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  • Good Heights found at Fuller Warren Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

    SSECN’s Bridge Directory lists the charted vertical clearance at mean high water. During periods of wider tidal range and higher winds the actual height of the water can vary, as Captain Chuck relates below. The prudent tall-masted cruiser will keep an eye on tides and winds, to say nothing of the clearance boards.

    This information is wrong, there is more space if you are careful. December 3 2013 I ran 73′ under it, with about 12″ to spare. This was 1 hour before mean high tide. HOWEVER, this will also hit the range lights in the middle, so be sure to go to one side or the other of them.
    Chuck

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

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  • A Frank Discussion of the Pros and Cons of Florida’s New Mooring Fields

    Now, here we have a LIVELY discussion about the pros and cons (in this case, mostly “cons”) of mooring fields in Florida. It is only fair to note that other strings of messages here on the SSECN, and in other forums, have expressed good opinions of the Florida mooring fields.
    Clearly, this is an issue that arouses passions within the cruising community, no matter on which side of the issue you fall.
    WE ENCOURAGE SSECN READERS TO EXPRESS THEIR POINT OF VIEW ON THIS TIMELY TOPIC. Please follow the “Click Here to Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, or send e-mail to EditorialDirector@CruisersNet.net.
    Let the discussion begin!

    I would like to start a conversation and try to force some changes. I have two problems I have noticed with Florida mooring fields. One is they seem to be placing the boundary marks for the field in a much larger area than they need to, making good anchoring space unusable. The two I have noticed this at are St Augustine and Titusville. The other issue is some are charging the same rate for a mooring as they are for just dinghy dockage. Examples being Marathon and Vero Beach. I don’t think we should have to pay the same fee for less services. If you are anchored that is one more mooring open for them to rent therefore the price should reflect that. They have a lot of money invested in those mooring and the price should be less if you are not using one. They are either undercharging mooring customers or overcharging anchored customers. I hope I am not just ranting and others agree with me. Any comments would be good, and I would like if anyone has any ideas of how to change this. With Florida’s past issues with anchoring I hope this is not a way for them restrict our anchoring. This net seems to get things out there and get people motivated. You do A great service to the cruising community and I thank you.
    Mike ODonnell SV Bay Tripper

    For both Marathon & Vero Beach, anchoring is either limited or not permitted. What those prices tell me is they REALLY want you to take a mooring. If you don’t like it, don’t stop there.
    Tom

    Thanks for the comment. I have gone by and not stopped in the past because of the mooring field, until I found there is still lots of good anchoring room. Vero Beach tried to outlaw anchoring but the court took that down. The mooring field is regularly full and you need to raft three boats together which doesn’t work for me with two young kids. I don’t think anyone wants to pay for a mooring and have a baby in the boat next to them wake them 5 times during the night. I anchored in vero for at least two weeks last year while provisioning for the winter. The marina told me we were not welcome there unless we rent a mooring whether we used the mooring or not. But there are a few other places to tye a dingy in the area so its still a good stop. I was willing to pay them $10 per day for just dingy dockage and no mooring, but they would not do anything less than the full rate. So they got no money from me instead. They could have made a few hundred dollars more and rented the mooring I was not using. There loss not mine.
    Mike

    I’ll just plan my future trips in Florida so that I don’t have to stop at any place with one of these crappy mooring fields.
    Until all the places in Florida who don’t want tourist money are gone, it’s easy to just avoid these places. Every decision in Florida government (I used to live there) is made with a calculator. We just need to make sure the places who make these decisions regret it when they add the numbers up in a few years.
    R. Holiman

    Another complaint I have is the requirement in the Key West mooring field to put one months deposit down. I only had a debit card so they took 600 and change to move in and once I left it took over 2 weeks for the money to be returned. The facilities were decent enough though.
    Dave C

    I have no problem paying the mooring fee for Vero, Fernandina and St. Augustine, but it would really help if these areas were also designated as no wake zones covering the entire limits of the mooring field and not just the marina. Sitting on a mooring in St. Augustine only to be waked by passing powerboats including those belonging to Homeland Security really grates me.
    Bob

