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  • Uninvited Passenger

    Here’s a little story from Ted Jones, former editor and co-owner of the late, great and much lamented “Coastal Cruising” magazine. This tale signifies to me why we all cruise. Who else could have such an experience but cruisers, and Ted has written it so very well!

    As dusk settled over the ocean on April 29th a land bird suddenly flew into the companionway and landed on Malla’s head as she was working in the galley. Reflexively, she brushed it away, and it flew out over the ocean again only to return, determined to find a suitable perch before nightfall. Malla identified it as a swallow. It had most likely been blown out to sea by the strong westerly winds of the previous several days. Swallows, she said require a perch before dark where they can safely spend the night. Ted was not surprised, having been visited by land birds on several occasions. They rarely survive the experience, and there seems to be no way one can help. We have tried, but the end always seems to be the same despite good intentions. Our little swallow eventually found a roosting place on the extension cord used to connect Ted’s computer equipment when we are dockside.
    Both of us were mindful of our passenger throughout the tumultuous events of the wee hours of Friday morning and were concerned for its safety. Amazingly, it put up with the contents of the ice box counter crashing to the cabin sole at one point and the noise and vibrations of the engine sometime later. It clung to it’s tenuous perch despite the constant motion.
    An hour or so after sunrise, with a “thank you” chirp, our little bird suddenly took flight, out of the companionway, and with a quick orientation circle disappeared toward land, several miles away. We hope it made it to shore. We will never know, although we told it to say hello to Dorcas when it gets to Vermont.

    Ted’s story about the bird that took refuge reminded me of a similar incident around 1982. While wrapping up a dive trip on the wreck of the City of Richmond some 30 miles or so off the Georgetown entrance a sandpiper landed on the instrument panel…and refused to budge. We knew right away the poor critter must have lost it’s bearings and flew out to sea. About the time we approached the Pee Dee entrance it got reoriented and flew away to the beach. Sigh.
    Bill Norris
    (Nobody You Know) Hatteras 40DCMY

  • Lake Park City Marina, A Low Cost Alternative to West Palm Beach (St. M. 1017)- Captain Jane Reports

    View of one of the turning basins and docks. There is additional dockage behind the marina building (a starboard turn) that is even more sheltered.

    Lake Park Marina guards the mainland shores, north of Peanut Island and Lake Worth Inlet. This facility has not been listed on our “Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory” as it was under reconstruction when our directory was formulated. That omission will soon be remedied!

    For cruisers in the West Palm Beach area, waiting for a weather window to pop out to the Bahamas or just looking for a night without anchor watches and with electricity or some other land luxury, you don’t have to break the cruising piggy bank.
    Lake Park City Marina, in Lake Park Florida which is adjacent to West Palm Beach, is a low-cost alternative to the high-priced marinas just a wee bit further south down the ICW. There’s less to tour on land by foot, but if all you need is an attractive, clean, well-run marina for the night within walking distance of a Winn Dixie supermarket and a choice of an upscale restaurant and more modest but honest family-run buffet — then Lake Park is a great low-cost choice. When we compared prices, they came in at about half the price of the city marina in West Palm Beach. Depending upon the length of your boat, that can be worth several good dinners out.
    The marina itself is attractive, as you can see in the photos here, and it is well sheltered behind a breakwater. The entrance is a little counter-intuitive, but it becomes more clear as you get closer to the breakwater in the entrance channel. Don’t be tempted by the port turn — that takes you somewhere else. If you keep going straight, you’ll see the fuel dock ahead and slightly to starboard.
    Showers and rest rooms are excellent and there is free wifi — two key ingredients of a modern marina. Fuel dock is easy access and on all our visits here, we’ve found the marina staff helpful and experienced.
    Jane Tigar
    S/V Lady Jane

  • Key Biscayne Anchorages

    There is an ongoing discussion on the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mailing list about anchorages in or near Key Biscayne.
    Note that the anchorage Captain George refers to below as “Nixon Cove,” we have listed in the Florida Keys Anchorage Directory as “Key Biscayne Anchorage.” Also, as you will see, there is discussion about anchoring on Key Biscayne’s “Hurricane Harbor,” which is just south of the “Key Biscayne Anchorage.” I’ve never tried this anchor down spot, due to concerning about shallow water at its entrance. We would WELCOME MORE INPUT on anchoring in Hurricane Harbor. What depths did you find at the entrance? Would you recommend this anchorage to fellow cruisers? Please register your input on Hurricane Harbor by clicking the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below.

