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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, FlRiviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersSlips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350
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  • A Vote for C-Quarters Marina (Carrabelle, Florida – Florida Panhandle)

    Carrabelle is the perfect jumping off place for cruisers headed south across Florida’s waterwayless Big Bend Region, or the first port of call for vessels northbound across these waters. In addition to C-Quarters, the Moorings at Carrabelle is another good marina choice here.

    Cruising News:
    Very cruiser friendly, fairly priced marina. Diesel fuel price on 11/30 $3.65 incl tax. Suggest you add to fuel price listing to benifit Loopers and other cruisers. Jump off point to cross to Clearwater/Tarpon Springs/Big Bend routes.
    Ed Grygent

  • Lighthouse Marina and Boatyard (Panama City Beach, Florida)

    Clearly, the text below is an “advertisement” which originally appeared on the Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Rendezvous. However, as this announcement contains lots of useful info concerning this facility, we have posted it here.
    Lighthouse Marina and Boayard lies on the northern shores of Grand Lagoon, which is accessed via a narrow channel running off the western flank of Panama City Inlet. Observer all markes at the Lagoon’s entrance very carefully!

    Very exciting news from Panama City Beach, FL. Lighthouse Marina and Boatyard . . . in the Panhandle of Florida. Rates are $1.00 per foot per night includes power, water, cable, wifi ; $4.00 per foot per week includes power, water, cable and wifi; $350 per month includes power, water, cable, wifi. Each day includes free courtesy car, free washer and dryer, and discounted fuel for AGLCA members. Newspapers delivered daily to each looper, complimentary coffee and pastries available in Marina store. The Boatyard Restaurant, on Marina property, overlooks the Grand Lagoon and is rated the best restaurant on the beach. Lighthouse Marina is minutes away from grocery stores, marine supply stores, doctors, dentists, and veterinarians. The Marina Boatyard
    facility includes 50 ton travel lift and self help is welcome. Call for more information and to make reservations @ 850-234-3939 or 850-234-5609.

  • Another Recommendation For Port St. Joe Marina

    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!

    I would recommend the Port St. Joe Marina, in Port St. Joe, FL it is a great marina, well protected and well managed marina. A grocery store near by and just a couple of blocks away from restaurants,shops, etc.
    Tim & Sandi Howard
    “Bodacious”

  • Mobile Bay/Dog River Recommendations

    The message below was copied from the American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association forum. Captains Patty and Robert give excellent advice about Dog River repair yards and navigation.

    There are many good yards in Mobile. We have used and also heard good things about Dog River Marina which is up the Dog River. We usually stay
    at the Grand Mariner across the river as they have a wonderful seafood restaurant up the stairs.
    Go to Dog River but do it in the daytime–fist time we did it was by moonlight and searchlight trying to find the twisting route by markers.
    Patty and Robert Mitchell with Maggi wonder dog
    ORINOCO

  • Use East Pass Inlet (near Dog Island and Carrabelle, FL), Not Government Cut Inlet (near Apalachicola, FL) When Cruising to or From the FL Panhandle

    Here’s an important message for all cruisers plying the waters of the eastern Florida Panhandle, and especially for those looking to the cross Florida’s “Big Bend” section. I agree wholeheartedly with Captain Tom that East Pass is far more reliable than Government Cut, and his recommendations about the WONDERFUL anchorages along the northern shores of Dog Island, are right on the money!!!

    Each year I give the recommendation of using the East Pass to enter the Gulf, not Government Cut closer to Apalachicola. Government Cut is a man made access to the Gulf and Mother Nature keeps laughing as she pushes the sand back the way she wants it. After a dredging, the Cut is deep enough but sometimes it doesn’t stay that way for very long. The second major reason for recommending East Pass is that anchorages are nearby, on the north side of Dog Island. A good strategy is to come across Apalachicola Bay, stick your bow out to the sea buoy at East Pass to create a GPS track line, then anchor for the night. By following the track line in the dark, you can feel assured you have a clear line to get into the deeper waters of the Gulf. Lastly, the distance across the Gulf is the shortest from East Pass and your vessel will be closer to land for some wave protection. Even for those boats going around the Big Ben, enter the Gulf at East Pass,
    Stay safe,
    Tom

