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  • Report from Southern Mooring Field, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778

    The two St. Augustine mooring fields lie just north and south of the Bridge of Lions and Capt. Miller relays local advice for entering the southern mooring field.

    We picked up a mooring in the southern field on April 2nd, 2012.
    Approaching from the south, we turned into the mooring field just north of R “10″. The chart and plotter both showed good water but we hit bottom and turned back into the channel (we draw 4.5′). The dockmaster (channel 71) told me to stay in the channel until abeam the northern end of the field before turning in.
    Be aware that the water taxi only runs every two hours on the even hours and the last chance to return to your boat is 6:00 pm. If your crew is threatening mutiny, there is a liquor store across from the fort.
    The mooring fee is $21.20 per night.
    Max Miller

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For St. Augustine Northern Anchorage

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  • Information on Fueling at River’s Edge Marina, off the AICW on San Sebastian River near Statute Mile 780

    Claiborne just visited River’s Edge Marina a few weeks ago and reports it to be a quiet, competent facility with a very popular restaurant on-site. This facility lies on the northwestern shores of San Sebastian River, north of marker #29.

    Just filled up today (4/6/12). Price was $3.95. Note that there is a 50-gallon minimum. Also, fuel hose can reach all boats on A dock, but not outer reaches of the T. There is transient dockage between A and B docks to fill up but water is thin during low tide. Pumpout also is located there.
    Dennis Jay

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

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  • Good Advice For A Visit to St. Augustine (near Statute Mile 778)

    Captain Jim Healy, author of the article below, is a frequent contributor here on the Cruisers’ Net, and many other nautical mailing lists/forums. This posting is excerpted from a long submission to the GL (Great Loop) mailing list! There’s some really GOOD advice here for those contemplating a visit to the historic community of St. Augustine.
    See you at the A1A Ale House!

    St. Augustine – must see for history of the region; local tour company and good city bus available; alligator farm and lighthouse museum available by bus; A1A Ale House across from the city marina is excellent; easy access from mooring field and city marina. As your very first activity, take a tour of the city to see what’s there; then, plan for what you want to see in more detail.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
    Currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
    Monk 36 Hull #132

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  • A Glowing Report on River’s Edge Marina (St. Augustine, on the San Sebastian River, near St. M. 780)

    I just visited River’s Edge Marina myself a few weeks ago, and found it a quiet, competent facility, with a very popular restaurant on-site. This facility lies on the northwestern shores of San Sebastian River, north of marker #29.

    Quality is fitness for use. St Augustine’s River’s Edge Marina is a quality marina. Equally important, it is a family owned small business. I’ll patronize those before a government owned marina any day.
    We pick our marinas for safety, cleanliness, utility, and management. River’s Edge (formerly Oyster Creek – they changed the name because people inferred “Creek” meant shallow and passed them by. Strange, I thought one used a chart to determine depth). Whatever one calls it, River’s Edge pays attention to the essentials and leaves non-value added glitz to others to charge extra for.) gets high marks from us on all counts. It is in a safe neighborhood. It is protected from surge, wakes and winds. It has safe facilities (docks, decks, pilings, ramps, etc.). It is operated safely. It is clean. The young man who maintains the laundry, heads, and grounds gets a plus by his high mark.
    For utility it is very hard to beat. It has the lowest price on commercially supplied diesel for miles (and miles). It is just off US 1, and food & spirits, marine supplies (West), hardware, yada-yada-yada, are literally no more than 15 minutes away — even propane at the St Augustine Beach KOA! If it’s farther, call Eco Ride, a zone-fared taxi that uses a hybrid. Back at the marina, Hurricane Patty’s serves an excellent meal. Its clientele extends well beyond the marina denizens, so they have to pay attention to quality.
    And River’s Edge is well-managed. This is our third stay, and once again, we left the boat in their care for the better part of a month while we took a road trip.
    SV/Brilliant Star

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

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  • Shoaling Reported South of the Bridge Of Lions, AICW Statute Mile 779.2, St. Augustine, 2/5/12

    This report of shoaling concerns a spot in the center of the Waterway channel 3/4 of a mile south of the Bridge of Lions. If you have found similar depths in this area, please let us hear from you.