    No Name [Harbor Anchorage] can fill up or cause swing anxiety for the newbie. As mentioned, the anchorage at “Nixon Cove” (nickname, not on the chart) off of the Yacht Club, northwest of Hurricane Harbor on your chart, is good, and popular, or we have anchored several times just outside and slightly south of No Name, just stay to one side of the rather broadly defined channel. The sport fisher will wake you now and then if too close. Then you can take the dinghy into No Name and have a meal at the excellent Cuban/Carribean restaurant that over looks the harbor and take a nice walk in the park.
    Lots of nice spots to anchor from there on south to Marathon, take your time! How big is your boat and how much do you draw?

    I think you would find Hurricane Harbor preferable to No Name Harbor on the southern tip of Key Biscayne.
    It is much larger, uncrowded, has better holding ground, and you can use a longer scope and swing at anchor without ending up near another vessel. It is also a whole lot quieter. Also, there are no fees for anchoring in Hurricane Harbor as opposed to No Name.
    Just be careful to watch the water depth and avoid the shoal that extends out to the north and west as you make your approach to the harbor. When actually entering the harbor, stay close to the north wall where the channel is deepest.
    Martin I. Veiner

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For The Key Biscayne Anchorage

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

  • Acosta Creek Marina (St. Johns River)

    This facility sits in a rather isolated location south of Palatka, but, hey, on the St. Johns River, that’s probably what most cruisers are looking for.

    Great small town marina. Inexpensive dockage, excellent happy hour under the oak a 5 pm(listen for the bell). It’s also a you can work on it boat yard. Owner may lend you his car to get supplies. Make sure and visit the wooden boat museum in town.
    Captain Sterling

    <a href=””><span style=”font-size: normal;”><strong>Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Acosta Creek Marina </strong></span></a>

  • Lantana Anchorage (Statute Mile 1031)

    The waters comprising the Lantana Anchorage lie just south of  the Lantana Bridge (itself just south of West Palm Beach), and off the AICW’s western flank. Protection is only fair here, and, as Captain Sterling notes below, you are subject to the wake of passing vessels.

    Good holding, but you may get some wakes. However, the tiki bar on shore is worthwhile, with wifi, and good happy hours. Walk to town (one block) for library, drug store, restaurants.
    Captain Sterling

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For The Lantana Anchorage

  • Pine Island Loop Anchorage (Statute Mile 765)

    The Pine Island Loop Anchorage is about the only spot to reliably drop the hook between southern Jacksonville Beach and the Tolomato River. Even so, be SURE to check out this haven’s entry in our “Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory” BEFORE attempting first time entry. There are some navigational concerns on these waters!

    Good anchorage, but anchor farther in if your concerned about the occasional wake. Quiet, no traffic after sunset.
    Captain Sterling

    <a href=””><span style=”font-size: normal;”><strong>Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage  Directory Listing For the Pine Island Loop Anchorage</strong></span></a>

  • River City Marina (downtown Jacksonville, on the St. Johns River)

    Captain Sterling isn’t kidding when he notes that this marina is swept by strong currents. Be ready for these swiftly moving waters as you approach the docks. Even with this drawback, we like to tie up here and take the water taxi cross the St. Johns to the huge Jacksonville Landing shopping/dining complex. Everyone should do this at least once!

    Lots of current here! ask for help if you need it! Take the water taxi or dink across river to the Landings for restaurants.
    Captain Sterling

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

  • Palatka Quality Inn Docks (St. Johns River, just north of Palatka High-Rise Bridge)

    The Palatka St. Johns River community actually has three places where visiting cruisers might coil their lines. The subject of Captain Sterling’s quick note below lies north of the high-rise span, while you might also choose the city dock or Boat House Marina, south of the span. The city docks are usually free, but power and water hook-ups are minimal at best. Boat House Marina usually has only a limited number of transient slips.