    To me it’s simple. Anchoring is a cruising skill that I like to use and perfect, just like many others. It is an enjoyable part of cruising that is an important part of the experience to me. So, I go where I can anchor, and I don’t go where I am forced to take a mooring or else the moorings and dockage so restrict the anchoring area as to make it undesirable or unsafe. My money is spent where I can anchor out. Taking away my ability to anchor is like telling me I am not allowed to raise sails on my sailboat because the powers that be want me to purchase diesel fuel. Plus, money I am forced to spend on a mooring is also money that is not available to be spent by me in local restaurants and shops, and it shortens my stay in a town. In most cases, mooring fields are all about the money, despite the insane justifications made for them with regard to derelict boats, etc. I have personally managed to anchor just outside of the vast Marathon mooring field during the summer season when the moorings were doing the city no good as they were empty growing barnacles. They were simply blocking the harbor anchorage area, meaning those of us who want to anchor were only staying for a short time and then heading elsewhere.
    John Kettlewell

    By the way, as a follow up to my comments above, it should be noted that most of these mooring fields end up being big money losers for the communities that put them in. Most of the Florida fields are paid for by the taxpayers, and then the collected fees almost never cover expenses so the taxpayers end up paying again. Even the giant field at Marathon has only been kept afloat through the injection of hundreds of thousands of dollars from local taxpayers. Maintenance is therefore often neglected or postponed, and I know of several cases of moorings being declared unsafe in Florida. However, there is no standard of inspection required–you are depending for the safety of your boat on the skill, vigilance, and budget of municipal employees, often hired at low wages. I have personally observed unsafe practices being utilized in the construction of some mooring components in a major field–I wouldn’t trust my boat to such practices.
    John Kettlewell

    Your right about them not making enough money on the moorings. Marathon told me they raised the dinghy dock fee because they have been undercharging the mooring customers and need to make up for it. Does that make any sense? They don’t want to raise the mooring rate because when they installed the field they told people it would be kept affordable. Again, charging the same price for less services would not be tolerated in any other business.
    Mike

    Mooring fields create another option for cruisers to access marina facilities and communities at a lower price than transient slip fee rates. Some even provide pump out service on the mooring. There are less worries about adequate spacing and anchors dragging. In rough weather, I prefer a mooring ball to being in an anchorage. When I am ready to go, it is nice to drop lines and take off. I agree municipal marinas should, for a fee, provide access to their facilities even if you choose to anchor…and many do. I have paid fees in Marathon while waiting for a mooring to open. I have paid fees in Ft. Lauderdale to use the dinghy dock and marina facilities while anchoring in Lake Sylvia. The charge was almost as much as the mooring field, but we did have access to the marina dinghy dock, showers, laundry, lounge, etc. Members of the cruising community should be encouraging communities to invest in attracting cruisers. Providing convenient dinghy access to restaurants and businesses is a must to attract cruisers. Providing marinas and mooring field options with access to marina facilities and community services in my opinion should be encouraged, not complained about.
    Kevin Koehl

    In regard to what Kevin Koehl wrote about providing affordable access, I agree to a point. However, as a serious cruiser, I already have to purchase, install, and maintain thousands of dollars worth of anchoring gear. I didn’t purchase all that gear to just drag it around with me on my boat–I would rather utilize this thousands of dollars worth of equipment which I know and trust, and costs me nothing additional per day. I have anchored in everything up to hurricanes, so I feel safe and secure when on my own gear. Paying a fee to use gear that I have no knowledge of, have not seen installed, and have not maintained is not a seamanlike way to manage my boat.
    John Kettlewell

    Moorings are a great way to prevent damage to coral reefs, example being the virgin islands. I have used the marathon moorings, and find the price reasonable, the services good, and you do not have to worry about the idiot that does not know how to anchor. Anchoring etiquette has disappeared from the seas. I always ask the vessels that i will be close to how much rode and what type they have out before i anchor. But all that said, i would prefer to sit on the hook in a nice anchorage then be in a slip.
    Nick Chavasse. sv war depart.

