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  • 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

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    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

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  • 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

  • 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

    North Lake Worth Anchorage Click for Chartview

    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

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

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  • Good Words for the Staff at Loggerhead Club & Marina – Lantana, FL, AICW Statute Mile 1030.5

    Loggerhead Club and Marina – Lantana – Click for Chartview

    Loggerhead Club and Marina flanks the western banks of the Waterway, south of marker #38 and north of the Lantana Avenue Bridge.

    Loggerhead Lantana – Not much going on there but the staff again was fantastic.
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Club and Marina

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  • Report from Loggerhead Marina – Hollywood, AICW Statute Mile 1073

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    Loggerhead Marina – Click for Chartview

    The entrance to dockage basin at Loggerhead Marina – Hollywood cuts west, immediately south of AICW marker #42.

    Loggerhead Hollywood – seemed in a bit of a rough area; Had to pass through 3 gates to get in and out and a camera shoots your picture when you enter.
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

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

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  • Good Review of Loggerhead Club Marina, Vero Beach, AICW Statute Mile 948.5

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    Loggerhead Club Marina – Click for Chartview

    Loggerhead Club Marina lies west and a bit south of the AICW’s marker #122 in Vero Beach, FL. Our thanks to Skipper Mo for this thorough report!

    Greetings,
    I have a report on the Vero Loggerhead. We are in the “Loggerhead Club” for a month and Vero was a spotless very well run marina. Steve, the Dockmaster/Manager runs a super marina. Publix and a CVS, Walgreens, Brooklyn Water Bagel, Asian House and a nail salon and barber and hair salon are all an easy 3/4 bike ride. The biking is fantastic in the Great Harbor Development (which is where the marina is located). The pool is immaculate and the boaters lounge and bathrooms are spotless. Great washer dryers at $1.25 a load. Those are the BIG pluses. The only drawbacks – to get to restaurants you really need a vehicle. You can bike to the Riverside which is about 4.5 miles away but it’s not a friendly ride – some side walked and a lot not, so you are on a highway. The marina is so nice, many folks wondered why they didn’t have a little tiki bar set up (to overcome the restaurant issue) and a spa. There is room for it for sure. The owners should consider this – it’s not a huge investment and will make it a more fun spot to stay a full season.
    Again, spotless, well run marina with a staff that is fantastic! We’ll be back!
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

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

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  • Good Words for Ortega Landing Marina, Ortega River, off the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

    Ortega Landing Marina – Click for Chartview

    Ortega Landing, the first facility you will encounter upon entering the Ortega River from the St. Johns, only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, is indeed a fine facility.

    We highly recommend Ortega Landing Marina. We have been there 4 years, all floating docks. Good hurricane hole and excellent staff. Located 16 miles up the St Johns River from the ICW, in the Ortega River, Jacksonville.
    Gary Whiting

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

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  • Good Words for Seven Seas Marina and Boatyard, AICW Statute Mile 835

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    Seven Seas Marina – Click for Chartview

    Seven Seas Marina & Boatyard lies east-northeast of AICW marker #56, and just north of the Port Orange high-rise bridge. And, their transient dockage rate of $1.00 per foot, per night is almost unheard of these days!

    We enjoyed our stay. People were friendly. And the Pat’s Café was great. Easy walk up the street to the beach and bus route. Had to push ourselves to leave. No Pumpout.
    Galen s/v Spindrift

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

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  • Dredging To Begin in Sebastian Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 936

    No completion date or scope is given for this dredging project, but be alert for dredges, barges and submerged pipelines in the inlet which intersects the Waterway between Melbourne and Vero Beach, FL. Navigation of Sebastian Inlet is restricted by a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of 37ft.

