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Archive For: East FL – 5 – San Sebastian River to Daytona Beach

  • Great Stay at Marineland Marina (Statute Mile 796)

     The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.What a GREAT posting about our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! And, oh yes, I was just here a few weeks ago myself, and I agree completely with Captains Pilon and Salette!

    MARINELAND MARINA
    I arrived at Marineland Marina a month ago for what I thought would be few days. Why? What happened to my migration south? Maybe I should not tell you this ; I worry you all make this change…
    I tell you this as it comes to my mind, no particular order, nor by importance:
    – It is clean, perfectly clean.
    – It is new, brand new marina
    – Prices are VERY affordable. In fact, on a monthly basis, it is MUCH cheaper than moorings you will find in St-Augustine, even for bigger boats.
    – Free (yes as in 0.00$) laundry
    – Staff is great. They all go further than expected to make sure you like Marineland Marina. I know first hand.
    – Marineland Marina is across the A1A road to a beach, large, miles long, and super quiet. I go there everyday for a walk and most of the days I am alone / or we are 3 or 4. In fact on this few miles beach stretch the most people I saw were 6!!! This is rare in Florida, rare in USA, just rare everywhere.
    – A1A route is super quiet here. Except Marineland and few houses for rent, there is not much around
    – Bike path on this A1A stretch (5 miles north, 5 miles south) is very wide and secure and quiet!
    – Many parks and reserves at walking distance
    Other info:
    – The Publix is about 4 miles away
    – Many restaurants deliver to Marineland Marina
    – You can visit Marineland, the other side of the street
    – They organise kayak tours, right here at the marina
    – Nice restaurant / bars at bicycle distance
    – Be sure to mention to Chris the draft of your boat. Most slips are more than 6 feet but some (3 or 4 slips) have less than 5 feet mlw.
    – They have nice floating docks for transients.
    – Pet friendly marina
    How come it is not more known? I think because Marineland Marina has been abandoned for 10 years until they completely rebuilt it 6 month ago / most of cruising guides you have on board are out-dated…
    Marc Pilon and Andrée Salette
    Sv Ma Muse, still at Marineland Marina for few more weeks

    Just wanted to echo everything Marc and andree said, marineland marina is a great facility, we too dropped in for a day or 2 and are now staying a month. The beach is beautiful and this stretch of the ICW is unspoiled and borders a huge nature reserve with many creeks to explore by dinghy and plenty of wildlife to see.
    Can’t recommend it enough.
    Helen and Dickie
    S.v.harmony

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

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  • Marineland Marina Continues to Please, AICW Statute Mile 796

    Marineland Marina lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. This marina had been closed for many years, but just recently reopened. While there are not yet any nearby restaurants or good provisioning possibilities, the new incarnation of Marineland Marina will be another excellent stop for cruisers plying the AICW between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.

    what a gem – stay if you can! it is inexpensive ($1/f,t,) peaceful, beautiful, alive with wildlife, across A1A from the beach and the Marineland dolphin research facility. Super dockmaster, Chris Kelly, is helpful, friendly, and knowlegeable. if you like wild and peaceful surroundings, with up to date facilities, do NOT miss the opportunity to stay at Marineland Marina.
    Jane Hanson

    We planned to stay one night and ended up staying a week. This is not a place for provisions but has a lot to offer. There is the Marine Land dolphin rehab across the street and a nature trail just south. You can hear the surf from your boat, walk the beach. Nice docks but shallow at low tide. Chris is a great harbor master. Peaceful and pleasant. We will be back.
    Bill Hanson

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

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  • More Good Words for Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796

    Marineland Marina lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. This marina had been closed for many years, but just recently reopened. While there are not yet any nearby restaurants or good provisioning possibilities, the new incarnation of Marineland Marina will be another excellent stop for cruisers plying the AICW between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.

    Echo the comments 10/15/11. Stayed for one night, left St. Augustine headed south and arrived about noon. Enjoyed the marine center, had a personal tour of the facilities at Marineland, it was not crowded. Got some great pictures of Dolphin training, jumping etc.
    WiFi did not work on boat without an external stick where we were put. Walked back trails and across A1A where there is a nice beachfront park. We intend on stopping for a week on our way back north for the beach in the spring. With the hatch open, the sound of the surf put me to sleep.
    Bill

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

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  • Recommended Anchorage at AICW Statute Mile 809, Flagler Beach, FL

    The anchorage Will recommends is on the west side of the Waterway just north of Flagler Beach, FL,
    We used to list the anchorage described below, but took it out of our Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory some years ago, due to all the traffic associated with the below described Sea Ray plant. Also, for a time the “concrete plan” reopened, but now it appears to have closed again.
    Anyway, looks like Will and Cheryl found a good spot to anchor upstream of the Sea Ray facility.