    The Ft. Myers Beach mooring field was a pleasant stay with decent facilities provided. The dinghy dock is just a couple blocks from downtown attractions. A bargain for $13/night compared to $2.50/ft transient slips. It’s the way to go to pack many boats into a small area.
    Archie Faulkner

  • Anchorage Inn and Marina Recommended, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778

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    Anchorage Inn and Marina is located just south of the eastern end of the Bridge of Lions. For information on transient rates and amenities, see http://www.stayatanchorage.com/

    Consider also The Anchorage Inn and Marina. Mark and I took a slip there last May to do major washing, waxing, etc. that is hard to do on anchor. The current is swift, but once you’re in and planning on working, no problem. The staff is great, and you can look west to the city and sunset.
    Gwyn Vernon

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  • More on Titusville Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 879

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    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 City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Winds from the northeast are the worst, but expect a very wet ride to the marina if there is any wind because if your moored you are atleast 1/4 mile from the dock/shore. The monthly rates are currently 165$ month, but if stopping for the night make sure to go north of the field (1 mile dinghy to marina) and drop anchor. Hope your dinghy motor starts.
    Chris Burnham

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

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  • Van Service at Titusville Municipal Marina, AICW Statute Mile 879

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    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 , Located south-southeast of AICW marker #27, Titusville Municipal Marina is one of the best medium-sized, municpal marinas on the Eastern Florida coastline.

    I don’t see any mention of the van service the marina now offers. A van will take you to Publix or other shopping destinations for free – just sign up for a morning or afternoon run. Even better, for $30 per van load (up to 11 people) the van will run you out to the Kennedy Space Visitors Center at 9:30 AM and pick you up at 4:30 PM (this saves car rental or taxi and parking charges). Divided among those going, the cost is cheap. Kudos to Titusville for this service!
    Jean Thomason

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

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  • Report from Fort George River Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 735

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    Fort George River provides one of the most historic anchorages in Florida, as you can drop the hook within sight of Kingsley Plantation, and then dinghy in for a tour. Captain Thomason confirms earlier reports that swing room might be limited in this anchorage. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=21897

    On another subject, I would like to recommend that folks don’t anchor east of Kingsley Plantation House near the Kayak landing. We had successfully anchored there before, but on this trip, we anchored mid-channel in 16+ ft of water at high tide. During the night a NE wind came up and blew is up onto the beach which slopes more gradually than the shore in front of the house. Suffice it to say, we spent an uncomfortable couple of hours sitting in the dark on the high side of our trawler watching the starboard side of the boat go down with the tide. We have been blown to the south side of the river in front of the house and still had enough depth.
    From now on we will anchor in front of the house!
    Jean Thomason

    We rode out a tropical storm about 6 1\2 years ago anchored off the plantation house and the sandbar. The storm was an early season storm that caught us off guard, forming and coming across Florida in 24 hours!! We weathered the storm fine; one boat drug anchor and re-anchored, another shredded their roller furled jib. Not a hurricane hole for sure!
    Larry Sherman

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

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

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    The following restaurant review was posted by Captain Skip Gundlach in the St. Augustine Cruisers Net. The American Legion Post 37 is located at 1 Anderson Circle just north of the Bridge of Lions and within easy walking distance of the City Marina.

    The Admiral and I just returned from a well-kept (well, we didn’t learn about it until this weekend, and we’ve been here 5 weeks) secret:
    The American Legion Post 37, on the corner at the circle just north of the bridge, is open to the public, with delicious food and drink, all of which are dirt cheap. We tried the leftover prime rib, which had been cut up and put into potato soup. Big bowl, $3, a meal in itself. Pig that I am, however, it was so good I had two.
    3 bowls of soup, two beers and a coke ($1, keeps it filled, in an iced glass “glass”) came to $15 with tax. A $5 tip forced it to $20. Easily the best adult-beveraged dinner we’ve eaten here for value, and we loved it as well.
    Highly recommended.
    You ask, why were you eating out? The stove is on the saloon sole, and I’m having to CUT out 2 of the 3 burners we’re replacing. So far I’ve broken 6 bits for the Roto-Zip – gonna have to walk to Home Depot tomorrow…
    Still loving St. Augustine!
    Skip

    You are ABSOLUTELY right about this being a best kept secret. I was a little leery of the article before reading it because I was afraid you were going to recommend the Santa Maria. The Santa Maria is responsible for more people getting sick on the food they serve than any other restaurant known in this area. There is a reason they advertise “You can feed the fish from your table.” Even the fish won’t eat their food.
    Capt. Perry

    We have enjoyed the legion on several occasions….and you meet some really neat people there, too.
    Mark and Gwyn aboard sailing cat ALA

    Hmmm…I’ll admit I don’t eat often at the Santa Maria in St. Augustine however, I’ve enjoyed the ravenous display by the fish eating the scraps dropped from our table. So I haven’t shared Captain Perry’s dining experience or illness from dining at the Santa Maria…
    I HAVE enjoyed the hospitality of the Legion Post and admit that I have shared the “secret” with our close friends but now that the word is out to the entire cruising community, everyone can enjoy this “under the radar” secret.
    David Burnham

    American Legion Post 37, St. Augustine, FL

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

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  • More Praise for Huckins Boat Yard, Ortega River, Jacksonville FL

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    Huckins Boat Yard is located on the northern shores of the Ortega River off the St. Johns River, just upstream of the Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge with a 45ft vertical clearance.

