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Archive For: East FL – 1 – St. Marys River to Sisters Creek

  • Sisters Creek/AICW Shoaling (Statute Mile 735)

    On 4/22/13, as part of a NE Florida – Georgia Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 735 – Shallow depths have been reported on the Sisters Creek portion of the AICW, north of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Johns River, and hard by marker #73. Anyone note shoal waer along this stretch?

    Responses follow:

    We saw no significant shoaling when we came thru recently
    John Winter

    I draw 4.5 feet. No problems that I noticed early 2013.
    Raymond W. Smith
    “Fire Dog”

    WE just came thru Sisters Creek at mid tide and had no problems with water depths. Not certain what the depths were but they had to be better then 8 feet or we would have noted a MLW depth.
    John Holmes

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Reported Shoaling on Sisters Creek Near Marker #73

  • Amelia Island Yacht Basin (Statute Mile 720.5)

    Amelia Island Yacht Basin - Marina and Boat Yard - Amelia Island FloridaOn 4/22/13, as part of a NE Florida – Georgia Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 720.5 – Anyone spend a night or two at Amelia Island Yacht Basin, just north of the Kingsley Creek Bridges? What entrance depths did you discover? What were your overall impressions of this marina?

    Responses follow:

    It is shallow going in and if you draw over 5′, then check it out. We loved the place, first time we stayed there ever. Owner is on top of things. If you go to fuel dock in a larger boat (say 45’+) and there is another boat tied up to the face dock as you enter, and the wind is blowing, be aware that turning around can be difficult. Fortunately there is no current. Price is a little high, but this place is first class.
    John Winter

    We visited the Amelia Island Yacht Basin in the spring of 2010. The entrance depths were 3.5 to 4.0 ft at MLW. The marina was nothing to write home about, but adequate with nice people. Amelia Island was fun exploring via auto.
    Terry Bieker

    Stayed there in November. First class! Jeff and his crew were professional and helpful and the marina was clean and neat. Good restaurant on site, clean laundry and fuel. I had five feet at low tide in the entry channel.
    Jeff Moore

    Amelia Island Yacht Basin, there is a sill at the entrance that at low tide is less than two feet. The entrance channel is no deeper than 5.5 at mean high water. The marina has a ship’s store that is stocked by West Marine and their diesel fuel has an anti foaming agent that facilitates fueling. Management is friendly but water depth is the main problem. There is a small grill on the property but anything more is at least ½ mile away.
    Joe Blanchard

    Spent 1 night 2 years ago – friendly, helpful staff. Nice docks. Walking distance to great crab place. Entrance channel was very shallow, but we were there at an exceptionally low tide.
    John Wild

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Amelia Island Yacht Basin

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  • Fernandina Harbor Marina and Fernandina Beach Dining (Statute Mile 716.5)

    On 4/22/13, as part of a NE Florida – Georgia Wish List, we posed the following question:

    18. Statute Mile 716.5 – Those of you who docked overnight, or longer, at Fernandina Harbor Marina, please give us your impressions of this marina. Is it still the case that adequate depths are only found along the outermost pier? Did you dine ashore? If so, please give us some dining recommendations for downtown Fernandina Beach.

    Responses follow:

    I spent a month at the city marina 2 years ago and really liked it. I Was on an inside slip with 5′ foot draft and no problems. The town of Fernandina has good restaurants, pubs a plenty, shops, and fresh shrimp off the boats.The only problem is the air get foul from the cardboard plants during inversions. Its very convienent to a class A inlet to the Ocean.
    Bill Owens
    S/v snow goose

    They removed the inner docks [while they] were dredging when we were there last month. Should be finished by now. You may want to give them a call and get the details. Cheap fuel is still availabel next door at Consolidated. Just remember they close on weekends.
    John Winter

