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The Panama City Marina is located on the intercoastal Waterway one block from Downtown Panama City. The Panama City Marina is a newly renovated 240-slip marina facility designed for all classes of vesThe Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, FlSlips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by Boaters
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  • More Praise for The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL, Gulf ICW Statute Mile 159

    The Wharf Marina - Click for Chartview

    The Wharf Marina, at 4673 Wharf Parkway in Orange Beach, AL, is located directly on the canal-like portion of the Northern Gulf Waterway that runs between Mobile Bay and Pensacola. The review below was supplied by our friends in the AGLCA Forum.

    For all the Southbound Loopers, don’t miss your chance to stay at the best marina in Orange Beach. The Wharf is a tremendous marina and destination. The shops and restaurants are the best around. Beverly and her crew in the marina office are so very helpful to boaters. >
    The new West Marine is a few blocks down the road. Middleton Marine is also a few blocks down the road and ready to help with any boat issues you might have. Publix, a fantastic meat market, a seafood market and Walmart are nearby.
    We are here ready to help you in any way during your stop. Our boat is having repairs by Middleton here and then we will continue our way south with some of you.
    David and Diane Martin
    Magnolia
    Endeavour 44 Powercat

    www.thewharfmarina.com

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  • GREAT Fuel Discount at Panama City Municipal Marina FOR SSECN READERS!!!!, Northern Gulf ICW, Statute Mile 290

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    The Panama City Marina is located on the intercoastal Waterway one block from Downtown Panama City. The Panama City Marina is a newly renovated 240-slip marina facility designed for all classes of vesNow here’s a good deal, just for being a SSECN reader! This $.10 per gallon discount, offered with no minimum purchase when staying overnight, is typically reserved for fuel purchases over a 1000 gallons.
    The Panama City Municipal Marina is lies immediately adjacent to the Northern Gulf ICW, one block from Downtown Panama City. And, of course, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We offer $.10 off per gallon for any transient [overnight dockage required] that mentions seeing this on Cruisersnet.
    Stan Jones
    Marina Director

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Panama City Municipal Marina

  • Good Words for Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, Gulf ICW

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    Thanks to our friends at AGLCA for this report from Bay Point Marina which is accessed off Panama City Inlet and lies on the shores of Grand Lagoon. Visit Bay Point Marina at http://www.baypointmarina.net for more information.

    Consider Bay Point Marina, Panama City (beach) where we have been since May. The marina is well protected from wind and waves, looper friendly, safe (behind gated entrance), delivers newspaper to your “porch” every day, offers coffee and danish Sat/Sun morning, clean restrooms and shower, swimming pool and Daniel and his staff are great. On the downside, it is about 2 miles to Wynn Dixie, Publix, West Marine and restaurants and has no courtesy car, but Enterprise will pick up and hertz is within walking distance at an adjoining resort.
    Scott & KC Calkin

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  • Good Words for MS Dockside Marina, Carrabelle, FL, Northern Gulf

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    We continue to hear only good things about this marina. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=46813 MS Dockside Marina is located at 292 Graham Drive in Carrabelle which is at the eastern end of the Northern Gulf Waterway. The phone is 850-697-3337. Email is msdocksidemarina@gmail.com

    PS: The MS stands for Marine Systems.

    Although we are not currently cruising (we are home in Carrabelle FL) we really wanted to applaud the staff of the MS Dockside Marina here at home. We chose this town in a great part because of this marina, and we continue to be amazed at their expertise and kindness. If anyone needs any kind of mechanical help just before or after the crossing between the northern gulf and the west coast of FL, these are the guys to see. They are skilled, professional, and will do what it takes to correct your problem. We are so grateful to have them right here in our own town.
    Hope you are doing okay. We think of you often.
    Tim and Lisa Keith-Lucas
    MV Santa Catalina de Guale

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of MS Dockside Marina

  • Continuing Problems on Northern Gulf ICW Between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay (near Statute Mile 265)

    Back in July, we reported that the a narrow, canal-like section of the Northern Gulf ICW (a. k. a. the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway) had been closed, due to the collapse of a dike, following torrential rains, and tons of mud and sand had been washed into the channel. Then, on 8/24/13, we published an article that dredging had partially reopened the channel, but budgetary restrictions had kept the ACOE from widening the channel to its original breadth (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119741).
    Now, below we hear from Captain Rich Gano, in Panama City, (who sent us the original report of the Waterway closing) that more rains have worsened the situation, and moneys are still not available for a full fix. Sounds like there may be hope though!

