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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fernandina Beach Anchorage

  • 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

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  • AICW Hazard to Navigation (Eastern Florida AICW, Statute Mile 726), 1/5/11

    This sunken object appears to lie between AICW markers #36 and #37 in the South Amelia River section of the Waterway, south of Fernandina Beach.

    Local Notice to Mariners:
    The Coast Guard has received a report of an unknown submerged metallic object at a reported depth of 3.5 ft in approximate location 30-34.148N 081-28.409W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. [Ref: JAX BNM 331-10] Chart 11488

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the AICW Near St. M. 726, Where the Hazard Described Above is Found<

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Fort George River Anchorage (Statute Mile 735)

    We love to anchor on Fort George River, within sight of historic Kingsley Plantation. Swinging room is just a bit skimpy, and entering the river channel from the AICW can be a little tricky for first-timers.

    On 4/9/2010 we entered Fort George River from the ICW, passing closely to the ICW (R”72″) marker at the mouth and favoring the southern shore all the way past Kingsley Plantation. At dead low tide, we never saw less than 7 feet. We anchored just beyond the plantation and went ashore with the dinghy for a very informative visit of a unique piece of American history. Lots of no-see-ums and it is a main thoroughfare for a bunch of center-cockpits in a hurry, but they are gone after dark. Lots of current too, but a nice anchorage and lovely spot.
    Allen Ames

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

  • Amelia Island Yacht Basin (Statute Mile 720.5)

    The entrance to Amelia Island Yacht Basin lies just off the AICW, immediately north of the Kingsley Creek Bridges.

    Sanctuary and crew did not care for Amelia Island Yacht Basin. It is well protected, but the basin is very shallow. We stayed there Sunday, 3/29/2010, and we were in the mud at the tee head at low tide. They charge $1.60/ft for the boat, which is competitive for the area, and $20 for 50A electric, which is theft. Anyway, we couldn’t use the heat pump because of the low water levels, and they griped but finally gave back $5.36 for that. And, you’re a very long walk from the office, too.
    Net is, for comfort and convenience, you’re better off at Fernandina Beach.
    Just Jim’s opinion…
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Amelia is very protected, but you are a distance from town. Fernandina is not as protected, especially if you are on the outside dock, but you are right in the middle of town with many great restaurants and quaint shops.
    Glen Moore
    Last Dance

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

  • Fernandina Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 716.5)

    I’m glad that Captain Arnold had such a good experience at Fernandina Harbor Marina. We’ve always enjoyed our time spent here.

    Spent a happy three days at Fernandida Harbor Marina – only $1 a ft per day including power – at first class slips with excellent facilities – including a great new Captains Lounge with wide screen tv and a computer with WiFi. Freds – not the best grocery store in town – is within walking distance but with luck you can hitch a ride to Publix from friendly locals.
    Captain Arnold

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fernandina Harbor Marina

  • Florida Petroleum Company (Fernandina Beach, FL – near Statute Mile 715.5)

    Any of you who have ever taken a gander at my “Cruising Guide to Eastern Florida” knows already about the HIGH docks at Florida Petroleum Company in Fernandina Beach. Yes, indeed, this fracility often has good diesel fuel prices, and many cruisers fill up here time after time, but the docking accomodations are far from ideal for cruising size craft.

    Subject: FLA Petroleum
    Cruising News: We stopped here last week when the wind was blowing pretty hard from the west. The fuel dock is a commercial dock for larger boats and was about 8 feet above my lower deck. We docked ok but got lucky with that wind shoving us toward the dock. Leaving was another matter. Difficult to get away without scratching or marring something. Not the best place to go in a west wind.
    Capt Dave

    Click Here To View the Current Fuel Prices at Florida Petroleum Company

  • Great, Breakfast Spot In St. Marys Village

    We just love to break off from the AICW, immediately north of the Georgia – Florida state line, and track our way up St. Marys River to the like named village. This little community is a delight, unless the winds happen to be blowing from one of the nearby paper mills (and that doesn’t happen too often).
    St. Marys has always had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good places to satisfy a healthy appetite, but over the last several years, breakfast has been sort of left out. No More! Read Captain Wilson’s message below, and you’ll know where to chase away the night-time hunger goonies
    !