    Thanks for getting back to us Larry. BTW we also wanted to recommend an anchorage by mile 809, a canal off the ICW at an abandoned cement plant. It’s not on the roster though for us to make comments on.
    Best wishes,
    Will & Cheryl aboard s/v Varua – Westsail 42

    The anchorage is an inlet created evidently for a cement plan, now closed. It is between markers G11 and G13 west off the ICW. On our overnight stay on 12/4/2011, we founds depths of 6.5-8.5 feet at the entrance, staying close to the South side as advised by a fellow cruiser. past the entrance, there are homes with private docks on the left. trees on the right. Depths increase to 10-12 feet toward the end, past a Sea Ray plant. The tide changes less than two feet in this “cul-de-sac.” No real shore visit opportunity. Bottom is very sticky black mud. The Sea Ray plant starts to make factory noises early in morning. Otherwise a very quiet, protected anchorage.
    Will & Cheryl

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  • Praise for Crescent Beach Bridge Tender, AICW Statute Mile 789, South of St. Augustine, FL

    Crescent Beach Bridge crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 789, southeast of flashing daybeacon #58.

    We had a great experience with the bridge captain operating this bridge on November 21, 2011. We had monitored VHF channel 9 since clearing Bridge of Lions, and his greetings and conversations with all southbound vessels were courteous, professional, and friendly.
    This is an open on demand bridge and his timing was perfect, every time, resulting in a seamless transit of the bridge.
    We believe this bridge captain is a prime candidate to be presented to the Florida Tourism Board as State Employee of the Year. He certainly is the happiest bridge captain on the ICW.
    Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina

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  • Good Words for Halifax Harbor Marina (Daytona Beach, FL, Statute Mile 831)

    A short, but enthusiastic account of a very fine marina in Daytona Beach, Florida.

    Halifax Harbor in Daytona Beach, Florida is a great choice. Secure marina, floating docks, local airport, also close to Orlando airport. Check out their website:

    http://www.halifaxharbor.net

    Don & Rebecca Roman
    Andante

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

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  • Good Words for Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796

    Marineland Marina lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. This marina has been closed for many years now, but had just recently reopened. While there are not yet any nearby restaurants or good provisioning possibilities, the new incarnation of Marineland Marina will be another excellent stop for cruisers plying the AICW between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.

    We just want to let those of you passing through northern Florida know about a new marina which we stayed at last night.
    We’ve been passing Marineland at mile 795 for years (by boat and car) and always wondered if the basin there would ever open as a marina; we were told by a cashier at the newly-opened Marineland Education Center (the dolphin, etc, display) a couple of years ago that it wasn’t going to ever open as a marina.
    Well, all that changed this past August when the Marineland Marina opened with all new facilities, a long floating concrete dock, fixed docks, heads, free laundry and free Wifi. 30 amps shore power was $3.00 with a Boat/US discount (show your membership card).
    The beautiful beach and Marineland is a short walk across route A1A. The GEORGIA aquarium is involved in the education center and kayak tours originate from the marina.
    We stayed only overnight as we are on the way home to Merritt Island, but if you don’t live in the area you should consider staying long enough to visit the Marineland Education Center (see the new dolphin calf).
    The cost is extremely reasonable, but there are no commercial restaurants, etc, within walking distance. It is, however, a beautiful, quiet spot in a sell protected basin immediately off the ICW.
    The dockmaster, Chris, is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the local area and birdlife.
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young

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

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  • Praise for Daytona Beach, FL, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Halifax Harbor Marina is in Daytona Beach on the western shores of the ICW/Halifax River, south of unlighted daybeacon #39A.

    All.. Please don’t forget Daytona Beach, Fl if you’re headed south, north, or just hanging out this fall/winter. We have good facilities between the marina’s available, and yards from do-it-yourselves to they do it all. Several decent anchorage areas and Halifax Harbor has plenty of transient space. Farmers’ market on Saturday within walking distance of Halifax Harbor. Keep this harbor in mind on your way around the east coast of Fl. Rebecca and I are happy to help facilitate your visit unless we’re at anchor somewhere or on the road.
    Don & Rebecca,
    m/v Andante,
    moored Halifax Harbor, Daytona Beach, Fl

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

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  • Incorrect Charted Height at Broadway Bridge, Daytona Beach, Statute Mile 830.5, 5/13/11

    Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory has this bridge listed as 62ft and care needs to be taken at high tide as Almost Heaven relates below. The Broadway Bridge (E International Speedway Blvd) crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 830.5, south-southeast of unlighted daybeacons #33 and #34.