    Last month I reported on the dike break which closed the ICW between Panama City and Destin for a week or two. We have continued to have inordinate amounts of rain, and the US COE now reports this same area has shoaled up to on the southern half of the channel at this mile marker. The northern part of the channel is OK.
    For the uninitiated, that is NOT enough room for easy passage of two trawlers. There is no estimate of when the money will be available to fix this, but because it hinders barge delivery of fuel to Panama City (our normal method), I assume it will not be long.
    Rich Gano
    Calypso

    Click Here, Or on Chartlet Above, To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The “Partially Reopened” Section of the Northern Gulf ICW

  • High Praise for Orange Beach Marina, off Northern Gulf ICW, near Statute Mile 165

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    Orange Beach Marina, at 27075 Marina Rd, Orange Beach, AL, is south and west of Statute Mile 165 of the Northern Gulf ICW by way of St. Johns Bayou, and sits near Perdido Pass inlet.

    Orange Beach Marina is the best active marina on the gulf coast. They have two great restaurants on site and you are within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. They have covered slips, and lots of amenities.
    Daniel Simpler

    Ahoy Daniel! I’m not clear on your criteria for designating Orange Beach Marina as ” the best active marina” on the gulf coast. OBM is a very nice facility, however I would direct you to Lulu’s Home Port Marina, the Wharf Marina, Palafox Pier Marina, Baytowne Marina, Bluewater Bay Marina, Bay Point Marina, Scipio Creek Marina, Port St. Joe Marina, and The Moorings of Carabelle as first rate stops for cruisers.
    Bob Riggs

    www.orangebeachmarina.com

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  • Good Words for Port St. Joe Marina, St. Joe Bay, Northern Gulf

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, Fl

    Port St. Joe Marina - Click for Chartview

    If this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR facility racks up many more laudatory comments, we may have to open a separate page. Really, from all reports, you can’t do better than coil your lines at Port St. Joe Marina. This facility is accessed from the Northern Gulf ICW by way of the Gulf County Canal, which cuts south off the Waterway between Apalachicola and Panama City. The side trip is well worth your time!!!

    We also stayed a few days at Port St. Joe– a different ambience entirely, but a good marina and a pleasant town right there, with all the things you need from a town.
    Anita & Don
    Limelight

    Port St Joe is also an excellent Marina. They have a great restaurant and within walking distance of a grocery store. Port St. Joe does not have a lot of extra activity like Orange Beach [AL], it is more laid back in a very small community.
    Daniel Simpler

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  • Praise for The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL, Gulf ICW Statute Mile 159

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    The Wharf Marina, at 4673 Wharf Parkway in Orange Beach, AL, is located directly on the canal-like portion of the Northern Gulf Waterway that runs between Mobile Bay and Pensacola.

    We stayed a couple nights at The Wharf last fall on our way between Mobile and Panama city—it was a nice facility with floating docks, and there was a whole complex of shops, restaurants, a multi-plex theater and even a ferris wheel, if I recall correctly.  It was right on the ICW, near Orange Beach.
    Anita & Don
    Limelight

    www.thewharfmarina.com

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The Wharf Marina

  • Good Words for Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor Marina, Pensacola, Northern Gulf, FL

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    Palafox Pier & Yacht Harbour Marina is in the heart of downtown Pensacola at 1901 Cypress Street, on the north shore of the entrance to Bayou Chico.

    Our vote for a great marina is Palafox in Pensacola: http://www.marinamgmt.com/marina-management-Palafox-Pier-Home.cfm

    It has floating docks, very sheltered dockage, Jaco’s (a great restaurant on site), within walking distance of Seville Quarter (http://www.sevillequarter.com), and dozens of other restaurants, shops, minor league baseball (http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t4124), Pensacola Shipyard (http://www.pensacolamarina.com/index.php) with a wide host of contractors keeps your boat running.
    And the dockmasters, Ron and Jon, provide the best customer service you could ask for! Certainly worth consideration!
    Richard Grimes

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  • Northern Gulf ICW Partially Reopens Between Panama City/West Bay and Choctawhatchee Bay (near Statute Mile 265)

    On July 7, 2013, the SSECN published an extensive posting, inspired by information received from Captain Rich Gano, to the effect that the Northern Gulf ICW (a. k. a. the GIWW) had been closed between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay/Fort Walton Beach, due to the almost 20 inches of rain dumped along the Gulf Coast, [which] collapsed a levee alongside the cut. We are pleased to report that two dredges are now on-site, working 24/7 to return the channel to normal width and depth, and as of 7/24/13, the Waterway has been “partially” reopened.
    How can a Waterway be “partially reopened,” you may ask, as did we. Well, seems that some sort of narrow channel has already been restored by dredging operations, BUT, we strongly advise one and all (see below) to follow the USCG’s advice, and contact the dredge operators via VHF, for advice on how best to bypass their operations, while still maintaining the best depths. Hopefully, within another week or so, the dredges will have finished their work, and this “closure” will be only a bad, short-lived memory!

