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Archive For: East FL – 8 – Melbourne Beach to St. Lucie River and Stuart

  • Faber Cove Anchorage (Fort Pierce, FL, near Statute Mile 966.5)

    We have a real problem in that some local and county authorities in Florida are NOT recognizing nor abiding by the new Florida state anchoring law. Stay tuned to an SSECN editorial about this problem soon!

    We anchored in Faber Cove due to the East wind protection. About an hour after anchoring the Coast Guard came by and said that we were reported “in distress” we told them no that we had just anchored and were fine. They saw no problem with our position, wished us a good day and left. About an hour after that the Fort Pierce Police boat arrived and said that we could not stay there because we were too close to the channel and if we caused any accidents we would be financially responsible and that if we dinghied in our dinghy would be stolen and we’d be financially responsible for that too. It was four guns to none, so we moved out further in the bay and anchored in 12′ and no further problem. Florida has passed legislation in 2006 that you can anchor anywhere if you are not a live aboard boat, so what’s up? By the way, Harbour Isle (just off Faber Cove) is running a special dockage at $1.00 per foot with $5.00 per day for electricals. Nice place, floating docks, easy walk to restaurants and stores.
    John Howe

    “Anywhere” doesn’t mean in a channel.
    John C.

  • Great Battery Source in Fort Pierce and Stuart

    Subject: Battery Provider, Ft. Pierce/Stuart
    Cruising News: A huge attaboy to Brad at Performance Golf Car & Battery for getting us four Trojan T-105’s in otherwise difficult circumstances. Long story short, we realized our four Deka GC15 6V batteries were on their way out the door after five years’ service. A friend spotted Brad delivering batteries where we’re moored, at Sunset Bay in Stuart. This time of year, the demand for 6V batteries goes through the roof as snowbirds return to FL and want batteries for their golf cars and boats. We’d already called local battery dealers who didn’t have the batteries we need (our battery box space is very limited – only certain battery cases fit) and we were beginning to think we were in deep trouble until Brad showed up. We bought his last two T-105’s. Even with lots of hunting around, Brad couldn’t turn up the other two we needed. Two days later, he had them on hand and we had them installed in the boat. This battery hunt involved a lot of phone time on Brad\’s part, driving to deliver two separate sets of batteries to the marina as we don’t have a car. We paid $90 a battery plus a $1.50 recycling charge, a very good price for Trojan T-105\’s. There was no charge for delivery to the marina.
    It’s my understanding they service at least the area from Ft. Pierce to Stuart. For details, call Performance Golf Car & Battery at 772-873-8222 (office), 772-359-9175 (cell) or golfcarperformance@yahoo.com
    DISCLAIMER: I have no connection with Performance Golf Car save as a satisfied customer.
    Rick Emerson

  • Faber Cove Anchorage (Fort Pierce, FL, near Statute Mile 966.5)

    Faber Cove Anchorage is accessed off a marked channel, making off from the eastern flanks of the AICW, just a short hop south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge. It’s a bit of a trek to get to the cove, but once there, the shelter is quite good.

    We anchored at Faber Cove a few years ago and it was so crowded that we’ve never tried it again – anchored south of Causeway Island instead. However, tonight there is a strong east wind so we decided to give the cove a try again. We were pleasantly surprised to find only two boats anchored when we arrived and only two have comes since. Great, well protected spot good depth: 9 ft plus on the east side of the cove.
    Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Faber Cove Anchorages

  • Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, FL on the St. Lucie River, South Fork and Okeechobee Waterway)

    The accolades here on the Cruisers’ Net keep piling up for Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart, Florida. If any of you do not recognize this marina’s name, it is the new, much improved incarnation of the South Pointe Anchorage facility. It is found on the eastern banks of the St. Lucie River, South Fork, just upstream of the old Roosevelt twin bridges.
    We have visited this facility ourselves on two occasions since its remodeling. I can attest to the accuracy of the good things Captain Emerson has to say below.