    This Bridge is 62′! on a high tide we would not clear this bridge.(63.5 + Antennas) The Markers on the bridge clearly showed 63′ with the tide down 1 foot. Please consider the tide range when passing under the Broadway Bridge. The chart is INCORRECT as it shows 65′.
    Almost Heaven

    This bridge needs a proper clearance board. ie: measurement. I crept under this spring with the board reading 63. My antenna usually hits at a 64 reading. Antenna did not hit.
    Skipper Paul Eckenroth

    Our mast height is also 63.5′ + antennas, we passed under this bridge @ 8pm Sunday May 13th, 2012. The Bridge clearance guage showed 62′ but as we had previously cleared this bridge in the fall we gave it a very slow go weaving between the nav light. As far as we could tell not even our antenna touched (unlinke many other bridges on the AICW) which means there is at least 66+’ in the middle of the span.
    Andrew

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  • Good Words for Halifax Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Halifax Harbor Marina is in Daytona Beach on the western shores of the ICW/Halifax River, south of unlighted daybeacon #39A.

    I suggest you stay at the Halifax Harbor Marina, I lived there for two years and the people and services were great, and you could not beat the rates, for liveaboards, I would still be there if work did not keep me where I am now.
    Sean Hickey

    We just stayed there last week & it is a great place.
    Cheryl Jones

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

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  • Loggerhead Club & Marina – Daytona Beach (Statute Mile 830)

    Below, Captain Judy Klawe gives us a good description of the Daytona Beach iteration of Loggerhead Marinas. It’s interesting that this facility does accept cruisers for long term/live-aboard stays, but many Loggerhead Marinas seem not to offer the same service (see below).

    Don’t want to start a whole big thing again, but…. We are at Halifax Harbor Marina, yesterday we took our Whaler over to Loggerhead just south of Marker 32 and had lunch at Caribbean Jack’s. After lunch I went in to the office and spoke to the Dockmaster. I inquired about the live aboard situation. I told her we had called several Loggerhead Marinas on our trip south and none would accept live aboards. She told me that each Loggerhead Marina is a separate entity a few do allow live aboards but most do not. They do here in Daytona. They charge a $50 per month live aboard fee, $65 a month for 30 amp and $85 a month for 50 amp. $8 per foot for boats up to 46 feet and $9.50 for boats over 46 feet. Those are their annual fees. If you just want to stay seasonal (min of 5 months) it is the same for electric and live aboard fee but the rate is $9.50 up to 46 and $11.00 for over 46 feet. They have a small swimming pool and you get 10% off at Caribbean Jacks restaurant. I did not inspect the laundry or bath houses, but the place looked very well kept. Dockmaster also told me that if you decide to visit another Loggerhead while at their marina, like further south, for a week or two, they pay the dock fee and
    you just pay your electric. Oh yeah, they provide cable and of course water. Wifi you would have to pay for separate. So that is the scoop from
    Daytona Beach.
    Judy Klawe

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Club & Marina – Daytona Beach

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  • High Praise for Hammock Beach Resort – Marina at Yacht Harbor Village, AICW Statute Mile 802

    Hammock Beach Resort Marina flanks the eastern banks of the AICW immediately north of the Palm Coast Parkway high-rise bridge in Palm Coast, FL.

    We stayed here over the long Thanksgiving weekend; checked in on Wednesday the 24th and out on Saturday the 27th. Paid $2.60/foot, including service charge and Florida tax, and were BLOWN AWAY by the place. For that price, you get a great spot at top of the line floating docks, excellent service (from Suzanne and Neil), the most beautiful shower/bathroom facility we have ever seen, a gorgeous pool on the marina side, free pump-out, AND full access to the resort amenities. You can use the resort pools and beach – towels provided – by using the (no extra charge) 24X7 shuttle service; you can dine at any of several restaurants, all very good, at several price points. Not a “bargain” spot, but worth every penny of the charge if you are looking for a little slice of paradise from the comfort of your very own boat.
    Captain Leigh Hough

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

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  • New Coffee Shop in Daytona Beach near Halifax Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Good coffee, free WIFI and great desserts – what more could one ask? Halifax Harbor Marina is on the western shores of the ICW/Halifax River, south of unlighted daybeacon #39A.