    I dragged my 4’ – 3” draft hard through the mud in Saint Augustine at the spot indicated here which is shown on the chart as 14 feet MLW. This was an hour and a half and 10 inches before MLW. I was heading northbound from the channel over to where a few boats my size and larger were anchored south of the mooring field.
    You can see where I made a couple of other attempts to get into the mooring field and up to the anchorage but was running out of depth fast enough not to want to try it.
    I anchored briefly to write this and wait for slack water to go into the marina dock for fuel at the point where the track ends. There is 9.5 feet of water here where the chart says I should be aground so the charts are not to be relied upon in this area.
    Roger S/V Strider

    Roger: Your report doesn’t surprise me as I doubt that area has been surveyed in years, but where you reported going aground at the 14-foot spot plots out as much closer to the edge of the shoal on my raster NOAA chart than it looks on your chartlet reproduced here. I know that the bottom rises quickly there from good depths to near nothing. Another odd thing is that someone who I trust just the other day gave me a report of where he anchored in St. Augustine and it plotted out aground on the raster chart. I’m wondering if there is a temporary GPS error issue in that area due to the testing in the Southeast that has been announced though I would have thought St. Augustine is too far away.
    John Kettlewell

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  • Good Experience in the St. Augustine Mooring Field (Statute Mile 778)

    It’s good to hear of a very positive experience in the St. Augustine mooring field. We have an earlier posting here on the Cruisers’ Net describing an unhappy experience, NOT due to any failing on the part of the St. Augustine City Marina personnel, which manage these city mooring fields, but due to wake from local fishing vessels (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76385). Then, happily we also recent published a report that a local no-wake zone was going to be extended to encompass more of the city mooring fields (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76662). As you will read below, Captains Ed and Bonnie were the beneficiaries of this newly enlarged no-wake zone!

    We have spent several days in the mooring field both spring and fall and have experienced the most courteous marina operators anywhere. In regards to the no wake issue there has been a definite improvement over this spring. We found no issues with commercial fishermen however we also have no problem sharing these waters with the real men & women of the sea.
    Our Lord’s Blessings
    Ed & Bonnie
    S/V Almost Heaven

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorge Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Northern Mooring Field

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  • Anchoring in St. Augustine Outside of City Mooring Fields

    Now that anchoring time limits on St. Augustine waters, outside of the three city mooring fields, are set at a do-able 30 days, instead of the proposed 10 days, cruisers can once again begin to ponder where the best places to drop the hook while visiting St. Augustine, are located. Below, Captain Vince Roberts provides some excellent answers to this musing.

    Their are plenty of anchoring spots in the St. Augustine area outside of the mooring fields. To name a few. In Salt Run area lots of room for anchoring outside the mooring field . Northeast of the Fort their is ample depth and swinging room for 6+ boats. Also east of the north mooring field off Anastasia Island one can find fairly good holding and swinging room. I have had my Island Packet sailboat here in St. Augustine for the past 10 years and have never had a problem finding a suitable spot to anchor. One must search for a suitable location depending on weather of course. Hope this helps.
    Capt. Vince Roberts

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  • GOOD News – St. Augustine No-Wake Zone To Be Extended – Southern St. Aug. Mooring Field to Benefit (Statute Mile 778)

    On 12/13/11, we posted a thoughtful message here on the Cruisers’ Net about vessels in the southern St. Augustine Mooring Field, being bothered by the wake of crabbers and other local fishing people (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76385). In response to that posting, we have excellent, late breaking news out of St. Augustine, courtesy of Captains Tina and Scott, that there is help on the way in regards to this situation. Good works city of St. Augustine!!!

