possibly 21 feet!

  • More Info on the former Burger King Dock in Palatka, FL (St. Johns River)

    Thanks to John Adams, the mystery of the “lost Burger King dock” is solved. Not only is the dock still there as Corky Bell’s, but Burger King is just across the street. Thanks John!

    Submitted on 2010/06/14 at 6:15pm
    The Burger King dock you are referring to is still there only it is now Corky Bell’s dock (they took the Burger King sign down). The Burger King is directly accross the street from Corky Bell’s and if you don’t want to eat at Corky Bell’s you can just cross the street. I tied up there in March on my way back from the Bahamas and stayed the night. In the morning I walked over to the Burger King for breakfast and when I came back I looked up at the very high pilings and found a small obscure sign at the top that said “No over nite docking”. I don’t know why the sign is not on all the pilings if they don’t want you to stay over nite. I tied up at the end of the dock so smaller boats could tie up if needed and didn’t see any sign saying no over-niter’s and I was looking for such a sign. Of course there is no water or electric but it’s free. I did have dinner at Corky Bell’s and it was great as it always is.
    Captain John Adams

    Click Here To View a Previous Posting on the Burger King Dock

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Devil’s Elbow Section of the St. Johns River, Where the Corky Bells Dock is Located

  • Boat Show Marina is now St. Johns Marina in Deland, FL

    Bob and Judy are correct, Boat Show Marina has changed its name to St. Johns Marina, not to be confused with St. Johns Marina in downtown Jacksonville. We have now updated our Eastern Florida/St. Johns River Marina Directory to reflect tis name change.
    By the way, St. Johns Marina overlooks the St. John’s eastern banks, a short hop north of the Whitehair/Deland Bridge.

    Submitted on 2010/06/14 at 12:30pm
    We just cruised the St. Johns River to Sanford and returned. We never saw a “Boat Show Marina” anywhere near the location on the RDB {NE Bank} north of the Whitehair bridge. There is a marina at that location named the St. Johns River Marina. Perhaps they’ve changed their name.
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For St. Johns Marina

  • Comments on Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina on the St. Johns River near Deland, FL

    Located on the southern tip of Beresford Peninsular in the St. Johns River, Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina is across the river from, and should not be confused with, Hontoon Island State Park which is accessible only by boat. For more information on the State Park see

    Submitted on 2010/06/14 at 12:43pm
    On our cruise the past three weeks on the St. Johns River we stayed at Hontoon Island State Park docks on four nights between both passages. After a cruise along the creek that forms the north side of the island we thought we’d fill our gas tank, so dinghed over to Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina (directly across from the park). When we climbed the dock and checked the fuel price, we decided our gasoline supply could wait until we got to Sanford. The price was $4.30 or more (don’t remember exactly). There was also a sign indicating they would be happy to pump out your holding tank for $25.00 – guess that’s their contribution to Florida’s Green Marina initiative! They rent a lot of houseboats, so they’re undoubtedly making a lot of $$ between their high gasoline price for a mandatory fill and required pump out (whether needed or not) after renting their craft!
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida/St. Johns River Marina Directory Listing For Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Hontoon Island State Park Docks

  • Goodbye Burger King Dock (Palatka, FL on the St. Johns River)

    It’s really sad to me that the “Burger King Dock” is no more. This pier used to be spied just upstream from downtown Palatka, on the northern shores of the “Devil’s Elbow” section of the St. Johns. The good news is that there is apparently another dock that boater’s can use along this same stretch at “Corky Bells” (see below). If anyone can provide additional details about the “Corky Bells” pier, please click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.

    Subject: Burger King docks, Palatka
    Cruising News: Sadly, they have removed Burger King and the free dock there, however, right next door is Corky Bells with free day and dinner dockage very walkable to CVS drugs, Napa, and a grocery store.
    On the way down river, we stopped at the Palatka City Docks for the night, They had free water and 15 amp service. However, on the return down river, their electric was not working.
    Captain Sterling

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Devil’s Elbow Section of the St. Johns River, Where the Corky Bells Dock is Located

  • Palm Cove Marina (Statute Mile 747)

    For real AICW veterans, you may recognize Palm Cove Marina’s location as the old spot where Jacksonville Beach Marina once resided. That goes back a LOT of years though! The channel leading to this facility cuts west, a short hop north of the new B. B. McCormick high-rise span!
    The present day incarnation of Palm Cove Marina is a first class facility in every respect, AND they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Just wanted to comment about this facility [Palm Cove Marina] as this is our second time staying here. Good price with the MTOA discount $1.50 per foot + 7% tax ; $11/50 amp; eatery onsite; heads/lounge/laundry; nice pool.
    Don & Rebecca Roman

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

  • Boathouse Marina in Palatka on the St. Johns River

    Boathouse Marina lies west-southwest of flashing daybeacon #1, a short hop south of the Palatka City Dock.

    We stayed here for two nights. 53 ft. boat with 5′ draft. About 8′ of water on the outside docks. Outside dock can hold 2 large boats with all hookups. Shoreside facilities are not much – but people are very friendly and helpful. Great access to downtown. Would stay there again.
    Captain Bernie Heinemann

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

  • A Report On Holly Bluff Marina on the St. Johns River

    Holly Bluff Marina overlooks the St. John’s easterly banks between flashing daybeacons #47 and #49, south of the DeLand Bridge, and north of Lake Monroe.