    We Spent two weeks at FHM for the MTOA Rendevous. We were at an inside dock (#34) and found 5ft at low tide. I believe that they did some dredging earlier this year to alleviate the depth problems. We ate at Le Clos, a French restaurant which was excellent. Also at Lulu’s at the Thompson House, also excellent. Had lunch at the 4th Street Deli & Dessert. Their sandwiches are simply great. Lots of excellent places to dine in this very friendly boaters town.
    Werner Steuernagel;
    “It’s About Time”
    35ft PT Trawler

    We stayed at Fernandina Harbor marina for one night in December 2012. Our experience this time wasn’t as good as last time because they asked us to dock on the inside of the face dock. We had a difficult time backing out of there since the current is very strong and we were pinned between 2 boats. I had asked if it was easy to get in and out of there and they said ‘sure’. NOT!!
    The face dock had plenty of room and the weather wasn’t bad. I don’t know why they made us go inside but I made a big note to specifically ask for the outside if we ever go back.
    We had dinner at Pablo’s. It wasn’t as good as the last time we were there (at their old location.) We would try someplace else next
    time. The seafood place (Atlantic Seafood) right next to the marina is a great place to get fresh shrimp right off the boats!
    Harriet Hardy
    sv Moondance

    Claiborne,
    We were at Fernandina Harbor Marina starting on March 22, 2013 for a 5 night stay as we work our way from Marathon back to our VA base on our 37′ sailboat. This town is a good base to shuttle crew back and forth to Jacksonville airport. For this visit we took an inside slip rather than the inside of the face dock as we have done in the past. They have a reduced rate for the inside slips. I was not sure if we would be able to get an inside slip since dredging of the inside area was underway when I initially called and it was delayed due to high winds. They had finished the dredging just before we arrived. Our slip showed a depth of 6′ at low during our visit which is fine since we draw only 4.5′. As usual the dock help here was excellent, at the slip before we arrived and skilled in handling the lines. FYI – you do not want to be on the outside of the long face dock in unsettled weather with West wind, they generally save this space for the larger (>50′) vessels and on the inside you will sleep much better.
    Fernandina is a great stop on the waterway, such a relieve from some of the congestion of FL. We once again visited our favorite upscale restaurant in town, Espana, with wonderful Spanish food. It is very popular with locals, so call or use Open Table for a reservation. We discovered a new Italian restaurant in town, Arte Pizza on 109 N 3rd St a few blocks off the main drag, where we had a great pie and wonderful salad. While there we met three generations of the Italian family who have moved here from New York to open this place. It is
    currently on the small side and very busy, but nevertheless everyone was hustling and the good food kept coming out. They have an addition under construction.
    We love to cook local seafood on board so this is the perfect place to stock up. There is a fresh fish market right at the marina where locals pull up and unload some of their catch to the owner. We left this time with snapper and shrimp, while on past visits have left with soft shell crabs and blue crab meat to make our own crab cakes. Another favorite spot is the book store a few blocks up the
    main drag on the righthand side run by a very knowledgeable woman with respect to local lore, including historical fiction, fiction, and history of the area. We have read much now on Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, American Beach on Amelia and more all from this store. Just up the block from the bookstore is a locally made fudge shop with ice cream as well. It was awarded 5 Stars by our 6 year old grandson.
    Also of interest for readers of this site, we did stop here on our way south in 2012 to acquire our FL Sojourner’s permit at the courthouse. Only one woman on the staff was familiar with doing this. We had printed the form out in advance based on info found on this site. We have a US Coast Guard documented vessel without a state registration since VA does not require one. We had a copy of the
    CG paperwork with us. She asked about the lack of state registration, but when we explained VA does not require it – “no problem” and issued us a sticker for $82.75 Reg. Tax and $2.75 County Fee.
    Harry Burns
    S/V Two for the Roads

    Stayed dockside 25-26 March. Windy so staff placed us inside at the second dock back from the facing dock. We draw 4.5′ and had no difficulty. Marina staff very helpful. Arrived after 5PM and with foul weather we dined onboard. Shower and laundry facilites were very good and only a short walk away.
    Tom Callan
    o/b Great Escape
    53 DeFever POC

    Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina. WiFi weak but plans are underway for a significant improvement. Salty Pelican in located on the waterfront just north of Center St (main street) great place for sailors. Keep to green side of ICW north of Shave Bridge all the way up to the curve that takes you to the Rayonier Paper mill, just south of Fernandina. Shoaling to the west.
    Joe Blanchard

    Just spent a week there, great marina and the staff does an excellent job of making you feel welcome. We were on D dock back almost to the dinghy dock area and had depths of 4+ ft even at low tide.
    A couple of great dinning recommendations:
    1. The Happy Tomato, located just down the side street by the ice cream/fudge shop. They smoke their own ribs right on site and rank right up there with the best I’ve had anywhere.
    2. Peppers Mexican just a little further up Center St has a wide variety of selections, all reasonably priced, on their menu. Good food and quick service.
    There is also a fabulous bicycle shop there. At the top of Center St on the right behind a burger place. Bikes take a beating from the salt traveling the ICW and ours were no exception. We took advantage of his advertised “tune up special” and were very pleased. Full check up, lube the crank bearings, new pedals on one and new ft bearings on the other all for less than 70 bucks.
    Fernandina Harbor Marina is always a happy stop for us when cruising.
    David Doyle

    Favorite! Best staff. Has been dredged – plenty of water inside face dock. Bretts Waterway, plenty downtown.
    John Wild

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

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  • Great Pizza in Fernandina Beach (Statute Mile 716.5)

    Mmmmmm! Fernandina Beach has never been short of good dining possibilities, but this is one I have not heretofore tried. Will make up for that oversight ASAP, as should all cruisers!

    Arte’s Pizza [109 N 3rd St, 904-277-1515]. A block or so north of the main street. Not your normal pizza place, but much more. Food was good.
    Moonstruck

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

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  • Amelia Island Yacht Basin (St. M. 720.5) Offers SUPER Winter Into Spring, 2013 DOCKAGE DEALS FOR SSECN USERS

     Amelia Island Yacht Basin - Marina and Boat Yard - Amelia Island FloridaThe entrance channel leading to Amelia Island Yacht Basin (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), cuts into the AICW’s eastern flank, immediately north of the Kingsley Creek Railway Bridge, and just south of Waterway marker #13 (and the principal Fernandina Beach waterfront)!
    These good people are offering a SUPER TRANSIENT DOCKAGE DEAL for the spring, 2013 transient season! PAY FOR ONE NIGHT’S DOCKAGE, AND GET A SECOND NIGHT FREE

    AND, ONLY FOR THOSE WHO MENTION THEY SAW THIS SPECIAL OFFER ON THE SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET, GET A 20% DISCOUNT FOR YOUR FIRST NIGHT’S STAY, WHILE STILL GETTING YOUR SECOND NIGHT ABSOLUTELY FREE! HOW’S THAT FOR A DEAL!!!

    This offer is effective as of 3/1/13, and is valid until 5/31/13!
    So, drop by, spend a night or two at this excellent facility, and DON’T FORGET TO MENTION THAT YOU SAW THIS SPECIAL OFFER ON THE SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET!!!

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Amelia Island Yacht Basin

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  • AICW Shoaling South of Fernandina Beach, FL Confirmed – Captains Mark and Diana Report (near St. M. 717.5)

    On the Water GuidebooksFor some time now, the SSECN has had a “Navigation Alert” posted for less than expected depths on the AICW, south of Fernandina Beach, Florida, near marker #18 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=32494). Now our stratigic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, originators and owners of On The Water ChartGuides, give some fresh evidence that this shoaling is for real, Pay particular attention to the screen shot that comes from their very nifty recording sounder!

