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Eastern FL Cruising News – Fort Lauderdale (Statute Mile 1064 to 1067)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-22-2009

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“Danger Shoal” Marker Missing, Port Everglades Inlet Channel, near AICW Statute Mile 1066

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-16-2014

Port Everglades Entrance Channel - Click for Chartview

Port Everglades Entrance Channel – Click for Chartview

This missing Danger Shoal warning is on the south side of the Port Everglades Inlet channel and marks a Submerged Breakwater.

SEACOAST FLORIDA – PORT EVERGLADES: Hazard to Navigation
Port Everglades Spoil Bank East DBN (LLNR 805) is reported missing both daymarks worded “Danger Shoal”. The aid is a steel pile which can pose as a hazard to navigation. Particular attention and extreme caution is advised.
Chart 11466 LNM: 15/14

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High Praise for Parker Yachts of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-10-2014

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

Vertical Clearance Reduced at I-95 Bridges over New River, South Fort Lauderdale, FL, off the AICW

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-19-2014

I-95 Bridges - Click for Chartview

I-95 Bridges – Click for Chartview

Even though the I-95 bridge crosses New River well west of the AICW, and even west of the two city of Fort Lauderdale marinas, large vessels still have to pass under this span to reach popular marina bay resort and several large repair yard operations farther upstream. That is why the vertical height reduction described below is well worth noting for larger powercraft or small sailboats (larger sailcraft will not be able to clear the normal 55-foot clearance).

Until September of 2014, the I-95 Bridge at the New River by the CSX rail bridge will have lowered clearance to 50′ (down from 55′) due to paint work on the bridge spans. The equipment can be raised to give 53′ of clearance with 24 hours of notice given to FDOT. This work will continue to September of 2014.
Adam

Yes, the clearance at the I-95 bridges over the New River is currently 50′ due to the contractor’s painting activity. They can raise the clearance to 53′ with a 24 hour advance notice.
To request a raised clearance please contact Dayana Iglesias, our project public information officer,by email at diglesias@corradino.com. I have copied her on this reply so that she is aware of your interest in the clearance at these bridges.
Sincerely,
Barbara Kelleher
Public Information Director
FDOT District Four

Work on the I-95 bridges will continue through September 2014. After the project is completed, the vertical clearance will be restored to the previous height.
Please note that work on the adjacent SFRC bascule bridge will continue through Summer 2016 and may include occasional channel impacts. These will be communicated via the US Coast Guard Notice to Mariners.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
Best,
Dayana Iglesias
Public Information Officer
FDOT Broward Construction
The Corradino Group
(954) 290-5989 Cell
(954) 940-7585 Office

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Report from Lake Sylvia, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-22-2014

Lake Sylvia - Click for Chartview

Lake Sylvia lies to the south, southeast of marker #13, itself just south of huge Bahia Mar Marina.

Anchored here tonite. Lots of boats. Have not found anywhere to land dingy. Enter close to East shore for good water. 16ft where we dropped the hook. There is no shore access in the basin. Some say you can go up the canals to stores and a park? Good protection all around.
Sonny Reeves

Las Olas (1 sm N) has a dinghy landing and allows the use of their fine facilities for a small fee. Laundry especially spacious. Grocery, drugs, ATM and restaurants within easy walking distance.
Canals heading west off Lake Sylvia lead to ICW and more restaurants on its west side. Watch your dinghy speed when entering ICW from canals — this is a serious, enforced, and ticketed speed and no wake zone.
Chris and Janet

We are anchored in Lake Sylvia and checked Las Olas [Fort Lauderdale] City Marina about landing our dinghy there. They said it costs $20 per day and you do not have use of any of the facilities! They also said a city mooring ball was $45 a day and then you could use the facilities. $45 for a mooring ball is $1500 a month which is absurd!!
You can go west down the canal just north of the 17 street causeway bridge and land the dinghy at Southport bar and grille for $10 which is applied to any purchase at the restaurant. Also Coconut’s restaurant next to the Hall of Fame marina has a dinghy dock that you can use if you eat there.
Rick Steinberg

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-21-2013

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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 and shopping are within easy walking distance as Captain Fran attests!