    A bit exposed, but relatively inexpensive. Fixed docks. Showers, and laundry. walkable to town. No food [or] shopping close by.
    Captain Sterling

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palatka Quality Inn Docks

  • New Smyrna Beach, A Charming, Understated Spot – Captain Jane Reports (near St. M. 846)

    New Smyrna Beach Marina, 201 N. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168, 386-409-2042Captain Jane’s usual sterling job of reporting on ports of call, as only she can do!
    Do note that the New Smyrna City Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and highly recommended by all of us here at the Cruisers’ Net!

    Timing bridges under repair and tides for poorly maintained shallow parts of the waterway, this 2009/2010 snowbird season, has caused us to go long some days and short on others, choosing our tides carefully or timing a weird bridge repair schedule.
    In addition to allowing us to get deeply in touch with our relationship to patience, our “new timing” has brought us to some good new ports of call. One of these good new finds is New Smyrna Beach and its City Marina. I confess, once again, my bias in favor of city marinas — I think it’s a wonderful civic service to offer public dockage for boaters. I don’t understand the concept of privately owned slips — I thought the point of having a cruising boat was to cruise, not to grow barnacles in a privately owned slip, but that’s a longer discussion and distracts me from giving praise where praise is due.

    New Smyrna Beach Historic district, a short walk from Smyrna Beach City Marina

    New Smyrna Beach City Marina occupies a small and charming cove, tucked away yet directly off the ICW where it makes an elbow turn. Two large rocks mark the harbor entrance and during our stay hosted an impressive number of pelicans and cormorants who made frequent forays into the fairways for lunch. It made it a sweet place to visit — I’m partial to birds and I enjoyed the pelicans and cormorants by day and the green heron fishing off a neighboring boat at first light.
    Facilities at New Smyrna Beach City Marina are spotless — clean modern heads and showers, good laundry facilities. While we were there, we found the dockmaster on duty friendly, professional and eager to tell us what was within walking distance and which establishments are his favorites. If you need some re-provisioning, there is a Winn Dixie supermarket about a mile’s walk from the marina.
    ICW ports of call, how

    A real bakery... Joyce Miller, manager of Love Muffins Bakery home of what is billed as the 'world famous Mini Cinni's'

    ever, are not just about cruiser necessities, but about the town and the people beyond the dock. New Smyrna Beach is an actual town with a charming historic district, just a short walk from the marina. There are several places to eat — we spotted a new Mexican restaurant, Lil’ Neal’s a very casual barbecue place (the kind so casual that it could be a real find); Mahoney’s Oyster Bar, featuring with hearty soups and sandwiches, and a more generalist type of restaurant, Jason’s Corner.
    If you want fresh baked bread — 10 grain and sour dough the morning we stopped in — or muffins, mini cinnamon rolls, or other baked goods — Love Muffins is a real bakery where you will find the real thing. It’s a right turn almost as soon as you enter the historic district. My first mate’s mouth was full of a mini cinnamon roll, so I can’t quote him, but he gave a big thumb’s up with his free hand.
    If you want a seafood lunch or dinner, we hear the place to go is adjacent to the marina and it is located in one of your visual clues for sighting the harbor entrance — a blue building that houses Dolphin View, a fish restaurant. Locals told us they serve an honest fresh fish sandwich or platter and they advertise on their door a $4.95 all you can eat breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Jane Tigar
    S/V Lady Jane

  • “Potty Patrol” Once Again Underway on AICW/Indian River

    Notice that the inspections Captains Bob and Judy describe below are taking place at MARINAS. I would bet there are also cruising craft being stopped while underway as well.

    According to today’s issue of Florida Today newspaper [4/26/10], over the weekend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) launched onboard inspections of sanitation systems of live-aboard boats in marinas and boats on the ICW. Over the weekend they inspected boats in marinas on Merritt Island, Melbourne and Vero Beach. The operation is going to continue until Friday (April 30th).
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    I had the experience personally yesterday. Went to Sanderling to do a little work after posting the article to this list. The young FWC officer had no idea that only a few places in Florida are no discharge
    zones (he’d spent most of his short career in the Keys, which IS a NDZ) and he’d never heard of a Lectrasan/Electrascan. I proceeded to provide a modest amount of education, he called his supervisor and confirmed that his new teacher was correct. Very receptive, courteous, not an issue. Got a receipt from him that Sanderling was in compliance.
    A friend in another marina where sanitation inspections were taking place yesterday told me that the FWC officers were taking “samples” from the Lectrasan boats for testing. How they did that I’m not sure, but I’d never take either of my Lectrasans apart to allow a sample to be taken, nor would I break the overboard line for that purpose (there are couplings to do so. If the FWC officer wanted to get into the engine room to do it, with the assurance that they’d be responsible for any damage, I’d CONSIDER letting them do so!
    We’ve been boarded several times by water cops (local sheriffs or FWC officers) for sanitation inspections and when we’d tell them we had 2 heads and 2 Lectrasans they all said “thanks” and departed!
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    We were boarded in Vero Beach mooring field shortly after arriving on Saturday and the dye test was done. Then again on Sunday when we were on the ICW heading to Cocoa, the same two officers came up to our boat but recognized us and laughed and said didn’t we check you yesterday? Just doing their job.
    Capt. RL & Karen
    s/v Last Call