    Shoaling South of Mooring Field
    Although we recorded depths of 13 to 15 feet throughout the mooring field (at 3.6 above MLLW), we encountered extensive shoaling along the magenta line in the channel area southbound of the mooring field. You can see on the accompanying screenshot’s depth-annotated track some 10- and 11-foot soundings (at 3.6 above MLLW) in two areas. These humps roughly translate to about 6 feet at MLLW. They come up fast and are a bit breath-taking, given the largely deeper surrounding water.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the AICW/Amelia River

  • Updates on Fernandina Beach Mooring Field – Captains Mark and Diana Report (St. M. 717)

    On the Water GuidebooksThe Fernandina Beach Mooring field lies almost directly west of the city marina, and within easy dinghy distance of the large dink dock at this facility. All the many dining, shopping and sightseeing attractions of downtown Fernandina Beach are within easy walking distance.
    Thanks to our strategic partners, Captains Diana and Mark Doyle, founders and owners of On The Water ChartGuides, we can present updated information on these facilities below.

    Moorings are inexpensive and convenient to town.

    Here are [two] important updates and reminders on the Fernandina Beach, FL area (STM 716.9):

    Payment in Person
    Some sources mistakenly report that you need to dinghy ashore to pay the mooring fee. In our experience (two visits), this is not the case. If you don’t have a dinghy, or don’t feel like launching your dink, simply phone Fernandina Harbor Marina at 904-491-2090. You can provide your credit card information over the phone.
    The rates have increased slightly, posted on their website as: $20/day for a mooring, $3/day for dinghy dockage, and $7/day for dinghy dockage with shower access. Weekly rates are available. More rate details — including the marina’s tiered pricing for inside versus outside slips — are here: http://www.fbfl.us/index.aspx?NID=102

    Farmer’s Market
    And while you’re in the area, don’t forget the Fernandina Beach Market Place. It’s a popular farmers’ market a short walk from the dinghy dock, gathering every Saturday from 0900-1300 hrs.

    These moorings are great in mild conditions. When the wind howls against the tide it is a rough, rough ride. When the tide changes, we have seen boats using not very long bridles carried completely over the buoy pendant. I would not recommend leaving your boat unattended during tidal current shifts. That said, I we found pay by phone friendly and efficient.
    Chris

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Fernandina Beach Mooring Field

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  • Saturday Farmer’s Market in Fernandina Beach, FL (Statute Mile 716.5)

    Fernandina Beach is the first port of call after crossing south from Georgia into Eastern Florida. This community features a GREAT downtown business district with LOTS of good places to eat and shop. Now, we hear there’s a weekly farmer’s market here as well!

    [There is a farmer’s market in] Fernandina beach Florida every Saturday morn @ 7th street and main.
    Ellen Langer
    Roy DeLong
    M/V Our Turn

    Yes, there is a fabulous farmer’s market in historic Fernandina Beach, just blocks from the charming waterfront. Open every Saturday on lovely Amelia Island in NE Florida (except for Shrimp Festival Weekend) rain or shine, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Market Place features organic fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, breads and other baked goods, seasonal surprises, light entertainment, and so much more! (Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you for a stroll through the friendliest Farmers’ Market in Florida.)
    For more information visit http://www.AmeliaIslandMarketPlace.com.

    Judie Mackie

    As a local, I go there every Saturday. Yesterday I purchased some organic vegetables and range fed beef. The pricing is in line with regular stores but the quality can’t be beat.
    Mike

    My Personal Chef supplies deliciously prepared soups and entrees at the Fernandina Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. This is great for cruisers because all our products are made from fresh ingredients, packaged and frozen for convenience to store on your boat. Since we do not use plastics and cardbord boxes our meal items will not take up precious space in your galley. The Market is a few blocks down Center Street-walking distance from the marina. Come by and see what we have!
    Lauri Russell from My Personal Chef

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

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  • Good Words for Bells River Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 716.5

    Bells River Ancjorages - Click for Chartview

    These anchorages are located along the splintered course of Bells River – this stream intersects the AICW abeam of the Fernandina Beach, Florida waterfront, hard by marker #10.