Spent a week at Cooley’s Landing part of the Fort Lauderdale City Dock system and found that the friendly service and careful advice provided by Matt just added to our overall enjoyment. Our slip was near the 7th Ave bridge, which provides a steady passage of beautiful yachts for those days when you just want to watch the water.
The laundry is newer and works well and the showers are clean and neat. Can’t ask for more and we expected much less at their value added price.
A short walk on the very pleasant SW Riverwalk brings you to the shopping district on Las Olas.
Fran

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-19-2013

Cooley's Landing - Click for Chartview

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-19-2013

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.

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-19-2013

Cooleys Landing - Click for Chartview

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-13-2013

Sylvia Lake - Click for Chartview

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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Good Words for Bahia Mar Yachting Center, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-04-2013

Bahia Mar Yachting Center - Click for Chartview

Bahia Mar Yachting Center is located along the Waterway’s eastern banks, south of Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard bridge.

Stayed at Bahia Mar mid May for four nights and loved it. We spent many happy hours at the pool and liked the catwalk over the road directly to the beach. The fitness center looked newly refurbished. The hotel facilities wee used were just fine. Staff were helpful and prompt. If you are looking for a combo marina/resort, this is a good one.
The prior cruiser mentioned security, so I feel obliged to comment on what we saw and heard. We went down to Key West overnight and left the boat with no issues. On our return our neighbors reported that a sailboat on the far end of our dock had been broken into. Security cameras supposedly showed no unauthorized access to the dock. Our neighbors had been questioned by the police as they appeared on the security video. They reported that the police thought it must have been thieves on a boat who came in from the ICW and hit the first yacht they came to – hard to defend against.
William Lawrenson

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Update on Lake Sylvia, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-12-2013

Lake Sylvia - Click for Chartview

While the charted depths in the body of Lake Sylvia look adequate, the depths at the northern entrance from the Waterway are questionable. If you know these waters, let Brian hear from you.
Lake Sylvia lies to the south, southeast of marker #13, itself just south of huge Bahia Mar Marina.

We draw 5’6″ how deep is Lake Sylvia?
Brian

To enter here for the first time, come from the marina direction paralleling their face dock. Enter Lake Sylvia’s channel staying well to the East ~10 feet off the pilings.
Where the curving bulkhead to the west straightens, there is an underwater obstruction that crosses the entire channel and offers 5ft+/- at low tide. We believe this may be construction debris, and we go very slowly here if we are at less than half tide.
Once inside it deepens, but it is deeper to the east. The bottom is good. However, currents move through here in strange ways. All the canals connect to to the river and ocean. Ebbs and floods do not come from consistent directions. The higher the tide range the more the currents come from the southern canals. As a consequence boats do not swing sequentially on a tide change. Boat with nylon rodes seem to be more affected than those with all chain.
Chris & Janet

Lake Sylvia in Ft Lauderdale no longer posts anchorage limits – show an anchor light and they are friendly. Closest safe place to stick your dinghy is Las Olas Marina but they charge $22 a day (9-5 only) and their moorings which include dinghy access are $35. Only 9 moorings though, so in season don’t count on an empty ball. You can also go
about 20 minutes (all slow speed strictly enforced) to the Southport Raw Bar where they do charge $10 a day for the dinghy, but you can use that $$ the same day for food and drink purchases so that’s pretty fair.
Peter TenHaagen, Transition

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Fuel Delivery Ban in Manatee County, Bradenton, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-06-2013

This posting was prompted by a recent recommendation for a fuel delivery service in the Fort Myers area:  http://cruisersnet.net/?p=113209. Manatee County is the Bradenton area south of Tampa. Cruisers’ Net would like to hear the opinions of our readers on the issue of truck-to-boat fuel delivery.
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Cruising News:
Our Homeowners Association in Manatee County has banned the delivery of fuel to vessels in our community. I am trying to find out if this ban is legal. I am aware of three locations where such bans were overturned or rescinded. Dania, North Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. The delivery service we were using is fully insured and has been in business for many years.
Les Martin

Dania Marine Flea Market, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 14-17, 2013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-06-2013

The Dania Marine Flea Market will be held at the Dania Jai Alai, south of the Fort Lauderdale Airport. See link below for more information.

The Marine Flea Market is recognized as the largest event of its type in the world. Private individuals and corporate vendors sell marine equipment, coral encrusted antiques, used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating related items in a pleasant, almost party-like, atmosphere. The Dania Marine Flea Market provides the ideal environment for buyer and seller to engage in friendly and, sometimes, intense ‘bargaining.’ Thousands of boating related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing at a fraction of their retail value.

http://www.daniamarinefleamarket.com/

“Sailorman” Highly Recommended, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-28-2012

As many of you already know, this is a fascinating place to visit – a great way to spend a rainy afternoon!