    Dinghy Approaches Tender Dock at St. Augustine City Marina

    We stayed at the Anchorage Inn Marina across the river from St Augustine municipal marina for a few weeks and agree with the complete lack of enforcement of the current No Wake zone, which ends prior to the mooring field anyway…Good news, the Harbormaster informed me when I called to complain that they had received approval to have the current No Wake bouy moved 500 feet further south of the Bridge of Lions in early January 2012. This will not cover the entire South Mooring Field, but should help some, especially those closer to the marina. I hate to say it, but the worst offenders were the local fishermen and big 4-engined CBP boats from the new CBP National Training Center at SAMC.
    Scott & Tina Ligon

    Agree with the Good News. The new CBP boats only add to the reckless boats of law enforcement. The local Sheriff’s office has a couple of stolen go-fasts and apparently no training on how to safely operate them.
    Jason Martin

    How does an unenforced zone being expanded accomplish anything?
    Chris

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine City Southern Mooring Field

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  • St. Augustine Mooring Field Problems (Statute Mile 778)

    St. Augustine has been much in the cruising news of late, due to its proposed ten day anchorage limit outside of the city’s three mooring fields (which the FWC changed, thankfully, to a 30-day limit). However, Captains John and Carol’s message below pertains to problems they encountered in the city mooring field south of Bridge of Lions, and hard by St. Augustine City Marina.
    The messages below are reprinted from the American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association forum.

    Spent two days at the mooring balls in St. Augustine and will never go there again. They allow crab pots in the middle of the field and DO NOT police the area. The inconsiderate crab potters come into the field on plane, 25 yards from moored boats, stop to check pot, and immediately accelerate away. When mentioned at the office, I was informed that there is nothing they could do and could not stop the crabbers from being in the mooring field. If I had thier number from the boat, they would report the
    crabber to authorities however I was too busy picking up lamps and other things in boat to get numbers. I was also told that they know it is a problem. There is not even a no wake disignation for the field. Nice people do operate the city mooring and marina but evidently are powerless. If St. Augustine, which does have a lot to offer in thier downtown area want boaters to stop, they need to get a handle on activities inside the mooring fields so boats and boaters will be safe while moored and unable to maneuver to defend themsleves from inappropriate wakes.
    John & Carol Sagel

    Captain Ted Stehle, editor for “Waterway Guide” chimed in, and asked the following question:

    Which of the three mooring fields were you in?
    Ted Stehle

    And Captains John and Carol replied:

    We were right outside the marina, to the south of the office.
    John & Carol Sagel

    It only took two stops for us to determine the New Mooring Fields in St. Augustine were designed for us Second Class Citizens. As Capt. John and Carol said there’s no wake restrictions on boats passing the mooring field. Unbelievable! No excuse other than the City doesn’t give a crap otherwise they would have petitioned for a No Wake Zone and Fishing Exclusion Zone when they created the Mooring Fields. My advice is Vote with your pocketbook and bypass doing business with them. That’s what we are doing. Sooner or later they will get the message.
    Capt. Jesse Price

    And here’s GREAT, late breaking news from St. Augustine:

    We stayed at the Anchorage Inn Marina across the river from St Augustine municipal marina for a few weeks and agree with the complete lack of enforcement of the current No Wake zone, which ends prior to the mooring field anyway…Good news, the Harbormaster informed me when I called to complain that they had received approval to have the current No Wake bouy moved 500 feet further south of the Bridge of Lions in early January 2012. This will not cover the entire South Mooring Field, but should help some, especially those closer to the marina. I hate to say it, but the worst offenders were the local fishermen and big 4-engined CBP boats from the new CBP National Training Center at SAMC.
    Scott & Tina Ligon

    We have spent several days in the mooring field both spring and fall and have experienced the most courteous marina operators anywhere. In regards to the no wake issue there has been a defiant improvement over this spring. We found no issues with commercial fishermen however we also have no problem sharing these waters with the real men & women of the sea.
    Our Lord’s Blessings
    Ed & Bonnie
    S/V Almost Heaven

    Fishermen were here before tourist and work for a living. If Cruisers had it their way the ICW would be set up just for them. Don’t Cruisers have any good things to say…all they do is complain, everything I read is how Florida should change laws to suit them…Compromise….oh what is that you say. I’m for No wake zones but powerboats have a right to run in certain areas…although they are few because of the cry babies.
    Maybe bypass Florida..perfect.
    Darrel Warren

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine City Southern Mooring Field

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  • Good Words for St. Augustine Mooring Fields, AICW Statute Mile 778

    Despite the controversy surrounding St. Augustine’s proposed anchorage regulations OUTSIDE of the city owned mooring fields, praise for the two new mooring fields continues to come in. The mooring fields lie just north and south of the Bridge of Lions.

