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Eastern FL Cruising News – St. Johns River, Including Jacksonville, Palatka and Sanford

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Hazard: Nine Mile Point Aid to Navigation Destroyed, St. Johns River, North of Palatka, FL, March 26, 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-26-2014

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Nine Mile Point – Click for Chartview

This missing aid to navigation marks a prominent western shore projection into the St. Johns, approximately 8 nautical miles north of Palatka.

FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
Nine Mile Point LT 36 (LLNR 9750) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are leaning and are a hazard to navigation. A TRLB WR36, Fl Q R characteristics is set 10 yards channelward in position 29-46-27.965N 081-33-09.282W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11487, 11492 LNM: 12/14

Can someone post a photo of the current condition of this marker? This is an important marker even for small craft as it protects a hard sandbar that projects eastward into the river where boaters are making the turn northward when heading downriver or westward when cruising to Palatka and points south. I have pulled several sailboats off this bar after they ignored this marker.
David Burnham

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Good Words for Ortega Landing Marina, Ortega River, off the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

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

Ortega Landing Marina – Click for Chartview

Ortega Landing, the first facility you will encounter upon entering the Ortega River from the St. Johns, only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, is indeed a fine facility.

We highly recommend Ortega Landing Marina. We have been there 4 years, all floating docks. Good hurricane hole and excellent staff. Located 16 miles up the St Johns River from the ICW, in the Ortega River, Jacksonville.
Gary Whiting

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Good Visit to Welaka, FL, on the St. Johns River

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-07-2014

The charming old Floridian community of Welaka guards the St. Johns’ eastern banks south of Palatka and north of Lake George, between markers #48 and #50. The cafe at the top of the hill mentioned by the Sturms is probably Cafe Bleu, highly recommended by other cruisers, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=110746

Stopped for the day at the free dock in Welaka at mile 95. This is a deluxe floating concrete dock with space for maybe a half dozen boats (no power or water) and there are a couple of restaurants within walking distance – one at the top of the hill adjacent to the dock. We tried both of them and were pleased. The best surprise is the athletic and playground complex / tennis courts at the top of the hill have hot showers and all of this is free. Just be sure to bring a roll of toilet paper with you. Sadly, the maritime museum has closed and is now just a storage building. In short, we liked Welaka.
Elaine & Russ Sturm
Twelve Stones

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A Visit to Sixmile Creek and the Famous Crab Shack, off the St. Johns River

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-07-2014

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Sixmile Creek – Click for Chartview

Six Mile Creek stretches out from the southeastern corner of Palmo Cove, itself a short hop southeast of the infamous Shands Bridge at Green Cove Springs. Be advised that you may have to cruise through some 4 1/2 foot soundings to reach the stream’s mouth, and again as you approach the Crab Shack’s docks. If you can navigate in these depths, the effort is well worthwhile!

The previous night, we stayed on the free dock at Outback Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek (Mile 47) and it is a bit shallow getting in there with 5 foot draft boats needing high tide.
Elaine and Russ Sturm
Twelve Stones

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Murphy Creek Anchorage, St. Johns River, South of Palatka

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-07-2014

 From our friends at the American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Forum, (http://www.greatloop.org/), comes this excellent review of the Murphy Creek anchorages. This stream breaks off from the St. Johns, hard by Dunns Creek, several miles south of Palatka, and eventually loops around and rejoins the St. Johns south of marker #26. We have always suggested entering Murphy Creek by way of Dunns Creek, as the former stream’s westerly mouth channel is somewhat constricted. But, hey, looks like Captains Elaine and Russ were able to successfully navigate both entrances in their 37 foot trawler. Of course, note they have a shoal draft of only 3 feet!

We have a 37′ trawler 3′ draft, 16′ beam. Murphy Creek is one of our favorite anchorages. We have traveled the entire Creek entering both the north & south and exiting both as well. The North entrance is shallower at times but stick to the chart.
I have some amazing pictures from our times on anchor. Its a quiet peaceful anchor spot.
We spent several months last year traveling the entire St. Johns after purchasing our boat. Its a great river.
Elaine & Russ Sturm
Twelve Stones

We were there in November 2013. It is fine as an anchorage with no depth problems as long as you stay in the marked channel. We cruised the entire length of it and never saw less than 7 feet at any time. We did not stop here, but had it planned as an alternate if the weather turned bad. You will see wildlife here, but nothing like what you will see further south.
If you are interested in our trip down the St. Johns, our blog is at http://www.wacithree.blogspot.com. The wildlife gets better and better the further south you go and reaches its peak in the Blue Springs area near DeLand and Hontoon Island State Park. Be sure your dinghy is ready to explore areas your boat will not be able to navigate and you will see a part of Florida that few cruisers have a chance to see. The St. Johns has been the highlight of our Loop so far. Check our blog for details.
Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller
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Repairs Temporarily Reduce Vertical Clearance to 28ft at Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-06-2014

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Having just posted a change in the charted closed vertical clearance from 40ft to 38ft (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135339), this Local Notice to Mariners further temporarily reduces the clearance to 28ft! With all the bridge related clearance and opening issues in Jacksonville, only canoes and kayaks are currently viable on the St. Johns!

