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  • Seawall Construction in Dodge Island Cut, Miami Harbor, near AICW Statute Mile

    dodgeThis seawall construction is in the south entrance channel, Fishermans Channel, often used to avoid heavier traffic in the main channel. The construction area is on the north side of the Dodge Island Cut and should not impede navigation.

    FLORIDA – MIAMI HARBOR – FISHERMANS CHANNEL – PORT OF MIAMI (DODGE ISLAND): Area 2 Seawall Construction.
    Ebsary Foundation Company will commence seawall construction at the Port of Miami (Dodge Island) on or about April 21 until September 30, 2014. Operations will occur from 0700 to 1800 Monday through Friday. A barge will be working adjacent to the south side of Dodge Island. The barge is 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100Ton crane mounted on it. The barge will remain in the construction position 24/7. For further information contact Matthew Shiring at 305-325-0530 ext 108. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution.
    Work Site Coordinates and Staging Area:
    SE Corner: 25-46-18.86N 80-10-23.21W
    NE Corner: 25-46-20.10N 80-10-22.42W
    NW Corner: 25-46-22.64N 80-10-28.18W
    SW Corner: 25-46-20.83N 80-10-28.31W
    Chart 11468 LNM: 15/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermans Channel

  • More Discussion of Longer FEC RR Bridge Closures in Store for South Florida?

    Wow, here is a piece of sobering news from our “man on the scene” in Stuart, Florida, Captain Ted Guy. Ted is a maritime attorney and the past president of the Treasure Coast Marine Industries Association, and is unusually knowledgeable about all things nautical when it comes to Eastern Florida and the Okeechobee Waterway. Looks like we may all have more time to wait at railway bridges in Florida, starting in 2015!

    Claiborne, my friend,
    A local controversy has sprung up in the boating community about FEC adding 16 passenger trains each way each day to about ten or twelve freights each way each day, more than doubling the bridge closure down time per day. It will affect their drawbridges from Cocoa Beach to Miami. The new service starting in 2015 is called “All Aboard Florida”, although I’ve heard they may rename it. Check out www.allaboardflorida.com .
    W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

    This is going to be a huge problem if it ever comes to completion. Some estimates say the bridge will be closed up to 75% of the time for train crossings.
    In addition the bridge is beyond it’s end of life and the RR company (FEC) does not intend to replace it. A breakdown is very likely.
    For more information, see the grass roots campaign at:
    http://www.floridanotallaboard.com/
    Paul Sears
    Sailing Vessel “Aurora” currently in Palm City to the West of the RR bridge!

    Vero Beach county officials are raising concerns about the impact of the All-Aboard Florida passenger rail service as outlined the article by Lisa Zahner linked here from VeroNew.com:
    http://www.veronews.com/news/indian_river_county/traffic/county-vero-beach-raise-concerns-about-all-aboard-florida/article_3d54f83e-ba10-11e3-87b7-001a4bcf6878.html

  • Good Words for Harbortown Marina, AICW Statute Mile 965

    Harbortown Marina - Click for Chartview

    Harbortown Marina – Click for Chartview

    Harbortown Marina sits on the northern banks of Taylor Creek, which cuts into the Waterway’s western flank, south of unlighted daybeacon #184, just north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.

    We stayed there after a long day south. The marina is very large, and we were on the face dock. The people were friendly and helpful, and Publix is close. The wifi is not worth trying. I was with tech support which I quit after an hour with no results. I was told there are 4 transmitters and ours was “not well” although the office acknowledged it has never worked well. Overall, I would return.
    John Pholeric