    The 11 July 2013 Mobile COE Nav note states the dredge Integrity will be on site and expected a week to clear the blockage.
    Now I have word from Stan Reynolds, who intends to move his trawler from Panama City to Destin, that the USCG says via a phone call that the “ditch” is partially opened to pleasure vessels. Just contact the dredge for passing instructions.
    Rich Gano
    Calypso (GB42 Hull # 295)
    Panama City area, FL

    Stan Reynolds got Morning Star through the ongoing dredging operation yesterday. He had previously called the USCG and had been told that the area was partially open for pleasure vessels. He was instructed to call the dredge for passing instructions. However, when he got there at about 11 AM, he found two dredges with both operators at lunch and no communications. He successfully eased on through and also found a significant shoal area on the south side of the canal at mile 270.
    The last update of the COE Mobile District’s Navigation Notes page is the 11 July comment that there is a dredge working the area.
    Rich Gano
    Calypso (GB42 Hull # 295)
    Panama City area, FL

    And, here’s some less welcome news just received from Captain Gano on 7/24/13:

    Local news reporting tonight reports the Corps of Engineers has cleared the mile marker 265 bank collapse enough to allow a barge to pass, but there is not enough money in the remaining fiscal year budget to completely clear all debris. They may be having to wait until November to complete repairs.
    Begging to be answered is the question of how the canal will fare through the rest of hurricane season. Significant rainfall in a short period of time could easily exacerbate the current problem.
    Rich Gano
    Calypso (GB42 Hull # 295)
    Panama City area, FL

    Click Here, Or on Chartlet Above, To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The “Partially Reopened” Section of the Northern Gulf ICW

  • Free Dock in Ft. Walton Now Re-Opened, Gulf ICW, Mile 223, Fort Walton Beach, FL

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    The free dock in Ft Walton Beach, located between R6 and R8 on the north side of the ICW, just west of the Brook Bridge, has been closed for repairs and, as Capt. Riggs relates, the dock is now open. The 3 deepest spots are on the SW corner of the dock, 1 being a lay along and the other 2 being the first two slips. Avoid blocking the pump out station as boaters do come to use it and then leave immediately.

    Cruising News:
    The free dock provided by the City of Ft. Walton, Fl is located just west of the fixed span Brooks Bridge at GICW mile 223. This facility has been closed for repairs for several months. The repairs have been effected, and the dock is now welcoming transient vessels effective May 29, 2013.
    Bob Riggs

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  • More Praise for Port St. Joe Marina, St. Joe Bay, Northern Gulf

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, Fl

    Port St. Joe Marina - Click for Chartview

    If this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR facility racks up many more laudatory comments, we may have to open a separate page. Really, from all reports, you can’t do better than coil your lines at Port St. Joe Marina.
    This facility is accessed from the Northern Gulf ICW by way of the Gulf County Canal, which cuts south off the Waterway between Apalachicola and Panama City. The side trip is well worthy your time!!!

    My wife and I just spent four days at Port St Joe marina waiting for the weather to improve enough to make the overnight crossing. Lisa and her team are the friendliest folks you will ever meet. Their facilities are excellent and everything you need is within walking distance or a short ride on one of their complimentary bicycles. Port St Joe will always be a stop whenever we are in the area.
    Randy Hondros

    I agree. This is a great marina. The only caution is to be ready for the sharp turn coming in. We stayed here a couple of nights and loved it.
    R. Holiman

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  • More on the Vertical Clearance of Perdido Key – Gulf Beach Bridge (Statute Mile 172)

    Perdido Key - Gulf Beach Bridge - Click for Chartview

    The height of this bridge has elicited numerous comments and concerns as to its vertical clearance which is charted at 73ft. See link below for more comments.