    We pulled into Salt Run on the evening of the 20th of November and our first observation was “Wow, where did all the junk go?” Our second observation was that there were several lines of crab pots. Upon closer examination the crab pots were white mooring balls, very neatly identified as SR 1, etc. We coasted up to one, caught the painter, and soon had Carolina snugged in.
    Around 5:20 pm we were hailed by a St. Augustine Marina employee who got us registered, suggested a ball that had better for our draft, and we paid our $14.00 fee for the night.
    We were given a card identifying the ball and the date which gave us access to everything we would have had at the City Marina, other than water and electric.
    We fully understand the controversy over anchoring rights in and around various Florida municipalities, but having experienced what St. Augustine has accomplished, are very satisfied with the product.
    Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina

    The mooring field at St Augustine wasn’t there our last trip but was being talked about. We thought that it would be wonderful. The blows through there can get pretty rough and no more worries about anchors not holding, and boats drifting into others. 14 a day, isn’t bad. We will be Happy to pay for the mooring on our next trip down! Besides, if You stop in St Augustine 14 bucks will probably be the cheapest thing You purchase!
    S/V Gemini

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For St. Augustine Northern Anchorage

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  • Anchoring/Mooring Field Editorial From Captain Jay Bliss, St. Augustine Port Commissioner

    The following article is reproduced by special permission from both Captain Jay Bliss and StAugustine.com.

    Letter to the Editor
    St. Johns County and Vilano homeowners have reached an accord, DEP and Army Corps of Engineers have permits in place, and significant dredging will take place this winter in the StAugustine channel entrance and off Porpoise Point. Massive federal funds, $20M plus or minus, will pay for dredging and renourishing StAugustine Beach sands. The inlet channel will be twice its width and as deep as 30 feet. Turtles have nested and before they return to lay eggs in Spring 2012 the dredging should be done.
    Boaters will be able to access the inlet in relative safety. An onshore wind and an outgoing tide will still create a rollercoaster ride. Once inside, StAugustine’s unique waterworld offers scenic wonders whatever your course. Boaters can look for a new floating dock off the Vilano fishing pier by Spring 2012, providing free short-term docking and ready access to Publix’ new supermarket at Vilano Beach. B&B guests downtown might embark by water taxi at the City dock to shop the Vilano Publix. Certainly boaters at anchor or on moorings will enjoy the convenience of a market close to the water.
    City Commissioners and staff are intent upon maximizing revenue from the mooring fields. There are bills to pay, debts to amortize. Their Pilot Program ordinances increase “no anchoring” zones. Moorings are convenient, and at $20 a night, not a bad deal. Anchoring does enjoy a following, however. Picky boaters place their trust in their own equipment. Boaters who read fine print might not sign off on the liability release on the mooring contract. One proposed ordinance limits time at anchor. Similar time limit laws have been declared invalid in Federal courts in Stuart and Naples. Navigation laws, anchoring precedents, predate even StAugustine’s history.
    More importantly, we (County, Port, City, residents) need to ask: what has the placement of mooring fields done, and what can we project with the Pilot Program ordinances?
    Putting the mooring fields in place required energizing enforcement: we discovered that about ten boats had been long abandoned. The mooring fields then displaced some 28 boaters/boats from the downtown area and from Salt Run, and they’re part of the anchored fleet S of the 312 and N of the Vilano bridge, beyond City limits. Google “StAugustine city limits” for a map.
    Imposing the Pilot Program ordinances will further displace about 15 boats beyond City limits. Those boaters will join others who cannot afford to be part of the mooring system. The ordinances will demand more time from City and County and FWC law enforcement. Increasing their duties, adding to the laws, will not improve enforcement of laws already on the books. Overboard dumping, derelicts, are already covered by laws on the books. (Call FWC 407 275 4150 to report on-the-water problems). Those very real challenges do not justify further Pilot Program ordinances. The challenge is enforcing what we have. Will revenues increase significantly?
    Every motorist expects to be duly notified with a yellow line, or “ no parking from here to corner” sign. It’s difficult to imagine how we will legally notify our boating guests of all these prohibited anchoring zones, and still generate goodwill.
    Our image with the boating public is at risk. We disregard the effects and consequences of anchoring sprawl, and add more fine print, more laws. We court failure in Federal court. We need to make mooring fields more appealing, affordable, rather than make anchoring more prohibitive. When boaters cruise in the StAugustine inlet, they should be greeted with hospitality and choices.