    We have anchored our 60′ LOA Hatteras with plenty of room in the north/south stretch of Bells River three times, twice below the charted shallow spot and once above. This is one of our favorite stops and we coincidentally rode out some bad weather in the fall of 2008 there. As noted there are some soft places, so take the time to get a good set.
    Great dinghy dock facility [at nearby Fernandina Harbor Marina – editor], but be courteous and check in with the marina. We had a very good experience with the marina when our generator had an issue, they quickly made a spot for us and got us a local tech pronto.
    George

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Bells River Anchorages

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  • Report from Fernandina Harbor Marina, Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 716

    Fernandina Harbor Marina is a very special place being in the very heart of one of the nicest communities on the east coast – it’s one of our favorite harbors! If you haven’t visited Fernandina, you are missing a real treat. My family has been vacationing in Fernandina for more than 50 years and it gets better every year.

    Several inside slips are available for a rate of 1.25 per foot. Also Beeches Restaurant, after fifty years, suddenly closed without notice last weekend, I heard.
    Dave Bell

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

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  • A Good Stay at Fernandina Harbor Marina and in Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 716

    Fernandina Harbor Marina is a very special place being in the very heart of one of the nicest communities on the east coast – it’s one of our favorite harbors! If you haven’t visited Fernandina, you are missing a real treat. My family has been vacationing in Fernandina for more than 50 years and it gets better every year.

    Stay for five days. Got the 1.25pf rate. Lu Lu’s does have the best food in town. Great place to spend a few relaxing days. Oh and try T-Rays for breakfast. Fun folks with great breakfast.
    Dee Smith

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

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  • More Praise for Fernandina, FL and Fernandina Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 716

    Fernandina Harbor Marina is a very special place being in the very heart of one of the nicest communities on the east coast – obviously, it’s one of our favorite harbors! If you haven’t visited Fernandina, you are missing a real treat. My family has been vacationing in Fernandina for more than 50 years and it gets better every year.

    Stayed at Fernandina Harbor Marina two weeks due to thunderstorms. Marina folks are great, they rolled us into the weekly rate. Found the BEST place to eat, Lu Lu’s. They are a half block south of Center Street on 7th. Lunch and dinner are both incredible with medium prices. And the food is the best I have found anywhere at any price. For breakfast try T-Rays. They are in an old Exxon Gas Station, but if you can get over that, the food is home made and really good. Three blocks south of Center on 8th.
    David Bell

    The marina folks are super nice. Showers and lounge always clean. Found one of the best places to eat ever, LU LU’s, just a short walk up town. Stayed a week and had eight meals there. Really good. Fun town to visit.
    Dan Thomas

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

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  • High Praise for Fernandina Harbor Marina, Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 716

    Fernandina Harbor Marina is a very special place being in the very heart of one of the nicest communities on the east coast – obviously, it’s one of our favorite harbors! If you haven’t visited Fernandina, you are missing a real treat. My family has been vacationing in Fernandina for more than 50 years and it gets better every year.

    This morning we departed FHM following a 10 day stay. The marina hosted a wonderful MTOA rendezvous and went out of their way to be accommodating to each of us. They are very competent, professional, and exude Southern Hospitality. Can’t speak highly enough of the marina, staff, and city, who also rolled out the red carpet.
    Laura Lane Bender

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

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  • Good Report from Alligator Creek Anchorage, South of Fernandina Beach, near AICW Statute Mile 726

    The name of this anchorage is something of a misnomer, as the best (safest) anchor-down spots are found on the waters behind the charted marsh island, just outside the mouth of Alligator Creek. Be SURE to follow the link below to these water’s listing in the Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory for clarification.

    We anchored here recently and found the water deep and holding good. Our spade dug in instantly.Our 2009 copy of Skipper Bob’s Guide to Anchorages warns not to enter or leave through the northern end of the anchorage but we found good water in the center when we left northbound.
    Max Miller

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Alligator Creek Anchorages

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  • Tough Night’s Sleep in Fort George River Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 735

    Fort George River Anchorage lies just west of unlighted daybeacon #5 – the westerly entrance to Fort George River, from the ICW, lies east-southeast of flashing daybeacon #72. We hope you have a better stay than Chris did.