    Cruising News:
    There is a new coffee shop in Daytona Beach on Beach St. called Sweet Marlays’. It is walking distance from the Halifax Marina. The hours are from 7am – 10 pm Mon-Sat and 1pm – 10 pm on Sunday. They have free WIFI for their customers and the coffee and desserts are great!
    Captain Ed Kozinski

    Cruising News:
    Stopped and anchored out near the Halifax Marina. Took my dingy to the north public dock and found a great coffee shop on Beach Street in Dayton Beach called Sweet Marlays. Coffee was excellent, great atmosphere and the food was good also. I had the panini. They also have free WIFI. Make sure you check it out. The owner is also a boater.
    Captain Elwyn Hart

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

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  • ALERT! Be Aware of Pedestrians on AICW Fixed Bridges

    This warning refers to the Seabreeze Bridge which crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 829, but a similar situation could occur at any fixed bridge!

    Wednesday evening, November 10, 2010, we accompanied another boat southbound into Daytona Beach, FL. North of the city is a 65′, twin span, high rise bridge called “Seabreeze.” Two (apparently teenage) males were on the bridge throwing “lemon sized” rocks at boats passing through. The boat I was traveling with was hit twice. His boat has a fiberglass pilothouse roof, and there was no apparent damage. No one was hurt. Sanctuary has a canvass top, so we stopped short of the bridge. It was getting late, and chilly, and after a few minutes, the “youngsters” lost interest and left. Police were called on both VHF radio and 911, but did not respond in the 15 minutes we were on scene.
    So, just a heads up to those who might be in the area. And, I guess, more generally when traveling. Scan bridge spans with binoculars, and be wary if people appear to be waiting for you to pass through.
    Captains Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For The Seabrezze Bridge

  • Praise for Daytona, FL and Halifax Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Halifax Harbor Marina is on the western shores of the ICW/Halifax River, south of unlighted daybeacon #39A.

    All… good morning… Just a note to remind all that Daytona, Fl is a good transient (or winter) stop. The municipal marina is Halifax Harbor with full services, good power and in a month or so WiFi. It’s less than two blocks to downtown, within a 10 min walk of multiple restaurants providing a good choice, West Marine located in the marina, etc. A great farmers’ market on Sat morning. Of course there are other marinas available and there’s also an anchorage across the river by the bridge – if you know how to get into it.
    Don & Rebecca, aboard m/v Andante, moored Daytona Beach, Fl

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  • Good Experience at Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802)

    We continue to hear laudatory reports about the good management at Palm Coast Marina. This facility is found on a small canal which indents the AICW’s western banks south of St. Augustine, and north of Daytona Beach.

    Great Place! Very friendly and helpful staff, they truly make you feel like they want you there. Shower and bathroom faculties adequate. Beautiful bike and walking path along ICW. We definitely would recommend and will return!
    Nancy Ojard

    When I was there on 10/28/10, they had a special deal, $20, but no water, no electric, and slips are little shallow for some (~4.5 at MLW).
    Captain Tom

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  • Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802) – Captain Jane Reports