    Repeating comments I posted elsewhere on this site, in reply to a “where to stay” request:
    “We’re currently moored at Sunset Bay Marina, on the south fork of the St. Lucie River, in Stuart. Moorings are $10 / day or $240 / month. There are slips but they’re booked for the winter. The location is about 7-8 miles off the ICW. Boats drawing 7′ or more may be challenged at the river entrance and in the river itself (we draw 6′ and found some “skinny bits” at the entrance, while following the marked channel). That being said, the marina is a great place to be, with excellent facilities, helpful staff, and easy walking access to Stuart’s shops as well as a Publix, etc. about a half mile along US1.
    We stopped here to ride out some weather, with the plan of moving on to a marina in North Palm Beach for a Christmas break. Instead we’ll leave the boat here for the break, and are glad we found Sunset Bay Marina.”
    Rick Emerson

    I don’t think I can add to the nice things that have already been posted except to say they were nice enough to let us hang at the fuel dock to walk to Publix and to do laundry (laundry room has 5 washers and 6 dryers!) before we went to our mooring. I certainly would return to Sunset Bay in the future! The mooring field is nicely laid out. A first class operation!
    Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

    We are at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart. It is also very friendly, has a pumpout boat that visits with a phone call, and not rafting up on mooring balls! Get togethers three nites a week if you want and sparkling new, clean facilities. Lots of stuff available within walking distance.
    Great prices too. As of today it is almost full to capacity which is wonderful considering (from what we have heard) some fought adding docks and updating the buildings because its a bit off the ICW and they thought it would not attract enough cruisers. They were wrong!! This place is full and operating just fine at capacity.
    The only downside at this point is that this area should be a no wake zone! We got here late and are on one of the outside moorings and get quite a bit of wake from passing boats. Im not sure why it is not a no wake zone since its between two bridges and nears a marina with hundreds of boats. Would suggest picking up a ball closer in if you can.
    Sami and Barry Shreve

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Sunset Bay Marina

  • Harbortown Marina (Fort Pierce, Statute Mile 965)

    Nov, 2009: Convenient to Publix, West Marine and small restaurants. Marina definitely has maintenance problems, and it makes me wonder if the lack of maintenance isn’t part of a larger financial problem. Our boat was damaged because an improperly installed cleat gave way — and for 5 days we were back and forth with the management as to negotiations on payment for the repairs, the car rental expense to bring the damaged boarding door to be repaired, and the slip from the time of damage until the repaired door was returned. Not a pleasant stay and will NEVER return.
    Stephanie DiBelardino

  • Vero Beach Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaWell, no wonder Captain Howard had such a great experience at Vero Beach Municipal Marina. After all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    I visited Vero Beach a year ago and consider it a must stop. They have very inexpensive moorings and expect you to raft other boats. The city busses are free and you can get anywhere. Easy shopping. Excellant thrift stores near West Marine. The showers and laundry are excellant. A great stop to prepare for the Bahamas.
    Howard M.
    Spartina

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

  • Harbortown Marina, Fort Pierce, FL (Statute Mile 965)

    You have to be careful when mentioning “Harbortown Marina” as there are several facilities in the Southeastern USA that go by this name, or a very similar moniker. This “Harborown” is located in Fort Pierce, Florida, north of our good friends at Fort Pierce City Marina!

    Cruising News: This is a very convenient marina because you can walk to Publix, West Marine, a chinese take-out and a small Italian restaurant/pizzeria — both restaurants are reasonably priced. The marina is not in the best of condition so be very careful when you tie-up. Make sure the cleats are not wiggly and that they are attached to the dock properly.
    Stephanie DiBelardino

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbortown Marina (Fort Pierce)

  • Pirates Cove Marina (Manatee Pocket, off St. Lucie River)

    Pirates Cove Marina is one of several fine facilities on the the Manatee Pocket. This sheltered body of water cuts off from the easternmost reaches of the St. Lucie River and the Okeechobee Waterway, just a stone’s throw from the St. Lucie/AICW intersection. Watch out for shifting markers and channels here, as the intersection of the Waterway and the St. Lucie River (and inlet) is infamous for shoaling.