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

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

  • Plans to Replace Remaining Drawbridges in Daytona Beach, AICW Statute Mile 830

    Daytona Beach Bridges - Click for Chartview

    Daytona Beach Bridges – Click for Chartview

    Except for the tallest masted of our friends, the high-rise 65ft fixed bridges have been a blessing, unless like some of us old-timers, you actually miss chatting with the bridge tenders, even the less-than-friendly ones! The article linked below from NewDaytonaBeach.com outlines plans to replace the remaining drawbridges across the Waterway in Volusia County. Of the four bridges crossing the Waterway in Daytona Beach, only Main Street Bridge (closed vertical clearance of 22ft) and Memorial Bridge (closed vertical clearance of 21ft) are drawbridges. Seabreeze Bridge and Broadway Bridge are both high-rise fixed bridges.

    http://newsdaytonabeach.com/county-looking-to-replace-final-intracoastal-waterway-drawbridges/
    daytona2

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Main Street Bridge

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Memorial Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Daytona Beach

  • Florida’s Derelict Vessel Issue Addressed by Legislature

    The issue of derelict vessels in Florida’s anchorages has been brewing for years with much discussion as to how to remedy the situation. New bills now before the Florida congress attempt to offer a solution that will remove the offending vessels without imposing on the rights of legitimate cruisers. It will not be an easy task, since the enforcement of any new regulations will been given to local marine law enforcement which, in the past, has not been on the best of terms with the cruising community, especially transients. The excellent article linked below from KeysNews.com by Timothy O’Hara discusses the bills in detail.

    http://keysnews.com/node/54451

    Laws and regulations already exist that cover this issue thoroughly, but nobody wants to assume the responsibility or pay for the operation to remove the boat. The FWC has developed a detailed and logical set of regulations and procedures for dealing with true derelict vessels. It is not lack of laws, but passing the buck that has caused the real problems. In the Keys the headline grabbing costs have mostly been generated by a few large commercial vessels, like the tugboat that sank recently. Most truly derelict vessels are not insured and in many cases the owners have no assets to seize. I suppose you can now throw them in jail, further costing the taxpayers large sums for years to come.
    John Kettlewell

    Lets hope that local law enforcement doesn’t consider any and all anchorages on the ICW to be “adjacent to heavily travelled channels”. I believe that , as worded, this leaves too much open to interpretation.
    Cambren Davis

  • Report on Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL

    St. Lucie Shoaling – Click for Chartview

    Skipper Harmon is referring to a stretch of shoaling at the eastern end of the Okeechobee Waterway where we have had a Navigation Alert posted since May of 2013, (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=113451). Again, our advice, and that of Skipper Harmon, is to ignore the magenta line and follow the markers.

    The problem stretch near markers 17 and 17A claimed another boater. I recently completed the Okeechobee Waterway and found the charts make this area very confusing and, the small can marker 17A is hard to see. The charts depict a dredged channel and the magenta line indicates you can pass west of the green marker 17. If you follow this route (magenta line) you will find very shallow water. When I passed the area all east bound traffic was leaving the green markers 17A and 17 to the starboard, west bound to the port. If you are meeting traffic, slowing down will allow everyone to pass 17 safely.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

  • Patience Required at Flagler Memorial Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1021

    West Palm Beach Bridges – Click for Chartview

    This latest update on the opening schedule for Flagler Memorial Bridge from week 47/13 comes from Officer Michael Lieberem, 7th District, USCG. Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1021, south of AICW marker #10. With the unusual construction circumstances, even more changes are to be expected.

    Currently the Flagler Memorial Bridge is closed to road traffic. There has been a slight settling that resulted in the spans not properly locking together. It may be associated with the construction of a new bridge immediately south of the old bridge. The DOT are estimating that repairs will be completed by Nov 25. Right now (Nov 17) the spans are kept in the open position. Contact the bridge before passing as the spans may close during the repair process. Also note the recent LNM and changes to the chart 11472 modifying the clearances during construction of the new bridge.
    Bruce Jones

    Officer Lieberem responds and confirms:
    This is correct; however they will need to lower and raise the bridge to ensure proper alignment of the locking mechanism, to the bridge may be down at times when boaters are coming to the bridge. It will open on schedule during these times. As of the 25th, the bridge will be placed on the schedule as outlined in the current BNM and the next LNM article below and will need to remain on the schedule for a long time.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.