    Been under that bridge numerous times with a 62′ mast.
    R. Holiman

    4 deck towboats transit this area; when did the confusion start?
    Capt. Jerry Robbins

    Click Here To Read Earlier Comments on Perdido Key Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Perdido Key – Gulf Beach Bridge

  • Praise for C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle, FL, Northern Gulf

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    C-Quarters Marina is located on the Carrabelle River in Carrabelle, Florida. This full service marina features 67 boat slips. The marina has a complete ship store for your cruising and fishing needs. www.c-quartersmarina.com

    Carrabelle is a must stop for preparing to cross the Gulf and two marinas are always highlighted. We have always stayed at the Moorings which is a wonderful, up scale marina and very popular. This trip we tried C-Quarters and found that they too are a wonderful stop. They continued the Carrabelle tradition of caring about their customers and insisted that we give them a safe arrival call when we arrived at our destination. We couldn’t ask for anyone more helpful. Stay safe,
    Tom

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of C-Quarters Marina

  • More Praise for Port St. Joe Marina (Florida Panhandle Between Apalachicola and Panama City)

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, Fl

    Port St. Joe Marina - Click for Chartview

    The praise just keeps pouring into the SSECN concerning this wonderful facility. It is accessed via the Gulf County Canal, which departs the Northern Gulf ICW between Apalachicola and Panama City, and runs south to St. Joseph Bay. Port St. Joe Marina lies hard by the town of, what else, Port St. Joe. And, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Our stay at Port St Joe Marina was ideal. Everyone was so helpful. This is certainly a good stop for getting ready for your crossing. Please see previous tome on that subject.
    Tom

  • More Good Words for Port St. Joe Marina, St. Joe Bay, Northern Gulf

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, Fl

    Port St. Joe Marina - Click for Chartview

    This wonderful facility is accessed by the Gulf County Canal, which departs the Northern Gulf ICW between Apalachicola and Panama City, and runs south to St. Joseph Bay. Port St. Joe Marina lies hard by the town of, what else, Port St. Joe. And, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We have been in Port St Joe Marina for 2 days now and have been told 3 times that the water is too shallow for our 5 feet draft. Folks, that is just not so. We have seen water only down to 8 feet at the transient dock and that is at low tide with a north wind blowing. The marina has even deeper spots available. Give them a try, even Mikie likes it (am I showing my age to remember that?). Stay safe,
    Tom

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  • Good Words for Turner Marine (Dog River – Mobile Bay)

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    We get many positive comments about Turner Marine which is the first facility which will be spotted to starboard as you cruise under the high-rise Dog River bridge. They have been occupying this spot for many a year.

    We’ve docked at Turner 3 times. First time 4:am, thought we was at Dog River. Let us sleep til noon. Nicest people you could ask for. Treated us very fair on repairs and knew what they were doing. The only place we’ll stay in Mobile. Wish all marinas were like these folks. You’ll really feel like you have a friend when in Mobile.
    Dick and Sandy Frakes

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Turner Marine

  • Fort Walton Beach Free Dock Closed, Gulf ICW, Mile 223, Fort Walton Beach, FL

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    The free dock in Ft Walton Beach is located between R6 and R8 on the north side of the ICW, just west of the Brook Bridge. The 3 deepest spots are on the SW corner of the dock, 1 being a lay along and the other 2 being the first two slips. Avoid blocking the pump out station as boaters do come to use it and then leave immediately.

    When True North came by the Fort Walton Beach free dock on the north side of the ICW today, it was closed due to heavy damage from either a boat ramming it or a structural failure. Parts of the face dock were hanging into the water. A mastless sailboat was pulled into a shoreside slip but a sign was posted that the dock was closed.
    Stay safe,
    Tom

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  • Good Words for Port St. Joe Marina, Port St. Joe, FL, Northern Gulf

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, FlThis wonderful facility is accessed by the Gulf County Canal, which departs the Northern Gulf ICW between Apalachicola and Panama City, and runs south to St. Joseph Bay. Port St. Joe Marina lies hard by the town of, what else, Port St. Joe. And, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Just wanted to remind everyone waiting on a good window for the Gulf crossing that Port St. Joe is a great place to hang out while you wait. The marina is top notch, the staff is friendly and helpful, they have cookies & coffee each morning in the office. The grocery store is only a block from the marina and the charming town, with cute shops and
    restaurants, is only a few blocks away. Oh, I almost forgot that they have free bikes available if you don’t have your own aboard. If you are looking for a comfortable spot to wait out rough weather on the Gulf stop in, you won’t be sorry.
    Theresa & Larry Valentine
    M/V Lauren Grace

  • Report on Hurricane Issac’s Impact on Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, Alabama

    Just a short word to let everyone know the Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama came through the storm with no damage. Although the surge level was significant, our Technomarine floating docks simply rose with the tide. The marina was full to capacity with boats seeking safe harbor and all fared well.
    We are eagerly awaiting the fall . . . season with many new amenities for this year including sparkling nautical styled marina showers and laundry and several exciting new restaurants on property. The Wharf. The Gulf Coast’s Best Kept Boating Secret.
    Beverly Morgan

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