    50 ft. boat – 5ft. draft. We stayed here one night. They tried to put us in a houseboat slip but it was not wide enough. We ended up on the gas dock. No problem. If you take a slip watch for the cross current. I don’t know how they get those big houseboats in. I guess they don’t have much below the water. It’s a long walk to the free ferry that goes to the state park (you can take bikes on the ferry) as you have to get across a canal and then loop back. Worth the stop. People were very nice.
    Captain Bernie Heinemann

    Click Here To View Another Posting For Holly Bluff Marina

  • A Report on Monroe Harbour Marina in Sanford, Florida

    Monroe Harbour Marina guards the southern banks of Lake Monroe, in the heart of the charted Sanford waterfront.

    50 ft. boat 5 ft. draft. We stayed for two days. They had plenty of room in June. Good facility & ship’s store. They can get diesel by truck, but it needs to be over 500 gal. Sanford is a good town to visit. Lot’s of history and nearby stores. It’s a long trip if they don’t have room, so call ahead. Also be sure to call for instructions as to how to get in – it’s a little confusing for first timers.
    Captain Bernie Heinemann

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

  • A Report on Welaka Public Dock and Museum (St. Johns River, south of Palatka)

    Be sure to see Claiborne’s comments and photos on the post linked below!

    Submitted on 2010/06/07 at 9:44am
    50 ft. boat – 5 ft draft. The city dock is in good shape. We tied to the dolphins on the outside in about 10 ft. of water. A large tie along (floating) dock on the upstream side looked as if we could have used that spot as well, but we didn’t try. No power or water, but no charge either. The museum was worth the stop. They have a convenience store downtown and a beauty shop on the way to the museum. There is also a fish hatchery, but it started to rain and we headed back to the boat.
    Captain Bernie Heinemann

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Welaka Public Dock

  • Doctors Lake/Swimming Pin Creek Anchorage (off the St. Johns River south of Jacksonville, FL)

    As you already know or have heard, the St Johns River is a beautiful stretch of water departing the AICW near Mayport and extending to Sanford, FL. I learned to water ski on the St. Johns and will never forget the smooth-as-glass dark waters. However, I have never visited Doctors Lake and I look forward to anchoring there and to hearing more of your comments and observations.
    Doctors Inlet, leading to Doctors Lake, departs the St. Johns some ten miles upstream (south) of Jacksonville. Be advised that the “inlet” is spanned by a fixed bridge with 37 feet of vertical clearance. If your vessel can’t clear this height, you must forgo the many superb anchorage opportunities on Doctors Lake

    We anchored a 50ft. boat just outside the [Swimming Pin] creek entrance and went in to Whitey’s Fish Camp for lunch. A storm came through and the anchor dragged (a lot). Got back to the boat just before it hit a boat dock. Bottom is soft muck which doesn’t hold well.
    The dockmaster at Whiteys said the water up to the bridge is 6-8 feet deep and he has had 60 ft. boats at his dock. Call him and he’ll make space for you if you want to use the restaurant. It sounds as if you can spend the night there – no hookups.
    Captain Bernie Heinemann

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Doctors Lake, Swimming Pin Creek Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Doctors Lake Mill Cove Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Doctors Lake, Sugarhouse Cove Anchorage

  • Hontoon Island State Park (St. Johns River, 15 miles north of Lake Monroe, and Sanford, FL)

    Hontoon Island State Park is a GREAT place to visit on the upper St. Johns. I have always thought the docks here were more appropriate for smaller craft, so I’m glad Captains Bob and Judy were able to successfully berth thier 41 foot trawler.
    Once the lines are coiled, don’t dare miss a dinghy trip up the nearby Hontoon Dead River. It looks pretty much the same as what must have greeted the eyes of Native Americans as they paddled their canoes up this stream several hundred years ago!

    Subject: Hontoon Island State Park, St. Johns River
    Cruising News: Just tied up at the Hontoon Island State Park on the upper St. Johns River in Florida. About 15 miles north of Sanford; located on the St. Johns River itself (not the smaller creek on the north side of the island). Multiple slips and two face docks with depth around 4 feet and mud bottom large enough to accommodate our DeFever 41 against a mid-ship piling and still have room for a smaller boat behind.
    Bob McLeran/Judy Young

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Hontoon Island State Park

  • Waterline Marina (Melbourne, FL, near Statute Mile 915)

    A lot of cruisers miss Waterline Marina. You must cruise upstream on charted Eau Gallie River. This passage leaves the AICW south of the Melbourne Bridge, and north of marker #2.

    Stayed here mid Dec 2009 to mid Jan 2010. Very reasonable prices, close to bus stop, and walking distance (long walk) to downtown Eau Gallie. Two heads for transients, not climate controlled. I found water depth to be around 6.5′, but am told that the water depth can change (no tidal current; other factors). The owner/manager is very nice and I felt, easy to deal with. If economics drives your decision, this was a great spot.
    HB Koerner
    Take Five

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

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