    Fantastic even handed commentary from a government official. Yes indeed there are already laws against dumping sewage and against derelicts. Yes you will drive anchorers away including me. I know what my anchor will hold and what condition my rode is in. I sleep better on my own tackle. Looking forward to trying the free dock to shop at publix in the spring of 2012.
    Bill Dixon

  • Good Words For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor (Statute Mile 775.5)

    Welcome to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor! Located in America’s oldest city- St. Augustine, Florida- Camachee Cove is a fully protected marina adjacent to the ICW, and less than a mile from the St. AugusAs reported earlier here on the Cruisers’ Net, Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor lies a short hop north of St. Augustine, outside of the city limits. Having just visited here a few months ago, I join with Captain in agreeing that this is a really first class marina in all respect, and, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!!

    Cruising News:
    I keep a boat at Commachee Cove and without a doubt any cruiser would be smart to take a slip there rather than anchor. In every respect it is a first class operation and if you are in the vicinity it would be foolish not to avail yourself of their facility.
    Les Glasser

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  • Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor Lies Outside of St. Augustine City Limits (Statute Mile 775.5)

     Welcome to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor! Located in America?s oldest city- St. Augustine, Florida- Camachee Cove is a fully protected marina adjacent to the ICW, and less than a mile from the St. AugusThanks to Captain Sean McKenna at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, for taking the time to let the cruising community know his facility lies outside of St. Augustine’s city limits. As some of you know, St. Augustine is creating controversy with its proposed 10-day anchorage limit outside of the city mooring field. Another nautical web site has called for a boycott of St. Augustine because of this. The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net sincerely regrets and strongly disagrees with the city’s decision to seek the FWC’s approval for a 10-day anchoring limit, BUT we do NOT join in the call for a boycott of this historic port of call.

    Hello Claiborne:
    We have just heard that some are calling for a boycott of St. Augustine due to the proposed 10-day limit on anchoring within St. Augustine’s corporate limit. First, we are glad that the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is NOT joining in the call for a boycott, but we do understand that you are opposed to the 10-day limit. Let’s hope the FWC does not approve that regulation.
    We do want the cruising community to know that CAMACHEE COVE YACHT HARBOR IS NOT LOCATED WITHIN ST. AUGUSTINE CITY LIMITS, and the waters of Tolomato River, adjacent to our facility, offer free anchorage for all cruising craft. Furthermore, all captains and crews can be assured of a warm welcome at Camachee Cove, and we will do all in our power to assist all members of the cruising community.
    Cruisers might also like to know that our marina offers not one but two courtesy cars for its dockage customers, which facilitates an easy trip into the St. Augustine historic district, including the old Castello, and nearby shopping. Furthermore, a new Public supermarket is currently under construction just across the Vilano Beach Bridge from our facility, and will be open in a few months. Of course our dockage customers will be able to use the marina courtesy cars for provisioning here as well, as soon as the opening takes place.
    Thanks for helping us get the word out that Camachee Cover is CRUISER FRIENDLY!
    Sean McKenna
    Harbormaster
    Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

    It has been many years, but I can heartily recommend Camachee Cove as a comfortable and convenient marina stop, that offers far superior weather protection compared to the city marina. It is great to know the folks there are cruiser friendly too. Is there a dinghy dock that anchored cruisers can utilize temporarily?
    John Kettlewell

    Kudos to Sean for supporting cruisers, I’ve added Sean’s post here to my blog, (Claiborne, hope you don’t mind, and I did attribute you) and Sean can expect to see me there this winter on my way south.
    Wally Moran

    In regards to Captain Alan’s message below, please note that Inet Marine is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!