    We came southeast from Apalachicola to John’s Pass (just N of Sarasota) on 11/8-9/2011. We were following a deeper-draft sailboat out Government Cut (had not read this posting, and they do this every year…), when they slewed strongly to starboard and came to a stop. They were able to power off and continue. We are a catamaran, loaded for cruising, with a draft about 2’11″ and WE also bumped in that spot. It was well within the channel, not in the riprap-protected part of the cut, but farther in toward the bay, where it’s sandy. Position was 29 37.25′N: 084 57.768′W and depth registered at under 3 feet.
    So stay much closer to the greens than the red markers when transiting the sandy “inner” extent of this cut, and when we go back, we will probably give East Pass a try! Thanks, all.
    Heather and Derek
    S/V Parallax

    I was fishing in Government Cut this past Sunday, Nov. 13, and can attest to the fact that the channel there has shoaled just inside (bay side) of the cut, as it often does. A large recreational boat ran aground briefly at close to low tide, but was able to get underway again promptly. As an aside, it was very rough in the cut due to a rapidly falling tide and southerly winds. Using East Pass provided a much more sheltered passage and, I imagine, an easier time exiting the bay into the gulf.\
    John Watson

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of East Pass Inlet

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Government Cut Inlet

  • Lack of Transient Dockage in Destin, Florida Reported

    The message below is copied from the American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association forum. Shalimar Yacht Basin (see below) is located just west of Destin in Fort Walton Beach.

    Mint Julep is traveling east on the ICW together with Moonstruck. Yesterday, we attempted to make transient slip reservations in Destin Harbor and learned that there are none easily available. We checked with Harborwalk Marina and Marina Cafe….neither are providing slips for transients at this point in time. We even checked with the Destin
    Fisherman’s Co-Op and they do not take transients either.
    We stopped at Shalimar Yacht Basin, just off the ICW at 225EHL, and they have provided great service and good wind protection. Other good marinas (like Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin) are available on Choctawhatchee Bay, but we wanted the migrating group of Loopers coming from the Rendezvous to know that marinas in the Destin Harbor are not an option. If you still want to enjoy the Destin Harbor area, it is a very good deep water anchorage.
    Also, we learned yesterday that this weekend is the Apalachicola Seafood Festival, and no docks are available until Sunday night, for folks preparing to cross when/if a window opens next week.
    Bob and Pam Shircliff
    Gold Loopers
    M/V Mint Julep

    Marbella Yacht Club also offers transient slips in Destin Harbor. East Pass Realty (850) 837 4191 offer slips in Destin Harbor at East Pass Towers Marina and Watergate Towers Marina. Both of these marinas are private but will accept transients.
    Blake Dupuis
    M/V Marlee Ann

  • Great Pizza at Port St. Joe Marina (St. Joseph Bay, Florida)

    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, FlThe “Gulf County Canal,” which intersects the Northern Gulf ICW, lies between Apalachicola and Panama City, leads fortunate cruisers to the waters of St. Joseph Bay, where they will discover SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port St. Joe Marina. Sounds like GOOD pizza is available nearby!

    We stayed in Port St. Joe last year by boat and we are here with our motorcoach again this year. IF you love pizza, you must go to “Joe Mama’s” and have their wood=fired pizza…..it is amazing! AND please save room for the “Joe’s Pot of Chocolate” dessert….!! Being a TRUE chocoholic it is a MUST! There are other good places to eat, but if you are craving great pizza, this is the place!
    Safe travels to you all!
    Dorene/Jeff DeVine
    “30 Below”

  • More Praise for Bay Point Marina (Panama City, FL on Grand Lagoon)

    Bay Point Marina is truly one of marina rich Panama City’s finest facilities. May we also suggest you take a look at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Panama City Municipal Marina, consistently one of the finest city owned facilities I have reviewed in thirty years of being a cruising guide author.
    Bay Point Marina is located on Grand Lagoon, and you must enter this body of water from Panama City Inlet, via a narrow, but marked entrance cut.