    The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.

    Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.

    The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule has been changed starting November 25, 2013, to once an hour on the quarter-hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m. the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard bridges will resume their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117 on December 2, 2013.

    While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies:

    If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
    Michael Lieberum
    Seventh Coast Guard District
    Bridge Branch
    Chief of Operations Section

    Only opening on hour on Wednesday. Royal park on restriction also.
    Patty Hamilton

    We just went through the bridges today [4/5/2014]. The Royal Park bridge is on the 1/2 hr & hr.
    The Southern Blvd bridge is on the 1/4 & 3/4 hr.
    George Grafer, time out

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Flagler Memorial Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Flagler Memorial Bridge

  • Come One, Come All – Vero Beach Cruisers’ Breakfast Every Wednesday Morning, Southern Comfort Grill, Vero Beach, FL, AICW Statute Mile 952

    Vero Beach Marina

    You are invited! And, what could possibly be better than meeting and sharing lies with your fellow cruisers at a communal breakfast. Whether you are a local captain or a transient, the Cruisers’ Breakfast extends a welcome to their weekly morning Breakfasts, every Wednesday at 0800. They will be glad to see you!
    Note that in the text below, the authors describe how you can access easy transportation to the breakfast site, from the city marina via the excellent city bus system. DON’T MISS the wonderful weekly event!

    Vero Beach Municipal Marina - Click for Chartveiw

    Vero Beach Municipal Marina – Click for Chartveiw

    Vero Beach Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, lies on the eastern shores of Bethel Creek, moving northeast and north from the Vero Beach/Merrill Barber, high-rise bridge, south of flashing daybeacon #139.

    Event Title: Vero Beach, FL Cruisers’ Breakfast
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014
    Join us at 8:00 a.m. EVERY Wednesday year round
    at the Southern Comfort Grill located at 642 21st St. in Vero Beach (772-794-0567)
    Contact Jim and Ann Catchick, formerly s/v Lady Ann
    Catchickp@aol.com
    SSCA Cruising Station
    627 Eugenia Rd
    Vero Beach, FL 32963
    772-234-7367
    cell 772-538-8191
    The Southern Comfort Grill is in a strip mall. across the street from the where we used to meet at the old 2002 Restaurant. The free bus from the VeroBeach City Marina has resumed it’s early schedule, so transportation is once again available. The bus drop off is near Publix and the restaurant is just about one block west on the north side of the street in the first strip mall west of the Fresh Market. All are welcome! Contact us for further information.
    This is from today’s entry in SSCA – it’s every week, not just today.
    Skip Gundlach, Flying Pig

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

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

  • Skipper Seeking Advice on a Southerly Cruise

    Skipper Jerry is asking for your input into a cruise he is planning. He has given us his email so you can communicate directly. While the bulk of the cruise will be well beyond the waters covered by SSECN, we know that many of you have made the trip he is proposing. If you have advice for Skipper Jerry, give him a shout!

    I’m looking for input from SSEC members who have sailed recently to Guatemala through Mexico. I will be sailing from Fort Myers Beach and am interested in any customs problems and piracy issues. jcvillines@gmail.com
    Jerry

  • Update on Dredging at AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 1080

    Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

    Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection – Click for Chartview

    This section of the Eastern Florida Waterway has long been designated as an AICW Problem Stretch due to persistent shoaling. Since only passage at mid-to-high tide has been our recommendation, the dredging of this intersection is very welcome news!