    Statute Mile 803 Palm Coast Marina
    “They get our mail and we get their mail,” said Debbie, Dockmaster of Palm Coast Marina about Salty Southeast Cruisers Net Sponsor Palm Cove Marina in Jacksonville. This time, Palm Coast got us — we had the location right but confused the names in our head having read through Claiborne’s recent list of sponsors.
    Oh well, we meant to patronize and thank a Salty Southeast sponsor, but oops, Palm Coast is not a sponsor — yet.
    This is a small and clean marina in a handy spot to wait for a favorable tide at the infamously shoal-plagued Matanzas Inlet, which is why we stopped early one wintry day heading north. Palm Coast
    Marina is, as its name implies, in Palm Coast, Florida, some 25 miles south of St. Augustine and 25 miles north of Daytona. Northbound, it positions you 12 statute miles south of the Matanzas inlet, so it is
    good for catching a morning or late morning high tide. Southbound, it’s a useful stop if you are catching an afternoon high tide.
    Palm Coast is a pleasant place run by the very friendly and affable Debbie Hogan. Debbie is already my new best friend as she is a fellow parrot and bird person — hard core enough to keep three pet birds in the lounge area in addition to those she has at home.
    Working the docks is Frank, a true professional with great attitude and attention to detail. He was very patient as we fussed with lines, getting them just right.
    There is a fuel dock, in-slip pump-outs, a large cruiser’s outdoor gathering area, and a small fitness center with two bicycles, two
    treadmills and a weight machine. There is a 25% Boat US discount for transient dockage, bringing the price to $1.32 a foot. For boats 35 feet and under with 12 foot beam or less, there is a “no frills”
    special advertised on the website of $20 a night, no electric, no water.
    Mondays and Thursdays at 4 PM, there is a happy hour — bring your own beverage — for liveaboards and transients. There is a book swap with two hefty rows of books in the inside lounge which is part of the dockmaster’s office and ships store with basic supplies. Mango, a charming lovebird (actual not a metaphor) and Beep and ReBeep the parakeets add both color and song to the setting.
    While it bills itself as part of a resort, we did not see any resort like amenities other than kayaks and bicycles for rent. There are walking paths along the busy road that borders condos and other
    housing developments, including some that are unfinished. Perhaps this has more charm in good weather and spring, summer or fall than was apparent to us on a cold wintry day.
    Heads are clean and climate-controlled. The laundry machines are in a door-free covered alcove-like passage and the machines have that ‘weathered’ look. While not inspiring, they appear to be adequate for the job.
    Fearless and roving though we may be, we did not personally verify the Palm Coast Marina’s website statement that Publix, Walgreens and CVS are within walking distance of the marina.
    We did, however, take a ten-minute walk from the marina to European Village, a complex of shops and what appear to be condos arranged around a large courtyard. Many establishments, including the hotel, appear to be, as Kinky Friedman might say, relegated to the past tense — victims of the recession. However, we did find several that are alive and eager to serve you.
    Mezzaluna and Barbara Jeans are two restaurants Dockmaster Debbie highlighted in the map showing European Village she gave us with our information packet. Mezzaluna offers Italian food; specials on the
    board when we walked by included roasted lamb shank. Barbara Jeans describes its fare as southern cooking. One column in their reasonably priced menu is called “Better than you think” with items such as
    meatloaf and other comfort food.
    Between these two restaurants, we found a well-stocked natural food store and grocery named Diane’s. Diane’s has pretty much everything you’d expect from a good health food store, but no Diane. The store manager is a friendly woman named Patsy. She had a small but good selection of perishables — fresh vegetables, greens and some fruit as well as organic deli meats and vegan cheeses. My first mate admired the ample selection of high quality frozen foods.
    There is also an English Tearoom and shop that was open. We could not tell whether the Japanese restaurant is still open. While the wine shop is now a place that buys gold, there is a decent selection of Australian and California wines at the General Store there where you can buy beer, soft drinks and some groceries in a sports bar setting.
    If you stop at Palm Coast Marina, watch out for the visually subtle tidal current. It runs up and down the fairway and parallel to the face and fuel dock. The current there is not as strong as, say, in
    parts of Georgia, but it still deserves your careful attention.
    Jane Tigar
    S/V Lady Jane

  • Hammock Beach Resort – Marina at Yacht Harbor Village (Statute Mile 802)

    Our sincere thanks to Captain Whitten for calling this facility to our attention. It is now listed in our “Eastern Florida Marina Directory.” Just follow the link below for full info!

    We went to the marina just south and on the east side of the ICW from Palm Coast, Hammock Beach Resort, a new condo-marina. No one responded to the VHF call or to a phone call so we pulled into a large, mostly empty marina, tied up and went looking for personnel. A person in charge, Neil, arrived and was quite welcoming, charging us $1.50/ft, electricity included, for a luxurious facility. The showers and toilets were in a nearby condominium building – towels included. Use of the condo swimming pool was also included. There was a shuttle bus to a restaurant in the main condo complex.
    We were passage-making so only stayed the night but it was a nice taste of luxury. Clearly the rates and availability will change as the condo fills up but for now, it’s an opportunity you may want to take advantage of.
    Fair winds and following seas,
    Austin Whitten
    S/Y “Discovery II”, Vancouver 27