    We anchored here winter of 2011. Came in at low tide. Sticking close to the southerly shore. Anchored initially just to the east of the plantation. We experienced a great deal of boat traffic. Center cockpit fishing boats racing through. Felt like we were taking up the whole river. I was not comfortable with it. Picked up and moved just to the south east of green #18 Chart showed a little 5 ft deep area .We draw 3’10″ did a lot of sounding around to pick a spot as close to the north shore as possible. Felt better about it then being in the center of the channel. That night the “Flounder Barge” spent about 3 hours around the plantation. For those not familiar with the “Flounder Barge” from what I could tell it looked like a giant air-boat, with a huge generator on it. This was to power the billion candle spotlights used to search for the flounder. Being not only the loudest machine man has ever made. It appears to be one of the deadliest. It skims the shallow areas looking for prey. On the deck stand what seem to be drunken college kids with spears which they stab at whatever looks like something that might be alive on the bottom. The only thing louder then the generator and giant fan are the hoots of a successful kill. It was a tough night to sleep.
    Chris

    Had no trouble exiting ICW to Ft George River. Anchored overnight 11/30/2011 opposite plantation main buildings by mark “5″. Depths 10′+, good holding. Dinghied to park dock just before ranger closed the gate to it at 1630. At dawn, slack tide left it to the wind to push us close to the southern shore. Started engine to keep us off. Tidal current took over again and gave us time to walk the plantation, before leaving mid morning. Recommend this anchorage.
    Will and Cheryl

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Fort George River

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  • More on Shoaling South of Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 717.5

    We established a Navigation Alert for this stretch south of Fernandina in January of 2010 and we glad to hear that the shoals have not shifted significantly since then. Captain Pascal’s advice is to be heeded.

    This is a WELL known spot which is well documented elsewhere here as well as on Active Captain. north bound, you have to pass close to G1, just south of the bend, then stay close to the green shoreline as you round the bend, to pass between the shore and the 15 and 9 sounding on the latest NOAA chart, and obviously take it slow to back out of it if you are too far to the red site. Just been thru there yesterday, no change from the past couple of years.
    Captain Pascal

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  • Capt. Ted Visits Fernandina Beach, AICW Statute Mile 716

    Fernandina Harbor Marina lies at the foot of the main street of this charming artist community and makes exploration by foot very easy, as described in another excerpt from Captain Ted’s log. Fernandina Beach lies immediately south of the GA/FL state line.

    I called the marina at 1030 and made a reservation for noon. We were just about on time, but a large trawler needed docking assistance, so we had to wait until that was accomplished, then docked without incident on the inside of the long concrete floating dock. It is a real treat and a luxury to be able to step off O.G’s deck onto the dock which is at the
    > same level and stays that way regardless of the tide. After checking in, we had lunch at the restaurant at the marina (not the “Marina Restaurant” which is across the tracks on Center Street and has had some negative reviews, according to Google). After lunch we went looking for Luigi’s for dinner, found it, and discovered they are closed on Sundays. Drat! We’ve only eaten dinner there once, but it was memorable. We were looking forward to doing it again, but it was not to be.
    After that, we wandered the streets (street) of Fernandina Beach, checked out the shops, and decided to go back to the restaurant at the marina (Brett’s) for dinner. Brett’s is a big place with bar, raised tables inside which command a view of the harbor, lots of window tables, and lots of outside tables. It was great at lunch, but not too great at dinner time, beginning with their phone not answering when I tried to make a reservation. I insisted on a window table inside, and we had to wait a few minutes for that. When I unfolded my silverware, one of the forks inside was dirty. The dinner menus were on plain paper (lunch menus were in leather bound folders and nicely printed) rumpled and with spots on them. But the food was excellent and more than either of us could eat (plastic boxes are in the fridge as I write).
    For the train nuts among us (others need read no further): there’s a tired-looking low nose GP-7 which has been shuffling freight cars up and down in front of the marina since we got back from dinner. The marina parking lot has been blocked off and on for an hour, and I’m sure everyone in town is tired of hearing the toot-toot (train about to start forward), and toooo, toooo, toot, toooot at every street crossing, but I’ve been enjoying those sounds as well as the boom, boom, boom, boom as the slack comes out of the couplers, and the sound of the diesel running up as the engineer pumps up the air in the train: subtle sounds which are music to this old rail fan’s ears.
    This would make a great model railroad, with a small but busy port a mile north of town, a moderately large switching yard in the heart of town, a pulp mill a mile or so south of town, and lots of action in between, enough to keep model engineer, conductor, and brakeman busy in a small space for hours. An ancient and rusty one track swing bridge across the ICW south of the pulp mill is the only rail connection with the outside world. 20 years ago, I wrote an article about Beaufort, NC’s B&M railroad for Model Railroader Magazine. This railroad is even more fun.
    Captain Ted Jones (former publisher of the late, great “Coastal Cruising” magazine)