    FLORIDA – AICW – MIAMI – BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: (UPDATE: 03/24/2014) Dredge Operations
    Southwind Construction Corp. will commence dredging in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet beginning on or about 18 March. The Dredge JENNIE LEA II and workboats Ann Kay & Viper will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 16 & 78. Operations will continue 24/7 until on or about April 5, 2014. Buoys may be temporarily disestablished to accommodate dredge operations and the channel may be restricted to vessel traffic. Submerged pipeline will be in designated areas then turn southerly toward the Bal-Harbor Beach placement site. Further information contact the Project Manager, Devon Carlock at (812) 867-7220. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For passing arrangements contact the Dredge JENNIE LEA II. See enclosure section for pipeline route.
    The below aids have been temporarily discontinued to facilitate dredge operations.
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7 (LLNR 47822)
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824)
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828) has been temporarily relocated to position 25-54-04.052N / 080-07-54.294W to facilitate dredge operations.
    **The area is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to shifting shoals. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution, seek local knowledge when transiting the area, and use alternate route when necessary.**
    Chart 11467 LNM:12/14

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For AICW Bakers/Haulover Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

    bakers2

  • Shoaling Warned in Ponce de Leon Inlet, near AICW Statute Miles 843 and 839

    This warning of shoaling in Ponce de Leon Inlet comes from SeaTow’s Facebook page. To see that posting, go to:
    https://www.facebook.com/SeaTowDaytona/posts/697592116939014:0

    Ponce Inlet (as it is known to all the locals) intersects the Waterway at Statute Mile 839.5, with a second southerly intersection near St. M. 843.

    Shoal Warning:
    Heavy shoaling exists beyond the posted shoaling markers in Ponce Inlet. Please take caution when transiting the area, as shoaling may not be visible. Keep south off the shoal markers and keep them 150’ off your beam to avoid running aground. The yellow line illustrates our recommended course.
    ***Note: Sand bar conditions can change at anytime and Sea Tow Daytona/Ponce is not responsible for the current accuracy of map.

    Ponce Inlet

    Ponce Inlet

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ponce Inlet

  • Good Words for Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 775.5

     Welcome to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor! Located in America?s oldest city- St. Augustine, Florida- Camachee Cove is a fully protected marina adjacent to the ICW, and less than a mile from the St. Augus

    Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor - Click for Chartview

    Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor – Click for Chartview

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor is located just off the Waterway’s western shoreline, south of unlighted daybeacon #7 and north of the Vilano Beach Bridge.

    Good protected dockage, marine services, full service yard with haul out, restaurant/bar, and sailboat school/rentals at Camachee Cove Marina on the north side of St. Augustine.
    Capt. Alex

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

  • Report from St. Augustine Mooring Fields, AICW Statute Mile 778

    St. Augustine - Click for Chartview

    St. Augustine – Click for Chartview

    The two St. Augustine mooring fields are north and south of the Bridge of Lions in the heart of St. Augustine. The northern mooring field is nearest the St. Augustine inlet and is more often subject to wind and wave action.

    Stopped twice in Nov on the way south. Both times the mooring field was quite uncomfortable from sustained hi winds.
    Great town to visit but long term on a mooring would not be ideal.
    xort

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Southern St. Augustine Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Southern St. Augustine Mooring Field

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Northern St. Augustine Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Northern St. Augustine Mooring Field

  • Martin County Commissioners Approve New Fee-Based Customs Office, Stuart, FL

    The actual location of this new facility has not been identified, but having a customs office in Stuart will allow aviators and boaters to clear customs locally without going to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach. For more on the five year battle to get approval for the new customs office, go to this story by Jane Eschbach, CBS 12 News, http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_13769.shtml

  • Good Saturdays/Great Staff at Beach Marine, AICW Statute Mile 748, Jacksonville Beach, FL

    Beach Marine - Click for Chartview

    Beach Marine – Click for Chartview

    Beach Marine is located south of unlighted daybeacon #34, and just northeast of the B. B. McCormick – Beach Boulevard 65-foot, fixed bridge. The review below comes to us from the AGLCA forum.