    How are they treating boats with Porta potties and pump out systems that are legal? Also how are they dealing with wag Bag owners/

  • St. Augustine to Fernandina Beach – Captain Ted Jones Reports

    The author of the note below, Ted Jones, is the former editor and co-owner of the late, much lamented “Coastal Cruising” magazine. We are pleased that Ted is now sharing regular reports with the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net about his cruises.
    There’s a whole passel of useful cruising news in Ted’s note below. Let’s all “go to school” on what he has to share!
    Note Ted’s less than happy experiences while cruising NE Florida with water levels much thinner than usual, almost certainly the result of “wind tides.”

    We arrived here from St. Augustine late yesterday afternoon after a difficult slog through waters which were as much as two feet below normal levels. We met a tug pushing a barge at the narrowest part of that section of the ICW with two “S” turns. I called him on 13 and suggested a port to port pass and said we would stay out of his way. On the starboard edge of the channel we had a depth sounder reading of 4.5 feet (actual 6.5) and were crowded cheek by jowl with the barge. We passed within 20 feet of the barge. A few minutes later I looked back, and the wind had pushed the barge further to the south and it had run aground. When last seen, the Island Pilot (tug) was trying to pull his charge back into deeper water.
    It was a stressful day of watching depths in mid channel get down to 3.5 feet at times (we run aground at 2.5 feet), and the NW wind continued to increase to force 7. When we got to Fernandina Beach, we sought shelter in a back creek where the current is strong, but we rode okay with both anchors out.
    This morning we came into the marina, washed our laundry, and plan to leave in the late morning, heading offshore as we did in early January sailing in reverse from St. Mary’s inlet and on up to Beaufort, SC,
    which should take us 24 hours give or take. The forecast is for the NW winds to diminish tomorrow, remaining up to 10 knots, then on Thursday, the wind should go around to the south and blow us up St. Andrew’s Sound to Beaufort.
    Several of our companion reverse snowbirds have dogs aboard, so do not have the option of avoiding Georgia by sailing offshore.
    Tomorrow, we leave Florida behind with mixed feelings. It might be a great place to visit in the winter time, but we surely wouldn’t want to live here year around.
    Ted Jones

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

  • Fort George River Anchorage (Statute Mile 735)

    We love to anchor on Fort George River, within sight of historic Kingsley Plantation. Swinging room is just a bit skimpy, and entering the river channel from the AICW can be a little tricky for first-timers.

    On 4/9/2010 we entered Fort George River from the ICW, passing closely to the ICW (R”72″) marker at the mouth and favoring the southern shore all the way past Kingsley Plantation. At dead low tide, we never saw less than 7 feet. We anchored just beyond the plantation and went ashore with the dinghy for a very informative visit of a unique piece of American history. Lots of no-see-ums and it is a main thoroughfare for a bunch of center-cockpits in a hurry, but they are gone after dark. Lots of current too, but a nice anchorage and lovely spot.
    Allen Ames

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

  • Cocoa Anchorage (Statute Mile 897)

    Both of the ‘uncomfortable” Cocoa Anchorages described below by Captain Ames, lie just south of the Cocoa high-rise bridge. As you might have guessed, one is found east of the Waterway, and the other west of the channel. The anchorage Ames described to the “northeast” near the “channel to nowhere” was not familiar to me, so I posted a question here asking for more info. As you will see, Captain Hobart responded beautifully in the second note posted below. We will be adding this anchorage to our “Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory” shortly!