    8 May 2010.
    Our previous visit was in February when the marina officially opened. This time, the rate was higher but we experienced the full impact of the luxury on offer during a two-day visit, fully justifying, in our view, the $2.25/ft charge with only one minor extra charge. Electricity, wi-fi, access to the full resort, shuttle service and complimentary ice – a first – were included. A 25 lb bag nicely topped up our ice box.
    The extra charge was triggered by Hammock Beach Resort’s “no tipping” policy, with a 20% gratuity built into everything purchased at the resort. In the case of marina charges, I’m not sure who receives the gratuity, but the staff certainly aimed to please. Our $67.50/day docking charge (yes, they have a 30-ft minimum, which is a pet peeve, but it affects few cruising folks these days) resulted in a $7/day service charge.
    Now for the luxury… We have paid as much as $3.50/ft at other marinas that cannot hold a candle to what Hammock Beach offered. Showers, toilets and swimming pool are housed at a nearby condominium building. Towels at both the swimming pool and baths are provided. The uncrowded nature of the marina and condominium adds to the exclusivity.
    A 24×7 shuttle bus is available at your beck and call – for a cell phone call – to transport you to the main resort complex on the ocean side, a couple of miles away. The resort hotel is HUGE. Several restaurants are located in the complex. Neil, the marina manager, recommended the Atlantic Grill, with a panoramic view of the ocean. A qualified chef was obviously in charge, attested to by the cuisine not the price, which was reasonable, for lunch.
    You are provided with a card when you arrive at the marina that gives you “membership” status, equivalent to those staying at the resort. Restaurant charges and anything else purchased at the complex are charged to the card. A credit card, upon arrival, backs this up.
    For us, the numbers of people present at the resort were a bit overwhelming. Many were there for golfing. Families on holiday also proliferated. The marina area was more simpatico but it was interesting seeing how others spend their vacations and then to be able to return to the marina.
    As noted in the description, the shuttle bus passed a Publix on the way to the main resort and I was assured they would let us off and pick us up on a phone call, making this a truly special marina.
    In summary, everything at the marina seems ephemeral – take advantage of it while it is on offer. Hopefully, others passing through will provide updates on the current status. I have always depended on local knowledge from other cruisers for valuable updates.
    Austin Whitten

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Hammock Beach Resort – Marina at Yacht Harbor Village

  • Halifax Harbor Marina (Daytona Beach, FL – Statute Mile 831)

    Halifax Harbor Marina is a HUGE facility, encompassing two dockage basins, and located in the heart of downtown Daytona Beach. While I can certainly sympathize with Skipper Austin’s problems with a “30 foot minimum charge,” I still think Halifax Harbor is a truly first class pleasurecraft facility!

    24 February 2010
    When I called ahead and asked for rates they neglected to tell me about the 30-ft minimum for charges which, for our 27-footer, makes it more expensive than the Loggerhead Marina next door. Their website also did not contain the minimum. I asked why a municipal marina would do this, essentially penalizing smaller boat owners. There was no reason given but the Waterway Guide website noted the municipality recently ‘outsourced’ the management of the marina to the Skipper Bud chain, not known for bargain basement prices. The harbormaster said she would raise my point with the corporation but it was a long, laborious process.
    Other municipalities are going in this direction to reduce costs, resulting in rate hikes for locals as well as transients, essentially changing the focus of what municipal marinas represent – affordable boating for the general public. Whether money is actually saved is problematical as the municipality is left responsible for maintaining the infrastructure and only receives a percentage of the collected fees.
    Fair winds and following seas,
    Austin Whitten
    S/Y “Discovery II”, Vancouver 27

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  • Loggerhead Club & Marina – Daytona Beach (Statute Mile 830)

    The Daytona Beach version of Loggerhead Club and Marinas used to be Caribbean Jacks. We have not stayed here since the changeover.

    8 May 2010.
    The charge for electricity was not optional. I tried to waive the service, exorbitant, for us at $7.50 to no avail. Our metered electricity usage is $.30/day. We have an icebox and no air conditioning or other heavy power draws. The excuse marinas are using these days for charging for a service you choose not to use is that it is not just for electricity but is a general “service” charge for water, swimming pool, cruiser’s lounge, wi-fi access (only available in the lounge here), showers, etc. – what you thought was included in dockage, especially at marinas with high-end rates – and generally not used by us when in transit.
    It would be useful to note in the general description section whether the electricity charge is mandatory. We chose Loggerhead because it worked out to be cheaper for us than the nearby municipal marina, now run by Skipper Bud’s, which has a 30-foot minimum. It used to be simple knowing what it will cost to stay at a marina – multiply the length of your boat by the per foot rate. Now, marina rates seem to be drawn up by corporation lawyers focused on maximizing profits. No wonder folks want to anchor out whenever possible.
    Fair winds and following seas,
    Austin Whitten
    S/Y “Discovery II”, Vancouver 27

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