If you want a great [marine] Flea Market, look at Sailorman. You can spend a whole day ogling their good stuff. Google the word Sailorman and you will get their website.
Their address is:
350 SE 24th St. (aka State Road 84)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Sailorman’s waypoints: 26.05.55 N, 80.08.36 W
Cheers,
Ken Bloomfield
m/v Tellico Lady

Right next to the biggest West Marine store in the corporation (I think).
Jim Ward

I am looking for a nice set of navigation lights for a 50′ boat. In the past I have purchased things from your consignment deals and hope you have something that would work for me. I will be in Florida for the next two weeks so let me know if you have something that I should look at.I am from Toronto Canada and have dealt with Chuck in the past.
Thanks
Rolf

Anchorage with Shoreside Access in Ft. Lauderdale: Middle River (St. M. 1063.4) – Captains Mark and Diana Report

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-13-2012

On the Water GuidebooksThe Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is very pleased to publish the latest in the superb series of articles authored by our good friends, and strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water Chartguides.” This story centers on a body of water, Middle River, which provides excellent anchorage. This stream lies off the AICW’s western shores a few miles north of Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Bridge.
I know this area well, as my parents used to rent a winter home which fronted onto Middle River. As a boy of ten our so, you could find me almost daily piloting either my sailfish or our 16-foot Boston Whaler around these waters. Those were truly golden, broad days.
But, now, back to the present. Let’s hear what Diana and Mark have to tell us!

Hi Claiborne,
South Florida’s AICW is a bit like a “Tour of Homes” as you motor by impressive and varied waterfront lots.

We love gawking at the mega-mansions with million-dollar poolside landscaping and the pink bungalows with flocks of plastic flamingos.

But the downside of wall-to-wall canal-front real estate is that shoreside access is much harder to come by. Shore is all private property, often within private developments that prohibit any dinghy dockage. That’s why Middle River anchorage, with shore access at Fort Lauderdale’s George English Park, is so special.

Middle River, at STM 1063.4, is a deep and relatively quiet (by South Florida standards!) anchorage, convenient to the AICW, in a no-wake-zone river lined with homes and park land.

Exit the ICW southeast of G3 and proceed northwesterly up charted Middle River, north of the large east-west canal home island. Anchor in the river’s wide spot, with the fixed bridge (vertical clearance 5 feet) to the north. Middle River is substantially deeper than charted: we surveyed depths of 15-26 feet (at 2.3’ above MLLW).

Shore access is at the George English Park boat ramp to the north, upriver just past the low-clearance fixed bridge. The park is 20 acres, with a recreation center, tennis courts, and a walking/jogging trail. Many restaurants and Galleria Fort Lauderdale are nearby, including a supermarket across the bridge to the west.

I’ve included a photo of the anchorage as well as a sample page from our new AnchorGuide series showing the anchorage location, the actual versus charted depths in the Middle River, and the location of the park boat ramp.

Unfortunately, for all the park’s excellent amenities and access, the park does not allow dogs.

Best and see you On the Water,

Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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Report from Fort Lauderdale Official Anchorage/Mooring Field, AICW Staute Mile 1064

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-17-2012

The Fort Lauderdale Anchorage and Mooring Field is located in the charted cove indenting the westerly banks south of the Las Olas bascule bridge. If your vessel is under 40ft, this is an inexpensive way to stay in Fort Lauderdale.

The anchorage was completely empty for us. Nice beefy tackle on the mooring ball handled our 15,000 lb 32 foot boat just fine in the modest current. We arrived at 4PM and left at 7AM and we not asked for a mooring fee. Nice spot.
John Byrne

Also, don’t forget about Lake Sylvia [see link below], just south of Bahia Mar. Plenty of cruisers still anchor there without a problem.
Capt. Norman Quinn

fyi – you’re expected to go into the Marina office and pay there…they don’t come out to the ball for you.
Just so you know…
Wally Moran

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Good Experience at RPM Diesel and Rolly Marine in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-08-2012

Rolly Marine Service, Inc. lists itself as “The Biggest Little Shipyard in South Florida” and is located on the New River, 2551 St. Rd. 84 (Marina Mile), Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 and RPM Diesel is next door at 2555 St. Rd 84. See Websites below.