    If you are going to be in the Jacksonville area on the Ortega River and need boat yard services, give Huckins Yacht Corporation a good look. We just finished a week of annual underwater hull maintenance and would have to proclaim this was the best boat yard experience we have had in over 15 years of boating. The yard hauled us out on the day scheduled, and then splashed us on the day promised, with everything on the original list completed plus adding another large amount of work that was unseen so not anticipated. The quoted costs on those things we could estimate were honored and the additional work was quoted as we went and that was honored. Then, to top it off, the yard spent 3 hours washing our boat before casting us off. This is a job I always hate to do when first leaving a yard with the usual dirty decks and Huckins included it in the packaged bottom job. As not having any incentive from Huckins except a very happy customer, I do highly recommend them. Call Deb Grant, one of the service managers, and tell her that we sent you.
    Stay safe,
    Tom

    Huckins builds one of the best boats on the water too. Timeless classics with incredible quality.
    Brad Hines

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  • Good Words for Sebastian River Marina and Boat Yard, AICW Statute Mile 934

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    Sebastian River Marina and Boat Yard lies on the western side of the Waterway, north of Sebastian Inlet and Vero Beach. Its entry channel cuts to the west, southwest of unlighted daybeacon #55.

    I heard boatyard and thought bad things immediately. Yes it is a boat yard but Doug (owner) was a friendly host. We have a 21 foot beam CAT which made turning in the basin a challenge but several people came out to help us tie up. Happy Hour just north of there (5 minute walk) and it was a great visit. Rest rooms were clean and MUCH better than the boat yard I usual go to.
    Bill Charleston

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Sebastian River Marina and Boat Yard

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  • Good Words for Nettles Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 979.3

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    Nettles Island Marina, in the Indian River north of Stuart, FL, lies east of the Waterway with a private channel marker #1, beginning a few yards north of Waterway marker #215, .

    We stopped here two years ago and got the same friendly, great service again. Other people were friendly and the restaurant was great too. Definitely a place to stop for a few days to take a break.
    Bill Charleston

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

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  • No Transient Slips at Quality Inn in Palatka, FL, St. Johns River

    A phone call to Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront on the St. Johns River in Palatka, FL, confirmed Captain Siff’s information that the slips at this Quality Inn are for the use hotel guests only and are free when you rent a room. But should you wish to tie-up your boat and have a night in a bed that doesn’t rock, here is their webpage for location and phone: http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-palatka-florida-FL783

    I visited this marina owned by the Quality Inn Hotel by land to check it out this past weekend on a car trip from Tampa to Jacksonvville. I asked about the rate per foot per night for transient dockage and was told by the front desk clerk that the docks are not rented out for transients but that dockage is free if you book a hotel room. There was not a boat at the marina dockage. I did not check out the Palatka City Dock but it may be an option. A call to the Quality Inn Hotel management may further clarify what I was told on my brief visit.
    William Siff

    Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront, Palatka, FL

  • Good Words for Cooley’s Landing, New River, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Cooley’s Landing is one of three City of Fort Lauderdale owned and managed dockage facilities. Cooley’s Landing is the most upstream (on New River) of these three facilities. A host of restaurants are within easy walking distance!

    Check out “The City of Ft. Lauderdale at Cooley’s Landing”
    It is inexpensive – $1.25/ ft. $0.12/kw electric after a one time charge of $10 or $15)
    It is convenient to a lot of restaurants.
    There is current, but if you are going to be there for a while check with the dockmaster and they will tell you when the current will be slack for the easiest docking.
    There is a pleasant waterfront walk to lots of activity and you are far enough from the activity for it to be quiet at night. You also get a great tour of the New River on the trip up the river and you can take the dinghy another couple of miles upriver for more interesting sights. We have stayed there several times and will stay there again.
    Mitch & Carole Brodkin

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

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  • A Good Visit to Fort Lauderdale Municipal Docks at Las Olas Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1064

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    One of three municipal docks in Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas docks lie off the Waterway’s eastern shoreline immediately north and south (mostly on the north side) of the Las Olas bascule bridge. The report below is from the AGLCA Forum.