    Rode out tropical storm Lee here. Winds and rain 3 days, we stayed 2 weeks.
    Steve and staff are great, the facilities first class and weekly rates tempting. We were made to feel right at home. Had visitors and they we able to stay in the condos right behind our dock. Highly recommended,they don’t come better than Bay Point.
    Dolores Reinecke

  • Clearance of Perdido Key – Gulf Beach Bridge Questioned (Statute Mile 172)

    We received the following inquiry from Captain Steve:

    I question the bridge clearence stated. I have seen a clearence of 65′ published in several other areas. 73 feet is wonderful but I have yet to see any sailboat even close to 40′ in the perdido area. The height needs to be officially confirmed.
    Steve

    While I agree that this is an unusual amount of vertical clearance for a Northern Gulf ICW fixed span, a check of the latest NOAA chart confirms these specs. Check out:

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

    Been under that bridge with a 55 ft mast and we weren’t even close. Looked to clear by at least 10 to 15 ft.
    Bill Lloyd

    I went under with 61′ mast and it looked to be quite a bit higher than my stick.
    Tamicatana

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

  • Port St. Joe Marina (Northern Gulf ICW, St. M. 328) Offers Annual Wet Slip Dockage Special

    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, FlPort St. Joe Marina is a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!  This well appointed marina is accessed from the Northern Gulf ICW, between Apalachicola and Panama City, by cutting southwest on the Gulf County Canal, to the waters of St. Joseph Bay. It’s then only a short hop to the south to the marina’s well sheltered dockage basin. Trust us on this one fellow cruisers, seldom, if ever, will you find a more welcoming facility than Port St. Joe Marina. And now, year round slip renters get an even better deal!

    Cruising News:
    Special on Annual Dockage (Wet Slip Only), prepay for a wet slip, receive a 10% discount, 1 year free membership to SeaTow and 3 free months at the end of your contract

    Learn more at: http://psjmarina.com/

  • Sabine Bay Marina (Pensacola Beach. St. M. 189)

    The entrance to Little Sabine Bay, and Sabine Bay Marina, lies just to the south, immediately west of the high-rise Pensacola Beach Bridge. Follow the marked channel carefully, as you make your entrance, particularly at low water. Once into the Bay, stay away from the water body’s mid-width. There is shoal water there!

    We have stayed at Sabine Marina and it’s a great little place. Very laid back don’t expect to be wine and dined. Right across the street (real close in walking distance) from the tourists’ attractions of Pensacola beach but without the hassle of tying off your vessel at the Boardwalk and risking kids jumping all in and over your boat while you take in the Pensacola beach attractions. I highly recommend dockage at Sabine Marina.
    Jan

  • Good Times at Bay Point Marina (Panama City, Fl – on Grand Lagoon)

    To access Bay Point Marina, you must depart the Northern Gulf ICW as if you were going to run Panama City Inlet. You must then cut off to the west and traverse a narrow but marked entrance into Grand Lagoon. Bay Point will be the first facility to come up to starboard as you cruise upstream on this body of water.

    Steve,the harbormaster, had a great shrimp boil for everyone here at the Marina. In the Carolinas we would call it Frogimore Stew. There was live music, all the shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, desserts and drinks that you could consume. Loopers Surona, Amalia and Roy El’ enjoyed this super hospitality.
    Also if you need a mechanic in this area, Chuck Davis is the man. His phone number is 850-596-6469.
    Roy & Elvie
    on Roy El’

  • Praise for Bay Point Marina (Panama City, FL on Grand Lagoon)

    To access this superb facility, you must leaven the Northern Gulf ICW, and follow the path towards Panama City Inlet. You must then cut off on a narrow channel into wide Grand Lagoon. Bay Point Marina is the first facility encountered on Grand Lagoon.
    Having visited here many times myself, I can attest to what a great place this is, and these good folks are a SALT SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!!

    Steve,the harbormaster, had a great shrimp boil for everyone here at the Marina. In the Carolinas we would call it Frogmore Stew. There was live music, all the shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, desserts and drinks that you could consume.
    Also if you need a mechanic in this area, Chuck Davis is the man. His phone number is 850-596-6469.
    Roy & Elvie on Roy El’

  • Turner Marine (Mobile Bay – Dog River)

    Turner Marine is the first facility that will come abeam to starboard as you enter Dog River from Mobile Bay. There seems to be a real difference of opinion concerning this facility in the cruising community. Earlier postings here on the Net have praised Turner Marina, while, as you will see below, Captain Middleton did not have a totally positive experience.

    I arrived at Turner Marine a little less than 2 years ago, coming down from Manitowoc, WI. Our boat needed repairs and a slip before “moving along.” We found the Turners (owners) and the staff to be professional, honest, hard-working and “affordable” (relative to marine costs and valuations). Work on any of a boat’s many systems can be done. I recommend Turner’s Marina without question. If I have a criticism, they are busy enough with their maritime & marina workload, that sometimes work orders take a while to get completed.
    Mark Middleton

    Turner is a great place to haul out and work. I’ve been there twice in the last 5 years and will go back next time I need to haul out. Nice people,fair prices.
    Sea Gypsy

    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 12/28/2012

  • Good Sources for Weather Info in Western Florida – Northern Gulf

    Wow, personalized weather where you can actually speak to a human being. Will wonders never cease!