    What a great little gem of a marina in Manatee Pocket. Pirate’s Cove is just off the Okachobee Waterway. Best shower facilities we found since we left NJ on the ICW to FL. Great restaurant also! We’ll be back!
    Wendy Childers

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

  • More Praise For Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, FL, St. Lucie River)

    This is at least the second laudatory report we’ve had here on the Cruisers’ Net about Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart. This facility is the newly rebuilt Southpointe Harbor, once Stuart’s city marina. It is now privately leased, and the new mangers seem to be doing a splendid job.
    Sunset Bay Marina is located on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River/Okeechobee Waterway, just upstream of the old Roosevelt Twin bridges.

    I was one of the first long term dockers at Sunset Bay. I could go on and on about how pristine the faciity is and how professionally run it is but the the biggest asset of the marina is the staff. I have stayed at many marinas but have never had the pleasure of having such a friendly and capable staff as Buz, Sam and Ruth. From day one, they made me feel like I had been there for years. The icing on the cake is the magnificant restaurant, Sailor’s Return. The restaurant is owned and operated buy Bob Davis. Bob has a very colorful cullinary background and will soon have Sailor’s Return known as the best restaurant in Stuart.
    Clay Thomasson

    This is a great place to stay. It’s a marina where you will stay longer than you intended because you will not want to leave. The facilities are new and very well maintained. The staff is professional and cannot do enough for you. The permanent residents are particularly friendly. Every one makes you feel like family. Coincidentally, the marina is very convenient to the town. We are eager to return when the restaurant has opened.
    Walt & Ellen Solomons
    Vessel Rachel

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Sunset Bay Marina

  • Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, Florida, on the St. Lucie River)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the old Stuart City Marina – South Pointe Anchorage. This facility has been completely refurbished, and is now operating as BOTH a marina with slip dockage, and an adjacent mooring field. We’ve had several earlier postings here on the Net’s “Eastern Florida” cruising news section concerning Sunset Bay Marina, but the one below from Captain Berry is so chock full of useful cruising news, I’ve posted it here on its own.

    The moorings have gone back down to $10 per day or $240.00 a month. There is free wifi, a nice boater’s lounge, new showers, new laundry facilities and a new waterfront restaurant next door. The restaurant is opening in October. The marina is full but they have a waiting list. They still take transients for short term stays. We walked a short 10 minute walk to the grocery store and to downtown Stuart. They also have a public bus that takes you to just about any store you need to go to. All in all it’s a great place to stay and the staff is the best you’ll find anywhere.
    J. Berry
    S/V Lil Rain

  • Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, Florida – St. Lucie River)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the old Stuart City anchorage and mooring field. It reopened several months ago, and will undoubtedly be a prime location for the fall and winter 2009-2010 cruising season!
    This facility is located well up the St. Lucie River/Okeechobee Waterway, from the St. Lucie River/AICW intersection. In fact, you must cruise upstream of the new high-rise US1 Bridge, and the old Roosevelt Twin Bridges, to reach the new docks.

    If your are staying at Sunset Bay for less than 4 nights expect to PAY… $76.00 per day for 32 as of 07/20/09, better to use there mooring field $12.00 per day if Sunset happens to be a stop… new docks and OK amenities know close shopping without transportation.
    John Connon
    S/V LOROLI – Watkins-32

    Subject: Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage
    Cruising News: I’ve been docked at the NEW Sunset Bay Marina & anchorage, Stuart, FL for a few months now and want you to know what a well run place this is. They sell gas and diesel and you might want to include them in your report. The Harbormaster is Buzz Billue with Sam Portolese and Ruth Conrad as Assistant Harbormaster’s. They have pumpout and sell gas and diesel at reasonable prices. Please give them a call at 772-283-9225 or fax: 772-283-7361. And, by the way, thanks for publishing my sunrise photo
    Best regards,
    Dick Harding
    aboard HMS TURTLE

    The moorings have gone back down to $10 per day or $240.00 a month. There is free wifi, a nice boater’s lounge, new showers, new laundry facilities and a new waterfront restaurant next door. The restaurant is opening in October. The marina is full but they have a waiting list. They still take transients for short term stays. We walked a short 10 minute walk to the grocery store and to downtown Stuart. They also have a public bus that takes you to just about any store you need to go to. All in all it’s a great place to stay and the staff is the best you’ll find anywhere.
    J. Berry
    S/V Lil Rain