    We stayed at Las Olas [Municipal Docks] when we passed through Ft. Lauderdale. We really like the facilities, and the beach was a walk or easy bike ride away from the marina. I needed diesel oil and had a ride of about 15 miles round trip to find it. We rented a car for a couple days and enjoyed Ft Lauderdale. We tried to leave for the Bahamas from there on a good day, but came back to tie up because our radar stopped working as we left the harbour.
    Dave
    Sea Ya – Tolly 44 M/Y

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

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  • Information on Two Municipal Marinas in Fort Lauderdale, FL, New River and AICW StatuteMile 1064

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    Cooleys Landing is one of three City of Fort Lauderdale owned and managed dockage facilities. Cooleys Landing is the most upstream (on New River) of these three facilities. A host of restaurants (including the memorable “Shirttail Charleys”) are within easy walking distance!

    Las Olas Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

    One of three municipal docks in Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas docks lie off the Waterway’s eastern shoreline immediately north and south (mostly on the north side) of the Las Olas bascule bridge. The report below is from the AGLCA Forum.

    There are two centers for marinas in Fort Lauderdale. You have to decide if you prefer to stay near the beach or downtown which is two miles up New River. Cooley’s Landing is the municipal marina downtown on the New River. I believe Cooley’s Landing has a 50 foot limit and may be tight for your 49 foot boat. Las Olas is the municipal marina on the ICW near the beach. Las Olas can accommodate larger boats on the ends of their Tee-docks. Las Olas has gated security on each dock. The Water Taxi stops close to both marinas. We have stopped at both of these marinas. Of course, there are dozens of other marinas!
    Alan Lloyd
    Author, Great Loop Navigation Notes
    http://www.NavigationNotes.com

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

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  • Broad Causeway Bridge Restricted to One Span Openings, AICW Statute Mile 1081.5

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    Broad Causeway Bridge, located just north of Miami, and with a closed vertical clearance of 16ft and a horizontal clearance of 80ft, crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 1081.5, south of marker #13.

    The Broad Causeway bridge south of Baker Haulover inlet, south of MM1080, has only one span operational. I was told by bridge tender if you need full opening you need to give them a THREE hour notice. He also said repairs on bridge would last a month or two.
    Denny DeRanek

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

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  • Changes in Opening Schedules at Three West Palm Beach Bridges AICW Statute Miles 1021.8 – 1024.7

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    Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1021, south of unlighted daybeacon #10. The former openings were twice hourly.
    Royal Park Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 20ft, crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 1022.5, south of unlighted daybeacon #14. The former openings were on the hour and half-hour.
    Southern Boulevard – S.R. 700 Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, crosses the Waterway and southern Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1025, south of unlighted daybeacon #20.
    A big Thank You to Captain Healy for alerting us to these schedule changes. Now, even these schedules seem to be changing almost daily. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127999

    Flagler Bridge (StM 1021.8):
    As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. WORSE! MUCH WORSE! The bridge now opens hourly at the top of the hour. That’s it. Massive construction involving foundation rehabilitation is taking place at this bridge. Much heavy construction equipment is on scene. Saturday, 11/16/2013, the span was continuously open. Not sure if that’s the case all the time. Plan very carefully in this area!

    Royal Park Bridge (StM 1022.6):
    As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. Hopefully temporary. WORSE! The bridge now opens hourly on the quarter hour. Weekdays, it skips the morning opening at 08h15 and the evening opening at 16h15. This works well for Southbound traffic, but not at all well for Northbound traffic. That’s it.

    Southern Boulevard Bridge (1024.7):
    As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. The bridge now opens twice hourly on the hour and half-hour.
    Jim Healy

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

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  • Update Needed and Now Provided on North Lake Worth Dinghy Landing, AICW Statute Mile 1014.2

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    The North Lake Worth anchorage dinghy landing (just a small beach north of Little Lake Worth bridge) was the cause of much discussion in August of 2012 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=93324). Captain Kat is asking for advice from anyone who might have used the landing recently.