    We are headed north on the Tenn-Tom and I wanted to share three sources of marine weather information that were exceptional as we traveled from Clearwater to Mobile. All are part of NOAA National Marine Weather Service and the exceptional part is that you can speak directly with a forecaster. Believe it or not they are available 24/7 and they welcome phone calls. They update their weather models at 4:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
    The numbers I used are Tampa 813-645-2323, Tallahassee 850-942-8833, and Mobile 251-633-6443. Ask to speak to a forecaster. The big difference between reading it on the NOAA site and talking with a forecaster is their willingness to focus on a precise area and provide more individualized details.
    Hope you get a chance to use them. They are knowledgeable and have a good attitude. Finding both together is rare.
    Wayne Prichard
    MV Segue

  • Tuner Marine Recommended (Dog River – Mobile Bay)

    As you enter Dog River from Mobile Bay, Tuner Marine is the first of the river facilities that will come abeam on the northern shores.

    I arrived at Turner Marine a little less than 2 years ago, coming down from Manitowoc, WI. Our boat needed repairs and a slip before “moving along.” We found the Turners (owners) and the staff to be professional, honest, hard-working and “affordable” (relative to marine costs and valuations). Work on any of a boat’s many systems can be done. I recommend Turner’s Marina without question. If I have a criticism, they are busy enough with their maritime & marina workload, that sometimes work orders take a while to get completed.
    Mark Middleton

  • Praise for Orange Beach Marina

    To find your way to Orange Beach Marina, you must depart the Northern Gulf ICW by way of St. Johns Bayou, then traverse the channel from Perdido Pass to Terry Cove. Then, turn to the west and hug the southern banks. A marked channel will lead to the marina.

    I spent the last two winter seasons at Orange Beach Marina and really enjoyed it. There are 2 restaurants on the property and Tacky Jacks across the street. They have two SUV’s for loaner cars and are very nice people. There is a boatyard and haul out facility on property with very clean restrooms and showers. All slips are covered and you are only ten minutes from Perdido Cut. Everything you need is very close.
    Charlie
    Slow Flight

  • Great Review of Wharf at Orange Beach Marina and Bay Point Marina

    The message below was copied from the AGLCA mail list, and is in response to a request for marina recommendation along the Northern Gulf coastline.
    The Wharf at Orange Beach Marina is located directly on the canal-like portion of the Northern Gulf ICW that runs between Mobile Bay and Pensacola, near Statute Mile 159.

    You will certainly get plenty of recommendations but I would offer the Wharf at Orange Beach. It has the village environment you mentioned and is relatively safe from storms. Bay Point Marina in Panama City is the second choice only because it is a little further away from things and its village is more limited. Both marinas are offering the same fantastic rates to AGLCA members. Neither marina will do your yard work, Saunders in Orange Beach is good and the nearest place to the Wharf unless you want to go back to Mobile Bay where you have several good choices.
    Stay safe,
    Tom

  • Great Review of Port St. Joe Marina (near St. M. 332)

    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, FlThe message below is copied off the AGLCA list, and is in response to a request for good marinas along the Northern Gulf Coast.
    To reach Port St. Joe Marina, you must depart the Norther Gulf ICW, and then cut southwest down the Gulf County Canal to the waters of St. Joseph Bay. It’s then only a a short southerly hop to the well sheltered Port St. Joe Marina harbor.
    Believe me, this side trip is well worth your time. Port St. Joe Marina is one of the best facilities in the Florida Panhandle, and they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    I know its a little out of your preferred area (about an hour) but I would also consider Port St. Joe Marina in Port St. Joe, Fl. It is a great, well protected, and well managed marina. A nice grocery store
    (Piggly Wiggly I think) and huge fishing/boating store is right at your back door. The city is just a couple of blocks away with good restaurants, shops, ace hardware, barber shops, etc. The city is very bike friendly and you can easily bike any place in the city. We spent eight days there this past Nov. and plan on going back this fall for a longer stay. Good luck on your marina hunt.
    Carlton & Becky Moore

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