    I was one of the first long term dockers at Sunset Bay. I could go on and on about how pristine the faciity is and how professionally run it is but the the biggest asset of the marina is the staff. I have stayed at many marinas but have never had the pleasure of having such a friendly and capable staff as Buz, Sam and Ruth. From day one, they made me feel like I had been there for years. The icing on the cake is the magnificant restaurant, Sailor’s Return. The restaurant is owned and operated buy Bob Davis. Bob has a very colorful cullinary background and will soon have Sailor’s Return known as the best restaurant in Stuart.
    Clay Thomasson

  • Palm Coast Marina (St. M. 802) and Vero Beach Municipal Marina (St. M. 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaThe string below is copied from the Net’s “Ask Your Neighbor” page, and, in turn, from the AGLCA mailing list.
    There’s some good info in Captain Larry’s message, partciularly about the Vero Beach Municipal facility, And, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Mas Bueno has made the last crossing of Lake Okeechobee until Sept when the Moore Haven Lock reopens.  It turned into a bit of a rush.
    We are now at Indiantown getting ready to head north up the Fl East coast from Stuart and would like to stop at a marina along the way for a few days to a week that is close to the Beach for some slower time.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Hal and Cheryl Baker

    You might try Palm Coast Marina at  M – 208.  You can walk or bicycle to the beach from their facility.  Can bike or walk to stores, banks etc.  The staff  welcomes cruisers and they are super nice folks.
    We also stayed in the mooring field at Vero Beach.  They also have slips but I think you need to call ahead.  Again you can walk or bike to the beaches or all over the town.  They have plenty of dingy docks. Buss service is free and you can get to all major stores by buss.  The drivers were very helpful and again very welcoming to cruisers.
    Larry V
    M/V Lauren Grace

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Vero Beach Municipal Marina

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

  • Mariners Cay Marina (Manatee Pocket, off St. Lucie River, St. M. 988)

    Manatee Pocket like a short distance upstream on the St. Luice, River, from this stream’s shoal prone intersection with the AICW and St. Lucie Inlet. I have visited Mariner’s Cay many times over the years. It is a medium sized facility, with a very quiet environment. It’s a long walk to reach any restaurants or provisioning possibilities, but, if you are looking for a place to just rest from your travels, this could be the spot.

    We [use to] own a condoat the Mariner’s Cay marina in the Manatee Pocket years ago. It’s a small, private marina about 1/2 m inside the Pocket on the west side. It has fuel, transient dockage, pool at the docks, laundry/baths and was always very clean when we were there. Rates usually less than the commercial area marinas and docks were on the outside and very easy to access. The other nice thing was that Mariner’s Cay was within walking distance of the West Marine Store, about 1/2 m walk/ride away.
    Gary


    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Mariners Cay Marina

  • A Hearty Endorsement of Fort Pierce City Marina (Statute Mile 966.5)

     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589Of course, Fort Pierce City Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We’re headed south at the moment but wanted to plug the Fort Pierce City Marina, complete with Boat US discounts on both fuel and dockage.  On Saturday mornings they have one of the best farmers’ markets you’ll see: baked goods, fruits, vegetables, fresh seafood, unbelievable guacamole, jams, crafts, etc.  They also have lots of free festivals with live music, and the marina staff, town folk and permanent dock dwellers (including two former Loopers) are all exceptionally friendly.  Put it on your list.
    Barbara
    M/V Toba

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

  • Fort Pierce City Marina (Statute Mile 965) – Transportation Solutions

     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589Below, Captain Jim gives us all some great advice on how to obtain low cost, city transportation from Fort Pierce City Marina, to just about any sort of shopping you may require. Fort Pierce City Marina itself is a superior facility in ever way, and is highly recommended by yours truly, And, of course, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!