    Hi everyone,
    What is the current status of this dinghy landing? We will be heading that way soon and it is a very important spot for last minute stores. What if anything is the alternative?
    Kat

    As of Nov. 17th, 2013, the beach in the creek which flows into the North end of North Lake Worth anchorage, remains the same as it has been, a reasonably good dinghy landing. Probably best to lock your dinghy. Publix close by and a BIG West Marine just 1 block South of PGA Blvd (moved from old location North of PGA Blvd).
    Regards,
    Mike, Carolyn & Catcher the cat On NAVIGATOR

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  • Report from Titusville Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 879

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    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 City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    This is not a great place in a Norther . We were working on our boat in Westland Marina and on the morning of the 13th of Nov saw that 3 sailboats had been blown ashore and the rest on the moorings and in the anchorage were having a wild time of riding the storm . So if you have to be in Titusville, when a Norther is forecast, anchoring is not a good idea; picking up a mooring is safer, but the The Westland Marina would be your best choice for comfort since even the Municipal Marina can be a bit rolly facing the channel entrance.
    Galley Slave Kat

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  • Mo and Mike Continue to Lake Sylvia, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Captains Mike and Maura Mulcahy have had a wonderful, quiet southern migration until the last two stops, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127292 and the report below. Our tall masted readers are sure to enjoy this latest episode of the Mo and Mike saga. Lake Sylvia lies to the south, southeast of marker #13, itself just south of huge Bahia Mar Marina.

    Update – we BASHED out of the Palm Beach Inlet in heavy swells two days ago – headed south into what we read were to be 2/4 ‘ waves and 12-15 kt winds… WRONGO! We had 6-8 EASY and 17-22 kt winds. The winds were great but the occasional 9′ swell/wave on our port after quarter were nasty! Some friends said the gulf stream is real close / narrow here and we may have encountered it. It was a bumpy arse ride for 9 hours. Not pleasant. Our water pump crapped out just as we approached Port of Everglades inlet. We were sailing just fine – closer to sure and the waves subsided. However, we did call TowBoat US (Mike’s a TowBoat US Captain) and they were kind enough to tow us to Lake Sylvia – Sylvia Lake. You have to hug the seawall to the north to get in but once you are in here it’s wonderful. 7-10′ depths. Nice protection (especially for this week as we are holing up here til Sat/Sun). We are one of 6 sailboats here. Quiet so far aside from a party in one of the mansions ashore last night which ended early.
    Nice thing about this anchorage – we can dingy to the Southport Raw Bar in 15 minutes. Anchor our dingy and hit up a Winn Dixie, Walgreens and there is also a couple nail/hair salons and a dry cleaner. Not sure if it’s a laundromat also. Southport Raw Bar DOES NOT ALLOW DOGS ANYMORE. Girl there said a wait staffer had been bitten… stinks! :-((
    For $20 we can head North to the City Marina and do laundry, showers, wifi etc. or we can check out the Cabana Club nearby where Mike just walked the dogs today.
    Ok, that’s the report so far. Finally recovering from the 9 hour beating. Guess I’m a wimpy sailor – we were safe, just stressful and physically demanding.
    Peace, Mo

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  • Report from Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1018.5

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    Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage lies in the deep water south of the Lake Worth Inlet approach channel’s flashing daybeacon #11. Loggerhead Riviera Marina is a dry storage facility located north of Riviera Beach Bridge (Blue Heron Blvd) on the western side of the Waterway, southwest of Marker #36. See http://www.loggerheadrivierabeach.com/contact.htm

    Greetings!
    Anchored here now. Been gusting to 30 plus NE most of the night and lots of freighters coming in and out. I’d prefer we anchored south more further from the inlet but we found a spot with 13′ and liked it. Holding well with 85 or so feet of chain out but bouncy (which is why I’m writing this at 12:44 but that’s just me. Further south about 20 vessels. Near us 5 and 3 appear to be locals. We dingied to Loggerhead Marina – just beyond Blue Heron bridge and bought drinks and used their dock to walk 2 mins to Publix. It was a wet dinghy over but saved us from going to Riviera Marina, paying $10 and walking a mile to Publix. Moving to a more protected area today or just more south.
    Mo and Mike

    Be wary of in the main Lake Worth anchorage when you have strong S or N wind, which will set up wind-against-tide. I have dragged (and watched others drag) after a day or two of piouretting around the anchor in such conditions. What happens is that the motion wraps a chain ball around the anchor–any kind of anchor–and then off you go. This is the only anchorage where I routinely anchor bow-and-stern for exactly that reason.
    Larry Shick

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