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  • Nassau Sound Crossing, AICW Statute Mile 729

    The Waterway crosses Nassau Sound at the intersection of Amelia and Nassau Rivers, some 13 miles south of Fernandina. This has always been a tricky section of the AICW, because of the perennial shoaling at flashing marker #46. Some charts do not even show a magenta line at this marker. The excerpt below from Captain Ted’s log does not identify the problem marker, but does reinforce our advice to keep a sharp eye on the markers and not rely too closely on your chartplotter.
    We found the water shallow and the channel tricky. Coming back onto the ICW from Nassau Sound, our GPS indicated that we should pass on the wrong side of the next red marker, so I hugged that side of the channel. A 40 foot auxiliary had not, and was aground. We talked on the VHF and I told him the readings we were getting on the depth sounder. He was almost in deep water, and the tide was rising, so he declined our offer of assistance, but we did call off the soundings as we went. Shortly thereafter, we saw that he had gotten off, but we were not through with the shallow water. Looking back, it appeared that he had gone aground again. His draft was a foot or more greater than O.G’s, which explains why we got away with it and he didn’t.
    Captain Ted Jones (former publisher of the late, great “Coastal Cruising” magazine)

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  • Report on Bells River Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 716.5

    These anchorages are located along the splintered course of Bells River – this stream intersects the AICW abeam of the Fernandina Beach waterfront, hard by flashing buoy #10.

    Rode out a 4-day storm in May, 2008 in the branch of the Bells that turns south between the two upstream anchor marks. Anchor did drag a couple of boat lengths when the winds went over 40 kts, then reset (44 Bruce on a 21000 lb ketch). Otherwise secure and at worst moderate seas. This storm dumped so much water in N. Fl that at high tide the Bells River became the Bells Lake. All of the marsh land that forms the banks were under several feet of water. The tops of the marsh grass was under water. With no channel marks in this portion of the river I would have had to blindly trust my chart plotter to re-anchor if the Bruce had not reset. Bottom line: A good anchorage, but if a really bad storm is coming I would now try to get into one of the marinas on Amelia Is. See also: http://www.svsarah.com/Sailing/ewBahamasNorth.html for more details on my adventure.
    Captain John Stevenson aboard SV Sarah

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  • New General Store Now Open in Fernandina Beach, Florida (Statute Mile 716.5)

    This is certainly good news for cruisers since the nearest Fernandina Beach grocery was heretofore quite a hike from the municipal marina. Fernandina General Store is a handsome facility located at 520 Centre St. only a short walk from the waterfront. It’s telephone number is 904-310-6080

    The Fernandina General Store has opened in the old Bank of America building on Centre Street, two blocks from Fairbanks House. Just think of it as a downtown grocery with a deli in the back from which you can eat in or take out. When I stopped by I saw a nice wine display going in too. There are a couple of [other] places in town for people to just pick up a bottle of wine, but the hours of the store will be 7am to 10pm seven days a week.
    Excerpted from Fairbanks House B&B, Fernandina, FL

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