    Hello all:
    t has been said that Ft. Pierce, FL City Marina (mm 965) is a great place to stay, but has poor transportation service for the boating community to shop and re-supply.
    Palmetto Moon is in Ft Pierce, it is a great place, clean, great staff, 14 restaurants in a 4 block area, well protected, a BIG Farmers Market and arts/crafts tents every Saturday, 4 washers/dryers (1.00), and concerts in the park adjacent to the marina.
    Su and I have unraveled the bus issues. There are 2 types of transportation services offered:
    1. A scheduled route, Treasure Coast Connector,  that runs North and South on US 1, appox. every 30 min. However these stops are 4 blocks from the marinas. So if you do full shopping/re-provisioning the schlepping becomes a huge task.
    2. The Community Transit System. A true door-to-door route (no set route) that you must make reservations for pick up. This service works very well for heavy shopping. But, takes appox. 3.5 – 4 hours to complete your round trip. This service is more complicated to use,  as you must register in advance of your shopping plans and then call 24 hours before, to schedule a pick-up. This service is not one that can be utilized on the day of arrival without registering in advance. To register before arrival call 772-464-7433. This system uses computer routing,  the exact address is required both for pick-up and destination. To get around this we go to the office, get the add. then make the call.
    Downside issues:
    A. If the bus is crowded they can limit the carry-ons to 4 bags per person
    B. Pick-up time is sometime after 8 AM (remember no set route) normally around 8:30 – 8:45 and continues to pick-up and drop-off until your stop.
    C. If Wal-Mart is your destination add 1.5 – 2 hours to your trip.
    D. Normal shopping to Wal-Mart (Tues.) and Publix (Thurs.)
    Jim Cobb      
    Palmetto Moon – Ocean Alexander-423

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

  • Fort Pierce City Marina (Statute Mile 966.5) – GREAT Restaurant Nearby

     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589Fort Pierce City Marina is already a superb muncipal marina, and a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Now, below we hear that there’s a really wonderful place to satisfy a healthy appetite nearby. What could be better!

    Subject: Harbor Cove Restaurant – Ft Pierce
    Cruising News: Fabulous Restaurant alert!  We were at Harbor Town Marina in Ft Pierce last night and the restaurant there, Harbor Cove Restaurant was a true and wonderful surprise.  We had “dirty Oysters” to start which were fresh and large raw oysters topped with sour cream, caviar and onions.  The oysters were fresh and truly incredible.  Prime Rib was the special which was so good that this morning I am kicking myself for not getting a portion to take home for lunch today. (take THAT Coinjock!) And the Mussels with pasta were some of the best mussels I\’ve had outside of Maine.   All of this, 2 beers and a drink for $55. 
    Friendly and helpful staff, and locals were terrific.
    And as far as the marina goes, also terrific.  Grounds are beautifully maintained, loaner bikes, they will arrange for Enterprise…very helpful in every way.  Electric was good, docks well maintained. 
    This is an absolute must stop for us on our commute up and down the coast.
    Stacy Schmetterer

    My wife and I have always enjoyed staying at the Fort Pierce City Marina when ever we traveled up or down the east coast. It’s right in the down town area and the city seems to always have something going on on the week ends. Don’t know what the rates are now but they were the best in the area. Nice showers and laundry rooms and great restaurants right at the docks shopping near by.
    Tom


    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

  • Cook Point – Fort Pierce Anchorage (Statute Mile 964.5)

    The entrance to the anchorage described by Captains John and Sue below, cuts east, immediately north of the North Fort Pierce bascule bridge. Personally, I would not want to take a vessel larger than 45 feet into this channel.

    Subject: Anchorage-Cook Pt./Ft. Pierce
    Cruising News: Anchored up cut adjacent to north side of Cook Pt./Ft. Pierce, went in 1/4 mile beyond low bridge on south side of cut to beyond the Idle Speed/No Wake sign. Plenty of water on south side of cut.  A little skinny for the first 1/10th mile.  Good protection w/a bonus of a fair view of the Nov. 14 Endeavor launch.
    John & Sue Morrissey
    m/v ABIGAIL


    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Cook Point – Fort Pierce Anchorage

  • Good Times at Fort Pierce City Marina (Statute Mile 966.5)

     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589Fort Pierce City Marina has always been a good facility, but during the last decade or so, it has become one of the best city marinas that it has been my pleasure to review. Of course, I’m prejudiced, as these good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Hello all:
    Palmetto Moon with Su, Jim, and Alex (the lazy cat) are in Ft. Pierce City Marina. Good facility with very knowledge people and easy bus service to Publix, Lowes, and CVS. Looks like we will stay here for a looooog time. Temp. as of this writing is 78 and a low of 68 tonight.
    Safe travels
    Jim


    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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