     904-547-2219 Inlet Marina sits on the site of the old Sea Love Marina, along the AICW/Tolomato River’s eastern shores, north of St. Augustine Inlet, and hard by the Vilano Beach Bridge, will be a full fledged marina. Inlet Marina just opened with new fuel tanks installed for unleaded 89 octane gas with no ethanol and of course diesel. They currently are just a fuel stop but they are supposed to have their new restaurant opened on May 15th, called Beaches. This marina used to be the old Sea Love marina which was closed last year sometime then bought and is now permitted for 60 slips (not yet built), but they do have two floating docks, one concrete and one wood and a fuel dock. There is also a boat rental operation already there. They have a nice beach area near the dock office also. There is a lot of area behind the marina office which is planned for development with a Publix grocery planned as part of the complex and they are supposed to have a grocery delivery operation for the marina if folks want to get provisions while fueling..that is to come. The new owners are taking it slow but are committed to the new operations success. The Marina is very close to the St. Augustine inlet and on the AICW. So it is very convenient for cruisers to stop in for fuel.Other facilities that are just outside of St. Augustine include the “inlet Marina”, Vilano Pier, and the public landing between them, just accross the waterway from Comachee and complete with Evinrude dealer, and just to the South of St. Augustine, near the 312 Bridge, is Fish Island Marina, and Intercoastal Marina as well as the Douglas Crane public boat ramp at mark #16. The last 2 are within walking distance of big box stores like K-mart, Sears, and Wal-Mart, plus Home depot, though the last is just inside the city line.
    Alan

    Cruising News:
    I keep a boat at Commachee Cove and without a doubt any cruiser would be smart to take a slip there rather than anchor. In every respect it is a first class operation and if you are in the vicinity it would be foolish not to avail yourself of their facility. To NOT support the anchoring regulations is irresponsible. Too many people just leave unattended boats that eventually become someone elses problem. The city is requiring that every 10 days the cruiser move for 1 night to a mooring and then they can move back at anchor for another 10 days. Also, they require that twice a yr the boat motors to their dock to prove their vessel is sea worthy. The city is bending over backwards to keep the area pristine and what they are asking is more than reasonable and to be honest anyone who doesn’t respect the city’s efforts; well, kindly put , I wouldn’t want them boating in my backyard.
    Ies Glasser

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  • Great Fuel Prices and a Warm Welcome from Inlet Marina (St. Augustine, FL, near St. M. 775.5)

     904-547-2219 Inlet Marina sits on the site of the old Sea Love Marina, along the AICW/Tolomato River’s eastern shores, north of St. Augustine Inlet, and hard by the Vilano Beach Bridge, will be a full fledged marina. Inlet Marina just opened with new fuel tanks installed for unleaded 89 octane gas with no ethanol and of course diesel. They currently are just a fuel stop but they are supposed to have their new restaurant opened on May 15th, called Beaches. This marina used to be the old Sea Love marina which was closed last year sometime then bought and is now permitted for 60 slips (not yet built), but they do have two floating docks, one concrete and one wood and a fuel dock. There is also a boat rental operation already there. They have a nice beach area near the dock office also. There is a lot of area behind the marina office which is planned for development with a Publix grocery planned as part of the complex and they are supposed to have a grocery delivery operation for the marina if folks want to get provisions while fueling..that is to come. The new owners are taking it slow but are committed to the new operations success. The Marina is very close to the St. Augustine inlet and on the AICW. So it is very convenient for cruisers to stop in for fuel.Small, but super-friendly Inlet Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), overlooks the eastern shores of the AICW, just north of St. Augustine Inlet, and only a hop, skip and a jump south of the Vilano Beach Bridge. While Captain Jay lacks transient dockage, Inlet Marina boasts some of the best fuel prices around, and when it comes to enthusiasm for welcoming cruisers, these good people are in the very top tier!