    FLORIDA-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-SEBASTIAN INLET CHANNEL: Dredge Operations
    Orion Marine Construction will commence hydraulic dredge operations in Sebastian Inlet, Sebastian, Florida. Operations will occur in the vicinity of private Aids – Sebastian Inlet Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 9730) and buoy 3A (LLNR 9740.1) on or around February 25, 2014 completion date is (TBD). The Dredge JERI-B will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 and working channel 78 days of Operation (7-days per week/24-hours per day). Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operations will be utilized. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Further information contact Jared Rackley (904) 868-9498 or Mr. Prasong (904) 451-3216. Chart 11472 LNM: 06/14

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

  • Bad Dining Experience in St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778

    St. Augustine Waterfront – Click for Chartview

    This restaurant review comes from our friends at St. Augustine Cruisers’ Net, https://www.facebook.com/groups/staugustinecruisersnet/

    Took my family to Cellar 6 for dinner tonight. By far the worst dining experience I have ever had in the 12 years of eating out in St Augustine. Extremely disappointed, especially since we enjoyed the drinks when we went there for happy hour with the net [St. Augustine Cruisers net]. Needless to say will never go back.
    Johnathan Hughes

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  • Ice Cream Shop Recommendations in Stuart, FL, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 5

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    Stuart Waterfront - Click for Chartview

    Stuart Waterfront – Click for Chartview

    Ice cream is often the most sought after commodity whenever going ashore, regardless the time of day. When in Stuart, enjoy the recommendations offered by Skipper Susan Landry, co-owner of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com)

    You won’t have to walk far from the Stuart waterfront to find ice cream. It boasts a Kilwin’s, G&G Gelato and Kelly’s Kones all within a three or four block radius! One’s too crowded, keep going to the next one! We just can’t walk past Kilwin’s without stopping.
    Although not technically ice cream, it is a frozen treat and also my other fave dessert – the frozen key lime pie on a stick dipped in dark chocolate. Of course, this had to have originated in Key West. The Blond Giraffe and other key lime pie companies sell this sweet feast for the taste buds. You can find this in the Keys at a number if locations. I had the good fortune to find dipped cheesecake on a stick at a boat show on the Chesapeake last summer. I suggested to the guy he might want to branch out into key lime pie…
    Susan Landry

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  • Ice Cream Shop Recommendation in Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 716

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    Fantastic Fudge Ice Cream Parlor

    Ice cream is often the most sought after commodity whenever going ashore, regardless the time of day. When in Fernandina Beach, enjoy the recommendation offered by Skipper Susan Landry, co-owner of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com)

    Fernandina Harbor – Click for Chartview

    Fortunately, you don’t have to go far into Florida to get your first fix. Fernandina Beach houses probably one of the most visited ice cream shops along the Waterway. About four blocks from the marina, this gem, Fantastic Fudge, makes and sells fudge and other candy. Their Birthday Cake ice cream is some of the best that I have ever had. Fantastic Fudge proudly sells Florida’s own Working Cow ice cream. You will likely find a line here, which is fine. One, you get more time to make up your mind and two, you know it must be good if this many people are waiting in line for it. I have to recommend the Raspberry Haze.
    Susan Landry

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fernandina Harbor

  • Good Visit to Welaka, FL, on the St. Johns River

    The charming old Floridian community of Welaka guards the St. Johns’ eastern banks south of Palatka and north of Lake George, between markers #48 and #50. The cafe at the top of the hill mentioned by the Sturms is probably Cafe Bleu, highly recommended by other cruisers, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=110746

    Stopped for the day at the free dock in Welaka at mile 95. This is a deluxe floating concrete dock with space for maybe a half dozen boats (no power or water) and there are a couple of restaurants within walking distance – one at the top of the hill adjacent to the dock. We tried both of them and were pleased. The best surprise is the athletic and playground complex / tennis courts at the top of the hill have hot showers and all of this is free. Just be sure to bring a roll of toilet paper with you. Sadly, the maritime museum has closed and is now just a storage building. In short, we liked Welaka.
    Elaine & Russ Sturm
    Twelve Stones

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Welaka, FL

  • A Visit to Sixmile Creek and the Famous Crab Shack, off the St. Johns River

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    Sixmile Creek – Click for Chartview

    Six Mile Creek stretches out from the southeastern corner of Palmo Cove, itself a short hop southeast of the infamous Shands Bridge at Green Cove Springs. Be advised that you may have to cruise through some 4 1/2 foot soundings to reach the stream’s mouth, and again as you approach the Crab Shack’s docks. If you can navigate in these depths, the effort is well worthwhile!