    Just 2 1/2 blocks from the waterfront in St. Mary’s, GA on Osborne St. Is the Cedar Block Cafe that serves breakfast starting at 7:00 am. It’s the only game in town during this time of year and at this hour. They just opened December 1st of 2009. Very warm welcome and specialty coffees to boot.
    John Wilson

  • Fernandina Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 716.5)

    Below are a couple of in-depth reports and some great pics centered on Fernandina Harbor Marina, some by way of our fearless Waterway reporter, Captain Jane Tigar. To be somewhat succinct, Fernandina Harbor Marina is a great place to stay, and now that they have new showers and a Laundromat, it’s even better. The adjacent downtown business district is packed with great places to eat and shop. Give this facility your most serious consideration!

    It was an exhilarating and rough day on the waterway. A vessel in Jekyll Sound reported 39 knots; it felt like at least that and it was wind against current. We are calling it our literal shake down cruise. Having done Jekyll creek, the gale on Jekyll Sound and Cumberland Dividing, we decided we earned a treat. What a great treat it was.

    Whole fresh flounder at Marina Restaurant in Fernandina. They are running an unbelievable special of two dinners for the price of one if you buy two beverages. $20.95 for two whole flounders cooked to perfection with two sides. Salad was real and fresh. Pepper and salt grinders on the table. Honest good food, truly the best flounder we have ever had. Plus the people are so friendly; couldn’t ask for cheerier hostess and servers. The hosteas and servers seemed to know many of the customers by name and their ‘usual’. The place was packed by 6:30 PM. No mystery there.

    I forgot to mention, I think, we found over 20 feet at an hour and a half or so before high tide at inside face dock. 12-13 feet at entrance channel. Also, supreme kudos to marina staff who expertly spun us off our stern to leave in conditions of gusty wind and a strong current. Truly professional.


    Here is a view of the larger basin at Fernandina Harbor Marina.

    Most of the vessels you see on the inside of the face dock are refugees from today’s galenon Jekyll Sound. It was blowing here, too, and dock hands were throughly professional getting us all in safely.


    The low modern looking building, to the left of Atlantic Seafood, houses the boaters lounge and facilities. The building with the peaked roof to its left is the tourist office.


    Cruisers’ Lounge – Fernandina Harbor Marina.

    By the way, free wifi at the marina. Transient rates $2 a foot with electric.

    It’s been several years since we have stayed here. Big improvements! Clean and modern showers, heads and laundry and a boaters lounge with free wifi. The lounge is open early morning to sunset. Showers, heads and laundry 24/7.
    S/V Lady Jane

    After spending a few days on the hook, we decided to treat ourselves as well and head into the Fernandia Harbor Marina. The weather didn’t improve much so we took advantage of the new great Captain’s lounge. This room offers hot coffee, huge flat screen tv, comfy seating or for cruiser’s that work aboard a table and wi’fi reception. It’s a marvellous clean room and very airy, we met several cruisers waiting out the weather and it was a treat. We also ventured to the Italian restaurant Pompeo’s and had a marvellous meal!! Excellent stop!
    Dick and Elle Lssman

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

  • Fort George River Anchorage (Statute Mile 735)

    Fort George River provides one of the most historic anchorages in Florida, as you can drop the hook within sight of Kingsley Plantation, and then dinghy in for a tour. About a year ago, there was a report here on the Net from a fellow crusier who found some shallow water while entering the river from the AICW. As you will see below, Captain Bill did not find this shoaling, but did discover that swing room and shelter can be a bit on the thin side.