    Good Morning
    My goal is to offer cruisers the very best fuel prices in St. Augustine. Please call prior to your arrival, and we can be sure to be on hand to greet your vessel and assist in any way possible. We hope you will remember us for our old fashioned good will and a really caring attitude. Sounds soapy but it’s true.
    This is the first time since the USMC that I’ve had a boss but they let me run the marina and fuel dock as my own.
    In addition to our on-site restaurant , Beaches, we have signed a tenant that will provide live theater. I recently called the owner of a viking 65 that came thru when we first started and just said hi and thanks-he remembered us ,appreciated the call and I said If I can be of assistance on your southbound trip to give a call.
    Hope to see many of you soon as you travel south this fall on the AICW!
    Regards.Jay

    Great fuel stop and a nice new restaurant.
    Friendly service with easy entry and exit right on the ICW. Best fuel prices in St. A with the noted discounts.
    Love the afternoon music at Beaches the attached restaurant.
    Jason Martin

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  • More Praise for Rivers Edge Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 780

    Rivers Edge Marina in St. Augustine, FL, is found well off the AICW, on the San Sebastian River, near this body of water’s upstream cruising limits.

    We spent about a week here over 4th of July and it was awesome! Dockage for the week was $7/foot/week and with the 30 AMP electric, it cost us about $230 for one week over 4th of July weekend. Not bad for St. Augustine!!
    Clean showers, good laundry facilities, friendly liveaboards, loaner bikes, you can’t go wrong here! It’s about a mile to downtown St. Augustine (the tourist section), 1/4 mile to Winn-Dixie, West Marine, and 3/4 mile to Target. Home Depot is another 1/4 mile down from Target and Wal-Mart is maybe 3 miles total from the Marina. Also, Sailor’s Exchange is and 1/2 mile away too! You can’t beat this location.
    We recommend staying here instead of the Municipal Marina, quieter, more private, less wakes.
    Nicole

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  • Observation on the Bridge Of Lions Vertical Clearance, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778

    If you have been following Cruisers’ Net, you almost certainly know there is an issue about whether the newly rebuilt Bridge of Lions that crosses the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, Florida, has less than its charted, mean high water, closed vertical clearance of 25 feet. Since the completion of the bridge in 2010, many cruisers have questioned the charted height and as a result, Cruisers’ Net has recommended counting on only 22 feet at MHW.

    There has been controversy of how much clearance there really is. Today we traversed south to north at high tide (2:15 pm). Depth marker read 19 ft. Plus 4 ft. at center. We need 22 and cleared easily. No more issue. 23 ft at high tide.
    Larry Monty aboard Seaclusion

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  • New Fuel Stop Immediately North of St. Augustine Inlet (Statute Mile 775.5)

     904-547-2219 Inlet Marina sits on the site of the old Sea Love Marina, along the AICW/Tolomato River’s eastern shores, north of St. Augustine Inlet, and hard by the Vilano Beach Bridge, will be a full fledged marina. Inlet Marina just opened with new fuel tanks installed for unleaded 89 octane gas with no ethanol and of course diesel. They currently are just a fuel stop but they are supposed to have their new restaurant opened on May 15th, called Beaches. This marina used to be the old Sea Love marina which was closed last year sometime then bought and is now permitted for 60 slips (not yet built), but they do have two floating docks, one concrete and one wood and a fuel dock. There is also a boat rental operation already there. They have a nice beach area near the dock office also. There is a lot of area behind the marina office which is planned for development with a Publix grocery planned as part of the complex and they are supposed to have a grocery delivery operation for the marina if folks want to get provisions while fueling..that is to come. The new owners are taking it slow but are committed to the new operations success. The Marina is very close to the St. Augustine inlet and on the AICW. So it is very convenient for cruisers to stop in for fuel.Inlet Marina is, as of 4/14/11, the newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Eventually, this facility, which sits on the site of the old Sea Love Marina, along the AICW/Tolomato River’s eastern shores, north of St. Augustine Inlet, and hard by the Vilano Beach Bridge, will be a full fledged marina. For now, these good folks are anxious to sell fuel to all passing cruisers. Please help us welcome Inlet Marina to the Cruisers’ Net fold!