For more information on these repairs, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134950

FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – MAIN STREET BRIDGE – JACKSONVILLE: Bridge Repairs.
The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening.
During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet. [No dates have been published for the completion of the painting.] Chart: 11491 LNM: 05/14

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Main Street Bridge Vertical Clearance Verified at 38ft MHW, St. Johns River, Jacksoville, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-06-2014

Main Street Bridge – Click for Chartview

Despite being charted at 40ft MHW vertical clearance, and prompted by IBTS’s query below, two of the Main Street bridge tenders have verified that the distance from the span to the water at Mean High Water is 38ft. Correct your charts! Also, please note the restrictions currently in place that require advanced notice for an opening, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134950

Is MHW 38feet ??
IBTS

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Main Street Bridge on Advanced Notice Openings, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

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

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The Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville with a closed vertical clearance of 38ft will require advanced notice from vessels requiring an opening on certain dates as posted each Friday for the following week. These required notices will impact our tall masted cruisers wanting to visit downtown Jacksonville or tour the St. Johns river. Contact information for the Main Street bridge tenders is provided below.

Good morning,
Superior Construction is performing repairs on the Main St. Bridge through early 2015. These repairs involve the replacement of the sidewalk and installation of a guardrail system to protect the steel bridge members and motorists. At times throughout the project, we will require a 2 hour advanced notice between the hours of 6am and 7pm and a 4 hour advanced notice between the hours of 7pm and 6am to open the bridge. This is to ensure the lift span is in balance and safe prior to an opening as work is being performed. It is Superior Construction Company’s desire to notify mariners, by emailing the proposed closures every Friday for the following week. Please note these dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
Next week the following dates will require a 2 hour advanced notice:
2/4/14
2/5/14
2/6/14
Thanks,
Rob Clark, P.E.
Superior Construction Company

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Good Words for Boathouse Marina, St. Johns River, Palatka, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-07-2014

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Boathouse Marina overlooks the shores of the St. Johns River west-southwest of Palatka City Marina and marker #1. Cruisers docking here are within walking easy distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Palatka

Hi everybody. We, “Carol Anne”, have been at The Boathouse marina for about 2 weeks and are planning on spending a couple of months here just relaxing. This place is very nice (heated pool) and quiet. While it is a $5 cab ride
from Publix, there is a Walgreens and fish market nearby. This place used to have more Looper boats in the past and I know of only 1 more coming in. The docks are in great shape and there are still some slips available.
Bob & Loretta McKane. “Carol Anne”

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-26-2013

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

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

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-20-2013

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

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

Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront, Palatka, FL

Report from River City Marina, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-14-2013

River City Marina - Click for Chartview

River City Marina lies on the southerly banks of the St. Johns River between the Main Street lift bridge and the fixed, high-rise Acosta Bridge. This report comes from our friends of the AGLCA Forum.
When I last visited this facility, about two years ago, it had a definite “down on its luck” atmosphere, but at least Captain Kuemmel’s report below indicates the adjacent restaurant and micro-brewery are well worth your gastronomical attention!

We stumbled upon another Jacksonville craft brewery. Directly across the river from Jacksonville Landing, between the Acosta Bridge and the Main St Bridge, is the River City Marina and the adjacent River City Brewing Company. The marina floating docks show quite a bit of wear & tear, and you have to deal with the 2-4 kt river current, but the dockmaster Lee is extremely helpful. The slips have 40-50′ boats staying as liveaboards. We topped off fuel before heading up the St Johns River, so we stayed on the T-face while we ate lunch. Their restaurant has been around 20 years, serves excellent food, and is popular with the business crowd. The brewery is only a couple years old, and their current license allows them to sell their beers only at their restaurant/bar. They are now trying to expand both brewery capacity and distribution. Overall, a very good lunch stop.
Jim Kuemmel

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Report from Fleming Island Marina, St. Johns River, south of Jacksonville, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-10-2013

Fleming Island Marina - Click for Chartview

Fleming Island Marina lies on the southern shore of Doctors Inlet, southwest of St. Johns River marker #11, upstream (south) of Jacksonville.