    In southerly winds, when the two anchorages marked here are uncomfortable, there is a nice anchorage Northeast of the bridge near the marked “channel to nowhere”. A dinghy ride along that channel will take you past a bait shack/bar (favor that side as there is a shoal in the middle of the “cove”) on the right to Ms Apple’s Crab Shack offering the best blue crabs on the east coast and lots of fresh fish and shrimp as well as full meals. About a block up the road is a West Marine.
    Allen Ames

    Subject: cocoa anchorage
    Cruising News: The channel to nowhere used to be the entrance to a marina at that spot. The shoreline is now covered by condos. This anchorage should have a deep bottom as they hauled sailboats over 40′ when in business. The marina was sheltered from all but a NW wind.
    Roger Hobart

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

  • Hollywood Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 1071.5)

    Hollywood Municipal Marina is found directly off the Waterway’s western flank, south of Dania Cutoff Canal. It’s easy to find by water, but trying to drive here by auto is another story indeed – take my word for it. Of course 99.9% of cruisers will be arriving by boat, so that is not a major concern!

    Been here several times, has season and off season rates. Take a walk across the bridge to the beaches and shoreline shops and walkway, it’s a piece of old Florida just south of Ft. Lauderdale.
    Several fun bars on the waterway, and a quick shop , all accessible by boat or dinghy.
    Capt Sterling

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

  • Ocean Club at Port Canaveral (on Canaveral Barge Canal)

    Please note that Ocean Club at Port Canaveral is now listed on the Cruisers’ Net’s “Eastern Florida Marina Directory.” Just follow the link under Captain Lipton’s message below, and get the full story, plus check out this facility’s exact position!

    Subject: Marina in Port Canaveral
    Cruising News: I was recently travelling south and came in from the ocean to Port Canaveral. I wanted to stay close to the Port in case I could run the ocean the next day. So I stayed at the Cape Marina, the first one I came to. Very “industrial”. If I had of gone just a little further I would have found the Ocean Club at Port Canaveral. I did find it the next morning when I walked over and met Bill Norris, the Marina Manager. He gave me a tour of the facilities – absolutely stunning and first class. All floating docks, unlike Cape Marina. And competitive rates. To anyone in this area, I highly recommend you go to the Ocean Club. You will not be disappointed – in fact you might want to stay a couple of days.
    Lois Lipton

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Ocean Club at Port Canaveral

  • Great Food Find in Cocoa Village – Captain Jane Reports (Statute Mile 897)

    Soup and Stews by Lea sounds like one of those incredible finds that cruisers occasionally happen onto. Now, after reading our fearless roving reporter, Captain Jane Tigar’s, message below, you’ll be “in the know” whenever you happen by the charming community of Cocoa, FL!!!!!

    Lea's "real" son behind the counter here; everyone seems to call Lea "Mom" -- even we did and that was before dessert.

    When I asked the waiter for an allergy check on the seafood stew and he turned around and called out to the woman scurrying past him, “Mom, does the seafood stew have any dairy in it?”
    I knew we were in for a treat.
    Yes, this is Mom’s cooking for those of us whose Moms are really really really good cooks and for those of us who wish our Moms were. Don’t let the name or the constant running of Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi footage on the TV screen fool you, Soups & Stews by Lea is a whole lot more than great soups and stews. A short walk from Cocoa Village Marina, where Lea and her family live on their boats, Soups & Stews also serves up ceviche, paella, salads, home-made empanadas, sandwiches (from the Cuban American to the Turkey Trot) as well as home made desserts including several different cheesecakes, flourless chocolate cake and creme brulee.
    We can personally vouch for the shrimp mahi spicy stew — thick with seafood, spicy and full of flavor (a lot of herbs in there, explained Lea), the black bean soup, a Greek salad which was so big that, unless you know my first mate, you’d be shocked he ate the whole thing. When I say Greek salad — I don’t mean those flavorless iceberg lettuce numbers with a sprinkle of feta and some olives. This was fresh mixed field greens piled high, with real homemade Greek vinaigrette, and every ingredient high quality and full of flavor. Even a side salad was generous and excellent — with wonderful sweet peppers, marinated artichokes, hot house cucumbers and shaved onion.

    Lea advising a customer on the important subject of which Empanada to choose.