    Inlet Marina just opened with new fuel tanks installed for unleaded 89 octane gas with no ethanol and of course diesel. They currently are just a fuel stop but they are supposed to have their new restaurant opened on May 15th, called Beaches. This marina used to be the old “Sea Love” marina which was closed last year sometime then bought and is now permitted for 60 slips (not yet built), but they do have two floating docks, one concrete and one wood and a fuel dock. There is also a boat rental operation already there. They have a nice beach area near the dock office also. There is a lot of area behind the marina office which is planned for development with a Publix grocery planned as part of the complex and they are supposed to have a grocery delivery operation for the marina if folks want to get provisions while fueling..that is to come. The new owners are taking it slow but are committed to the new operations success. The Marina is very close to the St. Augustine inlet and on the AICW.
    So it is very convenient for cruisers to stop in for fuel.

    This is the old “Sea Love” marina. Lat: 29*55’4″ Longitude: 81*17’55″
    Marina tele: 904-547-2219
    Marina Fax: 904-547-2221
    Fuel prices on April 14, 2011: (All taxes inlcuded – price shown is what boater pays)
    Diesel $4.09 tax included
    Gas, 89 octane, no ethanol $4.29 tax incl.

  • Docking Woes at St. Augustine City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 778 and Downtown Marina of Beaufort, AICW Statute Mile 536.5

    St. Augustine City Marina lies on the western side of the Waterway just below the Bridge of Lions in downtown St. Augustine.

    We were at the fuel dock at St. Augustine Municipal Marina by 1400.
    I’ve decided I really don’t like this marina, which is a shame because most of the people are very nice, and the facilities are excellent. The floating docks are aligned parallel to the shore, which normally would be appropriate. However the current does not flow parallel to the shoreline but the axis of both flood and ebb flow is 10 degrees or so off parallel, and therein lies the problem. It is difficult to line up with a slip, and as we found out a year ago, impossible to back out of a slip against the current when it pushes your boat sideways before it can clear the slip. There is, then, no way to escape. The engineers who laid out the docks (if, indeed they were engineers) should have angled everything to line up with the current flow. Added to the problem on the north side is the close proximity of the Bridge of Lions. Getting sideways to the current here could sweep your boat under the bridge leaving your rig behind. Docking at marinas which are aligned with strong currents (I’m thinking Ashley Marina and the City Marina in Charleston) is a piece of cake as one can use the current to advantage both when it’s favorable or contrary. Not so in St. Augustine.
    Captain Ted Jones

    Similar docking woes in Beaufort, SC. Nevertheless, Downtown Marina of Beaufort is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and is on the AICW at Statute Mile 536.5.

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWI encountered almost the same situation at the Beaufort, South Carolina municipal marina, and on trying to back out against the current with ample on shore help was in fact caught and turned sideways against the main dock. It was quite a feat getting the bow turned back into the current and finally out. For power boaters this is not much of a problem, but for sailboats with single screw auxiliary diesels it is a big challenge.
    James Williams

    Never attempt nor accept a down current slip assignment at St. Augustine’s City Marina. The slack current time at high and low tide is VERY short. “WARNING” Always dock into the current at a slip at this marina. Stay on the fuel dock until the current is in your favor before moving to an assigned slip with a single screw vessel.
    “The VOICE of experience”
    David Burnham

    Having read a negative comment about the St. Augustine City Marina, I would like to post a favorable comment as I would hate to see anyone miss this great place that is so friendly and convenient to the historical district, not to mention they have the best fuel prices I could find in a 60 mile radius. The docking here was a breeze and my better half easily maneuvered our 48 foot powerboat “Tropical Breeze” into her assigned slip. During our 3 days here we observed many arrivals and departures of all kinds of boats, none came close to being swept under the bridge.
    Doug Cordello

    Read and heed Larry’s earlier posts. This is tricky if you are not familiar with this marina and the tide. I learned to only approach this marina during a slack tide with my boat. I have a Hunter 36. Crew safety has to be your number ONE concern.
    Perry McDonald

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  • Rivers Edge Marina (St. Augustine, Statute Mile 780)

    Rivers Edge Marina is found well off the AICW, on the San Sebastian River, near this body of water’s upstream cruising limits.

    Rivers Edge (formerly Oyster Creek Marina), St Augustine: Not high end but comfortable and well protected from wakes with a nice cruising community and walking distance to downtown and to shopping.
    Mike & Tammy
    Valhalla II

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