I have stayed at this marina since 2009 and offer the following updated review:
Marina has a swimming pool, ice machine, pump out, floating and fixed docks, haul out, very reasonable rates. etc. Friendly and knowledgeable staff (Jeff). Outstanding full service marine center (Hal). Approach can have shallow water at times.
Captain Perry

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Report from Trout River Anchorage, off the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-25-2013

Trout River Anchorage - Click for Chartview

Trout River Anchorage lies west of the St. Johns on the mid-width of Trout River between Seafarers Marina and Pier 68 Marina.

Stayed on anchor here March-September of 2011. If you google “trout river bridge” and “death” “murder” “drowning” or any other bad thing there are a lot. This is not a nice neighborhood. beware the tides push through the bridge at 4-7 knots and I have seen several boats get sideways on the pilings. Park your boat far enough out to be beyond swim range (100 yds. +), or the locals will get drunk or high and board your boat. The marina docks have liveaboards that keep an eye out, make friends. There are multiple derelict, sinking vessels and shipwrecks. Now the good: it’s right infront of the zoo and vessels that arrive to the docks get free access to the zoo, and it is my favorite hurricane hole for st johns river, just watch out when the hurricanes come every boat on the river not in protected waters will try to anchor there and usually 1-2 of them end up on the beach due to insufficient bottom gear so “know your surroundings”.
Chris Burnham

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Advice Sought for Cruising the St. Johns River, Eastern Florida

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-28-2013

AICW/St. Johns Intersection - Click for Chartview

For my money, the best cruising on the Eastern Florida coastline is to be found on the St. Johns River. Tucked in a small hide-away anchorage, south of Lake George, it’s hard to believe that you are in the same state that sports the “condo caverns” surrounding the Waterway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
The Waterway intersects the St. Johns River at Statute Mile 741, east of Jacksonville. If you have suggestions for Captain Alan, let us hear from you.

I have a 21 ft walk around cuddy cabin boat. I live close to Lake Monroe boat ramp and at times launch there. I enjoy ocean and trailer boat to New Smyrna. Was thinking about a few days on Banana River but know little about St Johns River. If I was to launch at Lake Monroe, and want to make a few days on river which way should I go, and what advice?
I have little camping gear, but can sleep in cuddy cabin.
I understand river goes up to Jacksonville.
Would be traveling myself as wife hates nature.
What would you advise?
Alan

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Cruising the St. Johns River, off the AICW, Jacksonville to Sanford, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-25-2013

AICW/St. Johns Intersection - Click for Chartview

The Waterway intersects the St. Johns River at Statute Mile 741, east of Jacksonville.

I found that the St. Johns River all the way down to Sanford is a great way to spend the winter. It is 300 river miles with plenty of depth and NO locks. When you are in Sanford at the docks in town, it is a 2 city block walk to downtown Main St. When we were there over a year ago, the town store fronts were full and very vibrant with activities every week. You will need a car to get to the malls and grocery but Enterprise has some outstanding weekend rates. You are also very close to Orlando and Disney World.
John Sagel
SEAS 2 DAY

Just so there is no misunderstanding here, the navigable portion of the St. Johns River from the intersection of the AICW to Sanford is 180 miles.
It is a great cruise with a number of interesting places to stop along the way. Sanford is about 30 miles from Disney, and a little closer to some of the other tourist attractions in Orlando. Orlando International Airport is about 20 miles. Those distances are off the top of my head.
Judy Young & Bob McLeran

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Palatka, FL Dining, St. Johns River

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-18-2013

Boathouse Marina - Click for Chartview

Palatka is the first major port of call on the beautiful St. Johns River, south of Jacksonville, Florida. You can anchor off the city waterfront, and dinghy into the city dock, or pick up a wet slip at Boathouse Marina.
Boathouse overlooks the St. Johns River’s shoreline, west-southwest of Palatka City Dock and marker #1. Cruisers berthing here will find themselves within easy walking distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Palatka

The City Cafe has closed, but Angel’s Diner and the Subway sandwich shop are within an easy walk of the Marina. Beef’O’Brady’s has opened in the Quality Inn just north of the bridge on the west side of the river. Exercise extreme care crossing Highway 17 or use the long boardwalk beneath the bridge. Arrive on the 3rd Friday or 4th Saturday of the month for maximum activities provided by the City of Palatka. http://www.palatkadowntown.com/event-calender.html
David Burnham

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