    The previous night, we stayed on the free dock at Outback Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek (Mile 47) and it is a bit shallow getting in there with 5 foot draft boats needing high tide.
    Elaine and Russ Sturm
    Twelve Stones

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Palmo Cove and Six Miles Creek

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, In Satellite Photo (“Hybrid”) Mode, Zoomed To the Location of the Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek

  • Even More Discussion About Florida Mooring Fields

    We have previously published several strings of messages about the Florida Pilot Mooring Field program. Some hate it, some like it, and some are not sure exactly what to think, and just want additional information. Linked below you will discover a series of messages which recently appeared on the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mailing list. As you will see, again, there is a wide range of opinions, but we found some of these notes extremely well thought-through, and definitely thought provoking.
    Note that some of these contributors are referring to the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission) report on Florida Mooring Fields, which was recently published, and about which we will have more to say editorially soon!
    This series of messages is sooooo lengthy, instead of pasting them all below, we invite you to visit:

    http://www.CruisersNet.net/even-more-discussion-about-florida-mooring-fields

  • Murphy Creek Anchorage, St. Johns River, South of Palatka

     From our friends at the American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Forum, (http://www.greatloop.org/), comes this excellent review of the Murphy Creek anchorages. This stream breaks off from the St. Johns, hard by Dunns Creek, several miles south of Palatka, and eventually loops around and rejoins the St. Johns south of marker #26. We have always suggested entering Murphy Creek by way of Dunns Creek, as the former stream’s westerly mouth channel is somewhat constricted. But, hey, looks like Captains Elaine and Russ were able to successfully navigate both entrances in their 37 foot trawler. Of course, note they have a shoal draft of only 3 feet!

    We have a 37′ trawler 3′ draft, 16′ beam. Murphy Creek is one of our favorite anchorages. We have traveled the entire Creek entering both the north & south and exiting both as well. The North entrance is shallower at times but stick to the chart.
    I have some amazing pictures from our times on anchor. Its a quiet peaceful anchor spot.
    We spent several months last year traveling the entire St. Johns after purchasing our boat. Its a great river.
    Elaine & Russ Sturm
    Twelve Stones

    We were there in November 2013. It is fine as an anchorage with no depth problems as long as you stay in the marked channel. We cruised the entire length of it and never saw less than 7 feet at any time. We did not stop here, but had it planned as an alternate if the weather turned bad. You will see wildlife here, but nothing like what you will see further south.
    If you are interested in our trip down the St. Johns, our blog is at http://www.wacithree.blogspot.com. The wildlife gets better and better the further south you go and reaches its peak in the Blue Springs area near DeLand and Hontoon Island State Park. Be sure your dinghy is ready to explore areas your boat will not be able to navigate and you will see a part of Florida that few cruisers have a chance to see. The St. Johns has been the highlight of our Loop so far. Check our blog for details.
    Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller
    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Murphy Creek Eastern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Murphy Creek – Murphy Island Anchorage

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  • Repairs Temporarily Reduce Vertical Clearance to 28ft at Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville FL

    Main Street Bridge – Click for Chartview

    Having just posted a change in the charted closed vertical clearance from 40ft to 38ft (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135339), this Local Notice to Mariners further temporarily reduces the clearance to 28ft! With all the bridge related clearance and opening issues in Jacksonville, only canoes and kayaks are currently viable on the St. Johns!

    For more information on these repairs, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134950

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – MAIN STREET BRIDGE – JACKSONVILLE: Bridge Repairs.
    The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening.
    During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet. [No dates have been published for the completion of the painting.] Chart: 11491 LNM: 05/14

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

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