    We were heading north and stopped at Beach Marina in Jacksonville Beach,Florida on March 5 for a couple of days while a COLD front blew through. While there the dockmaster Bryan told us that he hosts a “Tiki Hut Party” on the last Saturday of every month for slipholders and transients. Food, beer and wine are FREE as well as DOCKAGE (pull in as early as you like on Saturday and you don’t have to leave until 4 PM Sunday). You only have to pay for electricity ($8 for 30 amp, $12 for 50).
    Call the Dock Master, Bryan Reid (904.694.2098) a day or two ahead and reserve a spot at the party and the dock. ENJOY!
    PS. Great staff; great marina.
    Bob & Jon Volkwein
    M/V YINZER

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Beach Marine

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Beach Marine

  • High Praise for Parker Yachts of Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Parker Yachts is located at 225 SW 32nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, (954) 463-1515, www.parkeryacht.com

    For the second time on our cruise this year, we’ve had tremendous help from a marine business. This time, we were stranded in George Town, Exumas with two non-working engines. Our catamaran has two T9.9 Yamahas. We’d been down one engine for a couple of weeks, and lost the second engine on our arrival in George Town. After trouble-shooting the issues, we determined we needed a replacement CDI, Pulser Coil, and Charge Coil. These parts were not available in the Bahamas so we called several parts dealers in the States. All estimated at least a two-week delivery just to get the parts to their own shops. Susan at Parker Yachts understood our plight and was sympathetic. She managed to get us all that we needed in a matter of days, and personally delivered them to Reggie Express Air for flight directly to George Town. We can’t say enough about how terrific Susan was to work with. Her communication, sense of humor, professionalism, and ability to get what you need FAST is exemplary. Our thanks to Susan and Parker Yachts for helping us to get our engines up and running and our cruise under way again.
    George and Karen Schietinger s/v Tara

  • Update: St. Lucie Inlet Dredging to be Completed By May 2014, near AICW Statute Mile 987

    St. Lucie Inlet – Click for Chartview

    St. Lucie Inlet intersects the Waterway and the eastern genesis of the Okeechobee Waterway near Stuart, FL at AICW Statute Mile 987. The dredging described below refers to work in the Inlet channel, not the Waterway.

    FLORIDA-AICW-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-ST LUCIE INLET: Dredge Operations, (UPDATE: Completion Date).
    Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will continue dredge operations with Dredge “CAPTAIN AJ FOURNIER” in the channel at St Lucie Inlet and the adjoining impoundment basin to their authorized depths. Material will be loaded into hopper barges and transported approximately 5.5 miles south of the inlet, down the Intracoastal Waterway, to Pecks Lake, where the barge unloader “Bean 20” will be moored. The dredge material will then be pumped onto the beach through a submerged pipeline. The dredging activities will extend approximately 300 feet eastward and approximately 2,300’ westward from the entrance of the jetties. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel “Cape Elizabeth”. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 13, 16, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Operations will wrap up on or about 01 May 2014. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.
    Temporarily Relocated due to Dredge Operations: Ref LNM 44/13
    St Lucie Inlet B5 (LLNR 10125 relocated to position 27-09-05.194N/080-09-08.576W
    St Lucie Inlet B7 (LLNR 10135) relocated to position 27-09-58.691N/080-09-33.568W
    Temporarily Discontinued due to Dredge Operations: Ref LNM 03/14
    Chart 11472 LNM: 08/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Lucie Inlet

  • More on Vessel Tax and Registration in Florida

    Vessel taxes and registration in the state of Florida are an ongoing topics on SSECN  (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=106014)  and the comments below offer more good information about keeping your boat legal in regards to taxes and registration. The link for applying for the Sojourner Permit mentioned below is:  http://www.leetc.com/vehiclevessel.asp?page_id=vesselsojourner