Please note that we have no connection with RPM Diesel or Rolly Marine Services other than being totally satisfied customers. We gladly take this opportunity to share our story on this forum as it may help other members of MTOA who find themselves in a similar situation as ourselves.
Heading north this year, after a late start from Marathon, our normally reliable starboard engine, Detroit 4 53, started to overheat and the engine oil showed signs of contamination with diesel fuel.
After research we were directed to RPM Diesel [ Contact: Mike Desderio. [305] 947 2607],who recommended Rollys Marine Services [ Contact: Greg. {954} 583 5300} a shipyard on the New River as it is adjacent to RPMs office and work shop. A brief word about Rollys, this is a full service shipyard for mega yachts, our 44 FT Thompson, LILY MARIA, became known affectionately as the “little boat” but the care and attention extended to us made us feel like we had the “largest boat” in the yard. Prices for dockage most reasonable considering the area, Marina Row.
RPM Technicians diagnoised our problem, recommended solutions, had new parts ready and installed within 24 hours, price was very competitive with other mechanics who perhaps do not have the experience,training and facilities offered by RPM. Parts for 4 53 Detroits, no longer in production, are hard to find but RPM had the resources to supply replacement parts where needed. Work and parts are subject to guarantee. Prices competitive with industry standards.
Subsequently we had a second, but unrelated problem, experienced in the Lake Worth area, on contacting RPM they had “our” Technician dockside at Old Port Cove Marina. within 2 hours of our initial contact. He arrived in a fully equipped mobile workshop,. No shade tree mechanics here.
With our Detroits humming like tops we are looking forward to some good cruising this summer.
Captain Colin Day, Jean Henderson

www.rolly-marine.com
www.rpmdiesel.com

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Now Readily Available in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties, Florida

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-27-2012

Within ten minutes of receiving the important message below from Captain Hyde, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net was on the telephone with Wise Gas, Inc. to determine their area of service. That’s one of the advantages of being a “non-wicki,” professionally moderated web site. Anyway, what we discovered is a potential boon for cruisers in southeastern Florida. More on that in just a second.
So, why is a ready source of CNG such big news for the cruising community? Quite simply, CNG is a superior fuel for all on-board cooking and heating purposes, as compared to propane/LPG. As many of you already know, LPG/Propane is heavier than air and, should there be a leak, can accumulate in bilges or a low place in a boat, leading to a potentially explosive situation. Conversely, CNG is lighter than air, and tends to naturally disperse.
The problem is, as we so clearly learned while formulating the SSECN’s LPG Availability Directories, that CNG is hard to obtain. Quite simply, there are very few dealers to which cruisers have easy access where their CNG tanks can be refilled.
Back to Wise Gas, Inc. Our telephone call revealed that this company will pick up, refill and deliver back to your vessel, CNG tanks from the “tri-county area” of southeastern Florida, which is comprised of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties. Additionally, WITH ADVANCE ARRANGEMENTS, sometimes the same procedure can be undertaken along the west coast of Florida, particularly in the Tampa Bay region.
So, while it’s still not a perfect solution, nor one so broad ranging as we would like, at least now from North Palm Beach to Miami, cruisers can be sure of having a source to refill CNG tanks. It’s a start!

Claiborne –
On your recent visit to Punta Gorda, Florida I mentioned to you that if I was ever able to locate a source of CNG for those using the gas onboard their boats, I would let you know. I have finally found a source. Wise Gas, Inc., 1058 Bluewood Terrace, Weston, FL 33327 is source of CNG for vessels and vehicles in south Florida. Its website advises the following:

“At present time, Wise Gas, Inc. is offering CNG tank refills to marine boaters in the South Florida area only. We do anticipate expanding this service in terms of geography and service options in the future. Call Wise Gas, Inc. in advance at (954)-636-4291 to coordinate a CNG refill. A member of our team will meet you, pick up your current, approved cylinder in good condition and refill it for you and deliver it back to you.”
The cost of this service varies based on cylinder size and location. Call in advance to schedule your refilling needs.
E-mail: info@wisegasinc.com
Phone: (954)-636-4291

I recently met with a Wise Gas representative who was in Punta Gorda making deliveries on the west coast and exchanged my empty tank for a full one. It was a smooth and convenient process. The cost was $40.
I would advise your readers to visit the Wise Gas website at http://www.wisegasinc.com for all the information. I hope this helps and thanks for a great presentation to the boaters of Punta Gorda.
Noel Hyde
s/v Kismet