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

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bells River Anchorages

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fernandina Harbor Marina

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fernandina Harbor Marina

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fernandina Harbor Marina

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Alligator Creek

  • 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

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

    Click Here To View Earlier Postings on this Area

  • 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)

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

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

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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)

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of AICW Nassau Sound Crossing

  • 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

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

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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

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

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  • Fernandina Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 716.56)

    Like Captain Ted, we always look forward to a visit with Fernandina Beach. This is a wonderful community with great restaurants, and some really neat history. Sorry Captain Ted didn’t know about Beech Street Grill. That’s our favorite dining attraction in town.

    Fernandina Beach has turned out to be a favorite stop. The marina is very good, although the heads, having been built by the Govmint — local, state, and federal — are rather sterile and not very well thought out. There’s nothing basically wrong with them; they simply don’t measure up to the quality of some of the first class private marinas we’ve visited.
    Last spring we’d had a wonderful (and expensive) dinner at Luigi’s, on the corner of 5th and Ash Streets, so we walked there in the cold night air only to discover that Luigi’s was closed. Never mind, we had passed another Italian restaurant on the main drag, so decided to go there, instead. It was disappointing, but — hey — we made it to Florida! It was still cold.
    Ted Jones

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fernandina Harbor Marina

  • Report of Low Water in Kingsley Creek, AICW Statute Mile 720

    The area Captain Casper references is in Kingsley Creek stretch of the AICW, just out of Amelia River and approximately 3 miles south of Fernandina Beach. Tidal range in this area can exceed 5 feet, so caution most be used as you approach the Twin Highway Amelia Island RR Bridge at Mile 721.

    Cruising News:
    While Northbound At 11:AM Nov/10 2010, we encountered 7 ft depth North of the Green 13. We were near high tide at that time.
    Captain Clarence Casper

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Twin Highway Amelia Island RR Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Kingsley Creek

  • Good Words About Fernandina Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 716.5)

    Yes indeed, the current incarnation of Fernandina Harbor Marina is a fine facility, and the adjacent downtown business district is charming, with a wealth of good restaurants!

    Fernandina Harbor Marina – Fernandina Beach, FL, ICW mm 717. This is a must stop for us each year. The city has so much history, with restaurants and shopping right at your fingertips. There is an exceptional wine store (Intercoastal Wine) with a wine tasting bar, on 2nd street. They are always glad to see mariners and often have specials that you will surely like. The marina is full service, with a very knowledgeable staff. They will work with you to meet your needs for a stay of one night or several days.
    Sabra Morgan

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

  • St. Augustine to Fernandina Beach – Captain Ted Jones Reports

    The author of the note below, Ted Jones, is the former editor and co-owner of the late, much lamented “Coastal Cruising” magazine. We are pleased that Ted is now sharing regular reports with the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net about his cruises.
    There’s a whole passel of useful cruising news in Ted’s note below. Let’s all “go to school” on what he has to share!
    Note Ted’s less than happy experiences while cruising NE Florida with water levels much thinner than usual, almost certainly the result of “wind tides.”

    We arrived here from St. Augustine late yesterday afternoon after a difficult slog through waters which were as much as two feet below normal levels. We met a tug pushing a barge at the narrowest part of that section of the ICW with two “S” turns. I called him on 13 and suggested a port to port pass and said we would stay out of his way. On the starboard edge of the channel we had a depth sounder reading of 4.5 feet (actual 6.5) and were crowded cheek by jowl with the barge. We passed within 20 feet of the barge. A few minutes later I looked back, and the wind had pushed the barge further to the south and it had run aground. When last seen, the Island Pilot (tug) was trying to pull his charge back into deeper water.
    It was a stressful day of watching depths in mid channel get down to 3.5 feet at times (we run aground at 2.5 feet), and the NW wind continued to increase to force 7. When we got to Fernandina Beach, we sought shelter in a back creek where the current is strong, but we rode okay with both anchors out.
    This morning we came into the marina, washed our laundry, and plan to leave in the late morning, heading offshore as we did in early January sailing in reverse from St. Mary’s inlet and on up to Beaufort, SC,
    which should take us 24 hours give or take. The forecast is for the NW winds to diminish tomorrow, remaining up to 10 knots, then on Thursday, the wind should go around to the south and blow us up St. Andrew’s Sound to Beaufort.
    Several of our companion reverse snowbirds have dogs aboard, so do not have the option of avoiding Georgia by sailing offshore.
    Tomorrow, we leave Florida behind with mixed feelings. It might be a great place to visit in the winter time, but we surely wouldn’t want to live here year around.
    Ted Jones

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

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