    They only allow you to be there 90 days, or else you will have to register the boat and pay Florida sales tax. Florida has reciprocal agreements with other states so proving you paid sales tax in another state will give you credit in FL for that payment.
    We just registered our boat in FL (in order to stay longer than 90 days. Registration cost us just under $200. FL does not tryto collect sales tax so long as the boat did not enter Florida waters for at least six months after you purchased it.
    If you want to stay in the state more than 90 days consecutively (or 183 days per year) you may apply for a Sojourner Permit. This will extend the visiting rights for a registered vessel for an additional 60 days, and it gives a documented vessel an additional year.
    Here is where it gets complicated. The Sojourner Permit is issued by the county. It is a state wide permit but the county issues it. This has lead to a great deal of confusion because many county employees do not know about it. And there are a variety of different interpretations. If you are going to be in Florida for over 90 days you would be wise to educate yourself in advance and get the permit form on line (HSMV 87244 “Application to Register Non Titled Vessels”). Fill it out and take it to the county tax office and be prepared to educate the clerk when you arrive.
    Tom Hale

    Following up on earlier comments — we had no state registration whatsoever (it’s a documented boat) until we came to FL. It is not required by our state of domicile (SD), and we deliberately chose a DE hailing port for the boat and a DE registration for our tender to avoid any “where’s your state sicker” questions — DE does not require or issue registration stickers on documented vessels. (And, yes, I know it matters not one whit what hailing port is chosen for a documented vessel, but there are, apparently, some LEOs who choose to remain blissfully unaware of this fact).
    The permit of which you speak generates a good deal of confusion, as you’ve noted. You can only get one if you already have a registration from another state (yes, even if your boat is federally documented). Also, many tax collectors know nothing about it. See this discussion on the SSECN: http://cruisersnet.net/florida-sojourners-permit-reprise/
    In our case, we’d first need to persuade DE to issue us a registration sticker, which is uncommon for documented vessels and therefore can not be done with just a few mouse clicks (unlike, for example, our tender). That sticker would cost us about the same $200 annually as the FL registration. Then we’d need to apply for the sojourner permit, which would only give us 11 months.
    For the same $200 we now have a regular FL sticker and we can come and go to FL as we please. Also, we have a real sticker to show any other state who wants to play the “show me your sticker” game. We did not have to pay FL sales tax on the boat, although, to be fair, we had the boat for more than a year before we first arrived in FL waters.
    BTW, we did all this at the Martin County Tax Collector in Stuart, and the person who handles boats there was well-versed in the intricacies of FL boat registrations. She collected six months’ worth of marina and fuel receipts from us to establish that the boat had remained outside FL for a full six months after purchase. If you plan to go the same route, make sure you have such documentation — your log book alone will not suffice. We established this practice when we bought the boat, so that we would always have documentation for any state officials that we had not overstayed our welcome in their waters. We also get and keep pump-out receipts for the same reason. FWIW and YMMV.
    -Sean
    m/y Vector

    Not to add to the confused state of this topic, but there’s a big distinction that needs to be drawn regarding the type of tax being discussed. This applies to all major purchases (cars, trucks, boats, etc). There is a _sales_ tax which is paid to the state at the time of purchase (if the state has a sales tax – some don’t).
    There is a _USE_ TAX (pronounced “yoose”) which is paid to the state where the item is being used (if a state has a sales tax, they’ll most likely also have a USE tax). The purpose of this tax is to equalize the tax consequences for someone who goes to a no-tax or low-tax state to purchase a high-priced item, thereby _attempting_ to avoid the state sales tax.
    Florida (and many other states), for example, has both a sales and a use tax. The discussion on this thread regarding taxes generally is dealing with the use tax, not the sales tax.
    There are a number of exemptions to paying the use tax. In Florida, owning the property and keeping it out of the state for more than six months will result in no use tax liability. There are other exemptions as well, including a credit for sales tax paid in another state as well as for a use tax paid in another state.
    Your friendly local tax collector can probably help sort things out (as long as their familiar with their own state’s tax rules).
    Federal documentation of a boat doesn’t affect the tax situation one way or the other; that’s been the case since the 1950s.
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young
    MV Sanderling

    Re “They only allow you to be there 90 days, or else you will have to register the boat and pay Florida sales tax” exactly what “SALE” took place? You already owned the boat when you entered Florida, so I don’t see what sale took place when you entered Florida waters.
    Bob Peterson
    Lopaka Nane