    We’re presently in this anchorage, with two boats near G “3″ and three closer to G “5″. We arrived at about half tide and found the bottom coming up uncomfortable quickly (6′ draft) as we approached the dock (shown as two pilings in the chart) for Kingsley Plantation (marked “ruins”), a National Park Service site. We opted for the bight on the north shore near the G “3″. There’s more swing room and holding is good. One source suggests following a line between Fl R “72″ and R “2″ to enter the river – don’t. It leads through a charted shoal. Instead, favor the north shore and follow current charts. Otherwise, this is a standard issue SE GA, NE FL anchorage with lots of marsh, no-see-ums, and tidal currents – but it sure is pretty.
    About the plantation – this is a good trip ashore. The park closes at 5PM but the dock closes at 4:30PM; “closes” means a ranger comes to the dock and chains the gate shut. Curiously, the same sign announcing the 4:30PM closing time also states that docking is limited to 59 minutes (one wonders what bureaucrat dreamed that up…). Plan your visit accordingly.
    Rick Emerson

    After leaving St Mary’s, Kittiwake stopped here for the 3rd time in 5 years. No trouble getting in , with tide rising (about mid-tide, almost full spring Nov 1), but had vibes. Sure enough, aobut 4 AM, front came through with some NW and N wind, and Kittiwake was heading for the plantation docks. Up the hook, ride around in the dark and settled in a little further West until enough light to start traveling. Can’t figure out anything I could have done different, but next time will try the Talbot River anchorage (oxbow on W side of ICW, just N of Ft George River anchorage) – not as much water or room – but talked to the folks anchored there overnight, it had better protection from NW and N in the south end.
    Capt Bill,
    s/v Kittiwake

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Fort George River

  • Fernandina Beach Mooring Field (Statute Mile 716.5)

    Fernandina Harbor Marina, as a self-sustaining business of the Marina Department for the City of Fernandina Beach, is dedicated to exceptional service to the community and our customers. As AmbassadorThe discussion below is copied partically from the Net’s “Ask Your Neighbor” page (http://cruisersnet.net/category/ask-your-neighbor/), and partly from other nautical lists.
    The long popular Fernandina Beach anchorage was converted several years ago to a mooring field. Dinghy dockage as well as many other services are available at the adjacent Fernandina Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Anyone used the moorings at Fernandina? How hard is it to get one this time of year? Are they good moorings? I’m looking to hold up for Ida’s pass on Tues
    Doug Gould

    Some moorings are held for reservations and some are “first come, first served”, although a call the day of an expected arrival should work, if a mooring’s available (checkout is 11:30). The western-most row of moorings is close to shallow water (~4′ at load tide) and held only for shallow draft vessels. We opted to anchor in Bell River; current is typical for the area and holding seems to be good. The town is attractive, although the view from the water, with paper mills one either side, makes the area seem like a place to skip. Instead, it’s worth the stop.
    Rick Emerson

    We are a 41′ trawler and used them in May 09 and loved it….just call them and they pass you a mooring number and you have full use of all the facilities. Nice town too…..we will go back. Plus it is a great place to get fuel…..
    Knot Tide Down
    Heading to Knoxville on the TN Rvr

    We just used them when we went by last week. Joe guesses when you call, they assign you a mooring ball for your vessel size. We saw some 47-45 footers on them. They are in the open. They have an area inside the marina that is $1 a foot that’s a little tight to get into so they mostly put boats on the seawall’s inside and outside ($1.75 a foot). Get there before too much wind, and if we got into an inside slip I know you can.
    Mik and Joe,
    Asian Lady

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

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

  • Bells River Anchorage (just off Fernandina Beach, Statute Mile 716.5)

    Fernandina Harbor Marina, as a self-sustaining business of the Marina Department for the City of Fernandina Beach, is dedicated to exceptional service to the community and our customers. As AmbassadorWhile not as convenient to Fernandina Harbour Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) as the new city mooring field, anchoring in Bells River is more private, and, in good weather, it’s still an easy dinghy trip into the charming community of Fernancina Beach.

    We stayed in the “downstream” anchorage and it was fine with a good anchor and plenty of rode. A bit spalshy ride to town but that is what the dink is for. Great lunch intown. Another ruiser said the marina facilites (available to us on anchor, too) were really nice.
    Joanne S. Woodward

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Bells River

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fernandina Harbor Marina

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