    The menu offers a wide range of food with an occasional Cuban accent. Here are some items from the menu the night we were there: Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce, Chorizo with Potatoes, Ciregnola Olives infused in Citrus White Wine, Paella, Pork Loin in Mojo with Rice, Black Beans and Yucca, Classy Chicken Salad (marinated diced roasted chicken with cranberries, walnuts, tomatoes, mixed greens and gorgonzola cheese.
    A huge slice of Lea’s house-made –she made it that morning — blueberry cheesecake reduced my otherwise voluble first mate to silence. Lea came by to check on him and when he looked up in wonder, she said: “This cheesecake, it’s good for your sex life.”
    If you look around the restaurant, you’ll see bold and sassy graphics and sayings on the walls, the counters, the table tops… the floor. This is no chain restaurant (though now that I mention it, this is a place I’d love to see at every cruising stop) and the graphics, like the food, are also house-made. Lea’s previous business was digital imaging and signage. When the economy took a downturn, she thought to herself, what did you do in a depression? “You open a soup kitchen.”
    This is no depression soup kitchen, this is one uplifting place. Lea is fun, bubbly, and really cares that you love what you are eating. She came by the table several times to make sure we were happy and that we didn’t leave a thing on our plates or in our bowls. She didn’t know I am the Fearless Roving Reporter Captain Jane — we were just two bedraggled looking cruisers coming in from the cold hoping for a cup of soup. What a surprise find this was for us. This is real food made fresh with honest ingredients and most important, made with love. Guaranteed.
    And get this — Soup & Stew offers free delivery of food to your boat at Cocoa Village Marina, or even at the anchorage by the bridge. (321)-504-4004.
    Captain Jane Tigar

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

  • Harbortown Marina (Fort Pierce, St. M. 965)

    Harbortown Marina is located north of downtown Fort Pierce. We also strongly recommend that you consider nearby Fort Pierce City Marina, and not just because this latter facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. They are also an absolutely first-class, city run marina in every way, shape and fashion!

    I left my boat here while visiting friends in Vero Beach. The cost for the slip, with power (monthly rate) was the same as staying at a mooring at Vero Beach Municipal Marina. Of course, this only works if you have access to a car. Great staff, nice restaurant, and yes, the docks do need some attention. If you look at an unprotected piling (most are wrapped with some material that hide the damage), you wonder how they stand up to the stress.
    HB Koern

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Harbortown Marina (Fort Pierce)

  • Palm Cove Marina (Statute Mile 747)

    FULL MARINE SERVICE ON SITE TRANSIENT DOCKAGE WELCOMEPalm Cove Marina is found along the western flank of the AICW, just north of the new, B. B. McCormick high-rise bridge. This fine facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!!! Please patronize them whenever possible.

    Last night, we stayed in Jacksonville Beach at Palm Cove Marina. We arrived at dead low tide and had about an inch under us in their channel as we very slowly approached. Our draft is 5′.
    Showers were clean and spacious. Pool looked inviting, but too chilly to try it out.
    After an invigorating walk to Publix to restock the frig, we enjoyed one of our best dinners of the entire trip at Marker 32 Restaurant next to the marina. Florida pompano and Florida shrimp and grits were great. Service was terrific too. Ask for Tiffany or Steve.
    Pete & Mary Ann

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

  • St. Augustine City Marina (Statute Mile 778)

    St. Augustine City Marina is a good facility, and it has the advantage of being within easy walking distance of the historic districe, but don’t overlook Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, just to the north, and Conch House Marina on Salty Run. Both of these latter facilities are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS!

    Just stayed there 4 days. Nothing bad about this marina except the noise of the construction crews working to dismantle the temporary bridge used when they were doing the major overhall of the Bridge of Lions. Very convient to downdown St.Augustine. One of our favorite cities in our cruise down the ICW this spring.
    Highly recommend this marina.
    SV Aquarius

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

  • River City Marina (downtown Jacksonville, St. Johns River)

    I can personally attest to the veracity of Captain Sterling’s report below. I’ve laid my own eyes on the current in question. Request that some of the dock attendants meet you. With their help. and caution, you should find your way safely to your slip.

    Currents can rip through here, seek dock assistance if you need it. There is a water taxi to take u across the river to the landings, where there are restaurants, bars, stores, etc. Also the landings has free docking!
    Capt. Sterling

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

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