    None, but they want to make sure you paid sales tax somewhere. I’ve never seen the “fairness” in this, but Texas did the same thing when the started requiring Documented boats to register. If you had owned the boat less than 4 years and kept it in Texas over 90 days you had to pay Texas sales tax if you had not paid it elsewhere, no matter where or when you bought the boat.
    Texas, at least gave us the 4 year “loophole”. Not sure Fla has a time limit on ownership. Maybe someone on the list can tell us. With the 4 year rule in Texas, you can imagine all the dodging that was going on for those of us folks that had owned our boats just under the 4 year limit. Lets just say I got to do a couple of lovely cruises to Lake Charles, La and bought fuel while I was there.
    Brent

    Here’s a Florida interesting fact: when your boat becomes 30 years old the state registration fee goes way down. Mine was $7.00 this year. It was $5.26 last year.
    The Motor Vehicle people will not offer this information and you need to remind them and fill in a simple form to get it but it saved me more than $200.00 a year.
    This may happen in other states as well; worth checking into.
    Fred Sorensen
    OA 43

    We purchased our boat in 2009 in Maryland and paid the sales tax plus got a 90 day Maryland registration recommends by the dealer. Immediately took it to Florida where we registered it and it has been ever since.
    Two times since then New York State, where we live, has contacted us for prove that we paid the sales tax and said, if you ever bring the boat into NY waters, or pass through NY waters, we must pay the difference between Maryland and the higher NY sales tax.
    Chas & Bev

    Interesting idea about saving marina and fuel receipts for six months, but for me on a sailboat with large tankage that might be nothing more than a couple of fuel receipts, if that. I almost never stay in a marina. Seems like it might be hard to prove a negative like you have never been someplace. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Bottom line is you were dealing with an ornery official who was probably making the rules up to suit their own agenda. Also, as some have pointed out, never rely on any official to actually know the laws they are supposed to be enforcing. Read up on the statutes in play and be prepared to bring copies of them to show. I have encountered numerous cases of bureaucracy not knowing their own rules.
    John Kettlewell

  • Good Report from North Lake Worth Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1014.2

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    The North Lake Worth anchorage dinghy landing is simply a small beach just north of Little Lake Worth bridge.

    Good news! we anchored at this location, took [our] dinghy to the bridge and walked to all the local stores. No problems. It should be mentioned the landing for dinks is a high crime area and [we] highly recommended to locking your dinghy. I never had any problems [over] the years, but do not take a chance. No one has come to collect at anchor. A great area to rest.
    Plan B

    I’ve anchored in North Lake Worth at least a couple of dozen times and have never heard of anyone trying to charge a fee for anchoring. It is good to hear that the dinghy landing near the bridge is once again available. This is a prime spot for those stocking up and making general preparations for a crossing over to the northern Bahamas–just don’t listen to all the amateur meteorologists on the VHF. Judge for yourself when the weather is right for you to go.
    John Kettlewell

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

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  • Mixed Review from Titusville Anchorage / Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 879

    Titusville Waterfront – Click for Chartview

    451 Marina Rd., Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 321-383-5600, Fax: 321-383-5602, Contact: Joe Stone General Manager, Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 am, Groceries within walking distance  , Restaurants nearby  , 5 minutes from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge  , 10 minutes from Canaveral National Seashore  , 20 minutes from Kennedy Space Center  , 1 hour from Orlando Attractions , The Titusville mooring field lies south of the Titusville harbor entrance channel leading to Titusville Muncipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!. For an earlier report and photos of this anchorage by Skipper Mo, go to http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126392

    Titusville anchorage near bridge and “Cracker Jacks Restaurant” – great anchorage – lousy restaurant. Been twice, place is always filthy and the staff could care less if you were there – they cater to the regulars. Food… skip it and drink bottled beverages. Not a clean place at ALL.
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

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